TEENAGE THRILL SEEKERS � WHY THEY ENGAGE IN OFTEN DANGEROUS
ACTIVITIES TO GET A BUZZ, AIRING ON �20/20,� FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9
Plus: Do �Love Potions� Really Work?;
Star of �The Color Purple� Speaks Candidly About Loosing Husband on 9/11
While Eight Months Pregnant � to Making It on Broadway;
A �20/20� Time Capsule: Barbara Walters� 1992 Interview with John Lennon�s Killer;
John Stossel�s �Give Me a Break�
Extreme speed bike riding, skateboarding off the back of a car, jumping from building to building� for some teenagers, risk-taking is a cure for boredom. But sometimes this not-so-innocent fun is injuring and even killing teens in search of the elusive buzz. �I do it for the rush. There�s no other feeling like it,� says teenage BMX rider Kalin Law. But what causes this addiction to risky business, and why are some teens more out of control? Jim Avila talks to experts and doctors about the teenage brain, on �20/20,� FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
As Avila reports, there are some kids just plain born to take dangerous risks. �Thrill seekers are low in arousal in the nervous system. And they want to get their arousal up, so they seek stimulation� They love intense experience,� says Dr. Frank Farley of Temple University, who has studied such behavior for more than 30 years and calls such thrill seekers T-types. He tells Avila what parents should look for in kids as young as two, so that they can channel them properly. �We wouldn�t have created the modern world without our T-types. Because they�re the creative, innovative, entrepreneurial, inventive people� The object is to, is to engage them, it�s to provide stimulation to compete with the top of the car phenomenon.�
And: Can you make yourself more attractive just by using over-the-counter chemicals called pheromones that are marketed as something of a love potion? To find out, �20/20� enlists volunteers to participate in unscientific experiments to see if these natural and odorless chemicals really do increase sexual attractiveness. Bill Ritter reports.
Also: Actress LaChanze is now in the spotlight playing the lead role of �Celie� in the current Broadway production of �The Color Purple.� But as she tells Deborah Roberts, it�s been a bumpy and heartbreaking trip to the top of the great white way. While eight months pregnant with her second child, the struggling actress lost her husband in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Today, not only is she in a leading role, she is happily re-married.
Plus: On the 25th anniversary of the death of John Lennon, �20/20� looks back with Barbara Walters� interview with the killer, Mark David Chapman. The interview, which took place in December 1992 at New York State�s Attica Correctional Facility, was the very first televised interview with Chapman, who told Walters how he came to commit such a heinous crime.
Additionally: John Stossel says �Give Me a Break� to some companies who take the trademark infringement law to the extreme.
�20/20� is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and John Stossel. David Sloan is executive producer.