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Studies Find Long Commutes Make People More Unhappy

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Anyone who's wasted away hours of their life in traffic on the Capital Beltway can relate to this: psychologists say the activity that takes away from our daily happiness more than any other is commuting.

Long commutes are stressful, make us fatter and harm our marriages. A slew of recent studies detail the negative consequences. According to the blog "Priceonomics," all the time traveling back and forth to work takes away time from things that would actually make us happier, like spending time with our families.

"People are not actually making what we call rational decisions about it," says Rachel Weinberger, a transportation consultant and the co-author of Auto Motives: Understanding Car Use Behavior.

What she means by "rational decisions" is some commuters value the short-term benefits of a long car commute — such as being able to own a larger house in the country — more than the long-term consequences, like poor heath and stress.

So what this really points to is a lack of housing variety closer in.

Research by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments has found that D.C. area commuters want options to driving — like better rail and bus service.

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The Music And Legacy Of Motown

Motown founder Berry Gordy and director Charles Randolph-Wright of “Motown the Musical" join Diane for a conversation about the history of Detroit's famous sound.

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Will Montgomery County Go "Bottoms Up" On Liquor Laws?

Since Prohibition, Montgomery County has held the purse strings on liquor sales, meaning the county sells every drink from beer to bourbon to local bars and restaurants. But local business owners are pushing back from this system, claiming it lacks efficiency and leaves customers waiting. County officials say they are holding out for alternatives that protect those within the industry. We discuss both sides of the issue today.

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Exelon's Chief Strategy Officer On Its Proposed Takeover Of Pepco

Kojo chats with Exelon's chief strategy officer about the company's vision for electric service in the Washington region, and its argument for why its acquisition of Pepco is in the best interest of customers.

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Computer Guys And Gal

Another year is coming to a close and the Computer Guys And Gal are here to discuss this year's biggest technology news, including the growth of virtual reality and the "Internet of Things."

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