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Monday, July 18, 2011

Today, Amy Eddings fills in for Leonard. She speaks with Shelley Pasnik, the Director for the Center for Children and Technology, about how children are using technology and how it's changing family dynamics—for better and worse. Emmy Award-winner and comedienne Judy Gold talks about her return to the stage in "The Judy Show - My Life as a Sitcom." Retired NYPD detective Michael Codella and Bruce Bennett describe the gritty history of drugs and crime in Alphabet City. And Bruce Feiler discusses the many years he spent in the Middle East and looks at the historic youth uprisings in the Arab world.


Amy Eddings

Children and Technology

Shelley Pasnik, Director of the Center for Children and Technology, discusses how children are using technology and how technology is changing education and family dynamics. She looks at the advantages and disadvantages of children using computers, iPads, and iPhones. We'll find out what guidelines parents should follow in terms of their children's use of technology. And we’re taking your calls!

Do you use iPads or iPhones to keep your kids occupied? Are they a learning tool or a time-waster? Tell us in the comments section below!

Or call us at 646-829-3985 with a question or to share how you manage kids and technology in your home.

Can iPads help kids learn to read or do computers and games drive kids to destraction?

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Judy Gold

Emmy Award-winner and comedienne Judy Gold talks about her return to the stage in “The Judy Show - My Life As A Sitcom,” a journey through her life with a little help from classic television sitcoms. Judy is the mother of two sons, has a girlfriend who is a therapist, and a mother who lives in a nursing home in New Jersey—all of which provides Judy with endless material.

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Retired NYPD detective sergeant Michael Codella and Bruce Bennett describe how the heroin trade threatened the lower-Manhattan neighborhood known as Alphabet City in the 1980s. In their book Alphaville: 1988, Crime, Punishment, and the Battle for New York City's Lower East Side, Codella describes growing up in Brooklyn's Canarsie neighborhood, where old-time mob capos and cops lived side-by-side, and he gives a historical snapshot of the Lower East Side—once one of Gotham's most dangerous neighborhoods—and the men who brought order to its mayhem.

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Generation Freedom

Bruce Feiler talks about the historic youth uprisings sweeping the Middle East and what they mean for the future of peace, coexistence, and relations with the West. His new book Generation Freedom, offers a portrait of history in the making—he marches with the daring young organizers in Liberation Square, confronts the head of the Muslim Brotherhood, and witnesses the dramatic rebuilding of a church at a time when sectarian violence threatens peace.

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Book Recommendations from Some of Our Guests

Looking for a good book to read? We've asked some Lopate Show guests what great books they've read lately, and here's what they've told us:

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Video: Jennifer Egan

Novelist Jennifer Egan, whose 2001 book Look at Me was the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club's July selection, talks about her favorite writers, favorite words, her writing rituals, and why her copy of Look at Me is so beaten up!

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