The Source: Government Shutdown | What The Child Brain Tells Us

Sep 24, 2013

In the first segment:

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a stopgap budget that removed "Obamacare"  funding last week. Now, lacking the votes in the Senate and under threat of presidential veto, the government moves slowly towards, by most accounts, a shutdown.

We are interested in the politics of the move to shut down the government and what we can expect in the next few days. Who wins while the country is losing? According to a recent poll, the country is evenly split on who is to blame in this situation.

The rise of the compromise-averse tea party undoubtedly has had an impact and its members increasingly unhappy with GOP leadership. As the Pew Research Center pointed out, the GOP is at odds with itself, realizing it wants change, but often times leaning further right on the direction. What impact could the shutdown have on the upstart movement?

Joining us is professor David Crockett, chair of the political science department at Trinity University, and Alan Abramowitz, professor of political science at Emory University.

In the second segment:

Dr. Alison Gopnik's research shows that a baby's brain is the most powerful learning device in the known universe. What role does the helplessness play in the process?

Gopnik argued in her book, "The Philosophical Baby," that babies experience more than adults. She joins us to talk about her research and how the baby's brain can help us understand our own.

*The Source airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM - audio from this show will be posted by 5:30 p.m.