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  • Kensington, Philadelphia, is distinguished only by its poverty. It is home to Ryan, Giancarlos, and Emmanuel, three Puerto Rican children who live among the most marginalized families in the United States. This is the story of their coming-of-age, which is beset by violence—the violence of homelessness, hunger, incarceration, stray bullets, sexual and physical assault, the hypermasculine logic of the streets, and the drug trade. In Kensington, eighteenth birthdays are not rites of passage but statistical miracles. Nikhil Goyal's book is "Live to See the Day: Coming of Age in American Poverty."
  • After an expanded credit took effect, child poverty hit a historic low of 5.2% a year ago. New Census data shows it has since rocketed to 12.4%. Doctors are seeing this play out in real time. Natasha Pernicka is the Executive Director at The Alliance for a Hunger Free NY and The Food Pantries for the Capital District. She joins us to discuss Child Poverty Rates.
  • This Sunday, September 24th, the space-folk band Electric Blue Yonder brings MicroPARTY to Conkling Hall in Rensselaerville, New York.MicroPARTY is a celebration of creativity and curiosity in the form of an interactive concert experience for children and adults. This Sunday’s MicroPARTY at Conkling Hall is organized by Velvet Earth Farm Presents.Electric Blue Yonder founders Beth and Johnny Veres join us now to tell us more.
  • Dr. Hannah Karpman, Associate Professor at Smith School for Social Work and faculty member at The Shriver Center at Chan Medical School joins us to discuss a new study that shows that many children who go to the ER for a mental health crisis do not get sufficient follow-up care.
  • Dr. Ellen Braaten joins us to discuss her new book, "Bright Kids Who Couldn't Care Less: How to Rekindle Your Child's Motivation." In the book she aims to help readers understand the myriad biological, psychological, and social factors that affect motivation.
  • World-class pediatric surgeon, social scientist, and best-selling author of "Thirty Million Words" Dr. Dana Suskind's new book, "Parent Nation," helps parents recognize both their collective identity and their formidable power as custodians of our next generation.
  • WBUR's “Circle Round” podcast adapts folktales from around the world into sound-and music-rich radio plays for kids. The character voices in the stories are performed by incredible actors. “Circle Round” is created and produced by Rebecca Sheir and Eric Shimelonis. Vermont Public’s “But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids,” answers listener-submitted questions on wide-ranging topics. Recent episode titles include: “Why do pigs oink?,”“How are images chosen for coins?,” and “Why do we have friends?.” Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of “But Why.”Rebecca Sheir and Jane Lindhom join us along with special guest host, Evelyn Correia.
  • Founded in 1999, Kid Pan Alley’s is an organization that fosters community among children of all ages through the group songwriting process by holding collaborative songwriting workshops in schools, at camps, online and at community centers nationwide.They’ve recently recorded a new song in honor of Veterans Day entitled “A Place We Go to Remember.” The song, written by Paul Reisler, Natalia Zukerman & 4th grade at Pocahontas Elementary School in Virginia, was Inspired by the book “Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light & Lines” by Jeanne Walker Harvey.
  • "Sometimes I Grumblesquinch" by Rachel Vail explores the pressure children often feel to be perfect all the time and helps them realize that it's okay to share frustrating, and at times, not-so-nice thoughts and seek comfort from adults to help them manage those feelings.
  • World-class pediatric surgeon, social scientist, and best-selling author of "Thirty Million Words" Dr. Dana Suskind's new book, "Parent Nation," helps parents recognize both their collective identity and their formidable power as custodians of our next generation.