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July 15, 2018

Women and the Ambition Decision
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How do the goals and ambitions of women change as the years go by? Two women went back and interviewed dozens of their female college classmates to find out, and learned that the conventional wisdom about women and ambition doesn’t always apply. Then, a psychologist says parents can raise their kids to be kinder and more caring. The result is a happier family life.
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Women's Complex Career Choices
Over the last sixty years, women’s roles at home and on the job have radically changed, and the question of whether they can really “have it all” is still debated. Elizabeth Wallace, co-author of The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Family, and the Path to Building a Life outlined three distinct paths where a woman’s life and career choices may lead. She talked about the importance of the support of husbands when ambitious women move into high-level corporate positions. She offered advice for women who are facing today’s complex career choices.
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Raising Kinder Kids
Thomas Lickona, PhD, is a Developmental Psychologist, Professor of Education Emeritus at the State University of New York at Cortland, author of How to Raise Kind Kids: And Get Respect, Gratitude, and a Happier Family in the Bargain. Dr. Lickona has led the character education movement in schools for forty years. He outlined the tools that parents need to foster peace and cooperation at home. He explained how changes in our culture have made it harder than ever to raise kind kids. He offered suggestions for parents to deal with technology and the use of media by kids.
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Apps and Tracking Data
Irwin Reyes, a Researcher in the Usable Security and Privacy Group at the International Computer Science Institute led a study that found that more than 3300 Android apps from the Google Play Store are improperly tracking kids and are potentially violating federal law. He outlined the types of data that is being collected and what is being done with it. He believes similar results are likely with iPhones, but Apple’s closed system prevents a similar study of its users. He offered advice to parents who are concerned about their children’s privacy.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Elizabeth Wallace
Elizabeth Wallace is the author of The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Family, and the Path to Building a Life (Viking, 2018). Wallace worked for over a decade as an editor at fashion magazines including Vogue, Lucky, Nylon, InStyle, Seventeen, and Us Weekly. She is now a freelance writer who contributes regularly to Architectural Digest and Domino, and has been published in The Atlantic, Lenny, Refinery29, Travel + Leisure, Departures, and Redbook. In addition to her work in editorial content, Wallace collaborates on advertising campaigns and branded content for fashion, automotive, healthcare, food/spirits, and financial clients.

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Thomas Lickona
Thomas Lickona, Ph.D., is a psychologist and educator who has been called “the father of modern character education.” A professor of education emeritus at State University of New York, Cortland, he is the founding director of his university's Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility) and author of nine books on moral development and character education, including Raising Good Children, Educating for Character, Character Matters, Sex, Love, and You, and How to Raise Kind Kids (April 2018).

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