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February 05 2014


Are We Having Fun Yet? New Book Explores The Paradox Of Parenting : NPR

Kids can be magical and maddening. The title of Jennifer Senior's book — All Joy and No Fun — contrasts the strains of day-to-day parenting with the transcendent experience of raising a child. http://www.npr.org/2014/02/04/271416048/are-we-having-fun-yet-new-book-explores-the-paradox-of-parenting

November 04 2013


Tom Meets A Future NPR Host In The Making

Late on Halloween night, we received an email from a fan whose young child had gone as On Point host Tom Ashbrook for an evening of trick-or-treating. It was a pretty good likeness, so naturally we invited the would-be NPR host of the future into our studio for a chance to meet his costume inspiration, and for Tom to see what his future competition looks like.

Nolan is all of one-and-a-half, but he definitely looks like he’s ready to hop in the host seat and take over our next hour of air time.

Nolan was at times more interested in the lights and sound of the studio than our conversation with author and novelist Ann Patchett, but he sat through a whole half-hour of programming in order to meet Tom after the show.

We thank Nolan’s parents for sharing their wonderful Halloween photo with us, and for joining us in studio today. Is Nolan really the face of NPR’s future? Our staff certainly thinks so — more than a few producers have already played around with the idea of ‘On Point With Nolan Tosh,’ starting next Monday. Stay tuned for the pending host coup.

October 18 2013


Cyber-Bullying Takes A Very Real Toll

12-year old Rebecca Ann Sedwick committed suicide. Her young tormentors arrested. We’ll look at cyberbullying and the law.


Jerriann Sullivan, reporter at the Orlando Sentinel. (@JerriannOS)

Justin Patchin, professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, co-director of the Cyberbulling Research Center. Co-author of “School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying and Sexting One Classroom at a Time” and “Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying.” (@JustinPatchin)

Sheriff Grady Judd, Polk County, FL sheriff. (@PolkCoSheriff)

Sue Shellenbarger, columnist for The Wall Street Journal.

From Tom’s Reading List

Wall Street Journal: The Teen Empathy Gap – ”‘Cognitive empathy,’ or the mental ability to take others’ perspective, begins rising steadily in girls at age 13, according to a six-year study published recently in Developmental Psychology. But boys don’t begin until age 15 to show gains in perspective-taking, which helps in problem-solving and avoiding conflict. Adolescent males actually show a temporary decline, between ages 13 and 16, in a related skill—affective empathy, or the ability to recognize and respond to others’ feelings, according to the study, co-authored by Jolien van der Graaff, a doctoral candidate in the Research Centre Adolescent Development at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Fortunately, the boys’ sensitivity recovers in the late teens. Girls’ affective empathy remains relatively high and stable through adolescence.”

Slate: Two Girls Charged With Felony Stalking in Rebecca Sedwick Suicide Case. That’s Not the Answer — “While I know that it’s very hard to try to feel compassion rather than loathing for the 12 and the 14 year old in this case right now—and that asking for it will be scorned as making excuses for them—I do think we have to try to understand what was going on behind those loathsome posts.”

Orlando Sentinel: Sheriff in Rebecca Sedwick suicide: Cut cyberbullying cord — “A day after Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd announced the arrest of two girls in the Rebecca Ann Sedwick suicide he appeared on the national television morning shows warning parents of the dangers of cyberbulling. He also vowed to prosecute anyone – children or adults – who commits such crimes. ‘People deserve to live a healthy, normal life,’ Judd told Robin Roberts on ’Good Morning America’. ‘We will prosecute anyone we can prove has bullied or stalked someone.’”

July 05 2011


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The Radio Rabbi Show Archive • Past Shows http://www.rabbibarbara.com/the_radio_rabbi_archive.html

March 17 2011


A window into our technological future: what do kids want? - RN Future Tense - 17 March 2011

A US research company has been asking children aged up to 12 years old 'what's the one thing you wish your computer could do, but can't right now?' The answers provide a window into our technological future. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/futuretense/stories/2011/3164389.htm

February 14 2011


For Kids, Self-Control Factors Into Future Success : NPR

Social scientists say three things matter for success in life: IQ, family's socioeconomic status and one thing that's easy to influence: self-control. A child's self-control in preschool helps predict possible health, substance abuse and financial problems later in life, researchers found. http://www.npr.org/2011/02/14/133629477/for-kids-self-control-factors-into-future-success

July 13 2010


The Debate Over Sperm Donors

Sperm banks are suddenly big in the movies. We’ll look at the real life debate over test-tube daddies.
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