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People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

Do you feel like you wander aimlessly through life, or is there a reason you're here? Psychologists say people with a sense of purpose may stress out less. Or they may lead healthier lives.

The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance

One hundred years after the start of World War I, hear a range of pop and classical music from artists of the era. Some music reflects the war's violence, some gives solace.

Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival

To withstand their 9,300-mile migration, red knots feast on eggs from horseshoe crabs each spring in Delaware Bay. Scientists worry many crabs are starting to lay eggs before the birds can get there.

Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives.

A Flowery Puzzle For Budding Quizmasters

Today's puzzle is a game of categories based on the word peony (a type of flower). For each category, name something in the category beginning with each of the letters P-E-O-N-Y.

A Growing Movement To Spread Faith, Love — And Clean Laundry

Doing the wash can be a chore, but for the poor, the cost of laundry often means forgoing other essentials. Laundry Love aims to relieve the burden with fellowship, free soap and lots of quarters.

As Market Basket Store Shelves Empty, Online Presence Grows

WBUR's Curt Nickisch has the strange story of the $4 billion grocery store chain and the lone shopper who stepped into its online void.

Market Basket Employees Protest Labor Changes

The grocery store's 25,000 employees don't have a problem with their own working conditions; rather, they want their ousted CEO back.

The Best And Worst Companies To Retire From

Michael Regan explains why Facebook and Whole Foods are near the bottom of Bloomberg's rankings of companies' retirement benefits.

NYC Approves Building With Separate Entrance For Lower Income Residents

Riverside South will not be the first building in the city with separate entrances, but the decision has sparked outrage.