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Published: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:25:33 +0000

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Trump And Texas

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:25:33 +0000

During his campaign, Donald Trump made several trips to Texas. So what did he learn during his trips? As part of NPR’s “A Nation Engaged” inauguration week conversation, we’ll talk about what Texans would like the president-elect to know about our state with William McKenzie of the Bush Institute and O. Ricardo Pimentel, columnist for the San Antonio Express-News.  

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The Medical Data Industry

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:24:45 +0000

Every day, medical data is traded among healthcare providers, insurance companies, drug manufacturers and other entities. Adam Tanner joins us to talk about how we can balance the benefits that big data provides while also preserving patient privacy. He writes about the topic in “Our Bodies, Our Data: How Companies Make Billions Selling Our Medical Records” (Beacon Press).  

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Divided States Of America

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:00:00 +0000

Many Americans are looking to Inauguration Day with hope, while others are filled with dread. Michael Kirk joins us to talk about how the extreme partisanship from the recent election cycle has infiltrated nearly every area of our lives. He explores the topic in the two-night Frontline documentary “Divided States of America,” which airs on PBS stations Jan. 17 and 18.  

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A Look At The Refugee Crisis

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:45:50 +0000

Unrest in the Middle East and Africa has forced tens of thousands of refugees to flee their homelands in search of a peaceful existence. As the migration correspondent for The Guardian, Patrick Kingsley has traced their paths and documented their stories of survival. He joins us to talk about why the rest of the world can’t afford to ignore this humanitarian emergency, which he writes about in “The New Odyssey: The Story of the Twenty-First-Century Refugee Crisis” (Liveright).  

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The Power Of Microdosing

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:45:04 +0000

LSD may trigger euphoria and joy in some, and anxiety, paranoia and delusions in others. In very small doses, though, some people have found it can boost productivity while providing a sense of calm. That was Ayelet Waldman’s experience. She joins us to talk about her monthlong experiment with microdosing – and about the history and mythology of LSD – which she writes about in “A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life” (Knopf).  

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The New Civil Rights Movement

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:46:02 +0000

Martin Luther King Jr. emphasized nonviolent protests during the Civil Rights era. On MLK Day, Columbia University journalism professor and New Yorker staff writer Jelani Cobb joins us to talk about how Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street and other groups are following Dr. King’s model. He’s in Dallas to deliver the keynote address at tonight’s Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture MLK Symposium.  

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The Mismanagement Of Hospitals

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:45:18 +0000

Many hospitals are nonprofits or owned by large chains. Some facilities – particularly in smaller towns – though are owned by individuals who see them as a source of easy cash. And with little regulation, it’s common for these hospitals to fall into disarray. Dallas Morning News reporter Miles Moffeit joins us to talk about how mismanagement of these facilities is leaving some communities short on healthcare and jobs.  

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The Migrant Journey

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:59:48 +0000

For many undocumented immigrants, crossing the border into the U.S. is the culmination of a journey that can last hundreds or even thousands of miles. We’ll talk about what that trek is like with Texas Tribune reporter Alexa Ura, who followed refugees from Central America. We’ll also talk with Marco Malagón, who crossed the border from Mexico as a teenager, as well as immigration attorney Paul Zoltan.  

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Saying Sorry

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:08:24 +0000

For many of us, the two hardest words to say in the English language are “I’m sorry.” Psychologist Harriet Lerner joins us to talk about why it’s so tough to admit when we’re wrong – and why making amends is good for everyone. Lerner is the author of “Why Won’t You Apologize? Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts” (Touchstone).  

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How To Be Bored

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:07:41 +0000

With Netflix, smart phones and an endless Internet, there’s really no excuse for boredom. And yet it’s in that downtime – when we pause to reflect – that we actually grow. Eva Hoffman joins us this hour to talk about the importance of regularly unplugging and disengaging with life, which she writes about in “How to be Bored” (Picador).  

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A Conversation With Zadie Smith

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:51:49 +0000

As the author of “White Teeth,” “On Beauty” and other novels, Zadie Smith is one of Britain’s most significant writers. She joins us to talk about her newest effort, “Swing Time,” which follows two girls who dream of becoming dancers only to see their lives branch in dramatically different directions. Smith is in town Saturday for Arts & Letters Live at the Dallas Museum of Art.  

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The Teacher Gap

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:46:28 +0000

Teacher attrition sits at about 8 percent a year. The discouraging piece of that statistic, though, is that two-thirds of those teachers are leaving the business out of dissatisfaction rather than retirement. We’ll talk about efforts to bridge the teacher gap with Kelly Kovacic, director of regional educator initiatives for Commit!; John Gasko, dean of the School of Education at the University of North Texas at Dallas; and DISD deputy superintendent Ivan Duran. They’ll take part in today’s Extra Yard For Teachers Legacy Summit in Dallas.  

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Stress Yourself

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:47:25 +0000

We all know people who freak out in even the most trivial situations.  And we’re in awe of those who tackle great challenges without breaking a sweat. UT-Dallas psychology professor Ian Robertson joins us to talk about the mental and physical benefits of embracing tension. He writes about the idea in “The Stress Test: How Pressure Can Make You Stronger and Sharper” (Bloomsbury USA).

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The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:37:53 +0000

In 2000, the FBI received a credible threat that a U.S. government agent was close to a deal to sell a huge cache of military secrets to Libya. Special Agent Steven Carr was assigned the task of tracking down the suspect, and Yudhijit Bhattacharjee joins us tell the story of how Carr eventually identified the traitor. Bhattacharjee’s book is called “The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell: A Dyslexic Traitor, an Unbreakable Code, and the FBI’s Hunt for America’s Stolen Secrets” (NAL).

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The Prisoner

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 21:17:05 +0000

As a 12-year-old boy, Edwin Debrow shot and killed a cab driver in San Antonio. He was sentenced to 40 years and remains in prison. Skip Hollandsworth writes about him in the current issue of Texas Monthly, and he joins us to talk about how Debrow’s experience opens up a new conversation about the balance between justice, mercy and rehabilitation.

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Containing Our Nuclear Waste

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 21:16:14 +0000

More than a million gallons of radioactive sludge and other products of the Cold War have governments around the world wondering how they can protect future generations from some of the deadliest substances ever made. Harvard professors Robb Moss and Peter Galison join us to talk about the effort to contain this waste long-term, the subject of their Independent Lens documentary “Containment,” which airs on PBS stations tonight.

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Overcoming Extreme Adversity

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 22:58:12 +0000

In 2014, Hilaree O’Neill led a team of explorers in an attempt to determine the highest peak in Southeast Asia. She joins us to talk about how depleted supplies, freezing temperatures and internal squabbles fractured the team and nearly cost O’Neill her life. She’s in town for a National Geographic Live! event at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

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The Case Against Empathy

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 22:57:15 +0000

In order to help others, we generally try to put ourselves in their shoes. That’s a step in the wrong direction, says Yale researcher Paul Bloom. He joins us to make the case that empathy actually leads us to terrible decisions in everything from relationships to medical care to criminal justice. He writes about his findings in “Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion” (Harper Collins).

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Rethinking Gender Identity

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 22:16:24 +0000

Traditionally, gender was thought to be binary – children were born girls or boys. Robin Marantz Henig joins us this hour to talk about how scientists are adopting a more fluid understanding of gender and rethinking identity in the process. She writes about the topic in the January issue of National Geographic magazine.

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The Legacy Of Barack Obama

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 22:15:25 +0000

As President Obama prepares to leave the White House this month, it’s time to take stock of his time in office. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Michael D’Antonio joins us to talk about the ups and downs of the last eight years – and about which of Obama’s achievements may be in danger under a Trump administration. D’Antonio’s new book is called “A Consequential President: The Legacy of Barack Obama” (Thomas Dunne Books).

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The Burden Of Debt At HBCUs

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 22:04:25 +0000

Students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities borrow on average about $26,000 to pay for school. Their peers at other schools take on only about half that amount of debt. Katherine M. Saunders, senior researcher for the United Negro College Fund’s Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute, joins us to talk about how this extra burden affects black students in the long run.

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The Necessity of Military Force

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 22:03:21 +0000

The United States has long been one of the guardians of stability in the world. Johns Hopkins University professor of strategic studies Eliot A. Cohen joins us to talk about why traditional boots on the ground are still vital for keeping the peace – even in an age of unconventional warfare. He writes about the topic in “The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force” (Basic Books).

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Life In Trump’s America

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 21:23:56 +0000

Donald Trump was elected to the presidency primarily by the wide swath of red that runs through the center of the country. James Fallows of The Atlantic joins us to talk about visiting Middle America, where he spoke with voters about why they are optimistic about their communities yet concerned for the nation.

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The Future of Journalism

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 21:21:31 +0000

The proliferation of fake news stories online has made it difficult for traditional media outlets to do their jobs. Dallas Morning News editor Mike Wilson and Al Día editor Alfredo Carbajal join us for a conversation about the state of journalism, about separating fact from fiction, their plans for covering the Trump administration and how they serve both their print and digital audiences.

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The Big Screen: The Best Of 2016

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 22:40:22 +0000

This year gifted moviegoers with another "Star Wars," blockbuster animated films and the usual array of superheroes. For us, though, the richest cinematic experiences were found in a pair of real-life stories: "O.J.: Made in America" and "Tower."

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Can There Be Peace On Earth?

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 21:39:29 +0000

For the entirety of recorded history, there has been conflict in the world. So talking about what it would take to achieve a lasting peace is maybe a little ambitious. That’s exactly what we’ll do, though, when we’re joined by a panel of North Texas philosophers and academics, who’ve agreed to work through the question: What would it take to have peace on Earth?

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The Best Science Stories Of 2016

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 21:38:50 +0000

Michael Lemonick of Scientific American joins us to talk about the many advancements in technology, health and beyond that happened in 2016.

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The Big Screen: Christmas At The Movies

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 23:15:49 +0000

Turn on the television this week and it won't be hard to find a Christmas movie. This week, we talk about some of the better modern holiday films and take a trip back in time to revisit the classics.

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The History of American Hiking

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 21:34:18 +0000

Silas Chamberlin joins us to talk about how the 19th Century urban walking clubs developed into a leisure activity practiced in every state in the union. His new book is called “On the Trail: A History of American Hiking.”

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Drilling In Canada’s Tar Sands

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 21:33:34 +0000

Canada’s tar sands contain some of the world’s dirtiest oil. That doesn’t mean energy companies aren’t interested in excavating it, though. We’ll talk about the effect that drilling for oil in Alberta will have on climate change with Neela Banerjee, who writes about the topic for InsideClimate News. We’ll also get the perspective of Alan Jeffers, Exxon mobile media relations manager, about the company’s role in the dialogue about the risks of climate change.

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The Science Of Whiskey

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 23:14:00 +0000

Whether in a hot toddy or on the rocks, there’s a good chance whiskey will be poured during this month’s holiday parties. Firestone and Robertson Distilling Company head distiller Rob Arnold and TCU chemistry professor Eric Simanek join us to talk about how grain and water combine to make bourbon, rye and scotch. They explain the process in “Shots of Knowledge: The Science of Whiskey” (TCU Press).

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Are Racists Crazy?

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 23:13:07 +0000

Racism is generally considered an ugly personality trait. It might be more than that, though. Sander L. Gilman, a psychiatry professor at Emory University, joins us to talk about classifying racism as a mental illness. He writes about the idea in “Are Racists Crazy: How Prejudice, Racism, and Antisemitism Became Markers of Insanity” (NYU Press).

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The Politics Of Intelligence

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:06:04 +0000

In a recent interview with Fox News, President-Elect Donald Trump said it’s unnecessary for him to receive the daily intelligence briefing. And he’s been skeptical of the CIA’s investigation into Russian influence on the presidential election. Joshua Rovner, chair of International Politics and National Security at SMU, joins us to talk about what’s at stake if the future president ignores the intelligence community.

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Understanding The Future

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:02:10 +0000

By now, we generally anticipate a future that includes self-driving cars, artificial intelligence and other advancements. And that means now is the time to prepare for the effect these leaps forward will have on our lives. Futurist Amy Webb joins us to talk about getting ready for what’s to come, which she writes about in “The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream” (PublicAffairs).

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The Logic Behind Motivation

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:21:03 +0000

Parents, supervisors and teachers spend much of their days trying to energize those in their care to make the most of their lives. This hour, we’ll talk about strategies for motivating others with Duke professor of psychology and behavioral economics Dan Ariely. He writes about the topic in “Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations” (TED).

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The Humble Leader

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:19:32 +0000

People who run for public office or lead large organizations have to be at least narcissistic enough to believe they are the best person for the job. This hour, we’ll talk about the opposite of narcissism – humility – and the role it plays in leadership with Ashley Merryman. She explores the idea in a recent edition of the Washington Post.  

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The Revenge Of Analog

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 20:31:01 +0000

In the last decade, a small but influential part of the populace has returned to vinyl records, film cameras and other tangible things once thought useless in our digital world. This hour, we’ll talk about the enduring appeal of tangibility with David Sax, author of “The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter” (PublicAffairs).

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The Race to Remake Civilization

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 20:29:39 +0000

Since the Industrial Revolution, humankind hasn’t been a very good steward of the only planet known to support life. This hour, we’ll talk about the scientists, elected officials and philanthropists working to reverse that trend and save the world with TED science curator David Biello, author of “The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth’s Newest Age” (Scribner).

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How Play Made The World

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 21:26:23 +0000

This hour, we’ll talk about how history has been shaped by the pursuit of amusement with Steven Johnson, creator of the PBS series “How We Got to Now.” His latest book is called “Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World” (Riverhead Books).

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A Talk With Stephen Breyer

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 21:25:17 +0000

This hour, we’ll talk with, Stephen Breyer, associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court about his career on the bench – and about his book, “The Court and the World.”

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Do Parents Matter?

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 22:38:12 +0000

This hour, we’ll talk with parenting experts Robert and Sarah LeVine about what we can learn from other cultures when it comes to child rearing. They write about their decades of research in “Do Parents Matter? Why Japanese Babies Sleep Soundly, Mexican Siblings Don’t Fight, and American Families Should Just Relax.”

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Presidential Appointees

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 22:37:10 +0000

This hour, we’ll talk about building smooth transitions from one administration to the next with G. Edward DeSeve of the Brookings Institute. He writes about the topic in “The Presidential Appointee’s Handbook.”

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Staying Calm In A Crisis

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:50:46 +0000

Much of the time, we have little control over events that negatively affect our lives. We do, however, have some say in how we react to our worlds being turned upside down. This hour, we’ll talk about how to think clearly and keep our feelings in check during a crisis with Harvard Medical School psychologist Susan David. She’s the author of “Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life” (Avery).

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Why We Need Rest

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:49:13 +0000

We all feel more productive when well-rested. So why is our downtime such a low priority? This hour, we’ll talk about the idea of “deliberate rest” – and about strategies to incorporate it into our busy schedules – with Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, a visiting scholar at Stanford. He writes about the topic in “Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less” (Basic Books).

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The Search For The Chibok Girls

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:28:47 +0000

Two years ago, 276 school girls were kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram. Since then, some have been freed, others escaped and at least six have died. This hour, we’ll talk about how the kidnapping has affected families – and about ongoing efforts to rescue the remaining students – with Helon Habila. He’s the author of “The Chibok Girls: The Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamist Militancy in Nigeria” (Columbia Global Reports).

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The Politics Of The White Working Class

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:27:19 +0000

In the 20th Century, the white working class occupied the political and economic middle in both the United States and Great Britain. This hour, we’ll talk about how many in this demographic have come to feel disenfranchised and taken up positions on the political margins with George Mason University’s Justin Gest. He’s the author of “The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Era of Immigration and Inequality” (Oxford).

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The Consciousness Of Cephalopods

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:43:00 +0000

Dolphins, chimpanzees and other mammals are among the smartest creatures on Earth. Deep in the ocean, though, lives another class of highly intelligent animals – cephalopods. This hour, we’ll talk about how the octopus and its close relatives were likely the first to develop a complex nervous system – and about how that evolution took place independent of land animals – with City University of New York professor Peter Godfrey-Smith. He’s the author of “Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness” (Farrar Straus and Giroux).

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The Casino Trap

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:40:03 +0000

When a gambler steps into a casino, nearly every element of these buildings is designed to keep the player playing. This hour, we’ll talk about how this can be particularly tough on gambling addicts with John Rosengren. His story “How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts” appears in the December issue of The Atlantic magazine.

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The Distracted Mind

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:23:33 +0000

The ability to multitask is a virtue in our plugged-in society. That’s not how our brains are built to function, though. This hour, we’ll talk about strategies for working on one task at a time – and about how we can block out the interference that keeps us from getting things done – with Adam Gazzaley, director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center at UC-San Francisco. He writes about the topic in “The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World” (MIT Press).

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How To Overcome Passive-Aggression

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:22:02 +0000

When we hide or anger from friends, family and co-workers, we set ourselves up for larger problems going forward. This hour, we’ll talk about how to deal with conflict directly with Dr. Tim Murphy, co-author of “Overcoming Passive-Aggression: How to Stop Hidden Anger from Spoiling Your Relationships, Career, and Happiness” (Da Capo).

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The Republic Of Spin

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:22:21 +0000

Woodrow Wilson held the first presidential press conference in the White House in 1913. This hour, we’ll talk about how every administration since then has used these interactions as opportunities to craft the messages they want the American public to hear with Rutgers University presidential historian David Greenberg. He writes about the topic in “Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency” (W.W. Norton and Co.).

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How To Save Money

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:21:06 +0000

This month, shoppers across the country are hitting stores and online retailers in search of holiday deals. This hour, we’ll get practical advice for stretching our dollars from David Pogue. His newest book is called “Pogue’s Basics: Money – Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You)” (Flatiron Books).

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Hidden Minds

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:42:43 +0000

When a person suffers a severe head injury, finding signs of brain activity is a challenge. This hour, we’ll talk about how doctors search for brain function – and about the moral imperative to keep looking – with Dr. Nicholas D. Schiff and Dr. Joseph J Fins of Weill Cornell Medicine. Their story “In Search of Hidden Minds” appears in the current issue of Scientific American Mind.

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Navigating Your Office Enemies

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:40:57 +0000

We all have co-workers who sometimes make our jobs difficult. This hour, we’ll talk about how to navigate those office mates who complain, undermine and even bully us with Amy Cooper Hakim, author of “Working with Difficult People: Handling the Ten Types of Problem People Without Losing Your Mind” (TarcherPerigee).

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Inside The Fish Market

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:06:19 +0000

This hour, we’ll talk about the commercialization of fishing and the effect it’s had on the seafood we consume with journalist Lee Van Der Voo, who writes about the topic in “The Fish Market: Inside the Big-Money Battle for the Ocean and Your Dinner Plate”

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A Chat With NEA Chair Jane Chu

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:05:41 +0000

This hour, we’ll talk with National Endowment for the Arts chair Jane Chu about how her organization distributes its funding and about the intersection of politics and the arts.

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The Investigation Of Crocker Land

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:54:11 +0000

This hour, we’ll talk about how a team of explorers endured everything from blizzards to disease to a drunken sea captain with University of Central Arkansas history professor David Welky, author of “A Wretched and Precarious Situation: In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier.”

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The Use And Abuse Of Stop And Frisk

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:53:16 +0000

This hour, we’ll talk about the history of the stop and frisk – and about if it’s even possible to hunt for criminals without racial profiling. We’ll be joined by Arizona State criminology professor Michael D. White, co-author of “Stop and Frisk: The Use and Abuse of a Controversial Policing Tactic.”

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A Lesson In Table Manners

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 21:05:32 +0000

Sitting across the Thanksgiving table from certain family members might be particularly tricky this year, post-election. This hour, we’ll talk about maintaining common courtesy even when we disagree with people – and we’ll make sure we’re squared away with which side of the plate to place the knife and fork. We’ll be joined by Jeremiah Tower, author of “Table Manners: How to Behave in the Modern World and Why Bother” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

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A Fresh Take On Thanksgiving

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 21:04:30 +0000

If your Thanksgiving table will feature another year of dry turkey, lumpy mashed potatoes and can-shaped cranberries, it’s probably time for a menu makeover. This hour, we’ll talk about freshening up these staples – and about how to accommodate guests with dietary restrictions – with Dallas Morning News restaurant critic and Cooks Without Borders blogger Leslie Brenner and television chef and restaurateur Tiffany Derry.

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Speaking American

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:27:00 +0000

As many of us board planes for the Thanksgiving holiday, we’ll run into people from across the country who don’t exactly sound like us. This hour, we’ll talk about how one nation developed so many regional dialects – and about how to navigate these sub-languages – with Josh Katz, author of “Speaking American: How Y’all, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

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The Secret Life Of Hair

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:25:36 +0000

When we’re having a good-hair day, everything seems to just fall into place. And when that same hair starts to turn gray, we wonder where we go from here. This hour, guest host Lauren Silverman will talk about why we value our hair so much – and why cultures throughout history have done the same – with University of London anthropologist Emma Tarlo. Her new book is called “Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair” (OneWorld Publications).

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The Power Of Faith

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:35:15 +0000

Diet and exercise are obvious physical contributors to our overall health. But what about what’s going on inside our minds? This hour, guest host Lauren Silverman will talk about how scientists are studying how our thoughts, feelings and faiths contribute to our well-being with Erik Vance. His story “The Healing Power of Faith” appears in the December issue of National Geographic magazine.

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Preventing Child Abuse

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:33:54 +0000

Each year, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services investigates about 200,000 cases of possible child abuse. This hour, guest host Lauren Silverman will talk about the possibility of using technology to predict when these abuses might happen in order to stop them before they occur. We’ll be joined by Dyann Daley, executive director of the Center for Prevention of Child Maltreatment, and David Sanders, chair of the Presidential Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.

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Home Beyond Earth

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:26:28 +0000

Most of the recent conversation about space exploration has centered on Mars. This hour, we’ll talk about why the Red Planet may not be the most viable option for a space colony – and we’ll talk about the place that is: Titan, a moon orbiting Saturn. We’ll be joined by planetary scientist Amanda Hendrix, co-author of “Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets” (Pantheon).

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Racism On Campus

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:25:06 +0000

In the last week, incidence of racism and harassment have taken place on Texas high school and college campuses. This hour, we’ll talk about counseling young adults on how to deal with these situations – and what to do when these lessons are being learned at home. We’ll be joined by Dr. Summer Rose of Momentous Institute, SMU student senator Naomi Samuel and Alia Salem, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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Treasures Of The Earth

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:37:16 +0000

Gemstones, metals and natural resources are all found right beneath the ground we walk on. This hour, we’ll talk about how humans throughout time have turned to the Earth for the materials that power our civilization, the subject of the new NOVA series “Treasures of the Earth: Gems, Metals and Power,” which airs tonight on KERA-TV. We’ll be joined by producer Doug Hamilton.

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What Words Mean

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 21:05:46 +0000

This hour, we’ll talk with the former chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary John Simpson about how new words are added, how meanings evolve and about the effect technology has on how we speak.

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Is Medicare Over?

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 21:05:04 +0000

This hour, we’ll talk about how Medicare will be funded going forward – and about how it relates to the Affordable Care Act – with health journalist Trudy Lieberman. Her story “Is Medicare on Its Last Legs” appears in the current issue of Harper’s magazine.

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The Latinos Of Asia

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:45:01 +0000

Filipino Americans are classified by the U.S. Census as Asian. But because of Spanish colonialism in the Philippines, many Filipinos also feel part Latino. This hour, we’ll talk about how skin color, history and other factors contribute to cultural identity with sociologist Anthony Christian Ocampo, author of “The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race” (Stanford University Press).

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Twilight Warriors

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:42:58 +0000

Intelligence has arguably overtaken sheer force as the key to military success. This hour, we’ll talk about how the CIA, FBI and military special forces share information and increasingly work together to fight terrorism. We’ll be joined by James Kitfield, senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and author of “Twilight Warriors: The Soldiers, Spies, & Special Agents Who Are Revolutionizing the American Way of War” (Basic Books).

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A History Of Arab American Lives

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:28:11 +0000

Much of the last 50 years of American foreign policy has centered on the nation’s relationship to the Arab world – from the 1973 oil embargo to 9/11 and the present day. This hour, we’ll talk about how Americans of Arab descent have viewed these events – and about their relationship with their fellow non-Arab Americans – with Alia Malek, author of “A Country Called Amreeka: U.S. History Re-Told Through Arab American Lives” (Free Press). She’s in town to receive the Hiett Prize from the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.

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A Man’s Quest To Recover From Success

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:26:41 +0000

Paul English accomplished every tech entrepreneur’s mission when he sold Kayak to Priceline for $2 billion. He was set for life, yet figuring out what to do next was a more complicated question than he expected. This hour, we’ll talk about what to do when your dreams come true with Tracy Kidder, who tells English’s story in “A Truck Full of Money: One Man’s Quest to Recover from Great Success” (Random House). Kidder will be in town tonight for an event benefiting the Dallas Public Library.

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The Future Of Both Parties

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 20:33:48 +0000

Republican State Rep. Jason Villalba was initially reluctant to support Donald Trump in the presidential race. This hour, we’ll talk with him about what changed his mind – and about what Trump’s victory says for the GOP going forward. And we’ll also talk with Democratic State. Sen. Royce West about how his party will move forward following its surprise defeat at the top of the ticket.

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Election 2016 Recap

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 20:32:14 +0000

Donald Trump’s historic upset victory caught many by surprise. This hour, we’ll talk about why the polls showing a Clinton win got it wrong with UTD polling expert Harold Clarke. We’ll also talk about what we can expect for the next four years with with TCU political science professor James Riddlesperger and UNT assistant political science professor Andrea Silva.

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The World’s Greatest Footrace

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 20:55:59 +0000

In 490 BC, Pheidippides ran from Athens to Sparta to seek help in the Battle of Marathon, inspiring the race that millions of runners attempt each year. This hour, we’ll talk with ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes, who traced Pheidippides’ 153-mile path using only the comforts available during the original run. He writes about the experience in “The Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run that Inspired the World’s Greatest Footrace” (Rodale).

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The Politics Of Black Republicans

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 20:54:23 +0000

Eighty percent of African Americans lean toward the Democratic Party according to the Pew Research Center. This hour, we’ll talk about the 10 percent who say they lean Republican – and about how they reconcile black identity with conservative principles. We’ll be joined by Corey D. Fields of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford, who writes about the topic in “Black Elephants in the Room: The Unexpected Politics of African American Republicans” (University of California Press).  

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How To Get Rid Of Email Anxiety

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 20:19:39 +0000

On average, people check their e-mail 11 times an hour. And all of that time spent in our inboxes is eating up our productivity. This hour, we’ll talk about how we can tame our e-mail habits with Jocelyn K. Glei, who writes about the topic in “Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions and Get Real Work Done” (PublicAffairs).

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Transplanting Organs

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 20:18:09 +0000

People in need of a heart or lung transplant are forced to wait until a potential donor organ is found. Researchers are hard at work, though, developing an alternative. This hour, we’ll talk about the possibility of growing replacement human organs inside cows, pigs and other animals – and we’ll talk about the ethics of the practice – the subject of a story in the November issue of Scientific American. We’ll be joined by Christine Gorman, the magazine’s senior editor for health, human biology and medicine.

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Tacos, Tamales And Tex-Mex

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 19:45:43 +0000

One of the best things about living in Texas is the food. This hour, we’ll talk specifically about Tex-Mex with two experts: Mando Rayo, co-author of “The Tacos of Texas” (UT Press) and Sylvia Casares, author of “The Enchilada Queen Cookbook: Enchiladas, Fajitas, Tamales, and More Classic Recipes from Texas-Mexico Border Kitchens” (St. Martin’s Press). Both authors will talk about their books this weekend at the Texas Book Festival.

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The Life And Work Of Elliott Erwitt

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 19:43:35 +0000

In a career that spanned seven decades, Elliott Erwitt photographed Jacqueline Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and other icons, as well as everyday people living in Eastern Europe and the Jim Crow South. This hour, we’ll talk about one of the most significant photographers of the 20th Century with Jessica McDonald, who curated “Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World,” currently on display at UT’s Harry Ransom Center.

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A Talk With The Texas Secretary Of State

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 19:47:09 +0000

As Texas Secretary of State, Carlos Cascos also serves as the state’s Chief Election Officer. This hour, we’ll talk with him about the steps Texas takes to ensure a clean election – and about what happens if voter fraud is suspected.

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The 2016 Presidential Election

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 19:45:21 +0000

A week from today, we’ll know if the country will be led by the first President Trump or the second President Clinton. This hour, we’ll talk about the messages that candidates are getting out to voters – and about whether Texas might actually be up for grabs – with UT Austin political scientists Juliet Hooker and Eric McDaniel.

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The Resegregation Of America

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 19:30:25 +0000

America’s racial unrest has manifested itself this year in everything from #OscarsSoWhite to Black Lives Matter. This hour, we’ll talk about where we go from here with Jeff Chang, executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. He’ll visit the Texas Book Festival this weekend to talk about his new book, “We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation” (Picador).

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The 2016 Texas Lyceum Poll

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 19:25:54 +0000

Each year the Texas Lyceum commissions a survey to get a better understanding of how people across the state think about the issues of the day. This hour, we’ll walk through what Texans think about immigration, the Affordable Care Act, voter ID laws and other hot topics with Texas Lyceum president Dave Shaw and Daron Shaw, who conducted this year’s poll.

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The General Vs. The President

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:31:28 +0000

After the atomic bomb helped end World War II, many wondered if the U.S. would also deploy the world’s most-feared weapon in the Korean War. This hour, we’ll talk about how that question drove a wedge between the White House and the military with H.W. Brands, chair of the history department at UT-Austin. His new book is called “The General vs. The President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War” (Doubleday).

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The Bats In Austin

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:29:46 +0000

Most nights around sunset, a thick, black cloud emerges from under Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge. That’s when a swarm of Mexican free-tailed bats heads out into the night to hunt. This hour, we’ll take in the scene from the bridge with bat experts from the non-profit Austin Bat Refuge. And later in the hour, we’ll talk about new research into how bats use sonar with Mike Ryan, professor of integrative biology at UT-Austin, and UT graduate student May Dixon.

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The Evolving Science Of Human Evolution

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:40:57 +0000

Humans are continuously evolving, just as our earliest ancestors did. The difference is, through medical advancements we’re also contributing artificially to our natural progress. This hour, guest host Lauren Silverman talks about why this combination makes the future more unpredictable than ever with Rice University evolutionary biologist Scott Solomon. He’s the author of “Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution” (Yale University Press).

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Treating Mental Health

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:39:20 +0000

Actress Mariel Hemingway has become an advocate for mental health and addiction services after surviving a childhood surrounded by people who needed help. This hour, guest host Lauren Silverman talks with her about overcoming “The Hemingway Curse,” and we’ll learn more about how people with alcoholism, depression and other conditions are treated with Dr. Harold Urschel, chief medical strategist for Enterhealth.  

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The Battle Of Chosin

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:55:34 +0000

The two-week fight at the Chosin Reservoir was one of the decisive battles of the Korean War – and one of the seminal moments in the history of the Marine Corps. This hour, we’ll talk about how the battle helped set the course for American foreign policy with historian Hampton Sides. He contributed to the American Experience documentary “The Battle of Chosin,” which airs Nov. 1 on KERA-TV.

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The Rise Of Populism

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:53:55 +0000

In the last year, populist movements have pushed unlikely candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump to the forefront of American politics and forced the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. This hour, we’ll talk about how populists movements form and gain momentum with John B. Judis, author of “The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics” (Columbia Global Reports).

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The Future Of Urban Life

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:20:13 +0000

By 2050, 80 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. That means these urban centers will carry the burden of climate change, income inequality and other side effects of a growing population. This hour, we’ll talk about how cities can answer these challenges with Jonathan Rose, author of “The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life” (Harper Wave). He’s in town for an event tonight at the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture, and he’s the keynote speaker at the Urban Land Institute national convention at the Hutchison Convention Center.

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How Autonomous Cars Work

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:18:30 +0000

This month, Tesla announced that its electric cars will be the first in the nation to be outfitted with the hardware needed to control themselves. This hour, we’ll talk about the technological advancements that have us on the brink of self-driving cars, and we’ll discuss the many logistical questions inherent with autonomous driving. We’ll be joined by Nick Gans, who researches self-driving cars at UT-Dallas.  

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Change For Cuba

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:35:50 +0000

In March the Obama administration authorized Americans to once again travel to Cuba. This hour, we’ll talk about what it’s like to visit the country today – and about if Cuba is ready for the influx of tourists – with Cathy Gorney. Her story “Here Comes a Wave of Change for Cuba” appears in the November issue of National Geographic magazine.

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How Polls Work

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:34:16 +0000

With each passing day it seems a new poll is released letting us know who’s up or down in the presidential race. This hour, we’ll talk about how polling data is collected – and about how we should interpret the results – with UT-Dallas political science professor and polling expert Harold Clarke.

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A Talk With Bryan Cranston

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:37:10 +0000

Bryan Cranston’s mantel is home to four Emmys for playing Walter White, plus a Tony for portraying President Lyndon Johnson. This hour, we’ll talk with him about “Breaking Bad” and “All the Way” – and about his funnier roles on “Seinfeld and “Malcolm in the Middle.” He writes about all of them in his new memoir, “A Life in Parts” (Scribner).

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The Final Presidential Debate

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:35:46 +0000

Wednesday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will made their cases to voters in the third and final presidential debate. This hour, we’ll recap the night – and talk about the strategies for each candidate through Nov. 8 – with presidential historian Jon Meacham. He’s the author of biographies on Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, and he’ll be in town Sunday to talk about his latest effort, “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush” at Highland Park United Methodist Church.

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Confronting Colorism

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:14:09 +0000

“Colorism” is a “cousin to racism” according to Lori. L. Tharps. And as a mother of three mixed-race children – with three distinct skin colors – she’s seen firsthand the many ways that people are judged based on the lightness or darkness of their skin. This hour, we’ll talk with Tharps, an associate professor at Temple University, about her book “Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in America’s Diverse Families” (Beacon Press).

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A Muslim Girl’s Coming Of Age Story

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:12:34 +0000

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh was a 9 year-old living in New Jersey on Sept. 11, 2001. And in her young life, she’s only known a world filled with Islamophobia. This hour, we’ll talk about growing up surrounded by hate, and about how she created an oasis for other women like her through her website, She writes about her experiences in her memoir “Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age” (Simon & Schuster).

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The Last Laugh

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:50:14 +0000

Given enough distance from a tragedy, some comedians will try to add levity to the situation. This hour, we’ll talk about if it will ever not be “too soon” to crack a joke about the Holocaust with Ferne Pearlstein. She explores one of comedy’s most taboo topics with Mel Brooks, Louis C.K., Chris Rock and other comedians in her documentary “The Last Laugh,” which screens Thursday as part of Videofest.

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