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The New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically goes on a rollicking journey to understand the enduring power of puzzles: why we love them, what they do to our brains, and how they can improve our world.

What makes puzzles—jigsaws, mazes, riddles, sudokus—so satisfying? Be it the formation of new cerebral pathways, their close link to insight and humor, or their community-building properties, they’re among the fundamental elements that make us human. Convinced that puzzles have made him a better person, A. J. Jacobs—four-time New York Times bestselling author, master of immersion journalism, and nightly crossworder—set out to determine their myriad benefits. And maybe, in the process, solve the puzzle of our very existence. Well, almost.

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A.J. is a journalist, lecturer, human guinea pig and author of four New York Times bestsellers.
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In each episode of the podcast, Twice Removed, A.J. and team dive deep into a guest’s family tree.
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Bright, funny and even useful. –The New York Times

Mission: Find Our Lifesavers

(not the candy or the floating thing. The people who rescued me and my sister) As some of you may know, I’m a big fan of thanking. Perhaps even overthanking (it was the topic of my last book). Well, I’m working on a new Gratitude Project that I’m really excited about, and it’s one that…
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Obama has 44 cousins in the Senate. Now can’t we all just get along?

Forget the president’s Tea Party cousin or Washington animosity. My research shows that we’re all part of one big family. A dysfunctional one, but still – come on, cousins!…
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Introducing Twice Removed – The Podcast that Sets Out to Prove We’re One Big Family

Take a look around and find the person closest to you. Maybe that woman in the scarf in line ordering a latte. Or the little boy on a scooter, waiting to cross the street. What if we told you,  that you and that person are related. And what if I told you, we can prove…
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Lessons From a Lifelong Germaphobe in the Age of the Coronavirus

For two decades, I lived the way the world is now—filled with Purell and anxiety. Here’s what I’ve learned….
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You’re Probably Related To Ryan Gosling

Author A.J. Jacobs is attempting to throw the world’s biggest family reunion, because creepy or not, we’re all likely linked genetically….
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Are You My Cousin?

My family tree sprawls far and wide. It’s not even a tree, really. More like an Amazonian forest. At last count, it was up to nearly 75 million family members. In fact, there’s a good chance you’re on some far-flung branch of my tree, and if you aren’t, you probably will be soon. It’s not…
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My Outsourced Life

I REALLY SHOULDN’T HAVE to write this article myself. I mean, why am I the one stuck in front of a computer terminal? All this tedious pecking out of words on my laptop. Nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions. Jesus. What a pain in my ass. Can’t someone else do it? Can’t I delegate this to one…
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I Think You’re Fat

An immersion into the bizarre, entertaining and terrifying world of Radical Honesty – a movement that encourages us to remove the filters between our brains and mouths….
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Things You’re Not Supposed to Do With Google Glass

Project Glasshole. I test out the upcoming Google Glass face computer by using it to read Moby Dick, cheat at poker, be a Cyrano and be a better man….
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