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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

MANCHESTER, NH - NOVEMBER 22: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at Manchester Central High School November 22, 201 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Obama spoke about job creation. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images/Getty)

On today’s show: We’ll get an update on the Democratic National Convention! And Ta-Nehisi Coates looks at the role race is playing in this year’s presidential campaign. Gretchen Rubin tells us about her project to make her home a happier place. Emma Straub talks about her new novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures. Plus, Paul Tough looks at why children’s success depends less on intelligence and more on skills like curiosity, optimism, and self-control.

Anna Sale on the Democratic National Convention

WNYC's Anna Sale gives an update on what's happening today in Charlotte and what to expect at the Democratic National Convention.

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Race and the Election

Ta-Nehisi Coates talks about the role race is playing in this year’s election. His latest article in the September issue of The Atlantic is called “Fear of a Black President.” We’ll look at how race is or is not playing a role in this year’s campaign

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A Happier Home

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, talks about her new project to improve her home life. Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life is an account of her nine-month experiment to make her home a place of greater simplicity, comfort, and love.

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Emma Straub on Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures

Emma Straub talks about her novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, a story of a Midwestern girl who escapes a family tragedy and is remade as a movie star during Hollywood’s golden age.

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Paul Tough on How Children Succeed

Many believe a child’s success is based on intelligence and that those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs, will succeed in school and in life. Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control. In How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, he writes of researchers and educators who are using new tools to develop character, uncovers the ways in which parents do—and do not—prepare their children for adulthood, and he and he looks at ways to help children growing up in poverty.

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