- The limits of violent video gaming
Video games that award points for killing opponents in brutal ways turns the stomachs of parents, but do they harm kids? The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear a case that contests California's wish to ban the sale or rental of violent video games to children. Two guests who have studied the effects of video games talk about what happens when kids participate in virtual violence.9:06 a.m.
Cheryl Olson: Cofounder and director of the Center for Mental Health and Media at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is the co-author with Lawrence Kutner of "Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth about Violent Video Games."
Brad Bushman: Professor of communication studies and psychology at the University of Michigan. He's working on a study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development on the impact of violent video games on child behavior.
- Technologies for oil spill cleanup
Experts are throwing everything they've got at the oil spill in Gulf of Mexico to mitigate the spread of oil to the gulf coast including: dispersants, skimmers, and booms. Midmorning discusses the technology behind oil cleanup and whether it will make a dent in this environmental disaster.9:45 a.m.
Michael Bruno: Dean of Engineering & Science at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.
- The trouble with girls
A typical pre-teen girl today obsesses with her appearance and forms close attachments to friends, according to psychologist Leonard Sax. He says the shrinking window of childhood hurts girls in the long run, because it prevents them from creating their own identities.10:06 a.m.
Leonard Sax, MD: Author of the new book, "Girls on the Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls." He's a psychologist and physician. Dr. Sax also is the founder and executive director of the National Association for Single Sex Public Education.
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