Season 10, Episode 31

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Behavioral scientists have been exploring if — and when — a psychological reset can lead to lasting change. We survey evidence from the London Underground, Major League Baseball, and New Year’s resolutions; we look at accidental fresh starts, forced fresh starts, and fresh starts that backfire. And we wonder: will the pandemic’s end provide the biggest fresh start ever?

To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “Are You Ready for a Fresh Start?” and No Stupid Question’sHow Do You Know if People Don’t Like You?