Published: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:18:26 +0000
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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:18:26 +0000Every day we cross paths with dozens of strangers, doing our best to not make eye contact as we hurry along. This hour, we’ll talk about what could actually happen if we just said “hello” to that person behind us in the checkout line with Kio Stark. She writes about the idea in “When Strangers Meet: How People You Don't Know Can Transform You” (TED Books).
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:13:48 +0000For more than a year, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have crisscrossed the country telling voters about themselves. This hour, we’ll hear what those closest to the candidates have to say about them from Michael Kirk. His Frontline documentary “The Choice 2016” airs tonight on KERA-TV.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:04:36 +0000Nearly 20 percent of Americans 65 and older are working – and counted among them are the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees. This hour, we’ll talk about the knowledge and experience veteran workers bring to their jobs – and about why so many of them find those jobs hard to come by – with Ashton Applewhite. Her opinion piece “You’re How Old? We’ll Be in Touch,” appeared earlier this month in The New York Times.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:01:47 +0000The North Texas arts community is currently in a deep discussion about the idea of cultural equity. The conversation centers on how the arts are funded – and how that funding impacts the diversity of our cultural experiences. This hour, we’ll talk about leveling the artistic playing field with Jennifer Scripps, the director of the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs; David Lozano, executive artistic director of Cara Mia Theatre; and Clyde Valentin, director of Ignite/Arts Dallas.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:56:47 +0000“Hamilton” has pulled in more than $100 million at the box office and turned Lin-Manuel Miranda into a household name. This hour, we’ll talk about the extent to which the Tony-winning musical has rewritten history and altered our understanding of its namesake. We’ll be joined by Robert Sullivan, whose story “The Hamilton Cult” appears in the October issue of Harper’s.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:55:03 +0000The Republic of Texas was built upon two pillars: cotton and slavery. This hour, we’ll talk about how this important crop and the labor that fueled it led to the Texas revolution – and about how Texas provided a blue print for the Confederacy – with UNT assistant history professor Andrew Torget. He writes about the topic in his book “Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850”(University of North Carolina Press).
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:38:24 +0000Americans owe nearly $1.3 trillion in student loans. This hour, as part of KERA’s One Crisis Away: Drowning in Debt series, we’ll talk about strategies for paying for college and about how much debt is reasonable to take on. We’ll be joined by Ron Elsenbaumer, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at UT-Arlington; and Cynthia Butler, executive director of financial aid for Dallas County Community College District.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:36:36 +0000Photographs from Vietnam to Afghanistan to Iraq capture the agony of war in an instant. This hour, we’ll talk about how war photographers tell stories of conflict through their images with a panel of Pulitzer Prize-winners: David Hume Kennerly, Carol Guzy and David Leeson. Tonight, they’ll take part in “Illusion and Disillusion: A Panel Conversation on Violence and War” at the Texas Theatre, presented by 29 Pieces.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:47:30 +0000Between 13 million and 16 million Latinos are expected to vote in this year’s presidential election. And many of those voters can thank San Antonio native Willie Velasquez when they cast their ballots. This hour, we’ll talk about the founder of the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project, who launched more than a thousand voter registration drives in the 1970s and ’80s. We’ll be joined by Hector Galán, director of the PBS documentary “Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice,” which airs Oct. 3 on KERA-TV. KERA will also host special advance screenings of the film in Dallas on Thursday and Fort Worth on Sept. 29.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:42:20 +0000Gabriel Cardona and Bart Reta were once teenagers with bright futures growing up in Laredo. Their lives took an abrupt turn, though, when they fell under the spell of the Zetas. This hour, we’ll talk about how the Mexican drug cartel turned one of the boys into a feared assassin – and about what their transformations say about the perilous prospect of growing up on the border – with Dan Slater. He tells their story in “Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico’s Most Dangerous Drug Cartel” (Simon & Schuster).
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:19:07 +0000One in seven American children is diagnosed with ADHD and put on Adderall or similar medications. This hour, we’ll talk about why these diagnoses are on the rise – and if there’s cause for concern – with Alan Schwarz, author of “ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic” (Scribner).
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:17:32 +0000Ann Patchett received the PEN/Faulkner Award for her novel “Bel Canto.” This hour, we’ll talk with her about her new book, “Commonwealth” (Harper), which tells the story of how a chance romantic encounter ripples through two families over multiple generations.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:23:18 +0000For 45 years, the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth has tracked 5,000 participants to better understand gifted children. This hour, as part of KERA’s American Graduate initiative, we’ll talk about identifying high achievers at a young age – and how we can foster learning in kids – with Tom Clynes. His story “How to Raise a Genius” appears in the journal Nature.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:21:35 +0000The cure for most of our everyday maladies can be found at the drugstore. The trick is deciding which medicine is right for you. This hour, we’ll walk through our over-the-counter choices – and talk about when a trip to the doctor’s office might be necessary – with Dr. Roger Khetan, an internist with Baylor Scott & White.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:50:13 +0000The swift emergence of ISIS has military and security experts across the world rethinking how we wage war and fight terrorism. This hour, we’ll talk about how we got to now with Joby Warrick, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his book “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS” (Doubleday). Warrick speaks tonight to the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:42:22 +0000A sexual assault scandal at Baylor University this year cost the school its president and head football coach and left many wondering how the Baptist school lost sight of its values. This hour, we’ll talk about how Baylor and many other universities turn a blind eye to sexual assault claims – and about how these schools can address the issue – with Jessica Luther. Her book is called “Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape” (Edge of Sports). Luther speaks tonight at 6:30 at Deep Vellum Books.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:41:58 +0000Five Texas cities are among the top 15 in the nation in terms of population growth. That’s great for the tax base and a strain on natural resources. This hour, we’ll talk about how the state can best cope with the environmental impact of a growing population with David Todd, co-author of “The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People” (Texas A&M Press).
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:40:40 +0000In the run-up to the presidential election, we’re showered on an hourly basis with new poll numbers and other data. And there’s so much of it that it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. This hour, we’ll talk about how we can identify the truth with Daniel. J. Levitin, author of “A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age” (Dutton).
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:14:20 +0000In the age of social media and 140-character limits, writing that can pass as prose feels like a thing of the past. This hour, we’ll talk about why a dedication to putting pen to paper is as important as ever with University of Virginia professor Mark Edmundson. He writes about the topic in “Why Write?: A Master Class on the Art of Writing and Why it Matters” (Bloomsbury).
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:12:30 +0000Aaron Mak was a newspaper intern this summer sent to cover a Black Lives Matter protest in Milwaukee. As an Asian-American, he was surprised to become a target of violence – and equally surprised when his race saved him from further damage. This hour, we’ll talk with him about his experience, which he recently wrote about for Politico. And later in the hour, we’ll further examine how minority groups relate to one another with Kat Chow of NPR’s “Code Switch” podcast.
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 19:39:42 +0000For most people aging is seen as something to be denied and resisted. Willard Spiegelman instead finds joy in growing older. This hour, we’ll talk to him about finding optimism in old age, which he writes about in his memoir, “Senior Moments: Looking Back, Looking Ahead” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 19:35:20 +0000In a typical year only eight whales are found dead in the western Gulf of Alaska. In 2015, though, a staggering 45 whales were dead by the end of the year. This hour, we’ll talk about recent mass fatalities of marine wildlife due to warming seas with Craig Welch. His article, “The Blob That Cooked the Pacific,” appears in the September 2016 issue of National Geographic.
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 20:10:39 +0000Science has proven that vaccines are the most effective way to provide immunization from some diseases. Still, a number of parents refuse to vaccinate their children. This hour, we’ll talk to Sara Gorman and Jack Gorman about why people insist science is wrong despite concrete evidence. They write about it in their book, “Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts That Will Save Us” (Oxford).
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 20:08:17 +0000A simple chair is more than just a place to sit. From colonial rockers to the ergonomic tasks chair, where we choose to sit reflects a social history of our own tastes and attitudes. This hour, we’ll talk about the history of the chair with Witold Rybcznski, University of Pennsylvania emeritus professor of architecture. He writes about the topic in, “Now I Sit Me Down: From Klismos to Plastic Chair – A Natural History” (Farrar Straus & Giroux).
Tue, 06 Sep 2016 19:28:20 +0000Robert Hoge was born with a giant tumor in the middle of his face. Doctors removed it and were able to build him a new nose – out of one of his toes. This hour, we’ll talk with Hoge about coming to terms with his appearance, which he writes about in his memoir, “Ugly” (Viking).
Tue, 06 Sep 2016 19:26:25 +0000The names of some presidents – Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Reagan – echo throughout history. Meanwhile, most of us would be hard pressed to say much about Fillmore, Pierce, Harding and Hoover. This hour, we’ll learn why some presidential names are carved into the bedrock of our country with Talmage Boston, author of “Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents” (Bright Sky Press).
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 19:25:33 +0000Humans think of animals as many things – beasts of burden, wild and free creatures of beauty, companions, trophies and food. But what are the animals thinking? We’ll discuss non-human joy, grief, anger, love and other emotions this hour with conservationist, scientist and writer Carl Safina. His latest book, “Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel,” is now out in paperback (Picador).
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 19:23:49 +0000As the 2016 election season reaches a crescendo, you might be wondering if this year’s campaign antics are just the beginning of a wild political future for the United States. Jonathan Rauch, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, is wondering too. We’ll talk with him this hour about his recent piece in The Atlantic, “How American Politics Went Insane.”
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:49:58 +0000For decades, college has been touted as the best path to economic success for young Americans. But according to our guest this hour, this push toward a four-year degree and a lack of vocational training has left millions of important “middle-skilled” positions – jobs that don’t require a Bachelor’s Degree – unfilled. We’ll talk with Katherine Newman, provost and professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She’s the co-author of the new book “Reskilling America: Learning to Labor in the Twenty-First Century” (Metropolitan Books).
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:47:55 +0000Werner Herzog is the rare director who’s known as much for making documentaries as he is for his narrative films. This hour, we’ll talk with the prolific German filmmaker about “Aguirre, the Wrath of God,” “Fitzcarraldo,” “Grizzly Man” – and his newest effort, “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World.” Herzog speaks tonight at the Winspear Opera House.
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 19:28:29 +0000The U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia is a well-known and established cornerstone of our country’s foreign policy efforts in the Middle East. Less well-known are the details of America’s arms sales to the Saudi monarchy and the war-fighting capabilities they enable. This hour, as part of a NPR’s “A Nation Engaged,” we’ll discuss those multi-billion-dollar deals and the recent U.S.-backed Saudi intervention in Yemen this hour with Andrew Cockburn. His article “Acceptable Losses” appears in the current issue of Harper’s Magazine.
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 19:26:59 +0000Since the turn of the century, we’ve seen an alarming rise in the number of hate groups operating in America – 892 at last count. This hour, we’ll talk about why these organizations form, what they hope to accomplish and how they’re being monitored with Mark Potok of the Sothern Poverty Law Center, which recently published its Hate Map.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:42:47 +0000As scientists continue to discover technological solutions for when our natural bodies fail, future generations will be faced with new ethical challenges. This hour, we’ll talk about the how society might handle people living to be hundreds of years old – and how life-extending breakthroughs can be evenly shared – with Eve Herold, author of “Beyond Human: How Cutting-Edge Science Is Extending Our Lives” (Thomas Dunne Books).
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:40:57 +0000If you think this year’s presidential campaigns seem more divisive and acrimonious than ever before, you’re not alone. And the political rhetoric is making waves – not just here at home but abroad as well. This hour, as part of a NPR’s “A Nation Engaged” conversation project, we’ll talk about how the election and the next president will affect America’s role in the world. Our guests are writer Ben Fountain, who’s been reporting on the election for The Guardian and Jeffrey Engel, who directs the Center for Presidential History at SMU.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:43:21 +0000This summer has been one filled with racial violence – from Minnesota to Louisiana, from Milwaukee to Dallas. And kids have watched it all unfold on television during their breaks from school. This hour, as part of KERA’s American Graduate initiative, we’ll talk about how we can help young people process the many issues that contribute to these violent acts with Betsy Kennard, a clinical psychologist at UT Southwestern and Summer Rose, a licensed psychologist for the Momentous Institute.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:41:24 +0000Most of us steer clear of venomous snakes, insects and other poisonous creatures. This hour, we’ll talk about the scientists who risk their lives studying venom – and how their research is helping to produce live-saving drugs for humans. We’ll be joined by science journalist Christie Wilcox, author of “Venomous: How Earth’s Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:19:56 +0000The U.S. is home to 77 million millennials – the largest generation in the electorate. This hour, we’ll talk about what older generations need to know about their values and how they vote. We’ll be joined by Paul Taylor, whose essay “It’s a Millennial World Now: Twelve Things to Know” appears in the summer issue of the Bush Institute journal The Catalyst.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:18:08 +0000Many of us look up at the night sky and wonder if there’s life out there among the stars. This hour, we’ll talk about the five most plausible places to look – from Mars’ subsoil ice to one of Saturn’s moons. We’ll be joined by University of Victoria astronomer Jon Willis, author of “All These Worlds Are Yours: The Scientific Search for Alien Life” (Yale University Press).
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:20:37 +0000As children learn about their surroundings, being awestruck by new discoveries is a part of everyday life. For world-weary adults, though, that experience happens less frequently. This hour, we’ll talk about the benefits of seeking out wonder in our lives with Carlin Flora, who writes about the topic for Psychology Today.
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:46:26 +0000About one in 200 people are blind – that’s 39 million worldwide. This hour, we’ll talk about recent medical advancements that may have those people seeing one day soon with David Dobbs. His story “A Cure in Sight”appears in the September issue of National Geographic magazine.
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:44:44 +0000Among the many important questions voters are considering as they contemplate their presidential pick is: Who do I most trust with the nuclear codes. This hour, we’ll talk about the power a president has to deploy our nuclear arsenal – and about how those decisions are made – with Stanford political science professor Scott Sagan, an expert on weapons of mass destruction.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:42:13 +0000In 2013, Honduras was the murder capital of the world. This hour, we’ll talk about how the country’s homicide rate has steadily declined in the last few years thanks to programs funded by the United States with Sonia Nazario. Her story “How the Most Dangerous Place on Earth Got Safer” appeared recently in The New York Times.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:40:15 +0000C. Nicole Mason was born into poverty to a 16-year-old single mother. She found a safe place, though, at school. This hour, we’ll talk with her about excelling despite hardship and dispelling the myth that the poor are incapable of helping themselves, which she writes about in her memoir, “Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America” (St. Martin’s Press).
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:22:12 +0000Most fossils are briefly studied by researchers before going on display in museums. A few, though, make the vault to celebrity fossil status. This hour, we’ll talk about the Neanderthal of La Chapelle, the Taung Child, Peking Man and other remains that have significantly impacted our understanding of the history of mankind with Lydia Pyne, author of “Seven Skeletons: The Evolution of the World's Most Famous Human Fossils" (Viking).
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:21:36 +0000A child growing up today has lived in a world full of glowing screens since birth. This hour, we’ll talk about how all that screen time can lead to ADHD, anxiety, depression and other disorders with Nicholas Kardaras. His new book is called “Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids - and How to Break the Trance” (St. Martin's Press).
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 19:35:54 +0000In 1953, a botched lobotomy left 27-year-old Henry Molaison unable to create new long-term memories. This hour, we’ll talk about how scientists seized on the opportunity to study his brain – and how that research has provided vital information about how human’s store information. We’ll be joined by Luke Dittrich, author of “Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets” (Random House).
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 19:30:52 +0000About 33,000 people are killed by a gun every year in the U.S. – whether by murder, suicide or accident. This hour, we’ll explore the numbers behind these deaths – and talk about how they can be reduced – with Ben Casselman, a senior editor and the chief economics writer for the website FiveThirtyEight.
Mon, 15 Aug 2016 19:29:48 +0000When stress builds up – or you find yourself in a sticky situation – the idea of faking your own death might sound appealing. That’s until you think about the logistics. This hour, we’ll talk about what it would take to actually disappear – and we’ll hear the stories of people who’ve tried – with Elizabeth Greenwood, author of“Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud” (Simon & Schuster).
Mon, 15 Aug 2016 19:27:57 +0000When President Obama leaves office in January, every day of his presidency will have been spent with military personnel deployed. This hour, we’ll talk about how our modern concept of war has changed from a temporary to never-ending state with Rosa Brooks, author of “How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon” (Simon & Schuster).
Wed, 10 Aug 2016 19:26:02 +0000Frank Shorter won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1972 Olympics in Munich and followed it up four years later with a silver in Montreal. This hour, we’ll talk with one of the fathers of American distance running about how a tough childhood propelled him to athletic greatness, the subject of his memoir “My Marathon: Reflections on a Gold Medal Life” (Rodale).
Tue, 09 Aug 2016 19:58:13 +0000As African Americans have gained rights, a segment of white America has consistently worked to curb those rights. This hour, we’ll talk about how the Thirteenth Amendment led to Jim Crow laws, how Brown v. Board of Education led to shutting down public schools and other instances of Civil Rights backlash with Carol Anderson, chair of the African American Studies department at Emory University. Her new book is called “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide” (Bloomsbury).
Tue, 09 Aug 2016 19:56:44 +0000As astrophysicists gain insight into dark matter, black holes and other cosmological wonders, those discoveries inevitably lead to more questions. This hour, we’ll talk about current scientific thinking about our ever-expanding universe with Yale University professor of astronomy and physics Priyamvada Nataraja. Her new book is called “Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas that Reveal the Cosmos” (Yale University Press).
Mon, 08 Aug 2016 19:28:06 +0000As technological advances spell the end for more and more jobs, economists are wondering what will happen to those workers going forward. This hour, we’ll talk about an idea for preserving the middle class that on the surface sounds anathema to our capitalist society – a universal basic income. We’ll be joined by Andy Stern, author of “Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream” (Public Affairs).
Thu, 04 Aug 2016 20:12:20 +0000Climate change is, in large part, the result of ever-increasing global industry and consumption. And while big business may be the problem, it can also be the solution. This hour, we’ll talk about developing a market-based approach to fighting global warming with former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC), executive director of republicEn, an organization dedicated to free-enterprise solutions to climate change.
Thu, 04 Aug 2016 20:10:07 +0000When you cast a vote for the winning presidential candidate, it’s easy to understand why you might be optimistic about the future. So why do some presidents deliver on those high hopes when others don’t? This hour, we’ll talk about the idea with Elaine C. Kamarck, senior Brookings fellow and founding director of the Center for Effective Public Management. Her new book is called “Why Presidents Fail: And How They Can Succeed” (Brookings).
Wed, 03 Aug 2016 20:42:51 +0000More than 75 percent of infectious diseases originate in wildlife. This hour, we’ll talk about how keeping these diseases at bay requires a rethinking of our relationship to the animal kingdom. We’ll be joined by University of California-Davis epidemiology professor Jonna Mazet, who’s featured in the PBS documentary “Spillover: Zika, Ebola & Beyond.” It airs Wednesday night at 9 on KERA-TV.
Wed, 03 Aug 2016 20:40:58 +0000The expansion of our electrical grid over the last century is one of the most significant ways in which Americans have stayed connected. This hour, we’ll talk about the evolution of “the largest machine in the world” – and about what needs to be done to update it – with Gretchen Bakke. Her new book is called “The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future” (Bloomsbury).
Tue, 02 Aug 2016 19:30:46 +0000Increasing the use of body cameras by police is an idea that could protect both civilians and officers. And it could make one company very, very rich. This hour, we’ll talk about Taser – the leader in producing both body cameras and stun guns – with Karen Weise, whose story about the company appears in Bloomberg Businessweek.
Tue, 02 Aug 2016 19:28:38 +0000Zionism has evolved over the past few centuries from a cultural refuge for European Jews to the creation of a Jewish state in the Middle East. This hour, we’ll talk about the many steps that led to the establishment of Israel – and its future in the region – with Milton Viorst. His new book is called “Zionism: The Birth and Transformation of an Ideal” (Thomas Dunne Books).
Mon, 01 Aug 2016 20:09:33 +0000The 1936 Summer Olympics is perhaps best known for Jesse Owens and his four gold medals. He wasn’t the only American, though, to stick it to the host country. This hour, we’ll talk about the stunning upset the U.S. men’s rowing team pulled over the favored Germans – the subject of the American Experience documentary “The Boys of ’36,” which airs Tuesday night at 9 on KERA-TV. We’ll be joined by Margaret Grossi, who produced the film.
Mon, 01 Aug 2016 20:06:42 +0000José de Jesús Deniz Sahagun left his home in Mexico last year in hopes of reuniting with his three children in Las Vegas. Seven days later, he was dead of an apparent suicide in the Eloy Immigrant Detention Center in Arizona. This hour, we’ll talk about what his death tells us about mental health services inside these detention centers with Maria Hinojosa, host of “Latino USA.” The show, which airs Saturday nights at 8 on KERA, recently aired the two-part documentary “The Strange Death of José de Jesús.”
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:22:25 +0000Hillary Clinton will accept the nomination for president tonight at the Democratic National Convention. Today, we’ll devote both hours of our show to all things Clinton. During the show, we’ll speak with: NPR’s Sam Sanders from Philadelphia, site of the convention. Karen Blumenthal, author of “Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History” (Feiwel & Friends). David Graham, who traces Clinton scandals from Whitewater to Benghazi in The Atlantic. TCU political science professor James Riddlesperger and UNT political science professor Valerie Martinez-Ebers.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:20:18 +0000Hillary Clinton will accept the nomination for president tonight at the Democratic National Convention. Today, we’ll devote both hours of our show to all things Clinton. During the show, we’ll speak with: NPR’s Sam Sanders from Philadelphia, site of the convention. Karen Blumenthal, author of “Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History” (Feiwel & Friends). David Graham, who traces Clinton scandals from Whitewater to Benghazi in The Atlantic. TCU political science professor James Riddlesperger and UNT political science professor Valerie Martinez-Ebers.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:01:24 +0000This hour, we’ll learn how innovative thinkers are actually extending the flows of rivers, harvesting wastewater and growing fruit in the desert with Judith D. Schwartz, author of “Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World” (St. Martin’s Press).
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:58:57 +0000This hour, we’ll talk about why internalizing seemingly unconnected data actually makes us better thinkers with William Poudstone. His new book is called “Head in the Cloud: Why Knowing Things Still Matters When Facts are so Easy to Look Up” (Little, Brown and Co.).
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:50:45 +0000This hour, in partnership with WRKF in Baton Rouge and WWNO in New Orleans, KERA will air “12 Days in July: Our Shared Tragedy,” an hourlong special looking at how residents of Baton Rouge and Dallas are coping with the violence that visited their cities – and how all Americans might learn and move on from the events.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:46:34 +0000Learning how to effectively bargain is a key to making relationships work and resolving disputes. This hour, we’ll listen back to our May conversation with Daniel Shapiro, founder of the Harvard International Negotiation Program and associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. His new book is called “Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How to Resolve Your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts” (Harper).
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:35:06 +0000Plenty of Americans are hitting the road this summer in search of a hike – most likely on a trail. Few will stop to consider how these trails got there, though, or what they say about our drive to explore new paths. This hour, we’ll take a historical and philosophical look at trails with Robert Moor. He writes all about them in “On Trails: An Exploration” (Simon & Schuster).
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:33:21 +0000Countries around the world all have prison systems – and they don’t all operate in the same way. This hour, we’ll listen back to our talk about strategies that prisons on other continents are using to rehabilitate inmates with Baz Dreisinger, founder of the Prison-to-College Pipeline Program. She traveled to prisons across the globe and writes about them in “Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World” (Other Press).
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 21:02:04 +0000Donald Trump will accept the nomination for president tonight at the Republican National Convention. Today, we’ll devote both hours of our show to all things Trump. During the show, we’ll speak with: NPR’s Sam Sanders from Cleveland, site of the convention. Mark Singer, author of “Trump and Me,” his memoir about spending time with Trump 20 years ago while writing a profile of him for The New Yorker. Emma Roller, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, about how the Republican nominee has disproved most of the conventional campaign thinking. TCU political science professor James Riddlesperger and UTA political science professor Rebecca Deen.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:57:55 +0000Donald Trump will accept the nomination for president tonight at the Republican National Convention. Today, we’ll devote both hours of our show to all things Trump. During the show, we’ll speak with: NPR’s Sam Sanders from Cleveland, site of the convention. Mark Singer, author of “Trump and Me,” his memoir about spending time with Trump 20 years ago while writing a profile of him for The New Yorker. Emma Roller, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, about how the Republican nominee has disproved most of the conventional campaign thinking. TCU political science professor James Riddlesperger and UTA political science professor Rebecca Deen.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:24:36 +0000One of the pillars of Donald Trump’s campaign has been his desire to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. Yet 72 percent of U.S. border residents – and 86 percent of border residents in Mexico – are against the idea. That’s according to a new poll conducted by Arizona State University’s Cronkite News, Univision News, and The Dallas Morning News. This hour, we’ll talk about what the survey says about life along the border with DMN reporter Alfredo Corchado.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:22:02 +0000When children are denied proper nutrition in their first few years of life, it stunts both their personal growth and the growth potential of their communities. This hour, we’ll visit Uganda, India, Guatemala – and places in the U.S. – to hear how children in disadvantaged households are thriving thanks to programs focused on early-childhood nutrition. We’ll be joined by Roger Thurow, senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and author of “The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—And the World” (PublicAffairs).
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:36:08 +0000Many parents devote the bulk of their energy to preparing their children for life out in the real world. So what should those parents do once the kids have left the house? This hour, we’ll talk about how to refocus our lives once children are all grown up with Melissa T. Shultz, who writes about the idea in her memoir, “From Mom to Me Again: How I Survived My First Empty-Nest Year and Reinvented the Rest of My Life” (Source Books).
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:34:16 +0000“Finding Dory” has made more money than any other movie released in 2016. Meanwhile, “Zootopia,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and other films with animal protagonists have also connected with moviegoers. This hour, we’ll talk about what we actually know about how animals think and feel – and about the relationship between animals and humans – with some of our favorite animal experts. We’ll be joined by Emory University professor Frans de Waal, author of “Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?,” primate expert Jane Goodall and bioethicist Jessica Pierce, author of “Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets.”
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:28:48 +0000As people live longer, their adult children and other loved ones are taking on increased roles in caring for them. And that can lead to stress, guilt and burnout. This hour, we’ll talk about strategies for coping with those feelings and embracing this important role with psychologists Barry J. Jacobs and Julie L. Mayer. They’re co-authors of “AARP Meditations for Caregivers: Practical, Emotional, and Spiritual Support for You and Your Family” (DaCapo).
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:26:24 +0000The U.S. is one of the most diverse societies in the world. It’s one of our strengths, though we’re still figuring out how to live together peacefully. This hour, we’ll talk about ways that local governments and legal systems can foster a more harmonious environment with Washington University in St. Louis law professor John D. Inazu. He writes about the topic in “Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference” (University of Chicago Press).
Thu, 14 Jul 2016 19:45:13 +0000Americans have been at war with coyotes since we began to settle the West as they’ve threatened both our livestock and our household pets. And yet, the coyote has thrived both physically and as a part of lore. This hour, we’ll talk about our love-hate relationship with these fascinating predators with Dan Flores, author of “Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History” (Basic Books).
Thu, 14 Jul 2016 19:43:39 +0000Most of us are loyal to particular brands, yet we’re often hard pressed to explain why we favor one manufacturer over another. This hour, we’ll talk about the many ways our decisions are subconsciously swayed with Jonah Berger, author of “Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior” (Simon & Schuster).
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:08:26 +0000This hour, we’ll talk about how some doctors get away with sexually abusing patients – and how others have been stopped – with Danny Robbin and Carrie Teegardin of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:03:57 +0000This hour, we’ll talk about what is known about how the Zika virus affects humans and what is being done to battle it with New York Times science reporter Donald G. McNeil. He’s the author of “Zika: The Emerging Epidemic.”
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 22:11:15 +0000President Obama traveled to Dallas today for an interfaith memorial service remembering the police officers killed here last week. KERA aired live coverage of the service, which also featured former President Bush. After the memorial, we had a live national call-in special to continue the conversation about race and law enforcement in America.
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 22:03:27 +0000President Obama travels to Dallas today for an interfaith memorial service remembering the police officers killed here last week. KERA will air live coverage of the service, which also features former President Bush, starting at noon. And after the memorial, we’ll have a live national call-in special to continue the conversation about race and law enforcement in America.
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 19:43:43 +0000As the citizens of Dallas continue to cope with the shock of last week’s brutal attack on law enforcement officers, we’ll talk this hour with city leaders working to hold the community together. We’ll begin the show with a conversation with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and we’ll also be joined by Dallas Police Association vice president Michael Mata and Richie Butler, senior pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church.
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 19:39:15 +0000Mike Birbiglia is a name public radio listeners know well from his appearances on “This American Life” and “Fresh Air.” His new film is about an improve troupe that sees one of its members break out, leaving the other members a little jealous. This hour, we’ll talk with him about “Don’t Think Twice,” which he wrote, directed and stars in.
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 19:26:48 +0000In this special two hour edition of Think, we’ll discuss the Downtown Dallas shootings and their aftermath with U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson; Doug Kowalski, retired Dallas Police deputy chief and current Prosper Police chief; Meredith Clark, assistant professor at the University of North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism, and others. We’ll also hear from you. Call us during the show at 800-933-5372. Tweet us @kerathink or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 19:25:32 +0000In this special two hour edition of Think, we’ll discuss the Downtown Dallas shootings and their aftermath with U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson; Doug Kowalski, retired Dallas Police deputy chief and current Prosper Police chief; Meredith Clark, assistant professor at the University of North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism, and others. We’ll also hear from you. Call us during the show at 800-933-5372. Tweet us @kerathink or e-mail email@example.com
Thu, 07 Jul 2016 19:32:41 +0000Sometimes our jobs and families force us to uproot our comfortable lives and move to unfamiliar places. This hour, we’ll talk about how we can grow to embrace these adopted home towns with Melody Warnick, who’s moved six times herself. She’s the author of “This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live” (Viking).
Thu, 07 Jul 2016 19:30:23 +0000One of the trickiest decisions for a psychiatrist to make is whether or not to prescribe a patient antidepressants. This hour, we’ll talk about how psychiatrists use statistics, analysis and previous experience in making these decisions – and we’ll talk about using these drugs as a tool within a larger treatment plan. We’ll be joined by Brown University medical school psychiatry professor Dr. Peter D. Kramer, author of “Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 19:33:31 +0000The Internet can be thought of as a civilization all its own – one with its own set of rules and social mores. This hour, we’ll talk about the intersection of our online lives and our real ones – and how they affect each other – with Virginia Heffernan. She explores these ideas and more in her new book, “Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art” (Simon & Schuster).
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 19:32:23 +0000Some children get nervous by the thought of being away from their parents or having to talk to new people. And that anxiety can interfere with school work, friendships and personal growth. This hour, we’ll talk about strategies for helping kids get past these fears with child psychologist Dr. Kathleen Trainor. She’s the author of “Calming Your Anxious Child: Words to Say and Things to Do” (Johns Hopkins University Press).
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 19:32:59 +0000Government programs are in place to help impoverished families, orphans, the disabled and the elderly. Sometimes, though, the money from those programs doesn’t make it to the people in need. This hour, we’ll talk about how those funds are often syphoned off by local governments and private businesses – and how we can correct the problem – with University of Baltimore law professor Daniel. L. Hatcher. He writes about the topic in his book, “The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America’s Most Vulnerable Citizens” (NYU Press).
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 19:31:42 +0000To be a young black man in America is to live in conflict. A black president is proof that anything is possible. Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and others remind us that that promise can be taken in an instant. This hour, we’ll talk with Mychal Denzel Smith about coming of age in this environment – and about rethinking assumptions of black masculinity. He explores these topics and more in his book “Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education” (Nation Books).
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:24:31 +0000As artificial intelligence becomes more refined, autonomous weapons systems could soon become a reality. This hour on Think, in light of recent advances in autonomous robot technology, we’ll talk about the ethics of reducing human involvement in war – and whether we should preemptively ban these machines. Our guest is Michael C. Horowitz, associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. His essay “Ban Killer Robots? How About Defining Them First” appears in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:34:17 +0000The Asian arowana – or “dragon fish” – is known to sell for more than $100,000. The fish is considered a status symbol and good luck charm in parts of Asia, yet it’s protected under the Endangered Species Act in the United States. This hour, we’ll talk about the fascination with this fish – and whether arowana can survive going forward – with Emily Voigt, author of “The Dragon Behind the Glass: A True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World’s Most Coveted Fish” (Scribner).
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:32:53 +0000Learning another language teaches you more than just how to communicate differently. It opens the door to another culture. That was Zora O’Neill’s experience learning Arabic. This hour, we’ll talk with her about how she immersed herself in the Middle East, mastered the language and broadened her worldview in the process. She writes about the experience in her memoir, “All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:22:55 +0000Cybercrime has traditionally involved hackers stealing credit card numbers and billing information to generate fake credit cards overseas. This hour, we’ll talk about a shift in that business model that has the bad guys stealing our data and holding it ransom. We’ll be joined by Josephine Wolff, whose story “The New Economics of Cybercrime” appears in The Atlantic.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:21:41 +0000Anyone who makes it into old age will have a brain that shows some signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The question is: Why do some people suffer symptoms when others do not? This hour, we’ll talk about new research into how we can keep our minds sharp and avoid dementia with David A. Bennett. He’s director of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago and writes about his research in the July/August issue of Scientific American Mind.
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:48:48 +0000It’s easy to assume that a woman might agree to a mail-order marriage as an act of desperation. That’s certainly true in some cases, though history is littered with examples of women actually improving their lives through this unusual system of matchmaking. This hour, we’ll talk about the practice with University of South Carolina associate law professor Marcia A. Zug, author of “Buying a Bride: An Engaging History of Mail-Order Matches” (NYU Press).
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:47:21 +0000Young people in America have more freedom to find a religion that suits them than ever before. At the same time, more than one-third of people in their 20s and 30s identify as not being religious. This hour, we’ll talk about how millennials navigate their spiritual lives with Emma Green, who writes about religion for The Atlantic. She contributes to the multimedia project “Choosing My Religion” at theatlantic.com