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How Children Succeed

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The journalist Paul Tough says that for decades, we’ve educated our kids under the assumption that their success depends on how much information they can cram into their brains. But in recent years, new research is demonstrating that what matters most in a child’s development are qualities like persistence, grit and curiosity. In a word: character. Tough joins Doug on Thursday to talk about this new way of thinking and its implications for how we raise our children. 



Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.