Special: Ned Responds to Fed’s Report About Distraction’s Role in Amtrak Tragedy

Ned reacts to the National Transportation Safety Board’€™s latest report on the May 12, 2015 Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that killed 8 people, and injured nearly 200 other passengers. The NTSB determined that the engineer was distracted by radio dispatches from another train at the time of the crash. Ned talks about the lessons we can all learn from this tragedy.

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Mini Distraction #8: Clear Your Clutter

Listener feedback gets Ned talking about the trouble with clutter and offering solutions to cleaning up your physical and digital spaces.

Resources for Clearing Clutter from Your Life:

http://www.organizingpro.com/cleanupyourcomputer/

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-15310/why-clearing-clutter-is-so-hard-and-how-to-do-it-anyway.html

http://cluttersort.com/services/digital-organizing/

Professional Organizer, Judith Kolberg: http://fileheads.net/

Find a Professional Organizer Near You: http://www.napo.net/

Junk Removal Services:

http://www.1800gotjunk.com/us_en

https://www.thebagster.com/default.aspx

http://www.junk-king.com/

We’re looking for a new name for our “€œmailbag” segment of the show. What should we call it? Submit your idea to [email protected] and we might use it!
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MINI DISTRACTION #7: How to Deal with Difficult People

Ned gives practical tips for handling the challenging people in your life, whether it’€™s your boss, teacher or relative. (Come on, we all have at least one!) Ned shares a story from his own past about a difficult person he dealt with in medical school.

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Ep 7: Our Obsession with Our Devices

How much time do you spend staring at a screen? Maybe it’€™s not your fault. Maybe the internet is designed to be addictive. Ned takes a look at the issue, and we send our producers down a digital rabbit hole to show you how we all get sucked in. Learn about a wonderful new invention that can help you unplug but stay connected, and why a digital detox should be part of your regular diet.

What’€™s your digital rabbit hole? Send us a note at [email protected] and you might be included in a future show!

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MINI #6: What’s Your Lake Doolittle, and Why Do You Need One?

In this episode, Dr. Hallowell stresses the importance of connecting with family in a distraction-free and interruption-free environment. Listen in as he reminisces with his son Tucker about family memories of their annual family trip to Lake Doolittle. The conversation covers themes essential to the power of connection, like determining what’s important in your life and taking the time to grow lifelong memories that foster strong family bonds.

Send Dr. Hallowell an email about your family getaways at [email protected] and you might be featured in a future episode!

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Ep 6: Dick Stockton Talks Sports and Distraction

Ned and the legendary sports broadcaster talk about the good and
bad of sports as a diversion, as well as Dick Stockton’s own
struggles to stay focused while on the job. Plus,
hear Dick’€™s reflections on the call that made him famous so many
years ago — Carlton Fisk’s famous “€œwaving fair”€ game-winning
homerun ball from Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.

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Ep 5: The Effect of Technology on Our Kids

The effect of technology on kids, a topic that keeps parents, educators, and many of us up at night. Ned hears from the pros, kids, parents and a special guest as he explores screen-time, online dangers, setting limits, and the latest apps parents should be concerned about. He also talks to a security expert and former FBI agent posing undercover online as a 13-year-old girl about these internet risks.

Dr. Susan Linn, co-founder of the campaign for a commercial-free childhood joins Ned in this episode to explain the effects of media on youth and offer tips for setting limits.

Send us your thoughts and questions to [email protected] and you might be included in a future episode!

Show Notes:

www.consumingkids.com

www.momsclub.org

www.kiddle.co

www.internetsafetyconcepts.com/parents

Additional Resources:

Kids-Parent Contract

Teen-Parent Contract

 

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