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What research reveals about spanking kids (don't do it!).

We've all heard the phrase: "Spare the rod and spoil the child."  If you take that to mean it's okay to spank or hit your child, think again.  Child experts have been saying for years that spanking kids is not only wrong, it's counter-productive.  Guest Commentator Vicki Price tells us why. 

An image of George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart) and family in Frank Capra's holiday classic, "It's a Wonderful Life."

The holiday movie classic "It's a Wonderful Life" actually makes Commentator Rex Buchanan think about a favorite scientific book by Stephen Jay Gould, which has a similar title and theme.

This week on KPR Presents: we mark the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce of 1914, and hear about Topeka author Tom Averill's newest book for the season, A Carol Dickens Christmas.

America's Health Rankings 2014 cover

The 2014 edition of America's Health Rankings lists Kansas as 27th. That's the same as the 2013 ranking, but a far cry from 1991, when Kansas ranked 8th in the nation. KPR's Bryan Thompson explores the reasons for the two-decade slide in the rankings, and what needs to be done to move in the other direction.

December 14, 2014 on KPR Presents: David Morrissey of the U.S. International Council on Disabilities talks about the U.N Treaty on the Rights of People with Disabilities, from his recent talk at KU's Dole Institute of Politics.

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