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

  • Download
  • <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

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


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.






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.


FRANKLIN: Seriously.

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


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.


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.


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.


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

SAGAL: Yeah.



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




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.

Copyright © 2016 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by an NPR contractor. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.