Too much bad news is boring

This week’s episode of the public radio program “To the Best of our Knowledge” (detail and streaming available here) focuses on “lessons in optimism and the science of happiness.” Against a backdrop of “global fatalism” and our “addiction to the belief that stories aren’t interesting unless they involve misery, corruption, suffering and death” == the show features some “radical optimists” and “hopeful rebels.” The hour is devoted to “evidence that the world is actually better off than you’d think.”