The Value Of Experiencing Boredom, How We Fund Public Health

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A recovery room at a health clinic
A recovery room is seen during a tour at Whole Woman’s Health of San Antonio, in San Antonio, Texas. Eric Gay/AP Photo

Could experiencing boredom actually be good for us? Our guests are fascinated by people who think there’s nothing to do. Then we talk to a professor of population health sciences about whether we should be investing more in public health.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Natalie Guyette Producer
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Mary Mann Guest
  • James Danckert Guest
  • Tom Oliver Guest