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Fun shouldn’t be a guilty pleasure. Fun is the point

Happy kids playing with garden sprinkler
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Happy kids playing with garden sprinkler

When was the last time you had fun? I mean the kind of fun where you lost track of time, you didn’t care what others were thinking of you, and you felt connected to the people you were having fun with. We all know what fun feels like, so why don't we make time for it?

We tend to think of fun as a side dish, something to eat if you’re not too full. That’s wrong. Fun should be the main course. Fun nourishes our mind and body as much as healthy food and productive work.

This hour, we talk about fun, including why we’re not having it, why we need more of it, and how to have it.


  • Catherine Price - Science journalist and the author of several books including The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again
  • Julia Pistell - Founding member of Sea Tea Improv, host of the Literary Disco podcast, a freelance producer at Connecticut Public, and a freelance writer
  • Liliana DeLeo - A certified laughter yoga master trainer and the founder of Living Laughter

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Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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Betsy started as an intern at WNPR in 2011 after earning a Master's Degree in American and Museum Studies from Trinity College. She served as the Senior Producer for 'The Colin McEnroe Show' for several years before stepping down in 2021 and returning to her previous career as a registered nurse. She still produces shows with Colin and the team when her schedule allows.