The Surprising Benefits Of Talking To Strangers : Short Wave With a lot of us stuck at home, trying to physically distance from each other, one part of daily life has largely disappeared: bumping into strangers. On today's show, Maddie talks with Yowei Shaw, co-host of NPR's Invisibilia, about the surprising benefits of stranger interactions. And Short Wave tries out QuarantineChat, a workaround to our current strangerless existence. (Encore episode)

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The Lost Joys Of Talking To Strangers

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The Lost Joys Of Talking To Strangers

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With a lot of us stuck at home, trying to physically distance from each other, one part of daily life has largely disappeared: bumping into strangers. On today's show, Maddie talks with Yowei Shaw, co-host of NPR's Invisibilia, about the surprising benefits of stranger interactions. And Short Wave tries out QuarantineChat, a workaround to our current strangerless existence. (Encore episode)

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was reported and produced by Yowei Shaw, edited by Deborah George and Viet Le. The facts were checked by Emily Vaughn.