#114 - A cocktail party from hell | Curio

#114 - A cocktail party from hell

25 mins | Dec 13, 2021

Today's episode from 13th December 2021. First this Monday: Prosecutors accusing Jeffrey Epstein's former partner Ghislaine Maxwell of child grooming, have rested their case. It means they've finished presenting evidence against the British socialite and now it's the turn of the defence in her sex trafficking trial. We take a look at what's she been accused of, her own background of abuse at the hands of her father and what's been said in court so far. Then later, what a character from Greek mythology can teach us about distraction and how to beat it. 

If convicted on all charges, she faces life in prison. But it’s possible that she will walk. For The Guardian, John Sweeney analyses week one of the much-anticipated trial of Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-lover saw her big-money defence lawyers trying to outmuscle an underpowered prosecution. Distractions seem ever-present in today’s tech-focused world. But they’ve always been a part of human life. Nir Eyal sheds some light on a very simple fix in an Ancient Greek parable that could help us become indistractable. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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