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April 28, 2018

America is Failing Basic Science
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Think you know much about basic science? Like what causes tides in the ocean, or the difference between astrology and astronomy? The results of a recent study may surprise you. An expert says over parenting is harming today’s children by not letting them make healthy mistakes. We’ll have the story
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Americans and Basic Science
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that Americans' grasp of common science topics could be better. Cary Funk Associate Director of Research at Pew Research Center outlined the results of the survey, including differences between genders, ages and education levels. She explained why a basic understanding of scientific principles is important for Americans to understand many of today’s civic issues.
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The Dangers of Overparenting
Julie Lythcott-Haims is the former Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising at Stanford University, and author of How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. Ms. Lythcott-Haims believes that overparenting is out of control in America, and that it harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. She explained how parents can allow children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.
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Happiness and Your Heart
Karina Davidson, PhD, researcher and clinical psychologist at Columbia University Medical Center in New York recently led a 10-year study that found that happiness may prevent a heart attack. She explained the science behind this finding and suggested ways that people can improve their outlook to improve their health.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Julie Lythcott-Haims
Julie Lythcott-Haims served as Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising at Stanford University, where she received the Dinkelspiel Award for her contributions to the undergraduate experience. A mother of two teenagers, she has spoken and written widely on the phenomenon of helicopter parenting, and her work has appeared on TEDx talks and in Forbes and the Chicago Tribune. She is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

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