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How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

In conversation with Patt Morrison
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Episode Summary

Imagine a world where kids got gold stars for grit and curiosity. Paul Tough introduces us to a new generation of scientists and educators who are radically rethinking our understanding of how children develop character, how they learn to think, and how they overcome adversity.

Participant(s) Bio

Paul Tough is the author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest To Change Harlem and America. He has written extensively about education, child development, and poverty in cover stories for the New York Times Magazine, and for The New Yorker, Slate, GQ, Esquire, and the op-ed page of the New York Times. Tough has worked as an editor at the New York Times Magazine and Harper’s Magazine, and as a reporter and producer for NPR’s This American Life. He is founding editor of Open Letters, an online magazine.

Patt Morrison is a writer and columnist for the Los Angeles Times and host of the daily Patt Morrison public affairs program on KPCC. She has won six Emmys and six Golden Mike awards as founding host and commentator on Life & Times Tonight, the nightly news and current affairs program on KCET. Her one-on-one television interview subjects include Salman Rushdie, Henry Kissinger, Frank Gehry, Ray Bradbury, Joan Didion, and many more.