Gay and Mormon, What It Means To Be American, The Garbage Revolt

Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 841

  • Jun 25, 2018 11:00 pm
  • 1:42:08 mins

A Gay Mormon’s Perspective on Faith and Family Guest: Tom Christofferson, Author of “That We May Be One: A Gay Mormon's Perspective on Faith and Family”  Across the country, conservative religious communities struggle with how to embrace LGBT members. Tom Christofferson is openly gay and an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (in fact, his older brother Todd is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles). That combination presents challenges, which he explores in his memoir “That We May Be One.”  Clothing that Works for Disabled Children  Guest: Sasha Radwan, Founder of Special Kids Company Dressing a child or teen with special needs can be tricky. Shirts don’t lay down flat over feeding tubes. If teens need to wear diapers, clothes their size aren’t made to accommodate that. Special Kids Company sells clothes for kids and teens with special needs.  Language Skills in Elementary Students Guest: Amy Pace, PhD, Assistant Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington  Pre-schoolers need to know basic math and reading skills, and how to follow directions. But if there’s one thing parents ought to really focus on with their pre-K kids, it’s language skills. Professor Amy Pace asserts the importance of language as the best predictor of a child’s success in later grades.  What it Means to be American Guest: Benjamin Park, Assistant Professor of History, Sam Houston State University, Author of "American Nationalisms: Imagining Union in the Age of Revolutions” It’s pretty clear we don’t all agree today on politics and policies, but have we ever agreed on the common values that America stands for? Ben Park has written a whole book about the topic. Parent Previews – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Guest: Rod Gustafson, Film Reviewer at Will we never learn that tinkering with dinosaur DNA is a bad idea? Rod Gustafson of Parent gives a review of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The Garbage Revolt in Russia Guest: Laura Henry, PhD, Associate Professor of Government, Bowdoin University  Vladimir Putin has a tight grip on Russia and recently won re-election by a wide margin. But people living in suburbs around Moscow are complaining – and even protesting in the streets – about the city’s garbage being dumped in their communities.

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