WAMU 88.5 : Latitudes

Latitudes: Play!

All around the world, people—and children in particular—work to make their lives a little bit better, by having fun. 

Children's circus participants laugh at a magic trick in Kabul Afghanistan
Zach Warren
Children's circus participants laugh at a magic trick in Kabul Afghanistan

Hunger, disease, and natural disasters often bring the biggest headlines. Governments and individuals offer their help as they can. But all around the world, people—and children in particular—are already working to make their lives a little bit better, by having fun.  With childhood toys, jokes passed from friend to friend, and soccer games in the alleyway, humans take on the seriousness of life with play. On this episode of Latitudes, we look at how we play, where we play, and why play is so important.

NPR

Remembering Robert Swanson, Advertising's 'King Of Jingles'

Robert Swanson revolutionized American advertising and wrote some of the most memorable ad jingles of the 1950s and '60s for products ranging from Campbell's Soup to Pall Mall cigarettes. He died at 95 July 17 at his home in Phoenix, Ariz.
NPR

Forget Instagram. We've Been Showing Off Fancy Food For Centuries

Scroll through social feeds long enough, and you're bound to come across someone gloating about their incredible meal. But exotic or aspirational foods have been used in Western art for 500 years.
WAMU 88.5

Democratic National Convention Day Two: Uniting The Party

An update on day two of the Democratic convention: Bill Clinton takes the stage and ongoing efforts by party leaders to build unity.

WAMU 88.5

How To Help Teens And Children Fight 'Tech Addiction'

Many parents and therapists say obsessive internet use is a very real problem for some teens and children. But the term “internet addiction” is controversial and not officially recognized as a disorder. How to help kids who compulsively use computers and mobile technology.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.