Hope: Where Does It Come From?

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Is hope something we’re innately born with, or something we can choose to have? We talk with people who tell us where they think hope lives in ourselves and our communities.

Defining A New Grammar Of Hope

Budding hope

Hope can seem saccharine. Bland. Trite. But talking about hope with Andre Willis, a philosopher of religion, might make you realize you’re not thinking big enough when you think about what hope means.

The Science Of Looking On The Bright Side

bright brain

How neuroscientist Tali Sharot accidentally stumbled on what’s known as “the optimism bias” — our hard-wired belief that our future will be better than our past or present.

A Naturalist’s Hopeful Pilgrimage

forest

Claire Peaslee is a naturalist who lives in Point Reyes, California, a place decimated by recent forest fires that sits literally on top of the San Andreas Fault. Yet she finds hope there through pilgrimage.

Everything Is Actually Awesome

Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker presents a Dangerous Idea: things today are actually better than they’ve ever been.

Why Nigerians Are So Much Happier Than Americans

Man along an unnamed road in Obafemi Owode, Nigeria.

Chigozie Obioma grew up in Nigeria — he’s a novelist and teaches at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He says that despite rampant corruption, poverty, and an HIV/AIDS crisis, Nigerians are definitely more optimistic than most. He explains why.

Hope Rises. It Always Does.

Alice Walker

Hope is a complicated, even slippery, word. One that demands a poet’s voice. Here’s Alice Walker, reading her poem “Hope is a Woman Who Has Lost Her Fear.”

Further Reading:

Hope – A Three-Part Series

Original Air Date: April 20, 2019

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