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1.18.15: Invisible Primary, The New Puberty, & Understanding Comics

Logan Shannon

New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary may be a year away, but presidential hopefuls are already jockeying for position. Today we’ll talk about why you should forget election fatigue and start paying attention to the race now.

Plus, it turns out that girls are growing up much faster than they used to. Why is this generation of girls going through puberty much earlier than previous ones?

Then, one of the world’s leading theorists on comics tells us how the brain interprets simple cartoons and symbols – much differently than words.

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The Invisible Primary

  • Political scientist Seth Masket argues that right now is the most exciting part of the presidential campaign, before the primary. He makes that case in an article for Pacific Standard magazine. "The 2016 Presidential Race Has Already Started."
  • NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers keeps a very close eye on the candidates here in New Hampshire – and came into the studio to talk with us about them.
  • Check out this article by NHPR’s reporter Sam Evans-Brown on a politian doing something quite different – namely, Jeb Bradly completing the grid of 4,000-footers. But even more than that? Every mountain in every month.

The New Puberty

  • Dr. Julianna Deardorff is a clinical psychologist on the faculty of the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health, and Dr. Louise Greenspan is a clinical pediatric endocrinologist and is on the faculty at U-C San Francisco.
  • You can buy their book and check out their website here: The New Puberty

The Invisible Art of Comics

  • Scott McCloud is the author of Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. First published in 1993, it is one of the seminal volumes for comic book writers and a fascinating guide for anyone interested in the creative process.
  • Scott has a new graphic novel being released on February 3rd and you can pre-order the book here: The Sculptor.

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