America’s Boy Crisis
Guest: Warren Farrell, PhD, Author of “The Boy Crisis,” “Why Men Are the Way They Are,” The Myth of Male Power”
All over the world, boys are in crisis, says activist and author Warren Farrell. They’re falling behind girls in education. They’re jailed at much higher rates. Their suicide rates as teens are much higher than among girls. In his new book, “The Boy Crisis” Farrell argues that American society has made great strides in empowering girls to find new purpose and possibilities, but we’ve not given the same attention to boys, who are getting left behind. Farrell offers concrete suggestions for parents on raising boys with a healthier sense of purpose at home, at work and in society.
Why Dolly Parton’s Tennessee Mountain Theme Park Matters
Guest: Graham Hoppe, Author of “Gone Dollywood: Dolly Parton’s Mountain Dream”
Dolly Parton is easy to label as cheesy or artificial and she plays to that stereotype with her quips (“I’m a self-made woman and I have the doctor’s bills to prove it.”) But failing to take Dolly Parton seriously is a mistake, according to folklorist Graham Hoppe. And the best evidence of that may be Dollywood: the theme park Parton has owned for decades in the Tennessee mountains where she grew up. Here we discuss why an amusement park in Appalachia dedicated to a Dolly Parton is way more meaningful than you’d expect.