10.26.15: The New Puberty, Season of the Witch, & Asterismos

Oct 26, 2015

Kids grow up so fast…and it turns out that girls are growing up even faster. Why is this generation of girls going through puberty much earlier than previous ones? Plus, a conversation about magic, the occult, and rock n’ roll – from Robert Johnson’s mythical deal with the devil, to the coded messages in Led Zeppelin songs, we’ll talk about the dark spiritual rebellion that gave rock its musical edge. And, a conversation with one rock star who traded success for autonomy, and a career making kids music.

Listen to the full show. 

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, is on the faculty at U-C San Francisco. They are co-authors of the book The New Puberty

DIY Music For Kids

Being in a band requires managing a number of close, and sometimes tumultuous relationships – just one reason that a lot of artists decide to “go solo”, as they say. Julie Sabatier is host of Destination DIY, and she brought us the story of a once famous rock star, who now makes most of his music by himself – and in a very different genre.

You can listen to this story again at PRX.org

We actually conducted our own interview with Chris Ballew a couple of years ago – he’s just released his 10th full length album as Caspar Babypants. 

Season of the Witch

Author Peter Bebergal talks about his new book: Season of the Witch: How The Occult Saved Rock and Roll. We've got some videos of the songs that ushered in early Rock & Roll and the weird juxtaposition of music on the top of the charts back in the sixties. Check it out here.

So, Well, Now: Asterismos

So, well, look. If you’re used to starting sentences like that, you are not alone. These words, properly called “asterismos” can be found everywhere - from board rooms in Silicon Valley to presidential speeches. What’s the story behind these words we say before we say what we really mean? Katy Waldman is Slate’s words correspondent, where she wrote about asterismos