The Practical Science of Raising Kind Kids in the Age of Jerk Behavior -- An Interview with Science Journalist Melinda Wenner Moyer

Description: Our kids do not have to end up going the way of those we see in the media these days, focusing on themselves, fomenting conflict and seeding hate and division. Join author and award-winning science journalist Melinda Wenner Moyer and I as we discuss what science has to say to today’s parents who are burdened by the daily and societal strains of raising kids in an uncertain and multi-tasked world. Ranging from perspective to practical methods, our discussion takes parents on a tour of what science has to offer parents looking to cut through the wispy fads to discover solid ground for their children.

About Melinda: Melinda Wenner Moyer is a contributing editor at Scientific American magazine and a regular contributor to The New York Times, Washington Post, and other national magazines and newspapers. She is a faculty member in the Science, Health & Environmental Reporting program at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Her first book, How To Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes, will be published in July 2021 by J.P. Putnam’s Sons. Melinda was the recipient of the 2019 Bricker Award for Science Writing in Medicine, and her work was featured in the 2020 Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. She was also awarded a 2018 Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship. Moyer’s work has won first place prizes in the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, the Folio Eddie Awards and the Annual Writing Awards of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. It has also been shortlisted for a James Beard Journalism Award, a National Academy of Sciences Communication Award and a National Magazine Award. She has a master’s in Science, Health & Environmental Reporting from NYU and a background in cell and molecular biology. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, two children, and her dog. Learn more about Melinda and her work at