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Monday, December 31, 2012

The Brian Lehrer Show is not live today, so we won't be taking any calls. But you can keep the conversation going in the comments section!

More and more people are waiting to have children. A recent cover story from The New Republic looks at the potential health effects for older parents, and what the generational shifts mean for society. Plus: one of WNYC’s Radio Rookies, Danielle, talks about not being totally honest about the challenges of life in America when she talks to her family in Congo; New Yorker film critic David Denby on trends in movie-making; director and writer Kevin Smith reacts to Denby and talks about his New Jersey roots; and James Fallows on China.

 

The Grayest Generation: Older Parents

Americans are becoming parents at older and older ages. The average first-time mother is now four years older (25) than she was in 1970. Judith Shulevitz, science editor at The New Republic and author of their cover story "How Older Parenthood Will Upend American Society" talks about the impact for society, health, and families.

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Being Honest about the American Dream

WNYC Radio Rookie Danielle shares her story about not being able to be honest with her family in Congo about how hard life is in the United States. She's joined by Kim Nichols of the African Services Committee to talk about why it's so difficult to tell the truth about challenges.

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Open Phones: Advice Roulette

Another round of one of our favorite games - radio advice roulette. Listeners call in to get advice from strangers -- but only after they give advice to someone else.

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When the Movies Got Small

David Denby, film critic for The New Yorker and author of Do the Movies Have a Future?, talks about changes to the film industry and argues, though diminished, movies are still central to America's cultural life.

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Kevin Smith: Comic Man

Kevin Smith, screenwriter, actor, producer, director, and comic book writer, talks about New York Comic-Con and the new season of his show, "Comic Book Men," set in his comic book shop in Red Bank

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James Fallows on China's Business Environment

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, and author of China Airborne, talks about the idea that some Chinese business people and intellectuals, including some with strong U.S. ties, support the authoritarian state.

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