Three ways in which the teenage mind is different from yours.

Why the Teenage Mind Is So Different From Yours

Why the Teenage Mind Is So Different From Yours

A podcast about health and health myths, from Slate and WBUR.
May 27 2015 6:30 AM

The Checkup: Teenage Zombies

Slate and WBUR’s health podcast dares to look inside the adolescent mind.

Teenage sleep problems
Why won’t your teenager go to bed earlier?

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Listen to Episode 13 of WBUR’s The Checkup, “Teenage Zombies”:

The Checkup has returned for a second season! Enjoy this health podcast, a collaboration between Slate and WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station. You can find past episodes in The Checkup’s individual feed.


From WBUR and Slate, the solidly reported and also somewhat opinionated take on health news for you and your family. 

In this episode, “Teenage Zombies” we explore three ways in which the adolescent mind is radically different from yours and mine.

Do you beg your teenager to go to sleep earlier so he or she can function in the morning? Well, it turns out they physically can’t do that, explains Marvin Wang, a pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital, who’s on a mission to make middle and high schools start later in the day.  Also, why adolescent brain development is the culprit behind so much bad (and sometimes law-breaking) decision-making and reckless behavior. And, a sex therapist talks about how Internet porn can sabotage a teenager’s ability to have a normal romantic relationship.

Your hosts are Carey Goldberg and Rachel Zimmerman, former national newspaper reporters and co-producers of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog. Each episode of The Checkup features a different topic—previous topics included college mental healthsex problemsthe Insanity workout, and vaccine issues.

The Checkup podcast is produced at WBUR by George Hicks.

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Carey Goldberg is the co-host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog, and a former Boston bureau chief of the New York Times.

Rachel Zimmerman is the co-host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog, and a former health care reporter at the Wall Street Journal.