Friday, July 1, 2011

400-408 – Calls – What's your best guess-what-happened-on-our-vacation story?  Have any of you lived out a scene from a Chevy Chase vacation movie?  Any Home Alone or we-forgot-grandpa stories?  Any brutal layovers, flight delays, or other experiences at the-airport-from-hell?  How about any Lost & Found, but mostly lost stories?  Any we-should-have-stayed-home honeymoon stories?  Ever been mugged, robbed, or held up in a foreign country?  Has Yogi or Winnie-the-Pooh visited you on any camping trips?  Any trips that made you wanna kiss the ground when you got back to the United States?

• Oddee (11/1/2010) 10 Worst Vacation Stories.

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458-508 – Robert Epstein, (, is a research scientist and former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today, author of 15 books including his latest Teen 2.0:  Saving Our Children and Families from the Torment of Adolescence (; other sites include:,,,  Dr. Epstein will be the keynote speaker at the National Youth Workers Association in the fall.  Today we talk about the myth of adolescence and the myth of the defective teen brain, as well as about the recent SCOTUS decision on allowing children unrestricted access to violent video games.

Here's what Newt Gingrich says on the inside of Teen 2.0 – "Adolescence was invented in the 19th century to enable middle-class families to keep their children out of sweatshops. But it has degenerated into a process of enforced boredom and age segregation that has produced one of the most destructive social arrangements in human history, consigning 13-year-old males to learning from 15-year-old males. It's a social experiment that failed. Dr. Epstein's book traces the history of the problem, demonstrates with unrelenting perseverance that much of the turmoil of our teens is a creation of our culture, and offers a specific and detailed proposal for getting our young people back on track.  If you are concerned about America's young -- and about America's future -- this is a must-read."

My Summary – Epstein argues that if "teenagerhood" was a universal malady, it would be universally acknowledged much like toddlerhood – everywhere and always, a 2 year old has been a 2 year old.  But the very fact other cultures do not dismiss teenagers as morally or intellectually inferior mitigates against the claim of an inferior teenage brain that's bubbling in hormones.  In fact, over 100 cultures around the world don't have any adolescent trauma, and many don't even have a word for "teenager."  It's just not a reality to them.  If he's right, and I believe he is since the research proves it, then we need to totally rethink how we raise our kids.  This is a Kuhnian paradigm shift, a scientific revolution.  There is no such thing as "the teen brain," but there is ubiquitous acceptance of the "myth of adolescence."

• YouTube (10/21/2010) Dr. Robert Epstein - TV Sizzle Reel.

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[BO] 558-608 – Dave Berg, has a lifetime in radio and television, from literally doing the pork bellies report in rural Wisconsin, to being a producer for Jay Leno for the past 18 years.  Today we talk about some of his experiences in Hollywood, as both a Christian and a conservative.

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• Victor Davis Hanson (NRO, 7/1/2011) Liberal Frankensteins: From Greece to California, the liberal dream is dead.

• Michelle Malkin (NRO, 7/1/2011) Postcard from London: Wisconsin on the Thames.

• Byron York (Washington Examiner, 6/30/2011) Union curbs rescue a Wisconsin school district.

• Al Mohler (WSJ, 7/1/2011) Evangelicals and the Gay Moral Revolution.  We have often spoken about homosexuality in ways that are crude and simplistic.

• USA Today (7/1/2011) Sonic, Burger King, other fast-food chains selling alcohol.