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Thinking About It? Listen to a Snippet

Caught by the FBI, Abdullahi was more scared of his parents.
Dina talks dopamine with help from well-fed rats.
Reflecting on the victims of a teen suicide contagion.
Private thoughts of a teen kicking his addiction.
A bullied teen’s deadly revenge still feels surreal.
Life is full of questions & teen brains want answers.

Sample the Series

  • Ep. 1: Band of Brothers (What Were You Thinking?)
  • Caught by the FBI, Abdullahi was more scared of his parents.
  • Ep. 2: Being Worthy (What Were You Thinking?)
  • Dina talks dopamine with help from well-fed rats.
  • Ep. 3: After Riley (What Were You Thinking?)
  • Reflecting on the victims of a teen suicide contagion.
  • Ep. 4: Virtually Addicted (What Were You Thinking?)
  • Private thoughts of a teen kicking his addiction.
  • Ep. 5: You're Not Alone (What Were You Thinking?)
  • A bullied teen’s deadly revenge still feels surreal.
  • Ep. 6: It Isn't Spirituality, It's Neuroscience (What Were You Thinking?)
  • Life is full of questions & teen brains want answers.

Publisher's Summary

Journalist Dina Temple-Raston shares the stories of adolescents who made astonishing choices - from joining ISIS to planning a school shooting - that led to disastrous results. To help understand what they were thinking, she talks with friends, family, and the teens themselves. Plus, she dives into the latest science on adolescent brains to explore innovative ways to help them choose more wisely.

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Awesome examples, some education

I love this series, loaded with fabulous interviews and in depth examples of kids led astray by their unformed brains. But I already knew that kids do crazy things. I know I did. These interviews entertained with in-depth examples. I thought the biggest value of these stories was the interspersed neurology research. I would have liked more of that. Having said that, I loved the posts and hope to see more.

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Outstanding!

If you could sum up What Were You Thinking? in three words, what would they be?

Absolutely! What Were You Thinking connects the social and scientific considerations of how young adults are shaped by their surroundings in our ever-changing world.

Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

Dina does a wonderful job drawing you into the story and engaging her audience.

Any additional comments?

Wish there were more episodes!

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  • Ms. Anna C. Gleave
  • 05-04-18

Fascinating

A really interesting listen - I only wish it could be made into a book. Temple-Raston manages to make complex material accessible to all. Everyone should know about the teenage brain, especially those involved in education, criminology and adolescent mental health.

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  • Rights21
  • 05-08-18

thought prevoking

an interesting and thoughtful series on how it can go so very wrong with developing brains and how society should be responding to this very preventable crisis and how some communities/societies are responding and reducing the damage.

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