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A selection of fully produced segments are made available weekly on the "For Radio Stations" page at the K-State Research and Extension news page, where previous Sound Living episodes are stored.

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Mar 30, 2020

In one way or another, COVID-19 has impacted everyone’s lives. Many adults are now telecommuting, children have had school cancelled for the rest of the spring semester and parents and caregivers have become their new teachers. Many businesses are closed and we have to observe a safe social distance when we’re in public spaces. These changes can create stress and anxiety in both children and parents. As a result, parents need to talk to their children and explain what’s going on. K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles says it’s important to be honest about what’s happening and to use words children are familiar with – not technical or scientific terms or the latest jargon.

Sound Living is a weekly public affairs program addressing issues related to families and consumers. It is hosted by Jeff Wichman. Each episode shares the expertise of K-State specialists in fields such as child nutrition, food safety, adult development and aging, youth development, family resource management, physical fitness and more.

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K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan.