PBS News Weekend

Season 3, Episode 85 of 86

On Saturday, PBS NewsHour Weekend examines the effects of poverty on children's mental health and cognitive development. Dr. Jack Shonkoff of Harvard's Center on the Developing Child says persistent adversity - what he calls "toxic stress" - can affect the architecture of the brain, especially in young children. Correspondent Megan Thompson reports from Connecticut. This story is part of "Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America," and the Rosalynn Carter Mental Fellowships for Health Journalism program.

Previously Aired

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6/27/2015
4 p.m.
6/27/2015
7 p.m.
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