WHAT BOYS ARE MADE OF
Let boys be boys. It's a hard thing to do today with
concern over violence
in schools and the seeming violence of boys' play. But what if, thanks
to our culture of fear, boys are slipping through the cracks? In this
hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, we take a look at the inner
world of boys. We'll talk with the author of "The Dangerous Book
for Boys" who says it's time to celebrate slingshots and skinned
knees. And, we'll get to know a South African teenage boy named "Spud."
wrote "The Dangerous Book for Boys" with his brother, Hal.
The idea is not to injure children but to help them have more fun, as
Igglulden explains to Anne Strainchamps. It must be working since the
book's a best- seller on both sides of the Atlantic. Also, psychologist
Michael Thompson consults with school systems about how to communicate
with boys. He tells Jim Fleming that boys are even more emotionally
vulnerable than girls, but we have to learn to accept what they're saying,
even if it's succinct.
de Ruit is an actor, writer, and producer who lives in South Africa
and has created a phenomenon with his novels "Spud" and its
sequel "Spud: The Madness Continues." Van de Ruit tells Anne
Strainchamps about Spud and reads excerpts from the books. Also, TTBOOK
producer Veronica Rueckert tells us why she really wanted a girl
when she found out she was pregnant, and how much fun it's been (so
far)to raise her son, Budgy.
is famous in boxing circles as a coach and color analyst on ESPN's Friday
Night Fights. His new autobiography is called "Atlas: From the
Streets to the Ring: A Son's Struggle to Become A Man." Atlas tells
Steve Paulson about his journey from a violent and criminal youth to
self-respect and maturity.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 07-12-09-A.
|Conn Iggulden, Hal Iggulden, The
Dangerous Book for Boys (Harper Collins)
|Michael Thompson, Raising
|John van de Ruit, Spud
From the Streets to the Ring: a Son's Struggle to Become a Man
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