Panel Round One Our panelists answer questions about the week's news....It's A Jungle Gym Out There

Panel Round One

Panel Round One

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Our panelists answer questions about the week's news....It's A Jungle Gym Out There

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Panel right now some questions for you about this week's news. Marina, a Canadian city is considering a major change that they say will make their children's lives better. They're going to make the city playgrounds more what?

MARINA FRANKLIN: To make it a better playground...

SAGAL: Well, they want to make it better for kids but in a surprising way.

FRANKLIN: (Laughter) Oh.

SAGAL: Maybe, maybe the pit of spikes at the bottom of the slide is a little bit much.

FRANKLIN: Oh, dangerous?

SAGAL: Yes, they want the playgrounds to be more dangerous.

FRANKLIN: So...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

FRANKLIN: Oh.

SAGAL: Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: I don't know if you have been to a playground of late, but they're incredibly safe. The ground is very spongy. The monkey bars are low...

FRANKLIN: I don't go to playgrounds. It's not good for me.

SAGAL: No. (Laughter) What happens...

FRANKLIN: I can't be a grown woman just hanging out at a playground.

(LAUGHTER)

FRANKLIN: Seriously.

SAGAL: Try being a grown man. I'm just saying.

(LAUGHTER)

FRANKLIN: You're right.

PETER GROSZ: It's so hard being a man.

SAGAL: I - honest to God - no, no...

GROSZ: Very hard.

TOM BODETT: Seriously...

SAGAL: And child development experts are now saying that these ultra-safe playgrounds deny children important lessons they can only learn through play on the playground, lessons like gravity and the ground is hard.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: They have a point. I mean, going through some tough times in childhood is how you learn. For many of us, it was only the endless games of dodgeball in middle-school gym that keeps us today from trying to catch things with our crotch.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: So the city of Richmond...

GROSZ: I thought you were...

FRANKLIN: Can I just say? My lesson on a playground was a girl throwing up on the bottom of the slide right before I went down.

SAGAL: Oh, that's terrible.

BODETT: Yeah.

GROSZ: They're going to do that all the time now in Canada.

SAGAL: Yeah.

BODETT: Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: They're going to hire government ministers to vomit at the bottom of the slide.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TEETER TOTTER LOVE")

(LAUGHTER)

(LAUGHTER)

THE BEACH BOYS FT. JASPER DAILEY: Teeter totter love goes up. Teeter totter love goes down. When I went down, my baby went up. And she came down, and I went flying up.

SAGAL: Coming up, our panelists do something they should not, and they enjoy it. It's our Bluff The Listener game. Call 1-888-WAIT-WAIT to play. We'll be back in a minute with more of WAIT WAIT... DON’T TELL ME from NPR.

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