Aired: September 5, 2015

Uptalk on Jeopardy

  • What Motivates Us (13 min.)

    With: 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.

  • What is... Uptalk? (14 min.)

    With: 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.

  • Goodnight, Margaret Wise Brown (8 min.)

    With: 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.

  • A World of Children's Literature (4 min.)

    With: 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.

  • Mindfulness in the Classroom (12 min.)

    With: 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.

  • The Secret to Motivation at Work

    Politicians are debating whether we should extend the American workweek, but employers are struggling to keep workers motivated for the hours they’re already putting in. A best-selling author from Washington D.C. believes he has the secret to motivation.  Lilia Fuquen reports.

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    In Defense of Uptalk

    A Brooklyn journalist examines her use of uptalk in this New York Times article.  Does she kick the habit?


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