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This Is Your (Young) Brain

Brain development begins in children while still in utero.

During his second inaugural address in 2013, Governor Peter Shumlin stated that he wanted the state to strengthen its commitment to universal early childhood development. He stated that 90 percent of a child's brain is developed in the first 36 months of life. But how important is early childhood education and what exactly is going on in the brain from the womb to young adulthood?

Dr. Nina Sand-Loud, a pediatrician at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and Dr. Jim Hudziak, a child psychiatrist in UVM's Psychiatry Department, discuss what is known about the development of children's brains.

Also on the program, for years, Vermonters believe that they have seen the return of the catamount. Most wildlife biologists insist there have been no mountain lions in the state. But it is possible they could return as transient visitors. Sue Morse, founder and science director of Keeping Track explains why that might occur. She will be giving a talk on this subject on Wednesday, January 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Richmond Free Library.

Broadcast live on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.