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Dinner Party Download: 'Snack Toys', the ages of maximum happiness and Esperanto

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Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party Download podcast and radio show.

On tap this week:

'Snack Toys' Adjust For Shorter Attention Spans

School-age children are increasingly playing in short bursts of time between organized activities‹whether on the sidelines of a sibling's soccer game or at home, between piano lessons and homework. And while many parents default to their smartphone or another electronic device as
a quick diversion, toy companies are working hard to maintain their market by refreshing traditional games and playthings to be shorter-playing, more portable and faster to clean up.

Happiness Peaks At Ages 23 And 69

Research shows that satisfaction peaks at 23 and 69, while those in their mid-fifties feel the most regret. Happiness also tails off after age 75, while those in their mid-20s overestimate their future prospects by an estimated 10 percent.

This Week In History: The Invention of Esperanto

The world's most-spoken auxiliary language was invented in 1887 as a way to ease communication between those without a common language. Last year, it was added as a 64th language to Google Translate.