Catherine Elton

Electric Youth

SUSAN LINN IS A HARVARD Medical School instructor of psychiatry, the author of two books, and one of the country’s leading experts on how marketing and television exposure affect children. and right now, addressing a roomful of concerned parents at…

Electric Youth

Kids today are subjected to an avalanche of digital media—TVs, computers, tablets, smartphones—and the advertising that comes with it. As researchers try to figure out what that’s doing to our children, Susan Linn and her tiny Boston nonprofit have become a child marketer’s worst nightmare. Just ask Disney, Hasbro, Scholastic, and Kellogg.

Foreclose This!

Angry Boston homeowners are banding together to fight for their homes. They’ve got foreclosure-happy banks trembling — and their movement is spreading.

The Burden of Knowing

For the right fee, a Cambridge firm called Knome will unravel all the secrets hiding in your genes. But what happens when those secrets include a higher risk of getting cancer? Or of contracting a crippling disease like Alzheimer’s? Would you be able to handle that information and the terrible choices it forces?
I wasn’t.

The Other Side of Enlightenment

Radio legend Charles Laquidara had an urgent request for Somerville cult expert Steve Hassan: Rescue his son, Ari, who’d become blindly devoted to the mystical Dahn Yoga community. Three years later, it’s unclear just who’s not seeing the truth.