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December 17, 2010

Raising Bookworms
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Want your kids to grow up smarter and more successful? The answer is simple get them to read. Well turn to an expert for tips on how to turn your kids into bookworms. Then, the conventional wisdom is that you should know as much as you can about personal finance. But one authority says financial education simply does not work. And find out why you should keep gift cards off of your holiday shopping list.
Episode Segments:
InfoTrak: Getting Kids to Keep Reading
After graduation, one third of high school graduates and forty-two percent of college graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives. Emma Walton Hamilton, author of Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment believes that the key to changing this trend is to teach children to love reading at an early age.
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InfoTrak: Financial Literacy - Overrated?
Conventional wisdom says that every American needs to learn about personal finance issues. Researcher Lauren Willis author of the report Against Financial Literacy Education said her research indicates that financial education programs do not work, and often do more harm than good.
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InfoTrak: The Issues with Gift Cards
With today's economic conditions, Anthony Giorgianni of Consumer Reports Money Adviser newsletter believes that consumers should think twice about purchasing gift cards from retailers as well as cards issued by banks and credit unions during this holiday season. He explained some of the possible pitfalls, plus the wisest ways to use gift cards, if they are received as gifts.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Lauren Willis
While in law school, Lauren Willis was on the senior staff of the Stanford Law Review, was a co-founder of the Stanford Public Interest Law Students Association and was a Foreign Language and Area Studies (Russian) Fellow. She received the Block Civil Liberties Award, the Stanford Women Lawyers Scholarship and the University Goldstein Award for Scholarship on Children at Risk. After law school, she clerked for the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States and for Judge Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She practiced law with Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP in Baltimore and at the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC. She taught at Stanford Law School as a Fellow, joined the Loyola faculty in 2004, and spent the 2008 Spring semester as a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In her lecture, panelist, and media appearances in the U.S., the E.U., and South Africa, Willis has discussed regulation of the U.S. home mortgage market, predatory lending, financial literacy education, behavioral decisionmaking, and a variety of consumer law topics. She is a member of the State Bars of Maryland and Massachusetts.

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Emma Walton Hamilton
EMMA WALTON HAMILTON is a best-selling children’s book author, editor and arts educator. She has co-authored 16 books for children and young adults, four of which have been on the NY Times Bestseller list, and serves Editorial Director of the Julie Andrews Collection publishing program, where she has shepherded dozens of children's books from idea to publication. Emma is currently serving as Co-Director of Stony Brook Southampton's new Playwriting Conference, as well as Executive Director of YAWP - the Young American Writers Project - an inter-disciplinary writing program for middle and high school students on Long Island. One of the founders of Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY, Emma served as co-Artistic Director and subsequently Director of Education and Programming for Young Audiences there for 17 years, helming Bay Street's educational outreach as well as Kidstreet, the acclaimed program for young audiences. Emma also works as a freelance children's book editor, providing manuscript evaluations and line-editing services for aspiring and established children's book authors. She is an active arts and literacy advocate, speaking to groups across the country on the value of, and synergy between, both issues.

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