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Language Learning Apps, Equal Media Representation, Niksen, How Can I Help?, Mother/Son Publishing Team, Years That Matter Most

The Lisa Show
  • Sep 9, 2019
  • 01:41:13

Language Learning Apps (0:00:00) Are you fluent in more than one language? Foreign language skills are not only useful while you’re traveling the world, but may evenlead to developing other skills like problem solving, dealing with abstract concepts, and even listening skills. So where do you even begin if you want to start learning another language? We have master linguist and founder of Perfect English Grammar, Seonaid Beckwith, to discuss language learning programs and the most effective ways to learn a foreign language. Equal Media Representation (0:19:20) Remember the backlash that came when Disney announced they cast a black woman as Ariel in their live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid?” This isn’t the first or the last time the issue of diversity and race in the media has trended on social media. In 2015 and 2016, we had #OscarsSoWhite when all 20 nominees for lead and supporting role awards were white. Last August was #AsianAugust with the release of “Crazy Rich Asians.” So why is this question of diversity and inclusion in the media such a hot topic? Why is it so important to have equal representation in the media? Nancy Yuen, a sociologist and pop culture expert, joins us to explain how the lack of diversity in media affects us as viewers. Niksen (0:34:28) Carrie Ann Rhodes talks with Lisa and Richie about the Dutch principle of "niksen," or taking a true break. How Can I Help? (0:50:38) There are so many great resources for adults who struggle with mental illness, but there is a lack of attention spent to kids that struggle with those same issues. A recent study discovered that 1 in 5 children suffer from a mental health or learning disorders and that 80% of mental disorders begin in childhood, but with the excuse of “kids will be kids” these signs of mental issues aren’t often given the attention that they need. So the question is—how can we help? Well, joining us in-studio are a couple of film makers, Dallin Penrod and Cambree Snow, who are working to answer that question with their new web series “How Can I Help?”—a collection of 5 Claymation videos focused on helping children with mental health awareness. Mother/Son Publishing Team (1:04:24) As children and parents age, it can be hard to imagine what a parent/child relationship will turn into as the years progress. We all want these relationships to be positive and still interactive. So maybe you and your child should begin to work on some projects together. C.B. and Dan Hoffman are a mother/son publishing team that writes and publishes their own books. Not to mention that they create their own cover art. They join us to discuss their work and relationship. The Years the Matter Most (1:18:10) Is a post-secondary education really worth it? Sounds like a crazy question, but it’s one that’s on the minds of the rising generation. College is a major part of the American Dream and is something many young people strive for, but with the rising costs of education and many employers looking for skill and experience, is it even still worth the time and money? Well let’s talk about what higher education means in today’s society. We're joined by the author of the new book "The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us," Paul Tough, to share how his research has led him to understand the American system of colleges and universities. Show More...

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