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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jonathan Kozol on His Book Fire in the Ashes

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Jonathan Kozol discusses the inequalities inflicted upon poor children. Kozol has persistently crossed the lines of class and race, first as a teacher, then as an author of books about the children he has called “the outcasts of our nation’s ingenuity.” His new book, Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-five Years Among the Poorest Children in America, is about a group of inner-city children he has known for many years, young men and women who have come of age in one of the most destitute communities of the United States.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Century of the Child at MoMA

Monday, August 27, 2012

Curator Juliet Kinchin discusses the exhibition “Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000,” a survey of 20th-century design for children, that brings together school architecture, playgrounds, toys and games, animation, clothing, safety equipment and therapeutic products, nurseries, furniture, and books. “Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000” is on view at MoMA through November 5.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Teaching Bravery

Friday, August 24, 2012

Donna Pincus, director of the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at Boston University and the author of Growing Up Brave: Expert Strategies for Helping Your Child Overcome Fear, Stress, and Anxiety offers advice for helping children overcome anxiety and stress.

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Soundcheck

Rock(abye) Around the Clock

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Everyone pretty much agrees that singing to babies is a good thing. Singing can help strengthen the bond between parent and child; it nurtures brain development; and in fact, women are being taught to sing to their babies while they're still in the womb. Heck, even dogs know that it's important. 

 

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New Jersey News

NJ Foster Care System is Improving, But Not Enough

Friday, July 20, 2012

New Jersey's child welfare system continues to get mixed results in its decade-long effort to better protect abused children.

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The Takeaway

Boy Scouts: For Heterosexuals Only

Thursday, July 19, 2012

This past Tuesday, after nearly two years of evaluating their membership policy, the Boy Scouts announced that they would continue to exclude gays from their organization. Jennifer Tyrrell, a former scout leader who was dismissed for being gay, is trying to get them to change their mind.

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WNYC News

Incidents of Mother-Child, Murder-Suicide Are Not Uncommon, Experts Say

Monday, July 09, 2012

Three children were allegedly killed by their mothers in separate incidents in New York City last week — a type of murder-suicide that experts say is not uncommon.

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The Takeaway

Vacation: Should We Bring the Kids?

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Summer time has arrived and Americans are itching, not only from the mosquito bites but for a vacation. But when it comes to a few days off from the daily grind, not everyone agrees about whether or not to bring the kids along.

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The Takeaway

A Republican Wunderkind Changes His Mind

Thursday, July 05, 2012

At the age of 13, Jonathan Krohn was dubbed the Republican Party’s "wunderkind," publishing two conservative books, and hobnobbing with conservative stars like Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh. But today, just four years later, the Republican cheerleader has changed his mind.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Bans Life without Parole for Juveniles

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for children under 17-years-old are unconstitutional. Bryan Stevenson, an attorney and the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, argued the case before the Supreme Court.

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The Takeaway

Why Have Children?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

In a woman’s life, there are many rites of passage: her first period, her first time falling in love, and her first time being hired for a job. And if she makes it past the ripe old age of 25, she very likely has one more rite of passage that lasts for the next two decades. And if she doesn't hit this milestone, she gets asked over and over again: “Why don’t you have children?”

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The Takeaway

How Old is Old Enough for Facebook?

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Right now, Facebook bans anyone under 13 from joining, but that might soon change. The company is looking at ways to let preteens join the social network while giving parents oversight of their kid’s accounts.

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The Takeaway

Spelling Champ on This Year's Bee

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee begin today. And who better to talk through it all than 1999 champion Nupur Lala? Nupur won the bee with the word “logorrhea,” which means “the excessive use of words.” Her journey to the top was documented in the Oscar-nominated film “Spellbound.” 

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The Takeaway

Is Technology Making Our Children Narcissists?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Does technology hurt a child's character development? Psychotherapist Sheri Noga believes there are potentially negative sides. As she sees it, today’s technology amplifies the mindset of immediate gratification; and that can be bad for children, parents and the world.

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The Takeaway

C-Sections May Lead to Childhood Obesity

Friday, May 25, 2012

A new study suggests that children born via C-section are twice as likely to be obese by age three than those delivered vaginally way. On the surface, this might appear to be breakthrough work in our understanding of obesity, but how seriously should expectant mothers take it?

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The Takeaway

College Students Either Studying as Hard as Ever, or Not Hard Enough

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

College is a time for academic inquiry, personal growth, and, of course, studying. But three studies published in the past three years suggest there might be less studying happening on college campuses than there used to be. According to one of them, by economists from the University of California, Santa Barbara, college students today spend about 40 percent less time studying outside of class than they did in 1961.

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Radiolab

Why Isn't the Sky Blue?

Monday, May 21, 2012

What is the color of honey, and "faces pale with fear"? If you're Homer--one of the most influential poets in human history--that color is green. And the sea is "wine-dark," just like oxen...though sheep are violet. Which all sounds...well, really off. Producer Tim Howard introduces us to linguist Guy Deutscher, ...

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The Takeaway

Should Schools Punish Students for Their Activities Off-Campus?

Monday, May 07, 2012

Two teenagers in Indiana listed on Facebook eight students and one teacher from their school that they’d like to kill. The school expelled the two girls involved in the exchange. Should students be punished for their cyber-activities off campus? Wendy Kaminer is a lawyer, social critic, and contributing editor at The Atlantic, and Regina Webb is the person who first got the Griffith Middle School involved in this case, when Webb's older daughter was one of the people whose name was listed as a potential mark in the Facebook exchange.

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The Takeaway

Why Kids Are The Best Scientists

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The next time your children get filthy playing in the riverbed or taking apart the remote control, stop before you scold. Scientists say that this kind of play is actually like hands-on science experimentation for your kids; they're learning to decipher the world around them through exploration. Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, explains how these findings should change how we educate our children.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Bullying

Friday, March 30, 2012

Bullying is commonplace in schools, but in recent years cyber-bullying, suicides, and school shootings have shown bullying to be a very serious issue. On this week’s Please Explain we’ll find out what constitutes bullying and aggression among children (and adults), its repercussions, and how parents, children, and schools should address it. We’re joined by Elizabeth Englander, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University, and Jessie Klein, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Adelphi University, and author of The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America’s Schools.

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