WHY DID THE chicken cross the road? To listen to KTD's special episode on Humor and Laughter, of course! (groan...)
Every parent knows that maintaining a good sense of humor is important when raising children. So we'll talk about how we can all insert more laughter (the best medicine!) into our everyday lives and learn to laugh more as a family. We examine the therapeutic and educational benefits of laughing with humor educator Mary Kay Morrison, Scared Scriptless' Jason Martin & the science of laughter reesarcher Dr. Lee Berk.
Airing the week of June 25 on the following stations:
FATHER'S DAY IS coming up and we at Kids These Days! thought it the perfect time to explore the role of fathers through history. How have dads changed, and how have they stayed the same through wars, civil rights movements and shifting economic times? We'll learn about the growing Alaska Native Fatherhood Movement and the groups that advocate for an active, engaged father (or father figure) in every child's life - and why it matters.
PLUS, we'll hear about organized fatherhood efforts in Kake and other rural areas of Alaska; and we take a look at dads on TV from the 1950's to the present when we discuss why should we care how Pop is portrayed in pop culture.
NEW TECHNOLOGIES ARE giving us an unprecendented view of the inner-workings of our brains. So next time on Kids These Days, we're talking about brain development during a child's teenage years. Adolescence is a period of growth that is distinct - so just what is going on between the ears of your teenager? Adolescent development expert and author, Dr. Laurence Steinberg & UAA's Dr. John Petraitis join us to discuss how your teen's odd or risky behavior could be explained by normal adolescent brain development.
PLUS, we talk with a man known as The Teen Whisperer; you tell us what you remember as the biggest risk you took as a teenager and, since we're talking about teens, Dr. KTD tells us what accounts for that um, interesting teen smell.
LOOKING FOR LOVE, companionship and a life partner means dating - for better or for worse. So next time on Kids These Days! we're exploring what happens when mom or dad start dating again after a divorce or death of a spouse, and we'll also turn an eye to teens and dating - what are the rules and how can caregivers encourage romantic exploration so that young people can learn how to pursue healthy relationships with appropriate partners.
PLUS, an interview with Alaska's most famous matchmaker, Susie Carter, the editor of Alaska Men magazine on what she has learned about people looking for love over the decades; and a KTDontheGO all about date night for Alaskan parents!
ANOTHER SCHOOL YEAR has come to a close and while the kids may be out of the classroom, a teacher's job is far from done. So on this program we celebrate and appreciate those educators who make a difference in the lives of kids - every day of the year. Anchorage School District exiting Superintendent Carol Comeau joins us as a special guest.
PLUS, a report on the changing status of modern educators; young people tell us which teacher made the biggest impact in their lives; and a new Power of One highlights a dedicated Alaskan teacher who turned her town's drug bust into a way to empower her students to grow healthy food.
NEXT TIME ON Kids These Days! we explore the rates of child obesity in Alaska, talk about Type II diabetes and other obesity-related illnesses in kids, we'll look at eating healthy in the bush and ask the question - can babies be too fat? We're joined by guests from the state of Alaska Obesity Prevention program and from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium's Wellness department.
PLUS, we'll learn about Alaska's Food-to-Schools program that puts local fish and farming on the school lunch menu, and find out about a statewide that will keep kids moving all summer long.
OUR MOTHER'S DAY special explores how mothers and motherhood have evolved since the Greek and Roman times. We'll be looking at moms through the ages as well as discussing modern trends in motherhood with our guest Dr. Shari Thurer, author of Myths of Motherhood: How Culture Reinvents the Good Mother.
PLUS, we get zen about motherhood when we explore applying Eastern principles to parenting and we'll learn about teen moms who are still in high school, how are they getting along?
Find your station and time here and join us all next week!
PLACE-BASED EDUCATION means learning about the immediate environment and cultural history and heritage, too, as part of a student's overall education. Next time on KTD our in-studio guests, educators Paul Ongtooguk and Lynda Prince, talk about the philosophy behind the movement and explain its origins. And we'll hear from Dr. Ben Chavis, a School Choice supporter who is critical of the idea that schools should teach culture.
PLUS, hear a special report on how educators are incorporating Alaska Native traditions and language in to their classrooms and curricula - we take you to Kotzebue and Barrow to learn more.
Find your station day and time here!
AUTISM IS BEING diagnosed with more and more frequency; recent reports say 1 in 88 kids in the United States have it. So next week on Kids These Days! we're talking about autism spectrum disorders. We’ll learn about screening, supports and resources for Alaska families with loved ones on the autism spectrum.
PLUS, a classroom of kindergarteners in Haines tell us about their classmate who has autism; we'll learn about effective therapies that use the healing power of animals; and we'll learn why the rates of diagnosis are on the rapid rise and what's new for autism when the DSM-5 is released in 2013.
CAR, BOAT OR SNOWMACHINE, driving is a reponsibility, a privilege, a rite of passage, a danger and a freedom at any age! Next time on KTD we're looking at all the facets of what it means to be young with a license to drive in Alaska. We're joined by a retired-educator-turned-driving-instructor, and the deputy commander of the Alaska Highway Patrol to look at safety issues, driver's ed, licensing, preventing drunk driving and why modern teens aren't getting their licenses as early as teens of yore (hint: studies stay it's because of texting and Facebook).
PLUS, beaters or brand new - adults remember their first cars; teens tell us if they'd rather use a car or a computer to connect with friends; we'll meet the parents of a young man who died in a drunk driving accident; and wonder why you're getting carded when you're obviously old enough? It's the controversial new "red stripe law" and we've got details.