The River Republic, Straight Talk Parenting
Top of Mind with Julie Rose
- May 15, 2015 9:00 pm
- 1:44:07 mins
River Republic (1:05) Guest: Daniel McCool, author of the book, “River Republic, The Fall and Rise of America's Rivers.” He is director of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program and a professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Utah "Eventually,” wrote Norman Maclean, “all things merge into one, and a river runs through it." They feed and fascinate us. We use them to transport freight and fill reservoirs. And we’ve nearly ruined them with our single-minded focus on damming and diverting them, says Dan McCool. He’s director of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program at the University of Utah and author of the book “River Republic: The Fall and Rise of America’s Rivers.” McCool points out that we’ve destroyed over half the nation’s wetlands and polluted the majority of our rivers. At the same time, over half of the U.S. is experiencing extremely dry conditions – and in many cases deepening drought. When water is in short supply, it’s difficult to prioritize wetlands and fish habitat above thirsty crops and communities. Straight Talk Parenting (52:01) Guest: Vicki Hoefle, professional parent educator and family coach. Her latest book is “The Straight Talk on Parenting: A No-Nonsense Approach on How to Grow a Grown-Up” In her last best-seller, she urged parents to stay on the sidelines and keep quiet, even if it meant using duct tape on their hands and mouths to allow their kids to step up and learn respect, responsibility and resilience. In her new book, “The Straight Talk on Parenting: A No-Nonsense Approach on How to Grow a Grown-Up,” Hoefle pushes parents to ask themselves: “Do you want to produce a polite seven-year-old or raise a high-functioning, emotionally healthy adult?” In her interview, she explains the difference between raising a well-behaved child and “growing a grown-up.” Guest: Joe Califano (1:28:06), national anti-smoking campaign. His book “How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid” has just been released in revised form to meet the challenges facing today’s kids and parents Nearly every child in the U.S. will be offered drugs or alcohol before graduating from high school. But, if you can get your children to the age of twenty-one without smoking, using drugs or abusing alcohol, they’re just about certain never to use those substances. So the adolescent years are critical. And that’s why Joseph Califano wrote his book about raising drug-free kids—a new revision of which was released last year.