19-13 Segment 1: Using YA Fiction to Help Young People Process Big Issues

For a few decades now, teens have flocked to YA novels like The Hunger Games or The Fault in Our Stars. Why are they so popular? We talk to two novelists who say young adult fiction can help teens consider big issues and life and ‘practice’ their responses to real-world problems like violence and drugs.

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18-14 Segment 2: Religious Strife and Refugees: The 1947 Partition of India

Author Veera Hiranandani tells the story of the 1947 partition of India in her novel, The Night Diary. She talks about the history of the partition and how that history is still relevant.

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18-10 Segment 2: The Spanish Flu of 1918

Author Susan Meissner discusses with us the Spanish Flu of 1918, how it interacted with World War I, the immense cost of the sickness, and how her novel explores the illness.