On the anniversary of Mr. Rogers' passing, a conversation about unconditional love, community, and the gentle way we learned how to be human from a quiet man in a reliable sweater.
Our delightful exercise with 10 of the 27 drawings that comprise the "wug test." Try them out with the kids in your life (or, yes, even by yourself). They'll demonstrate how children as young as three or four can internalize complex grammatical codes no one has necessarily ever tried to teach them. And let us know what surprised you!
A fun video segment from NOVA testing a producer's linguistic capacities.
"Music has always been incredibly cathartic for me, whether it's writing my own stuff or singing other people's music; it's very freeing. But it did take me a long while to be able to write again because I was just too far down a deep dark hole to do anything...
I picked up Sylvia Boorstein's lovely book That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhistyears ago and loved it. Then, three years ago, I found myself on a panel discussion with her and loved her in person.
Members of the audience were asked to write questions for her on index cards. Here's a glimpse at what was on their minds.
Krista reflects on her conversation with Rabbi Sandy Sasso and the insight that "children can make the essence of religion come alive" and "may ultimately teach us far more than we teach them."
Children at a Nepalese "bamboo school" discover new joy in the act of flying kites from children in Canada.
Adele Diamond studies how social dramatic play can build "executive function" (EF) skills in children's brains. EF is a container term for capacities like inhibitory control, working memory, and cognitive flexibility.
A former guest's animated Harvard speech on how children handle situations of conflict.
A preview of Krista's interview with the famed child psychiatrist.
Our online editor reflects on finding new meaning — and new life — in Krista's 2000 interview with Robert Coles.
Sometimes forgiveness comes easiest to the youngest of us.
Ojibwe teacher Keller Paap reflects on his work and the necessity of his language to adapt in order for it to flourish.