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Reading With Your Kids is all about encouraging parents to read with their kids, and cook with their kids, and do activities with their kids, and experience tv, movies and music together. In other words, our podcast is all about helping parents build stronger relationships with their kids.

Jun 16, 2024

Welcome to episode 2000 of Reading With Your Kids. We are celebrating that milestone by celebrating the power of diverse storytelling to heal and build community resilience. .Our first guest is Dr Amra Sabic El Rayes, shares her experience growing up in Bosnia during a time of targeted violence and military siege. She discusses three magical summers from her childhood and the escalating narratives of hate she experienced. Dr Amra emphasizes the importance of authentic storytelling and diverse representation in combating hateful ideologies.

The conversation explores Dr Amra's work creating programs at Columbia University's Interfaith Research Lab to prevent hate and build resilience. Her programs like Reimagine Resilience and Project Belonging provide training for educators, faith leaders, and students. Dr Amra hopes sharing stories like her novel Three Summers will help readers connect with shared humanity.

We also take a listen back to our conversation with Fr Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention program in the World. Homeboy Industries focuses on creating a community of tenderness and acceptance in rehabilitation. Fr Greg encourages finding inspiration everywhere and getting started writing with community support. Pina Bird shares stories from her Fred the Super children's book series addressing themes of kindness and cultural acceptance.

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