The Age of Influence

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Today's show is a best-of, so we won't be taking any calls. But the comments page is always open!

A series of books about the dangers of the Internet warns that the World Wide Web is making us shallow, stupid and isolated from one another. Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker discusses the history of media phobias and what these books have in common. Plus: Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics Radio; the secrets to screenwriting success; and an hour on parenting – including more babies born in Manhattan; whether growing up in the city better prepares you for life; a children’s book with a name we can’t say on the air; and advice for those with Asperger’s syndrome.  

The Internet is Making Us (Blank)

Adam Gopnik, staff writer for The New Yorker, discusses how books like Dr. Elias Aboujaoude's Virtually You and Nicolas Carr's The Shallows have been tackling the subject of the Internet and how it changes the way we behave and think.

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Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics

How much do parents really matter? And are we sure winners never quit and quitters never win? Stephen J. Dubner, host of Freakonomics Radio and co-author, with Steven D. Levitt, of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, talks about the unexpected economics behind issues like parenthood and quitting.

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Box Office Gold

Screenwriting partners, co-creators of Reno 911 and co-authors of Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too! Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon discuss their latest book.

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Raising Manhattanites

Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent  for The New York Times, looks at the new census numbers showing more children under five living in Manhattan, but fewer children city-wide.

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Better Growing Up In The City?

Listeners: Do you think growing up in a diverse, big city better prepares you for life? Does it give you a leg up in some way? Or are you thankful you didn't? Leave your comment here. 

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Go The F**k to Sleep

Parenting isn't always sweetness and light. Writer Adam Mansbach talks about his popular new book, Go the F**k to Sleep, described by David Byrne as "a children's book for grown-ups." 

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Asperger Advice

John Elder Robison, author of the memoir Look Me in the Eye and Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian with Practical Advice for Aspergians, Misfits, Families & Teachersoffers guidance for those, like himself, on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum.

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