childhood development

To survive, we humans need to be able to do a handful of things: breathe, of course. And drink and eat. Those are obvious.

We're going to focus now on a less obvious — but no less vital — human function: learning. Because new research out today in the journal Science sheds light on the very building blocks of learning.

Jim chats with south Louisiana filmmaker Zack Godshall, director of the documentary "A Man Without Words", and author Susan Schaller, who wrote the non-fiction book upon which the film is based.

Tulane University's Dr. Geoff Nagle and LSU's Dr. Kirby Goidel discuss a recent joint study on early childhood development in Louisiana.

Jim talks with Dr. Jeff Carney, with LSU's Coastal Sustainability Studio.


New Study Maps Out Risks to Early Childhood Development

Jan 9, 2013
WRKF

A unique study released last week by the LSU/Tulane Early Childhood Policy and Data Center uses maps to show where certain risk factors that could impede early childhood development are most prevalent across the state.

LSU Public Policy Research Lab Director Kirby Goidel and Epidemiologist Lina Brou said their study found that 55 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes have at least one high-risk factor that could impede childhood development such as high unemployment, high teen birth rate and high percentage of uninsured children. The nature of that risk was also found to differ from parish-to-parish.

Goidel said the initial step to addressing the needs of the children across Louisiana is to first understand the nature of the risk in each parish.


Dr. Paul Dworkin talks about the "Help Me Grow" childhood development program. 

Conservative demographer Elliot Stonecipher and progressive Southern University professor Albert Samuels debate how so many predictions of the election got is so wrong. 

Former WAFB weatherman Rick Arnett talks about his 1,900-mile solo bicycle journey across the USA.

Sam Irwin and state Poet Laureate Julie Kane preview the Festival of Words in Grand Couteau.