The Age of Influence

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.