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The Week Unwrapped podcast: meds, bonds and the 10,000-hour rule

Are we diagnosing and treating mental illness the wrong way? And do generalists fare better in life than specialists?

Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days.

In this week’s episode, we discuss:

The 10,000-hour rule

A new book out this week questions everything we thought we knew about getting ahead by specialising early. In Range, author David Epstein gathers evidence to show how the world needs more generalists, with implications for sport, music, innovation and parenting.

Read more about Range in our briefing here.

Meds

As many as 970 million people around the world now suffer from some sort of mental distress, according to the latest World Health Organisation figures, with rates of depression and anxiety growing more than 40% over the past 30 years. So what is behind that growth? And could it be halted by changing the way mental illness is diagnosed and treated?

Bonds

This week, the value of negative-yielding debt hit a record $12.5tn. Why is this happening? And what does it suggest about the state of the financial world and the global economy?

You can subscribe to The Week Unwrapped on iTunes, SoundCloud or wherever you get your podcasts. It is produced by Matt Hill and the music is by Tom Mawby.

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