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    Episode 1
    The Raising of America
    Signature Hour

    The science is clear: when parents are stressed, babies pay the price. That is why improving conditions for families with young children is one of the best investments any nation can make.


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    Episode 2
    Once Upon a Time
    When Childcare for All Wasn't Just a Fairytale

    Imagine how things would be different today if high-quality childcare and pre-K was affordable and available to every family who wanted it. It almost happened.


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    Episode 3
    Are We Crazy About Our Kids?

    Economists are clear: investing in high-quality early care and education is good for our kids and communities, and even pays for itself many times over. So, why aren’t we investing?


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    Episode 4
    Wounded Places
    Confronting Childhood PTSD in America's Shell-Shocked Cities

    What happens to children and neighborhoods shaken by trauma and toxic stress? What does it take to heal?


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    Episode 5
    DNA Is Not Destiny
    How the Outside Gets Under the Skin

    How do our social environments (nurturing, toxic, and in-between) alter the epigenetic ‘dimmer switches’ that turn our genes on and off—with enduring consequences?


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Episode 1: The Signature Hour

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700 New Synapses Every Single Second

700 New Synapses Every Single Second (
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More than 80 billion brain cells. That’s how many a baby is born with. But it’s the connections between cells that matter.

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America Would Explode in Creativity

America Would Explode in Creativity (
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The capacity of the brain and the human spirit to continue and thrive and develop is beyond what any of us could predict.

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Do You Have Paid Maternity Leave?

Do You Have Paid Maternity Leave? (
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Every major economy on the planet assures paid maternity or family leave – except the U.S.

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High-Quality Childcare is a Top Military Priority

High-Quality Childcare is a Top Military Priority (
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The nation’s single largest employer provides government funded childcare. It’s high-quality and it’s affordable.

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In Today's Day, We All Gotta Work

In Today's Day, We All Gotta Work (
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Is this what we’ve decided as society, that this degree of tension, these complex trade-offs are the norm, to be expected, just a part of raising a child?

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International Data Sounds a Warning

International Data Sounds a Warning (
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To imagine how the US will do tomorrow, we need only ask how its children are doing today. International data sounds a warning.

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Is This a Safe World?

Is This a Safe World? (
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Dr. Renee Boynton-Jarrett describes what a child feels: Is this a safe world? What will happen when I feel afraid? What will happen when I feel hungry?

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Security? I Don't Really Know What That Feels Like

Security? I Don't Really Know What That Feels Like (
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It’s hard to try to make everything work. You feel pulled in all different directions.

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The Amygdala-Prefrontal Cortex Connection is Crucial

The Amygdala-Prefrontal Cortex Connection is Crucial (
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Scientists detected changes in the brain architecture of 18 year-olds whose parents had reported being under chronic stress when those same adolescents were babies.

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The Neighborhood Matters

The Neighborhood Matters (
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Nobody does this alone. Nobody does this in isolation. The environment that the family lives in matters.

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The Squeeze on Parents

The Squeeze on Parents (
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Parents and caregivers are left to fend for themselves in a society that’s unresponsive to family needs.

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Why is Escaping Poverty an Individual Problem?

Why is Escaping Poverty an Individual Problem? (
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Ashley, a single mom in Maine dependent on meager public assistance, worries about the health and well-being of her two young girls.

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Would Early Life Stress Stay in Their Bodies?

Would Early Life Stress Stay in Their Bodies? (
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How might child developmental paths be affected by the stressors parents face when their kids are babies? In Wisconsin, researchers followed 500 children for two decades to find out.

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Episode 2: Once Upon a Time

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Government Funded Childcare During WWII

Government Funded Childcare During WWII (
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When women were suddenly propelled into the workforce during WWII, the government responded.

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The Veto That Killed Childcare

The Veto That Killed Childcare (
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Working behind the scenes, Pres. Nixon and his young White House speech writer, Patrick Buchanan, shocked Congress when they invoked ‘family values’ for the first time to undercut families.

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When Congress Passed Childcare for All

When Congress Passed Childcare for All (
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Then Senator (and former VP) Walter Mondale describes how a bi-partisan Congress assured high-quality childcare and other services from birth to age five for every family that wanted it back in 1971.

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Episode 3: Are We Crazy About Our Kids?

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Billions for Corporations...or Childcare?

Billions for Corporations...or Childcare? (
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Families are expected to do it alone. Yet other sectors of our society receive billions in state support.

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China Invests Billions in Early Ed

China Invests Billions in Early Ed (
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Nations around the world are investing heavily in early care and ed - and don’t understand why the U.S. isn’t.

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Utah Invests in Preschool

Utah Invests in Preschool (
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A Salt Lake City school district is closing the achievement gap and radically cutting special ed costs by investing early in high-quality preschool.

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Was Perry Preschool Worth It?

Was Perry Preschool Worth It? (
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The students attending this high-quality early ed program were followed for 50 years. What did we learn?

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Episode 4: Wounded Places

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Adversity in Your Environment

Adversity in Your Environment (
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When the ACE survey included questions about racism, safety and violence, researchers discovered that 37% of Philadelphians reported four or more ACEs.

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All You Heard Was Pow-Pow-Pow-Pow

All You Heard Was Pow-Pow-Pow-Pow (
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Children don't need to be injured to be hurt. Chronic stress, adversity and trauma can hurt them just as much.

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The Stressors Can Be Relentless on the Brain

The Stressors Can Be Relentless on the Brain (
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Many children in our society feel like a truck is coming at them all day long, for more days than not, and this really takes a toll.

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Trauma Right Around the Corner

Trauma Right Around the Corner (
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We know that people who’ve suffered trauma are often left not only with physical but also psychological injuries.

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Violence is the Symptom of the Problem

Violence is the Symptom of the Problem (
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Healing the hurt of young people begins with asking not, “What’s wrong with you?” but “What happened to you?”

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Episode 5: DNA Is Not Destiny

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Building a Nest in the Middle of a Desert

Building a Nest in the Middle of a Desert (
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Rat mothers like to build nests for their pups with soft materials. But these moms have only been given hard, scratchy, inferior building supplies.

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Can Poverty Modify the Epigenome?

Can Poverty Modify the Epigenome? (
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If social conditions can “get under the skin” and modify our biology, are less-affluent children being primed for more problems in life?

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Our Experiences Go Deeper Than We Thought

Our Experiences Go Deeper Than We Thought (
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We’ve long known that early life can last a lifetime. Now new science shows how our experiences can become imprinted in our biology, altering gene expression.

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Reversing the Epigenetic Effects

Reversing the Epigenetic Effects (
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Humans are resilient organisms and studies show that negative epigenetic effects need not be permanent.

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