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In this episode: Jacqueline Woodson, the Newberry, Caldecott, and National-Book Award winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming, If You Come Softly and many other works of poetry and literature for children and young adults, has just released Another Brooklyn, her first adult novel in twenty years. Another Brooklyn heartbreakingly illuminates the formative time when childhood gives way to adulthood—the promise and peril of growing up—and exquisitely renders a powerful, indelible, and fleeting friendship that united four young lives.

On this week's episode of Think Again–a Big Think Podcast, Jacqueline and host Jason Gots discuss collective amnesia, organized religion, the power of photographs, and why never being bored is bad for for kids. 

Surprise "conversation starter" interview clips in this episode: Lynsey Addario, Sebastian Junger, Maria Konnikova

 

Jacqueline Woodson quote: I’m always thinking about memory, and how important memory is to every narrative.…looking at the African-American experience, and the history of us coming here. And how we survived in a place where we were never meant to survive. And the fact that that memory and that history was passed down, and passed down, and passed down. And it’s not until people stop talking about it—once people stop talking about it and remembering it, that’s when they fall apart. Because what’s the foundation? And that’s the case for all of us as human beings. If you don’t have that foundation [of memory] what are you standing on?”

About Think Again - A Big Think Podcast: You've got 10 minutes with Einstein. What do you talk about? Black holes? Time travel? Why not gambling? The Art of War? Contemporary parenting? Some of the best conversations happen when we're pushed outside of our comfort zones. Each week on Think Again, we surprise smart people you may have heard of with short clips from Big Think's interview archives on every imaginable subject. These conversations could, and do, go anywhere.