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The Trainable Cat co-author Sarah Ellis interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air

“It’s 3 a.m. and Whiskers has decided it’s time for breakfast. He jumps up on your bed, gently paws at your eyelids and meows to be fed. Annoyed? Cat behavior specialist Sarah Ellis says you have only yourself to blame.”

An essay by Play Anything author Ian Bogost on Time.com

“One of the great psychological tricks of parenting is the false choice. ‘Do you want to wear the blue shirt or the red shirt?’ you might ask in the morning, or ‘Do you want broccoli or green beans?’ before dinner. In the face of panic, indecision or tantrum, winnowing down options can force Junior to focus, decide and move forward.”

Robert Muir-Wood’s The Cure for Catastrophe reviewed in Science

“In eloquent prose, Muir-Wood recounts disasters of the past millennium from a variety of perspectives: historical accounts; natural process science; structural engineering; building codes; land-use regulation; risk estimation; risk management; insurance and reinsurance; and, perhaps above all, political processes and priorities. His message for the future is hopeful but demands changes in both policy and culture....The Cure for Catastrophe is beautifully written, thoughtful, and rigorous...[A] pleasure to read.”


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