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.
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.
Shortly before he was three, Ron Suskind's son was diagnosed with a rare form of autism that left him withdrawn and silent.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.
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.
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.
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...
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.