William Miller, author of The Microcosm Within.
Topic: Vaccination amnesia
Issues: A brief history of vaccines and the diseases they’ve eradicated or controlled; what is “herd immunity” and how it’s saving your life; Wakefield and his fraudulent research on vaccines–and why it’s so dangerous; why people refuse vaccines and the dangers they’re exposing their kids to.
Devorah Heitner, author of Screenwise.
Topic: Helping kids thrive and survive in their digital world.
Issues: The differences between “digital natives” and “digital immigrants,” assessing your own digital literacy; becoming a tech-positive parent; friendship and dating in the digital age; how much screen time do kids really have? the “forever” nature of the Internet; where do we go from here?
Caitlin Flanagan, author of an article in the Atlantic magazine, “How Helicopter Parents Cause Binge Drinking.”
Topic: Why the way some white professionals raise their children is exacerbating an alcohol problem on some U.S. college campuses.
Issues: The difference between college drinking in the 1970s and today; the difference between “good parents” and “get-real parents”; how top colleges reward intensity and how binge drinking is a perfect form of that quality; why black students drink less than students of any other race.