Independent playtime, Indigenous story telling

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A psychology researcher shares their work looking at the mental health benefits of independent play. Then, a Native American filmmaker joins us to discuss the value of Indigenous-led story telling.

Featured in this Show

  • The mental health benefits of independent play

    A recent commentary published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that a decline in independent playtime may be contributing to the youth mental health crisis. We talk to the lead author of the piece about the benefits of independent play in child development and how caregivers can introduce opportunities for their kids to play freely.

  • Who gets to tell Indigenous stories?

    The Martin Scorsese film adaptation of Killers of the Flower Moon recently hit theaters, prompting new conversations about who should tell Indigenous history. A Comanche and Muscogee filmmaker makes the case for more Indigenous-led productions.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Beatrice Lawrence Producer
  • Richelle Wilson Producer
  • Peter Gray Guest
  • Jason Asenap Guest

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