90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Extreme Parenting
photo

In America’s high-paced, strive-for-success-go-for-the-gold-meritocracy, it’s never too soon to start jockeying for advantage. That explains in part a booming industry that has many parents convinced that Mozart and inter-active alphabet games are as vital to their infants’ development as a mother’s milk.

Never mind that there’s slim scientific evidence that Mozart or a host of so-called baby-enrichment games actually makes them smarter, let alone improve their chances of Ivy League success.

Some experts say the obsessive insistence that babies engage in productive play at all times deprives them of boredom — that precious chance to absorb, consolidate and make sense of the new world swirling around them.

Hear about extreme parenting, baby geniuses, and the baby-enrichment industry.

Guests:

Alissa Quart, author of the forthcoming book, “Hothouse Kids: The Dilemma of the Gifted Child” and “Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers.”

Dr. Charles Nelson, Pediatrics Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of Research at the Developmental Medicine Center in the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at Children’s Hospital in Boston

Dennis Fedoruk, President of the Brainy Baby Company.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Sep 1, 2014
This Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 photo shows a mural in in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago dedicated to the history of the Pullman railcar company and the significance for its place in revolutionizing the railroad industry and its contributions to the African-American labor movement. (AP)

On Labor Day, we’ll check in on the American labor force, with labor activist Van Jones, and more.

Sep 1, 2014
Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (95) recovers a fumble by Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson (3) in the second quarter of the NFL preseason football game on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP)

One outspoken fan’s reluctant manifesto against football, and the big push to reform the game.

RECENT
SHOWS
Aug 29, 2014
Beyoncé performs at the 2014 MTV Music Video Awards on Sunday, August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Getty)

Sex, power and Beyoncé’s feminism. The message to young women.

 
Aug 29, 2014
Ukrainian forces guard a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict.  (AP)

War moves over Syria, Ukraine. Burger King moves to Canada. Nine-year-olds and Uzis. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: August 29, 2014
Friday, Aug 29, 2014

On hypothetical questions, Beyoncé and the unending flow of social media.

More »
Comment
 
Drew Bledsoe Is Scoring Touchdowns (In The Vineyards)
Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Football great — and vineyard owner — Drew Bledsoe talks wine, onions and the weird way they intersect sometimes in Walla Walla, Washington.

More »
Comment
 
Poutine Whoppers? Why Burger King Is Bailing Out For Canada
Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

Why is Burger King buying a Canadian coffee and doughnut chain? (We’ll give you a hint: tax rates).

More »
1 Comment