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This American Life: The Magic Show
Just a few years before This American Life host Ira Glass got the internship at NPR that started him in radio, he had another career. He performed magic at children’s birthday parties — an act he started honing in early adolescence.

The Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence by Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D., uses research, including his own, to demystify the unique qualities of the teenage brain and offers strategies for making the most of the opportunity these years present.

The Center on the Developing Adolescent is a research center at UC Berkeley dedicated to advancing the understanding of adolescence as a period that has a lifelong impact on health, education, and well-being through transdisciplinary developmental science.

Every year, Technovation invites teams of adolescent girls from all over the world to learn and apply the skills needed to solve real-world problems through technology.

Kids who stick with an extracurricular activity for two years or more are more likely to achieve excellence in areas they are passionate about.

Studies show that music education benefits kids socially and emotionally and engages many of same areas of the brain involved in language processing, memory, and other critical thinking skills essential for academic success.

This episode of Like a Sponge was produced by Carol Lloyd and Charity Ferreira for GreatSchools, thanks to the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Sound editing and design by Christopher Ferreira. Special thanks to our managing editor, Jessica Kelmon; Lawrence Steinberg; Ron Dahl; Tara Chklovski; Zack Pitt Smith; Lisa Medoff; and all of the kids who talked with us about their Technovation projects.

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