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What Motivates Us

Dan Pink

Most of us think the best way to motivate is with rewards like money. But best-selling author Dan Pink says that’s a mistake.

13 mins

What is… Uptalk?

Thomas Linneman, William and Mary

It’s that rising, questioning tone some people use when ending a statement. And women aren’t the only ones who do it—so finds a study of contestants on the gameshow Jeopardy.

14 mins

Goodnight, Margaret Wise Brown

Kelley Libby, Associate Producer

First published in 1947, Goodnight Moon has become one of the most popular books for young children. Yet the book’s author, Margaret Wise Brown, always wanted to write for adults. This is the story of Brown’s life, work, and tragic death.

8 mins

A World of Children’s Literature

Dr. Osayimwense Osa, Virginia State University

After World War II, the International Youth Library in Munich was created to promote understanding by introducing Germany’s children to the literature of other cultures. It’s now the largest repository of children’s literature in the world.

4 mins

Mindfulness in the Classroom

Michele Briggs and Tammy Gilligan, James Madison University

With busy schedules and media-soaked lives, have our children lost their ability to engage in moment-by-moment experiences? We discuss what teachers can do to help children learn this important skill.

12 mins

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