Does Television Helps Kids Develop?

Television is the most dominant form of cultural expression in our country, beating out movies, print publications, and books. Is it a good idea to cut your kid off in the name of—what exactly?

While it's easy to criticize the level at which some television shows operate, is it worth condemning the medium as a whole? "That the average American spends 20 percent of his or her day watching television can seem alarming, but television's ever-present existence in our lives is a fact. And it can no longer be ignored. 'It's the lens through which many Americans see the world,' said Lynne Joyrich, an associate professor in Brown University's department of Modern Culture and Media. 'It's incumbent upon us to understand it.'"

Why American history lives between the cracks

The stories we tell define history. So who gets the mic in America?

  • History is written by lions. But it's also recorded by lambs.
  • In order to understand American history, we need to look at the events of the past as more prismatic than the narrative given to us in high school textbooks.
  • Including different voices can paint a more full and vibrant portrait of America. Which is why more walks of American life can and should be storytellers.
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Juice is terrible for children. Why do we keep giving it to them?

A glass of juice has as much sugar, ounce for ounce, as a full-calorie soda. And those vitamins do almost nothing.

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Quick: think back to childhood (if you've reached the scary clown you've gone too far). What did your parents or guardians give you to keep you quiet? If you're anything like most parents, it was juice. But here's the thing: juice is bad for you. 

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Orangutans exhibit awareness of the past

Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club

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Surprising Science
  • Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
  • It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
  • This ability may come from a common ancestor
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