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Want to spend more time with family? Expand your definition of ... family

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode Stay Resolved

We often resolve to spend time with family. A.J. Jacobs may have found one solution: treat everyone like family. He says genealogy platforms have linked him to family trees with millions of cousins.

About A.J. Jacobs

A.J. Jacobs is an author and journalist, best known for writing about his lifestyle experiments. He is also editor-at-large at Esquire magazine, a commentator on NPR, and a columnist for Mental Floss magazine.

Jacobs' works chronicle his self-experiments, which have involved taking a vow of total honesty, following the Bible literally for a year, and reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. He is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, including Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey. In addition to his books, Jacobs has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, and Dental Economics magazine.

He holds a BA from Brown University.

This segment of the TED Radio Hour was produced by Fiona Geiran and edited by Sanaz Meshkinpour and James Delahoussaye. You can follow us on Twitter @TEDRadioHour and email us at TEDRadio@npr.org.


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Manoush Zomorodi is the host of TED Radio Hour. She is a journalist, podcaster and media entrepreneur, and her work reflects her passion for investigating how technology and business are transforming humanity.
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