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Engaging conversations with experts in childhood health and literacy.

A podcast centered on the belief that children’s books build better brains, better family relationships, and happier, healthier children and societies. Join us as host Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, a pediatrician with a children’s librarianship degree dives into a wealth of varied early childhood health and literacy topics with expert guests examining the many facets of supporting the parent-child relationship as key to early success.

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Episode 69 Portable Magic, February 2, 2023

Books are magic. The way they smell, the feel of their pages, the illustrations on their covers, the weight in your hands – all these elements convey meaning above their verbal content. Our guest, Emma Smith, Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Oxford University, and author of Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers, joins us to talk about these factors and how, when, and why books became iconic.

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    Emma Smith is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Oxford University, and the author of This is Shakespeare. Her latest book is Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers – a book about ‘how, when and why books became so iconic.’

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Meet the Host

To the best of our knowledge, there is only one pediatrician anywhere who got a master’s in library science in the middle of his medical training, all to learn more about children’s literature. That is our host, Dr. Dipesh Navsaria. A practicing pediatrician in Wisconsin, Dr. Navsaria is the Medical Director of ROR Wisconsin, co-chair of the Early Literacy Subcommittee of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Early Childhood, and many other initiatives involving the psychosocial world of children, their families, and society, from policy to parenting support. An associate professor of pediatrics and of human development and family studies at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, he lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife, two children, two cats, a dog, and backyard chickens. He has a deep-seated dependence on wearing bowties, of which he owns far too many…but all of which he can tie without a mirror, in under a minute!

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