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What Were You Thinking?

Length: 3 hrs
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Art
4.5 out of 5 stars (141 ratings)

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Summary

Journalist Dina Temple-Raston shares the stories of adolescents who made astonishing choices - from joining ISIS to planning a school shooting - that led to disastrous results. To help understand what they were thinking, she talks with friends, family, and the teens themselves. Plus, she dives into the latest science on adolescent brains to explore innovative ways to help them choose more wisely.

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Critic reviews

"A podcast parents need to hear." ( Washington Post)
"Temple-Raston is a clever interviewer and it's a fascinating subject." ( The Guardian)

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Fascinating

A really interesting listen - I only wish it could be made into a book. Temple-Raston manages to make complex material accessible to all. Everyone should know about the teenage brain, especially those involved in education, criminology and adolescent mental health.

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fascinating and insightful audible documentary

loved it. Well read. thoughtful and really interesting good reading for every adult working with children, every parent and all children

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This made me think twice on how my kids must look at life and how hard it is for them in today society. The knowledge this audio gives you is fantastic and give you different angels on how the brain works. I will try to bring up my kids that little bit differently how I would normally do and to look more into each kids mind set when having out bursts or why they doing what they are doing out of the ordinary.

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A++++++ 5*

As a mum of 3 adolescent boys, this should be REQUIRED LISTENING.

Prompted me to call my struggling monster and he came over for a visit. Very helpful indeed.

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Great findings

I'd recommend this as Dina's diving into trending adolescence topics from a different angle and perspective.

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learned so much.

I was intrigued to learn just how much the brain changes over time and how it can be trained to alter ones impulses.

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loved it much I'm going to listen again.

excellent podcast. I will be listening again so I can explain the concepts better to others

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Enjoyed

Really facinating, thought provoking and educational stories, which were well narrated and researched. thoroughly enjoyed

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Interesting but not always

It’s certainly insightful, but there’s a noticeable difference in quality between episodes. Mostly I think it comes down to the subject matter

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Not bad

I quite enjoy and fell deep in the story but it wasn’t really my type of thing.

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  • Jerry
  • 24-02-18

Awesome examples, some education

I love this series, loaded with fabulous interviews and in depth examples of kids led astray by their unformed brains. But I already knew that kids do crazy things. I know I did. These interviews entertained with in-depth examples. I thought the biggest value of these stories was the interspersed neurology research. I would have liked more of that. Having said that, I loved the posts and hope to see more.

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  • samsararose
  • 04-02-20

Thought provoking!

Delves deeply into what it means to be a teenager and how the mind "set"of a teenager can effect their behavior which in turn affects their whole lives. Helps us understand how the kids we love can do the unthinkable. Lot of Social Issues here presented in a non-biased rational way because the focus remains on the well being our children and not the "issue" as per se. With current and potential solutions that are not cure-alls but feasibly can truly help us adults help the kids we love - it's a thumbs up listen!

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  • Steve Davis
  • 30-01-18

Outstanding!

If you could sum up What Were You Thinking? in three words, what would they be?

Absolutely! What Were You Thinking connects the social and scientific considerations of how young adults are shaped by their surroundings in our ever-changing world.

Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

Dina does a wonderful job drawing you into the story and engaging her audience.

Any additional comments?

Wish there were more episodes!

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  • 17-01-20

Teenagers mind

I hope It opens your eyes up on respond to their actions. I wish the best.

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  • Maria Gueroult
  • 20-11-19

just wow

the amount of information that all these stories had. just blew my mind. thank you for all of this.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-09-19

A MUST for parents and educators!

Super informative, often surprising and a few times even shocking. Worthy of multiple listens. I couldn't stop sharing what I'd learned with my husband and friends.

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  • Margaret F.
  • 27-07-19

The teenage brain

If you have a teenager or will soon or were puzzled about teen behavior listen to these.
You are not alone

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  • Mom.of.3
  • 20-07-20

Informative and helpful

Parenting is hard. Having this window into a teens mind is helpful for me. I don't feel alone or judged. They do interviews of the teens and some parents. making it clear how and (maybe) why teens do what they do.

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  • Grace
  • 02-06-20

Very impressive

Every teenager & their parents should listen to this. I was impressed by the content & the work put into each article. Thank you!

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  • Peggy
  • 22-05-20

Well produced and very ineresting.

This explains so much. I wish I had known these concepts when I was raising teenagers. Or when I was a teenager.