09/18/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at parental influences on kids and their educational experience. There are frequent urgings to increase budgets and hire skilled teachers to motivate school-kids . . . but plans seldom mention the importance of parents. We’ll speak with University of Wisconsin professor-emeritus Dr. Jack Westman, who’s written PARENT POWER: The Key to America’s Prosperity. He advocates a “Parenthood Pledge.” In the second half of the program, Ariel Gonzalez with local author Preston Allen about his novel, EVERY BOY SHOULD HAVE A MAN. That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm on WLRN.