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Central Standard

The Importance Of Play

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Mike Gonzalez

It's all fun and games until... well, until you learn a lesson. Of course, that's part of the point of fun and games. Central Standard was inspired by multimedia arts reporter Julie Denesha's reflection on her childhood dollhouse to do a show on the developmental significance of toys and play. During the hour, experts discuss everything from the socialization that occurs through play to the role of gender in toy selection, not to mention the encroaching prevalence of glowing screens in children's lives. Listeners also share their toy memories and the lessons they gleaned from these teachable moments.

Guests:

Gina Kaufmann is the host of KCUR’s Central Standard, a talkshow fueled by curiosity and critical thinking. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer and now is the Media Training Manager with America Amplified. You can reach him at Matthew@kcur.org, or on Twitter.