Gun Violence In Movies, First Kids Are Smarter, Shady Characters

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Rob Ferrett and Veronica Rueckert look at gun violence in PG-13 movies, talk about a new study that suggests first children are smarter, and talk about the history and evolution of punctuation and typographical symbols like the #, the @ and the &.

Featured in this Show

  • Study: Gun Violence Skyrockets In PG-13 Movies

    A new study says the amount of gun violence in PG-13 movies has risen dramatically, and is now at the point where it exceeds the level in R films. The co-author of the study talks about the impact this is having on younger viewers.

  • Why First Children Are Smarter

    A new study says first-born children have higher IQs and perform better than their younger sibling. The Atlantic’s business editor explains the different theories economists have reviewed on why this is, and which one the economists behind this study chose.

  • From ?'s to #'s: Tracing The History Of Punctuation And Symbols

    The author of the “Shady Characters” blog talks about the history and evolution of punctuation, symbols and other typographical marks.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Veronica Rueckert Host
  • Chris Malina Producer
  • Amanda Magnus Producer
  • Brad Bushman Guest
  • Derek Thompson Guest
  • Keith Houston Guest

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