Decision fatigue can affect everyone from a judge on a long day of hearing cases, to a quarterback late in the game, to a shopper at IKEA trying to pick out wall mounts. But what people don't realize is that making decisions uses the very same willpower that you use to say no to doughnuts, drugs or illicit sex. New York Times science writer John Tierney investigates the connection in a new book titled Willpower: The Science Behind Decision Making and Self Control.
Then, Irish writer Eoin Colfer is famous as the author of the highly popular Artemis Fowl books for young people. Now he's giving adults a taste of his fast paced and often very funny prose with Plugged, a noir crime capper set in New Jersey. [Broadcast Date: October 12, 2011]