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Tuesday, September 23

Laurence Steinberg on the challenges of adolescence

Guest: Laurence Steinberg

LAURENCE STEINBERG wants to change the way we think about adolescence. He says instead of looking at teenagers’ lives as a problem waiting to happen, we should consider that time in life as one filled with promise and opportunity. Steinberg, a development psychologist, studies the way teenage brains work and has found that while adolescents are hard-wired to take risks, there are ways parents and society at large can help them more self-conscious and aware of their implications of their behavior. He details it all in his new book Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence.

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The science of bringing back the dead

Guest: David Casarett

Thanks to new medical technologies, health care providers are now able to save patients who in the past would have died. And while we are getting better at re-starting life, medical ethicist and hospice physician DAVID CASARETT wonders if the edge of the envelope is being pushed. In his new book Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead, Casarett, investigates the history of resuscitation and explores new methods of bringing back the dead like implantable defibrillators and low-temperature medicine. He also raises important ethical questions about the quality of life for those who have been revived. Casarett, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, joins us in the studio today on Radio Times.

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