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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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Episodes
  • Ep. 3: After Riley

    Dec 1 2017
    Seemingly happy high-schooler Riley Winters, killed herself at age 15. It was one of many suicides in Colorado Springs that year, a sharp increase that showed no signs of slowing. In this episode, we travel to Riley’s hometown to talk to friends and family, and find that suicide is more complicated than depression.
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    37 mins
  • Ep. 6: It Isn't Spirituality, It's Neuroscience

    Dec 1 2017
    We visit programmes that help adolescents make better choices, including a Moroccan morchidat center that helps counter Islamist radicalisation and a NYC high-school teacher focused on "mindful fitness". Finally, we go deeper into the science of the adolescent brain and the role white matter plays in its evolution.
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    31 mins
  • Ep. 2: Being Worthy

    Dec 1 2017
    Ryan Green explains how the thrill of hacking and being considered “elite” prompted him to hijack 77,000 computers at once. And a look into how the adolescent brain’s hunger for the “feel good” chemical, dopamine, drives young people to push boundaries and take risks.
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    39 mins

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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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Worth listening to.

I found this really interesting and informative without being over indulgent. We'll put forward. Definitely worth a listen.

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Helpful for those wondering how our minds work

I wasn't sure this book was for me at first, but I started to listen to it and I am sure I need to listen to it a few more times. It is very interesting for those open to understanding more on our minds and how they work but also how our minds develop and change.
Well worth a listen without distractions.

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Insightful

Great topics raised and so insightful. Some really important aspects of teen life being discussed and importantly for today's teens. The rise of social media as an influence in teen thinking is particularly vital when discussing their actions. To hear some of the stories of people now they are older and how their lives have been changed by a decision they made in their teens is valuable information for teens to hear.

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Very interesting

As a school teacher, often wonder what kids are thinking. This was very useful and informative

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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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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