Can the same technology that helps people communicate interfere with their ability to connect? Decidedly, yes, argues longtime public radio host Celeste Headlee. As conversation skills atrophy, people become more lonely and lose the capacity to find common ground and to bridge ideological divides. Drawing on psychological and sociological studies as well as her experiences as an interviewer, Headlee presents a clear case for the value of good conversation. She offers practical tips for how you can sharpen your speaking and listening skills. Her insights and advice will help anyone who wants to communicate more skillfully.
About the Author
Celeste Headlee, host of the Georgia Public Broadcasting news show On Second Thought, has been a host on NPR and has appeared on CNN, PBS and the BBC.
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On the power of conversations to bring people together. Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist with National Public Radio where she co-hosts the Scene on Radio podcast. She is set to co-host Retro Report, a documentary series that looks at news stories within the context of historical meaning. Headlee earned a Master’s of Music degree […]
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