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Unpacking 13 Reasons Why
Two Glaring Truths the Show Unveiled
by Rob Chagdes
4/30/2017

It’s Hannah, Hannah Baker… I’m about to tell you…why my life ended. And if you’re listening to this tape, you’re one of the reasons why.

Netflix has once again introduced a show that has captured the conversation among teenagers, much like last summer’s hit Stranger Things.

Based on the Jay Asher novel of the same name, 13 Reasons Why, tells the story of a teen girl’s decision to end her own life. High school sophomore Hannah Baker records thirteen reasons she ended her life, because, as she says, “there are thirteen sides to every story.” Recording on old-school cassette tapes, Hannah orchestrates a scenario in which those she blames for her death will listen to the tapes and know why she took her own life.

JONATHAN'S BLOG: Sex in the Top 10
I'm always amazed how shocked parents are when I simply take them on a tour of the top 10 songs in the charts at any given time.

Many of you have heard me take parents on this tour (here's me doing it in Amish PA). In a world where young people average 2 hours a day listening to music, it's always wise to hear what messages they're gleaning through their headphones. Today... that message happens to be pretty sexually charged.

David and I just did a quick review of the top 10 in this week's YOUTH CULTURE WINDOW article. Take a peek at what our kids are hearing this summer and several free resources we provide to engage kids in meaningful conversation about these songs.

SEXY SONGS OF THE SUMMER

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OFFSITE ARTICLES JONATHAN HAS READ THIS WEEK:
You won't believe what kids are writing about on fanfiction
Posted on June 6/12/2017, 2017 at 03:40 PM
adolescent impatience increases as testosterone levels rise
Posted on May 5/22/2017, 2017 at 09:46 AM
6 reasons your teens life is more stressful than your own
Posted on May 5/22/2017, 2017 at 09:44 AM
One in five students are bullied at school
Posted on May 5/17/2017, 2017 at 09:00 AM
3 things every boy needs from his mom
Posted on May 5/12/2017, 2017 at 10:38 AM
5 Important Ways Moms Influence Kids
Posted on May 5/12/2017, 2017 at 10:33 AM
Season Seven, Episode Sixteen, The First Day of the Rest of Your Life
by Thom McKee Who would you rather be, Negan or Rick? Think about it. Negan has pretty much everything he wants, including immense power and access to most of the material things that people only enjoyed before the Zombie apocalypse.
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Sexy Songs of Summer
This Season's Hits Aren't Short on Sensuality
David R. Smith and Jonathan McKee  

Today’s musical artists will do almost anything to own the coveted “song of the summer.” In recent years the key ingredient seems to be racy, sexual, or even explicit messages (but at what cost?). This summer is no exception.   

Here’s a quick look at a few songs in this week’s...