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Monday, February 07, 2011

Judith Warner questions whether we are over-diagnosing, and more important, over-medicating our children. Then, filmmaker Eugene Jarecki talks about his new documentary about the life and political rise of Ronald Reagan. Also, Aminatta Forna discusses her second novel, The Memory of Love. We’ll get a profile of prominent Egyptian opposition figures, including Mohamed ElBaradei. Plus, Susan Jacoby looks at how aging is perceived in America today.

Judith Warner on Children, Parents, Mental Health, and Medication

Judith Warner investigates the state of children’s mental health and whether children are being over-diagnosed and over-medicated. Her book We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication includes extensive research and interviews with dozens of doctors, researchers, family experts, and parents and brings compassion to the debate over how to best treat children’s mental health disorders.

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Eugene Jarecki's Documentary "Reagan"

Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki talks about his documentary “Reagan,” which follows the 40th president’s rise from small-town lifeguard to revered architect of the modern world, and examines the man, the myth and his legacy.  “Reagan” debuts on HBO February 7 at 9 pm.

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Aminatta Forna's Novel The Memory of Love

Aminatta Forna discusses her novel, The Memory of Love. Set in Sierra Leone at the turn of the 21st century, it’s a tale of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

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Egypt’s Opposition Leaders

Wall Street Journal reporter Charles Levinson gives us an update on what’s happening in Egypt and looks into who is running the opposition—from Mohamed ElBaradei, to other figures you may not have heard of.

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The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age

Susan Jacoby discusses the recent idea that the baby boom generation will experience a radically new kind of old age—unmarred by physical or mental deterioration, financial problems, or loneliness. Her book Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age raises the fundamental question of whether living longer is a good thing unless it means living better.

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