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Week of June 29, 2014

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The Power of Play

06.29.2014

Remember what it was like to be a kid, playing outside with friends for hours at a time? Sure, it may just seem like fun and games, but it may also have been invaluable training for life as an adult.

  1. Learning Through Play

    Developmental psychologist Peter Gray says play helps children make sense of the world, and teaches them the social and emotional skills they'll need as a adults. He's the author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Studsents for Life.

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  2. A Perfect Playground

    Let's say you want to design a perfect playground for kids. What would it look like? We turned to some experts to find out — they're 3rd graders from Madison's Marquette Elementary School.

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  3. Inside an Adventure Playground

    In a small town in northern Wales you'll find a playground where it's normal for kids to play with rusty tools or build fires. It's called the Land, and it's an example of an adventure playground — where kids are free to take risks. The Land's manager, Claire Griffiths, gives us an insider's view of an adventure playground.

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  4. An Animated Life

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    Shortly before he was three, Ron Suskind's son was diagnosed with a rare form of autism that left him withdrawn and silent. Years later, the family used Disney films to draw him out. Ron Suskind writes about it in his book, Life, Animated: A Story fo Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism.

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  5. Dangerous Idea: Investment Over Aid

    Josh Ruxin's Dangerous Idea? Instead of foreign aid, use entrepreneurial investment to reduce poverty around the world.

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  6. On Our Minds: Unrest in Iraq

    With the militant group ISIS threatning the stability of Iraq, we're thinking about sectarianism in the country. To get some context on the divide between Iraqi Sunnis, Shias and Kurds, we turn to David Rohde. He's a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of Beyond War: Reimagining America's Role and Ambitions in a New Middle East.

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Just Dance!

06.29.2014

Want to improve your mood? Just dance. This hour we’re talking with people who’ve found an easy way to keep themselves happy, to build friendships, and make art. We’re checking in with neuroscientists too, to hear just what happens in our brains when we’re dancing. Also, how dancing together has been part of religious life for centuries. 

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  1. Dancing Away Anxiety

    When Robert Rand started having crippling panic attacks, he found an unconventional treatment for his anxiety... Cajun dancing.

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  2. The Dancing Brain

    Why does dancing - or just watching other people dance - feel so good? Correspondent Frank Browning checks in with dancers and neuroscientists.

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  3. Dancing Together

    People have gathered together to dance for centuries. Barbara Ehrenreich says we've become so obsessed with personal happiness, we often neglect the pleasures of collective joy.

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  4. Sonic Sidebar: Tango

    For Robert Farris Thompson, the most beautiful, intimate and passionate of dances is Argentine tango.

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  5. Sally Gross - Finding Her Own Dance

    Some of us think of dance as something best left to the professionals, people with years of training and technique. But when Sally Gross started dancing, she realized that she'd never master ballet or modern dance. So she made a whole new kind of dance...

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  6. Deep Tracks: Charles R. Cross

    Music journalist Charles R. Cross shares one of his favorite forgotten albums from The Sonics.

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  7. On Our Minds: Picturing Migration

    With federal immigration reform discussions stalled, we're thinking about borders this week. One project is tyring to put a face to the rising number of children who are making the journey alone, and illegally, into the United States. Encarni Pindado is Director of MigraZoom, which helps migrants tell their own migration experience through photos.

    See a slideshow of MigraZoom photos.

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