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How To Do Nothing

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Time is money, and increasingly so is our attention. The artist Jenny Odell wants people to spend less time worrying about their productivity. Instead of doing something, she says, try doing nothing.

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In the world today, our value is determined by how much we get done. Time is money, after all, and increasingly so is our attention. The writer and artist Jenny Odell wants people to spend less time worrying about their productivity. She wants to encourage us to deepen our attention, to fully immerse ourselves in where we are and what we’re doing. Instead of doing something, she says, try doing nothing. Odell joins us Friday to make her argument for resisting the attention economy.

Jenny Odell is an artist and a writer. She teaches at Stanford University. Her new book is How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible].

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.