Maryanne Wolf & David Lindo

November 3, 2019

Thanks to digital media, we are all now reading differently. We now simplify what we read, we read in shorter bursts, and often multi-task while reading. WE shy away from long and complex texts. Traditional, time-consuming, “deep reading” is important for the development of critical thinking skills, as well as the development of curiosity and empathy. So what happens to us, our children, and society when we lose the ability to read complex texts? In this episode of Inquiry, we talk with MARYANNE WOLF. She is the John DiBiagio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University; and she currently directs the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at UCLA; and is working with the Dyslexia Center at the UCSF School of Medicine and with Curious Learning: A Global Literacy Project. Her new book is READER, COME HOME: THE READING BRAIN IN A DIGITAL WORLD.

It may surprise you to learn that cities can be great places to go birding. Urban environments can offer the city-based birder lots of opportunities to see common and even unusual species. In this episode of Inquiry, we welcome one of the great urban birders, DAVID LINDO. He is a naturalist, writer, broadcaster, speaker, photographer, wildlife tour leader, and educator. His new book is the perfect guide for looking for birds in cities: HOW TO BE AN URBAN BIRDER.

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