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Author Paul Tough believes that character is the most important factor in early childhood development. In fact, Tough argues, that skills such as perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control are more important than intelligence in determining success. Tough’s latest book is titled How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character.
Then, Sonia Manzano was the only Maria on Sesame Street in the 1970’s. She’s racked up 15 Emmy Awards since then, and now Manzano has published her first novel. The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano is a young girl’s coming-of-age tale set in Spanish Harlem circa 1970 as young Evelyn struggles with adolescence… and ancestry. Bob talks to Manzano about her book and her life. [Broadcast Date: September 25, 2012]