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Quitting a phone: easier said than done.

Could you quit your smartphone?

Stepping away from the digital idol. A crisis of the American working class. And: you may never be able to see the night sky the same way again.

Lisa Wells, "I Quit My Smartphone"

The New York Times’ recent series “I Quit” has included such things as “my job,” “the presidential race,” and individualized “dating,” “sex,” and “dating apps.” One Seattle poet, Lisa Wells, wrote about how and why she chose to quit her smartphone.

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope

A blue-collar boom, or a working class crisis? Depends on who you ask. The president’s State of the Union suggests the former, but journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn beg to differ. Their new book is called Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope.

SpaceX light pollution

Last week, SpaceX launched 60 satellites off the coast of Florida. They join another 240 that the company has already sent up. What will all that light do to our views of the night sky? Bill asked Paula Szkody, an astronomy professor at the University of Washington.