Impact in the 21st Century

EP#6: Meghan Cox Gurdon - Reading Aloud | Dopamine Fixes | Technology vs. Paper Books

December 11, 2020

Meghan Cox Gurdon is an author, essayist, book critic, and former foreign correspondent who has been the Wall Street Journal’s children’s book reviewer since 2005.

Social media gives up quick dopamine fixes - can reading? How can we build reading habits in a fast-paced, technological world? Can reading aloud be beneficial? In this episode, hear Meghan Cox Gurdon discuss reading aloud, reading with screens vs. reading with paper books, and how to remove distractions in 21st Century.


Meghan Cox Gurdon's latest book is The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction:


Thank you to RBC for sponsoring this episode!


This episode was mixed and mastered by Nick Sciarretta and Abhinav Subramani at Blank Vinyl Project:


What is Impact in the 21st Century?

Impact in the 21st Century is a podcast created by Simbi Foundation, a non-profit organization working to support the next 3.5 million refugee learners with solar-powered classrooms called BrightBoxes. This podcast brings to light the positive social impact made by activists, academics, authors, founders, and innovators.


Who hosts Impact in the 21st Century? Aaron Friedland is a National Geographic Explorer, PhD Candidate in Econometrics at UBC, Executive Director of Simbi Foundation, and innovator of the BrightBox solution and the unique reading platform Simbi.


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