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August 30, 2014

The Digital Generation
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The World has changed dramatically in one generation; kids today are digitally wired. And one expert says it has literally changed their brain. Then, how can African Americans gain more success, and become game changers in their careers and in their lives? We’ll talk to a former winner of “The Apprentice” for the answers. Plus, is texting effecting the way teens sleep?
Episode Segments:
InfoTrak: Understanding the Digital Generation

Lee Crockett, Managing Partner of the 21st Century Fluency Project, and co-author of Understanding the Digital Generation: Teaching and Learning in the New Digital Landscape says that today’s digital technology is dramatically changing how children learn. He said research is finding that youngsters’ brains are changing physically and chemically, as a result of their use of computers and other digital devices.
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InfoTrak: Be a Game Changer

When Randall Pinkett became the first African-American winner of “The Apprentice,” he also became the only contestant who was asked to share his victory with a white woman. He discussed how his refusal resulted in a firestorm of controversy. He said sometimes hard work is not enough for minority employees. He offers advice for African-American professionals who want to break through the racial barriers they continue to face in his book Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness”.
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InfoTrak: Technology, Teens & Sleep

Dr. Peter Polos was the lead researcher in a study that examined how electronic media affects the sleep of teenagers. He found that teens lose a significant amount of sleep by sending an average of 34 texts after bedtime each night. He offered advice to parents, on how to take control of bedtime and set limits on their child’s access to digital devices.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Randal Pinkett
Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, scholar, author and speaker. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion dollar consulting firm based in Newark, NJ, that specializes in information technology, organizational development and public policy. Dr. Pinkett holds five degrees including: a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University where he competed on the track and field team as a high jumper and long jumper; a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Oxford in England; and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering, MBA, and Ph.D. from MIT. Most notably, he was the first and only African-American to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University and was the winner of NBC’s hit reality television show, “The Apprentice”, with Donald Trump. Dr. Pinkett has been featured on nationally televised programs such as The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, Nightline and Larry King Live. In 2009, he was named to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine’s official shortlist as a potential running mate for Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey. He is the author of Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur’s Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business and No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash and co-author of Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness to be released in 2010. Born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Pinkett is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and attends First Baptist Church in Somerset, NJ, where he resides. He is happily married to his wife, Zahara, and they are both proud parents of their daughter, Amira. Dr. Pinkett firmly believes that “for those to whom much is given, much is expected,” so throughout his endeavors, he places great emphasis on his desire to give back to the community.

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Lee Crockett
Lee Crockett is a national award winning designer, marketing consultant, entrepreneur, artist, author and international keynote speaker. He is the Director of Media for the InfoSavvy Group and the managing partner of the 21st Century Fluency Project. He has co-authored 3 books with writers and educators Ian Jukes and Ted McCain. Lee is a "just in time learner" who is constantly adapting to the new programs, languages and technologies associated with today's communications and marketing media. Understanding the need for balance in our increasingly digital lives, Lee has lived in Kyoto, Japan where he studied Aikido and Tea Ceremony as well as Florence, Italy, where he studied painting at the Accademia D'Arte.

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