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5 Ways “This American Life” Can Work For You – Act 4 – Broaden Your Horizons

Posted by denisefisher on February 3, 2009

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You don’t usually think of a story-telling radio program as a source of knowledge for economics. But that’s one of the things that makes This American Life (TAL) so great. You might expect to hear stories of other cultures, far away places, and lifestyle adventures that are different than your own. But unless someone recommended a particular story to you and made it convenient for you to experience, you probably wouldn’t seek them out on your own. Well, I’m giving you my fervent recommendation, and TAL is delivering.

But don’t just think of this as an academic exercise. By listening to other viewpoints and hearing stories about things you weren’t aware of or never understood, you will broaden your horizons immensely. You’ll be more conversant and inquisitive with other people and more conscientious about world events that you hadn’t thought relevant to your own life.

Opening your mind to new ways of thinking will allow you to be more visionary in your outlook on life. It will cause you to think about your own financial situation, it will inspire you with novel ideas, and it will enlighten you with innovative solutions that you can apply to your own life’s circumstances.

And did I mention that these stories are entertaining?

Here is my recommended starter list for expanding your horizons, courtesy of This American Life:

#355 Giant Pool Of Money

#365 Another Frightening Show About The Economy

#206 Somewhere In The Arabian Sea

#293 A Little Bit Of Knowledge

#322 Shouting Across The Divide

#88 Numbers

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