Anatomy of Success (Episode 148)

How Children Succeed by Paul Tough Doctors Brian and Giuseppe speak with Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and The Hidden Power Of Character, about helping kids to develop into successful adults.

How Children Succeed introduces us to a new generation of researchers and educators who, for the first time, are using the tools of science to peel back the mysteries of character. Through their stories—and the stories of the children they are trying to help—Tough traces the links between childhood stress and life success. He uncovers the surprising ways in which parents do - and do not - prepare their children for adulthood. And he provides us with new insights into how to help children growing up in poverty.

-, September 10, 2012

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Paul ToughYou can find more information about Mr. Tough at his website, and you can order his books from his Amazon page. He'll also be featured on the next episode of This American Life (September 14).


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