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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

We’ll discuss why 20-somethings and recent college graduates seem to be slower at reaching adulthood. Then Jessie Sholl talks about her mother’s compulsive hoarding habit and how she was forced to confront it. Lauren Redniss talks about the scientific breakthroughs—and love life—of Marie and Pierre Curie. Also Colin Goddard gives an account of his experience as a victim of the shooting at Virginia Tech and talks about his work supporting gun control legislation.

Not Quite Adults

Richard Settersten and Barbara Ray discuss why 20-somethings are delaying adulthood. Not Quite Adults: Why 20-Somethings Are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood, and Why It's Good for Everyone draws on almost a decade of cutting-edge research, and has nearly 500 interviews with young people. The findings reveal that a slower path to adulthood may be beneficial.

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Dirty Secret: Compulsive Hoarding

Jessie Sholl explores the many personal and psychological ramifications of compulsive hoarding: a disorder that her mother suffers from. Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother's Compulsive Hoarding is her memoir about confronting her mother’s disorder, searching for normalcy and cleaning out the clutter in her mother’s home.

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Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie

Lauren Redniss discusses the life and work of Marie Curie—a story of science and love. Her illustrated book Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout tells the story of 24-year-old Marie Sklodowska, who moved to Paris and found work in the laboratory of Pierre Curie, whom she soon fell in love with. Together, they discovered two new elements, radium and polonium, recognized radioactivity as an atomic property, and won the Nobel Prize.

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Colin Goddard: Living for 32

Colin Goddard, survivor of the shooting at Virginia Tech, who is now an advocate with the Brady Campaign talks about his experience. He was the one to call 911 from the classroom and was one of the few to survive. He discusses the documentary “Living for 32,” in which he’s featured.

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