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Cautionary Tales – When Stalin killed the weekend

Cautionary Tales – When Stalin killed the weekend


What when you may by no means have the identical time off as your family and friends? Would you stop your job? What if it was the murderous dictator Joseph Stalin providing you with the order?

The Soviet Union wished its factories to run every single day, all 12 months lengthy. And so in 1929, Stalin killed the weekend: staff had been prevented from all taking the identical time off on the identical time.

On this crossover episode of Cautionary Tales and The Happiness Lab, Tim Harford and Yale professor Dr Laurie Santos inform the story of Stalin’s curious, calendar-reshaping experiment. They discover what it may train us about time without work even in the present day and why the vacations matter so very a lot.

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