188: Kid Logic

188: Kid Logic

Jun 22, 2001
Stories of kids using perfectly logical arguments, and arriving at perfectly wrong conclusions.
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  • Host Ira Glass talks with Rebecca, who, using perfectly valid evidence, arrived at the perfectly incorrect conclusion that her neighbor, Ronnie Loeberfeld, was the tooth fairy. We hear her story. Ira also talks with Dr. Alison Gopnik, co-author of the book, The Scientist in the Crib, about what exactly kid logic is. Alison is also author of The Philosophical Baby.(6 minutes) ChildhoodFamilyFathersFunny

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  • More stories like the one in the prologue, where kids look at something going on around them, observe it carefully, think about it logically, and come to conclusions that are completely incorrect. Includes a story set at Christmastime, where a father tells his daughter about the baby Jesus being born, and all the "good stuff." Then the daughter notices a picture of Jesus on the cross, and asks why they killed him. The child later asks about Martin Luther King, Jr. (11 minutes) ChildrenScience

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  • Howie Chackowicz tried a risky combination when he was little, kid logic with puppy love. He used to think that girls would fall in love with him if they could just see him sleeping, or if they could hear him read aloud. He revisits his biggest childhood crush and finds out that not only did his methods not work, but that no one even noticed them. (11 minutes) ChildhoodRomance

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  • Michael Chabon reads an excerpt from his short story Werewolves in Their Youth, from his collection of the same name, about an act of kid logic that succeeds where adult logic fails. His most recent book is Telegraph Avenue.(16 minutes)ChildrenFiction

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  • Julie Hill with a story about her six-year-old son, and how he tries to make sense of his father's terminal illness. (11 minutes) ChildrenFamilyFathersHealth Care/MedicineMothersParenting

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