5.27.15: In Defense Of Millenials, Andre Dubus, & A Commencement Speech Makes The Case For Kindness

May 27, 2015

Millennials are often painted as entitled, selfie-snapping narcissists, but do they deserve the “kids these days” label?  On today’s show we’ll attempt to transcend the generation gap with a strong defense of the youngsters.

Then, we celebrate graduation season with author George Saunders, whose 2013  commencement address at Syracuse University contained a simple message: “be kinder”. The speech went viral, became a short film, and a book. He’ll explain why it rippled out far beyond that group of graduates.  

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Defending Millennials

David Burstein is author of Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our WorldHe is also the founder of Generation 18, a nonpartisan young voter engagement organization, as well as a documentary filmmaker.

Wheelchair Motocross

Producer Lauren Ober of WBUR's Only a Game brings us this story of Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, a wheelchair motocross athlete. Check out videos of his spectacular wheelchair tricks here.

You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.

Andre Dubus: Dirty Love

Andre Dubus III is the national book award-winning author of House of Sand and Fog and Townie.  His latest book, Dirty Loveagain presents gritty, frustrated lives on the skids of the American dream. 

George Saunders: Congratulations, By the Way

In 2013, writer, journalist, and college professor George Saunders made a short speech at a graduation ceremony that quickly went viral. He was speaking to the class of 2013 at Syracuse University where he teaches. His book: Congratulations, By the Way elaborates on the speech he gave and encourages a life of kindness.