How Indoor Environments Affect Our Health & Happiness | Emily Anthes

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AN INTRODUCTION TO EMILY ANTHES:

Emily is a science journalist and author. 

Her new book, The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness, was published in June. 

She is also the author of Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts, which was longlisted for the PEN/E.O Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. 

Emily’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, Nature, Slate, Businessweek, and elsewhere. 

Her magazine features have won several awards, including the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award and the NASW Science in Society Journalism Award. 

Emily has a master’s degree in science writing from MIT and a bachelor’s degree in the history of science and medicine from Yale, where she also studied creative writing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

In the episode, Emily shares practical tips for making your home—and home office!—more desirable and productive; how schools, prisons, hospitals, and large offices can improve their spaces; fascinating facts about your unique “home biome”…and more!


QUESTIONS I ASK EMILY IN THE EPISODE:

  • What’s your story (specifically, what led you to become a journalist)?
  • What piqued your interest in indoor environments and their effect on our health?
  • I’d love to touch on different aspects of your research. How do our indoor spaces affect us:
    • Mentally?
    • Physically
  • Let’s talk about windows, layout, and temperature. What does research suggest about:
    • Windows?
    • Room design?
    • Ideal temperature?
  • I’m particularly fascinated in your discoveries about the biome in our own homes vs. the biome in others’ homes. Can you touch on that?
  • How can we better design…
    • Schools?
    • Prisons?
    • Hospitals?
    • Offices?
  • Since so many of us are working from home right now, what are some of the most important changes we can make to our common areas/work space to boost our mood and productivity?
  • What questions do you still have about how indoor environments affect our health?

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