The Power of Words, Dueling Museums, and The Internet's Letdown

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People walk into the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.

While Leonard is away, Anna Sale, the host of WNYC' Death, Sex, and Money, is guest hosting the show today! 

New Yorker staff writer Margaret Talbot discusses research about the social and economic disparities that correlate with how often parents speak to their children. Jonny Steinberg tells the story of Asad Abdullahi, a Somali refugee swept alone into the great wartime migration that scattered the Somali people throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the world. Vanity Fair special correspondent Bob Colacello discusses the competition between New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art for artworks, prestige, and young, moneyed trustees. Andrew Keen argues that as a society, we are less aware of the Internet’s deeply negative effects on our psychology, economy, and culture.