Teen Angst

October 10, 2010
(was 03.08.2009)

Depending on who you ask, the teenage years are either a wasteland of misery or the best years of your life. For most of us, it's somewhere in between. But what makes the teens such emotional dynamite? One scientist says the teen years exist to grow and organize our huge human brains. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the natural history of the teenager. Also, comic Eugene Mirman on growing up weird...and funny.

  1. David Bainbridge on the Natural History of Teens

    Biologist and science writer David Bainbridge tells Steve Paulson that a prolonged adolescence is unique to humans and one of our greatest evolutionary advantages.

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  2. Frank Warren on the blog, "PostSecret"

    Frank Warren is the founder of the blog PostSecret and author of the companion books "A Lifetime of Secrets" and "My Secret."

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  3. Rebecca Walker on Growing Up with Alice Walker

    Black, white and Jewish: Rebecca Walker talks with Steve Paulson about her unconventional upbringing and how having a child of her own changed her feelings about it.

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  4. Eugene Mirman on being a High School Nerd

    Eugene Mirman is an indie comic and the author of an outlandish self-help send-up called "The Will to Whatevs." He tells Jim Fleming that school was horrible for him and gave rise to his nerd humor.

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  5. Laura Miller on the Shortcomings of "Twilight"

    Laura Miller tells Anne Strainchamps why she thinks Stephanie Meyers' "Twilight" books are such a phenomenal success with young women, even though the lead female character is so lacking in gifts or accomplishments.

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