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The perfect lunchtime talks

Need something smart to chew on? As you eat lunch, cue up these delightful talks, as invigorating for the mind as a cup of coffee.

  1. 9:24
    Andy Puddicombe All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

    When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)

  2. 5:24
    Jarrett J. Krosoczka Why lunch ladies are heroes

    Children's book author Jarrett Krosoczka shares the origins of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, in which undercover school heroes serve lunch...and justice! His new project, School Lunch Hero Day, reveals how cafeteria lunch staff provide more than food, and illustrates how powerful a thank you can be.

  3. 17:51
    Kathryn Schulz On being wrong

    Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we're wrong about that? "Wrongologist" Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.

  4. 10:01
    Phil Hansen Embrace the shake

    In art school, Phil Hansen developed an unruly tremor in his hand that kept him from creating the pointillist drawings he loved. Hansen was devastated, floating without a sense of purpose. Until a neurologist made a simple suggestion: embrace this limitation ... and transcend it.

  5. 16:38
    Jennifer 8. Lee The hunt for General Tso

    Reporter Jennifer 8. Lee talks about her hunt for the origins of familiar Chinese-American dishes — exploring the hidden spots where these two cultures have (so tastily) combined to form a new cuisine.

  6. 4:34
    Ze Frank Are you human?

    Have you ever wondered: Am I a human being? Ze Frank suggests a series of simple questions that will determine this. Please relax and follow the prompts. Let's begin …