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Talking 2 Sophia: A Child Speaks about 911

From: Michael Johnson
Length: 03:54

A child's view of September 11, 2001

Sophia2001_small Sometimes we find the opinions and feelings closer than we realize. I hade been thinking about how world events are perceived by children, so I decided to inteview my 2 year old, between nursery songs. This was the result. Produced for and special thanks to Dmae Roberts' Stories1st.org

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Sometimes we find the opinions and feelings closer than we realize. I hade been thinking about how world events are perceived by children, so I decided to inteview my 2 year old, between nursery songs. This was the result. Produced for and special thanks to Dmae Roberts' Stories1st.org

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Review of Talking 2 Sophia

Sophia, at age 2, has thought as much, if not more about 9/11 than many adults I know. There are many surprising parts to this simple, four-minute piece: "I wasn't in the building that crashed" says Sophia in response to whether the story makes her sad. "our building is ok". I haven't heard many little kids on the radio, but Michael shows that if you build a rapport with them, they can express themselves with clarity and conviction. In this piece, the result is a simple, yet powerful peek into how one person, in this case a toddler, deals with a huge issue. Play this not just on the 9/11 anniversary, but anytime, as a look into how children deal with world issues--how they absorb and interpret the world around them.

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Review of Talking 2 Sophia

Reading through Michael Johnson profile, his credentials speak for themselves. But in this touching, if not a bit troubling interview with his two-year-old daughter, Sophia, we also get to learn a bit about Michael as a concerned parent. The events of September 11th touched most of us, especially for those who watched it live on TV, like I did. I often wonder what the impact of violent news has on children, and this short segment gave me a real feel for how a toddler interprets what we adults so often tune out. What struck me most about the reaction of Sophia was the playful abandonment portrayed about a subject that is totally incomprehensible to a young child, not to mention most adults. About how her description of "the New York people" morphed into "the die people." Add Michaels top-notch introspective, and this is radio at it’s best!

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Review of Talking 2 Sophia

Two year old Sophia's few innocent words and behavior capture the most immediate, basic and diverse human reactions to that haunting event. Extraordinary!

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