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Published: Fri, 26 May 2017 20:26:23 +0000

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The Best Barbecue In Texas

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:26:23 +0000

Every four years, Texas Monthly takes on the enviable task of naming the top 50 barbecue joints in the state. The new rankings are unveiled this week, and Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn joins us to talk about who made the cut – and about the tricks these pit masters use to smoke the competition.  

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A Conversation With Chuck Klosterman

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:13:00 +0000

Over the many years he’s spent writing for GQ, The New York Times, ESPN and other outlets, Chuck Klosterman has developed into one of America’s foremost cultural critics. He joins us to talk about his best writing from the past decade, which he’s collected in “Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century” (Blue Rider Press).  

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Van Cliburn’s Cold War Victory

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:12:26 +0000

In the midst of the Cold War, a young Texan visited Moscow and turned the classical music world upside down. Stuart Isacoff takes us back to 1958 to relive Van Cliburn’s stunning victory at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition. His new book is called “When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Cliburn’s Cold War Triumph, and Its Aftermath” (Knopf). The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition begins today in Fort Worth.  

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Why We Lie

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:58:36 +0000

Honesty may be the best policy – but that doesn’t mean we always stick to it. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee joins us to talk about how humans are actually wired to occasionally venture from the truth. His story “Why We Lie” appears in the June issue of National Geographic magazine.  

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Inherit The Wind

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:56:05 +0000

In “Inherit the Wind,” a high school teacher faces trial for teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. The Dallas Theater Center is currently staging the play, and we’ll talk about its theme of science vs. faith with director Kevin Moriarty. “Inherit the Wind” runs through June 18 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.  

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Steve Bannon’s War

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:25:10 +0000

The most controversial figure in President Trump’s cabinet is arguably chief strategist Steve Bannon. Documentary filmmaker Michael Kirk joins us to talk about Bannon’s days operating Breitbart News – and about how his views on race and nationalism have shaped the president’s policies. Kirk’s Frontline documentary “Bannon’s War” airs tonight at 9 on KERA-TV.  

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Islamophobia In America

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:24:32 +0000

Islamophobia has made it difficult for many Muslim immigrants to fit into American society. Sociologist Erik Love studies civil rights and joins us to make the case that bolstering universal civil rights – rather than seeking protection for vulnerable groups – is actually the most effective way to help Muslim Americans. He writes about the ideas in “Islamophobia and Racism in America” (NYU Press).  

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A Talk With Paul Theroux About ‘Mother Land’

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:36:19 +0000

Paul Theroux is one of America’s foremost travel writers. And he’s also an accomplished novelist. He joins us to talk about his latest work of fiction, which centers on a brood of siblings doing their best to free themselves from the grip of an overbearing mother. The book is called “Mother Land” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).  

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The Trouble With Reality

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:31:15 +0000

As a co-host of the public radio show “On the Media,” Brooke Gladstone analyzes how the way in which we consume the news shapes our worldview. She joins us to talk about how our perception of even basic facts has changed of late, which she writes about in “The Trouble With Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time” (Workman).  

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Every Body Yoga

Fri, 19 May 2017 19:41:01 +0000

Jessamyn Stanley doesn’t have the body you’d typically see in an ad for yoga clothes. And that hasn’t kept her from becoming an accomplished yogi. She joins us to talk about how people like her are expanding the world of yoga, which she writes about in “Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get On the Mat, Love Your Body” (Workman Publishing). She’s in Dallas to talk more about the book Friday and lead a yoga class Saturday at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing.  

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A Conversation With Paula Poundstone

Thu, 18 May 2017 19:31:13 +0000

As a comedian and panelist on “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” Paula Poundstone makes people happy for a living. And that got her wondering – aside from laughter – what are other keys to happiness? She joins us to talk about her research, which she writes about in “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness” (Algonquin Books). She performs Friday night at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas.  

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Confronting Medical Uncertainty

Thu, 18 May 2017 19:30:30 +0000

Six weeks after giving birth, Elizabeth Silver got the news every new mother dreads – her infant daughter had suffered a serious brain injury and would need months of specialized care. She joins us to talk about what it’s like as a parent to feel helpless when your child’s future is up in the air. Her memoir is called “The Tincture of Time: A Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty” (Penguin Press). She speaks tonight at 7:30 at Wild Detectives.  

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How To Be More Self-Aware

Wed, 17 May 2017 19:41:41 +0000

“Know thyself” is an aphorism that dates to the Ancient Greeks. Psychologist Tasha Eurich joins to talk about why that advice is still relevant in the 21st Century. She’s the author of “Insight: Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and Life” (Crown Business).  

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Caring For The Mentally Ill

Wed, 17 May 2017 19:39:41 +0000

Three years into Mark Lukach’s marriage, his wife, Giulia, suffered the first in a series of debilitating psychotic breakdowns. He joins us to talk about what it takes to care for a mentally ill spouse, a story of devotion which he tells in “My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward” (Harper Wave).  

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The Power Of The Unfocused Mind

Tue, 16 May 2017 19:42:25 +0000

The conventional line of thinking is that the ability to focus is the key to getting things done. Neuroscientist Dr. Srini Pillay joins us to make the case for the opposite – that allowing our minds to wander can actually increase our productivity. His new book is called “Tinker, Dabble, Doodle, Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind” (Random House).  

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The Changing Battlefield

Tue, 16 May 2017 19:40:15 +0000

Cyber attacks and strikes from ISIS and other nonstate organizations are forcing the U.S. military to rethink how it operates in battle. Retired Admiral Patrick Walsh joins us to talk about how our armed forces are preparing for 21st Century-style warfare. Walsh is the former commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and senior fellow in the Tower Center Program in National Security and Defense at SMU. He discusses possible strategies in the newest issues of The Catalyst.  

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The Fate Of The American Revolution

Mon, 15 May 2017 19:30:56 +0000

There may be no two contemporaries in American military history who are remembered more differently than George Washington and Benedict Arnold. Historian Nathaniel Philbrick joins us to talk about how the relationship between these two changed during the war, which he writes about in “Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution” (Penguin). He speaks tonight at DMA Arts & Letters Live!  

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Why We Need To Fix The Tax System

Mon, 15 May 2017 19:30:19 +0000

The U.S. tax code underwent major overhauls in 1922, 1954 and 1986 – once every 32 years. T.R. Reid joins us to talk about why we’re due for another adjustment – and about what lawmakers should consider in the next update. He writes about the topic in “A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System” (Penguin Press).  

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A Conversation With NPR’s Code Switch Team

Fri, 12 May 2017 20:29:57 +0000

How do race, ethnicity and culture intersect? And how do these distinctions affect the ways in which we interact with one another? Finding the answers to these questions is the mission of NPR’s Code Switch team. We’ll talk about reporting on race with team members Gene Demby, Adrian Florido and Juleyka Lantigua-Williams.  

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The Legends Of NPR

Thu, 11 May 2017 19:55:23 +0000

In 1972, Susan Stamberg became the first full-time female anchor of a daily news broadcast when she began work on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” She joins us to talk about her career at the network – including her distinguished career in arts journalism. And later in the hour, we’ll be joined by another NPR legend – “Weekend Edition Saturday” host Scott Simon. His latest book is called “My Cubs: A Love Story” (Blue Rider Press).  

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The U.S.-Mexico Relationship

Thu, 11 May 2017 19:54:46 +0000

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s 16th Congressional District covers El Paso and far West Texas. He joins us to talk about his views on border security – and his plans to run against Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018. And later, Franklin Foer joins us to talk about the many retaliatory moves Mexico could make as relations with our southern neighbors devolve. His story “Mexico’s Revenge” appears in the May issue of The Atlantic.  

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A Look At President Trump’s First 100 Days

Wed, 10 May 2017 19:26:19 +0000

President Trump’s first few months in office have included executive orders on immigration, a Supreme Court confirmation and now a second attempt at repealing the Affordable Care Act. We’ll talk about how these sweeping changes and others affect Texas and the nation with Molly Ball of The Atlantic and Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune.  

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How America Became Segregated

Wed, 10 May 2017 19:25:24 +0000

Beginning in the 1920s, many American cities began to institute racial zoning policies, the effects of which can still be felt today. Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute joins us to talk about the cumulative impact of these local laws, which he writes about in “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” (Liveright).  

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Why Many Americans Remain Homeless

Tue, 09 May 2017 19:27:12 +0000

The United States spends billions of dollars each year trying to house the poor. NPR reporter Laura Sullivan joins us to talk about why so many Americans – including many Texans – remain homeless despite these efforts. She teamed with Frontline on the documentary “Poverty, Politics and Profits,” which looks at the affordable-housing crisis – it airs Tuesday on PBS stations. Our conversation is a part of KERA’s One Crisis Away: No Place To Go series.  

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Remembering World War I

Tue, 09 May 2017 19:25:46 +0000

One hundred years ago this spring, Congress voted to declare war on Germany, thrusting the nation into World War I. The Smithsonian is looking back on the conflict and its lasting impact, and this hour we’ll talk about some of the highlights. We’ll be joined by Diane Wendt, who curated the “Modern Medicine and the Great War” exhibition at the National Museum of American History. And we’ll also talk with Lynn Heidelbaugh, who curated “My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I” at the National Postal Museum.  

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A Conversation With Michael Eric Dyson

Tue, 09 May 2017 01:50:04 +0000

Michael Eric Dyson has become one of the country’s leading voices on racial issues. The Georgetown University sociology professor joins us to talk about the difficult conversations that need to happen in order to heal these divides, the topic of his book “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America” (St. Martin’s Press).

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The Measure Of Genius

Tue, 09 May 2017 01:47:46 +0000

Extraordinary intelligence is the most obvious sign of genius. Scientists are discovering, though, that true geniuses possess more than just high IQs. Claudia Kalb joins us to talk about how Einstein, Michelangelo and others harnessed their creativity, perseverance and other traits to become the towering minds of their times. Her story on geniuses appears in the May issue of National Geographic.

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The Power Of Profanity

Sat, 06 May 2017 02:45:35 +0000

We’ve all let a swear word slip at one time or another. This hour, we’ll talk about the complex set of rules that guide our usage of these words – and about why some words get declared off limits. Joining us for the conversation will be linguist Randall Eggert, psychology professor Timothy Jay, rapper Sam Lao and Jabari Asim, author of “The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t, and Why” (Houghton Mifflin Books).  

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Why DNA Is Not Destiny

Thu, 04 May 2017 19:16:02 +0000

One of the things in life we can’t change is our DNA. Yet that hasn’t kept thousands of people from having their genomes sequenced. University of British Columbia psychology professor Steven Heine joins us to talk about why some of us put entirely too much stock into what genetic testing reveals, which he writes about in “DNA is not Destiny: The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship Between You and Your Genes” (W.W. Norton and Co.).  

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Why We Keep Secrets

Thu, 04 May 2017 19:15:28 +0000

The people we think we know best – our friends, our parents, our children – all have secrets they’re keeping from us. It’s a skill that humans develop from the age of 4 and common across cultures. Carlin Flora joins us to talk about why we keep secrets – and the effect these inner thoughts have on our relationships. She writes about the topic for Psychology Today.  

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Why We Never Think Alone

Wed, 03 May 2017 19:12:56 +0000

Imagine that you had to know how every single thing you owned worked – from telephones to toilets. It’s a wonder we get by with actually knowing so little. Brown University professor Steven Sloman joins us to talk about how we tap into the vast intelligence of those around us in order to navigate our worlds. He writes about the topic in “The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone” (Riverhead Books).  

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The Aryan Brotherhood Of Texas

Tue, 02 May 2017 19:34:41 +0000

Since its founding in the 1980s, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas is believed to have committed at least 100 murders. Reigning over the prison gang was James “Skitz” Sampsell – the prize that the Justice Department hoped to bag during a years-long investigation. Dallas Morning News reporter Scott Farwell joins us to talk about how the woman closest to Sampsell ultimately brought him down – the subject of his seven-part series “My Aryan Princess.”  

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The Osage Murders

Tue, 02 May 2017 19:33:52 +0000

In the 1920s, members of the Osage tribe were some of the richest people in the world after oil was discovered on their land. New Yorker writer David Grann joins us to tell the story of how these newly-minted millionaires were suddenly being killed off – and how a former Texas Ranger was brought in to solve the mystery. His new book is called “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” (Doubleday).  

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The Science Of Awkwardness

Mon, 01 May 2017 19:15:32 +0000

Some of the smartest people among us have trouble interacting with others. Psychologist Ty Tashiro joins us to talk about why we act awkwardly around even people we know well – and about how we can better control these tendencies. His new book is called “Awkward: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome” (William Morrow).  

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The Ethics Of Drone Warfare

Mon, 01 May 2017 19:14:42 +0000

Combat drones have revolutionized modern warfare. Sonia Kennebeck joins us to talk about the moral and ethical implications that are tied with the ability to kill from thousands of miles away. Her Independent Lens documentary “National Bird” features three U.S. military veterans who are haunted by the drone killings in which they participated. It airs tonight on PBS stations.  

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The Peoples Temple

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:35:31 +0000

In 1977, Jim Jones convinced more than 900 people to move from their base in Northern California to the South American country of Guyana. Jeff Guinn joins us to talk about how this charismatic cult leader from Indiana controlled his followers lives – and delivered them to their deaths – which he writes about in “The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple” (Simon & Schuster). Guinn will take part in this weekend’s Dallas Book Festival at the Dallas Public Library’s Central Library.  

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Crafting Cartoons

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:18:58 +0000

Since 2000, Stephan Pastis has delighted newspaper readers nationwide with his “Pearls Before Swine” comic strip. The lawyer-turned-cartoonist joins us to talk about employing anthropomorphic animals to crack mildly edgy jokes ahead of his public appearance tonight at The Dallas Morning News.  

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The Cost Of Sloppy Science

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:18:26 +0000

“Would you like to donate a dollar to [fill in the blank] research?” The question is asked to us constantly. And while some of these funds power medical advancements, science journalist Richard Harris reports that often these dollars are thrown away on ill-conceived experiments. He joins us to talk about the problem, which he writes about in “Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions” (Basic Books).  

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The Making Of The Gulf Of Mexico

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:12:38 +0000

America relies on the Gulf of Mexico for everything from oil to food to recreation. University of Florida environmental history professor Jack Davis joins us to talk about the relationship between this important body of water and the people who live nearby, which he writes about in “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea” (Liveright).  

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What ISIS Wants

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:11:55 +0000

Each day brings increasingly disturbing news as ISIS wreaks havoc on the Middle East. This hour, we’ll talk about what the organization is actually trying to accomplish with Graeme Wood, who explores the question in his new book, “The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State” (Random House).  

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A Conversation With Chelsea Clinton

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:23:41 +0000

As the daughter of both a president and a party nominee, Chelsea Clinton has had an inside look at politics her entire life. On Sunday, she visited Dallas to talk about her life in and out of the spotlight – and about her latest book, “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!” (Puffin Press). We’ll listen to the conversation, which was conducted by Krys Boyd in front of a live audience as part of DMA Arts & Letters Live.  

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Mirror Touch

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:19:58 +0000

Joel Salinas experiences a rare form of synesthesia that causes him to feel the emotional and physical experiences of others. And what might be annoying for some is actually fascinating when you’re a neurologist like Salinas. He joins us to talk about using this sixth sense to help patients, which he writes about in “Mirror Touch: Notes from a Doctor Who Can Feel Your Pain” (HarperOne).  

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Inside The World Of Competitive Spelling

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:34:41 +0000

For the past two decades, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has been dominated by Indian-American competitors. Vauhini Vara was once a champion speller herself. She joins us to talk about why these youngsters make such formidable competitors – and about the role the contest plays in their assimilation into American culture. Her story “Bee-Brained” appears in the new issue of Harper’s.  

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Why We Like What We Like

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:34:04 +0000

Have you ever wondered why you like the things you like? Tom Vanderbilt joins us to talk about how we develop our personal preferences – and about the many outside forces that guide us to these favorites. His new book is called “You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice” (Knopf). He speaks Tuesday night at DMA Arts and Letters Live.  

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The Modern Artists Of Mexico

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:18:13 +0000

Work by some of the biggest names in the history of Mexican art is on display at the Dallas Museum of Art. New DMA director Agustín Arteaga gives us a tour of “México 1900–1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde” and then joins us in studio to talk about the lasting importance of the artists included in the show.  

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Chasing Coral

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:08:20 +0000

The Great Barrier Reef is currently under duress due to a widespread underwater heat wave. In the documentary “Chasing Coral,” a team of divers sets out to study reefs around the world to find out how we can take better care of them. Producer Larissa Rhodes joins us to talk about what the divers discovered. “Chasing Coral” screens tonight and Saturday at the Music Hall at Fair Park as part of EARTHxFilm 2017.  

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The Making Of A Movement

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:25:13 +0000

From Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter, we’re living in the age of grassroots protests. Eric Liu is a former adviser to President Clinton who has studied these movements through the years. He joins us to talk about what makes a movement effective, which he writes about in “You’re More Powerful than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen” (PublicAffairs).  

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How We Should Deal With North Korea

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:24:32 +0000

Since assuming power in 2011, Kim Jong-un has ramped up North Korea’s nuclear weapons program – including a missile test earlier this month. We’ll talk about how the Trump administration should address this growing threat with Amanda Schnetzer, director of the Bush Institute’s Global Initiative, and Lindsay Lloyd, deputy director of the Human Freedom Initiative.  

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What Divides America

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:12:29 +0000

Abortion, gun control, the death penalty, gay rights – the list of issues that divide Americans feels never ending. And Mugambi Jouet of Stanford University says these issues combine to make the U.S. the most polarized nation in the Western world. He joins us to talk about the cultural factors unique to our country that have paved the way for our disharmony, which he writes about in “Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other” (University of California Press).

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Stephen Tobolowsky’s Adventures With God

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:10:19 +0000

Stephen Tobolowsky has built a career being “that guy from that movie” – more than 200 of them and counting. The Dallas native and SMU grad joins us to talk about the life of a character actor – and about his ever-evolving thoughts on spirituality, which he writes about in “My Adventures With God” (Simon & Schuster).

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The Gatekeepers Of The White House

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:07:41 +0000

Aside from the president himself, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is arguably the most powerful person in the White House. Chris Whipple joins us to talk about the many roles these presidential assistants play – from pushing out their bosses’ agendas to negotiating with Congress. His new book is called “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency” (Crown).

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A Conversation With Temple Grandin

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 21:10:19 +0000

By talking about her autism, Temple Grandin has helped people around the world live better lives with the condition. She joins us to talk about her path to becoming an advocate – and about how we can better understand autistic people we know in our own lives.  

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How The Baby Boomers Betrayed America

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 21:09:35 +0000

The futures of Social Security, Medicare and other government programs are all in danger. And Bruce Cannon Gibney says Baby Boomers are to blame. The venture capitalist and author joins us to talk about why he thinks younger generations will soon pay the price for selfish decisions made by the boomers, which he writes about in “A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America” (Hachette).  

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Memories Of Syria

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:52:54 +0000

Alia Malek traces her roots to Syria – specifically to an apartment owned by her grandmother in Damascus. In her new book, “The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria” (Hachette), she tells the story of how dictatorship has affected the lives of the everyday Syrians who lived in the building. She joins us to talk about the book – and about the current climate in the country following the recent chemical weapon attacks and U.S. response. She speaks to the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth on April 18.  

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The Impact Of Early Life Trauma

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:52:11 +0000

Ever wonder why some people are cool as a cucumber when others fly off the handle at the slightest provocation? University of Michigan psychology professor Daniel Keating joins us to talk about how experiencing trauma at an early age can set us up for a stressful life. He writes about the idea in “Born Anxious: The Lifelong Impact of Early Life Adversity – and How to Break the Cycle” (St. Martin’s Press).  

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The Science Of Learning

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 20:51:37 +0000

With the ubiquity of the internet, memorizing facts and figures is less important for 21st Century students. As part of KERA’s American Graduate series, Ulrich Boser joins us to talk about new research into the science of learning, which he writes about in “Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything” (Rodale).

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The Architecture Of Peter Walker

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 20:50:21 +0000

If you’ve ever visited the gardens of the Nasher Sculpture Center, you’re familiar with the work of landscape architect Peter Walker. He joins us to talk about creating outdoor public spaces that are both functional and beautiful.

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The Great War

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:41:26 +0000

Fifteen million people lost their lives during the First World War. Stephen Ives joins us to talk about how the conflict vaulted the U.S. into a world power – and about the individual soldiers, nurses, aviators and others who paved the way to victory. He’s a producer of “The Great War,” an American Experience documentary airing tonight on PBS stations.  

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The Journey Of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:39:37 +0000

In 2005, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the first democratically elected female president in African history. Helene Cooper joins us to talk about the extraordinary life of the woman who’s led Liberia ever since, who she writes about in “Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf” (Simon & Schuster). She speaks tonight at 6:30 to the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth.  

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A Conversation With Bassem Youssef

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 19:10:09 +0000

Bassem Youssef has been called “The Jon Stewart of the Arabic World,” a distinction that landed him several appearances on “The Daily Show.” He joins us this hour to talk about taking a satirical approach to the very serious situation in the Middle East, which he writes about in “Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring” (Dey St.).  

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The Future Of Human Evolution

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 19:34:40 +0000

Humans are the products of millions of years of evolution. And now we must face the question of how we handle our continued growth now that we’re smart enough to play a hand in it. DT Max joins us this hour to talk about where we go from here, which he writes about in the April issue of National Geographic magazine.  

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The Polygamist’s Daughter

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 19:32:47 +0000

As the leader of a polygamist cult, Ervil LeBaron had 13 wives and more than 50 children. One of his daughters, Anna LeBaron, joins us to talk about how she felt alone even while surrounded by so many siblings – and about living in constant fear as her dad was wanted for murder. Her new memoir is called “The Polygamist’s Daughter” (Tyndale).  

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The Truth About Men And Women

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:33:17 +0000

From the dawn of time, men and women have engaged in a struggle over how to peacefully coexist. Stephen Marche joins us to talk about the many places that members of the opposite sex interact – from the office to the dinner table to the bedroom – and how those interactions have evolved in the age of feminism. His new book is called “The Unmade Bed: The Messy Truth About Men and Women in the 21st Century” (Simon & Schuster).  

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Protecting Urban Populations From Climate Risk

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:32:03 +0000

Later this year, the Trump administration will unveil a $1 trillion infrastructure plan to address the nation’s aging highways, bridges, airports and electrical grid. University of Southern California economics professor Matthew Kahn joins us to talk about how replacing these items can also help fight climate change. His paper “Protecting Urban Places and Populations from Rising Climate Risk” was recently published by the Brookings Institution.  

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Rediscovering Mercy

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:35:37 +0000

In her previous books, Anne Lamott has taught readers about grace (“Small Victories”) and about a simple approach to prayer (“Help, Thanks, Wow”). She joins us to talk about how taking a merciful approach to our relationships can help us to make honest connections with others, which she writes about in her latest book, “Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy” (Riverhead Books).  

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The Life Of Simon Wiesenthal

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:33:57 +0000

Simon Wiesenthal was known as the “Jewish James Bond” – a nickname he earned by bringing more than a thousand Nazi war criminals to justice. His story is captured in the one-man show “Wiesenthal,” written by Tom Dugan, who plays the title character in a performance Wednesday night at the Hockaday School. He joins us to talk about his protagonist’s extraordinary life.  

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Remembering Sandy Hook

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 19:29:02 +0000

In 2012, 20 elementary school students and six educators were gunned down in Connecticut. Kim Snyder joins us to talk about the aftermath of the shooting and how it changed the lives of the parents, siblings and teachers of the people who were killed. Her documentary “Newtown” airs tonight on PBS stations as part of Independent Lens.  

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The Wealth Gap In America

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 19:26:42 +0000

The U.S. is already one of the most diverse nations in the world – and that diversity is increasing. One thing that’s staying the same, though, is the lack of wealth in non-white populations. Brandeis University law professor Thomas Shapiro joins us to talk about the connection between economic opportunity and race, which he writes about in “Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide and Threatens Our Future” (Basic Books).  

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Inside The White House

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 19:19:01 +0000

As a member of President Obama’s advance team, Alyssa Mastromonaco was responsible for making meetings with royals and heads of state go off without a hitch. She joins us to talk about the inevitable behind-the-scenes predicaments that arise when powerful people meet – and how time and again she managed to save the day. She writes about her experiences in “Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House” (Twelve).  

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Why Childcare Should Be Federally Subsidized

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:29:59 +0000

Sixty percent of families with young children require childcare so that one or both parents can work. That care costs on average $10,000 per year – per child – or more. Grover Whitehurst joins us to talk about the idea of federally subsidized childcare, the subject of a recent paper he wrote for The Brookings Institution.  

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A Conversation With Lindy West

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:29:19 +0000

Lindy West is a large woman with even larger opinions. The humorist and feminist joins us to talk about how she ultimately learned to navigate a world that doesn’t value all body types the same, which she writes about in her memoir, “Shrill” (Hachette).  

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Making Mental Health Care Accessible

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:20:38 +0000

For many people suffering from mental health problems, the biggest obstacle to recovery is simply access to a mental health professional. Dr. Vikram Patel joins us to talk about how we can expand access to mental health services by empowering non-specialized healthcare workers to deliver them. He’s the recipient this year of Austin College’s Posey Leadership Award.  

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War Crimes

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:03:07 +0000

Prosecuting world leaders for war crimes and genocides requires coordination across borders. We’ll talk about how these legal investigations work – and about how some of the most notorious war criminals of the last century were eventually brought to justice. We’ll be joined by Allan Ryan, producer of the documentary “Dead Reckoning: War, Crime, and Justice from WW2 to the War on Terror,” which airs tonight on PBS stations.  

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Breaking Bad Habits

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:02:31 +0000

If breaking bad habits was easy, none of us would have them. As an associate professor in medicine and psychiatry at UMass Medical School, Dr. Judson Brewer has spent more than 20 years researching addiction. He joins us to talk about how we can regain control of our impulses, which he writes about in “The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love – Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits” (Yale University Press).  

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When Facts Won’t Change A Mind

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:35:54 +0000

We’ve all been in the position where we really want something to be true that we ultimately find out is not. So why do some of us move on when others double down? Julie Beck joins us to talk about why some of us have such a problem with cognitive dissonance. Her story “This Article Won’t Change Your Mind” appears in The Atlantic.  

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Life As An American Muslim

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:14:40 +0000

Muslim Americans face a unique set of challenges that their fellow Americans don’t. We’ll talk with a pair of American Muslims about having to regularly justify their right to even live in the U.S. – and about being associated with those who would harm others in the name of religion. We’ll start the show talking with Khizr Khan, who spoke about the death of his son – U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan – during the Democratic National Convention last summer. And we’ll continue the conversation with Omar Suleiman, an Irving imam who’s president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research  

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A Passover Haggadah

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:43:18 +0000

Passover is a little less than a month away. Humorist Alan Zweibel grew up attending his share of Seders, and he joins us for a lighthearted look at the rituals that surround the holiday. His new book, which he co-wrote with Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach, is called “For This We Left Egypt?: A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them” (Flatiron Books).  

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The Myth Of Conscious Consumerism

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:42:02 +0000

Every time we make a purchase, our decisions affect people we’ll never meet and places we may never visit. Alden Wicker joins us to talk about “conscious consumerism” and how we can make the most ethical and environmental choices when we spend our money. She writes about the topic for Quartz.  

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The Life Of Louis Kahn

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:10:33 +0000

Louis Kahn devoted much of his career to designing public buildings – including a pair of museums on the Yale campus and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. Wendy Lesser joins us to talk about the architect’s life and work, which she writes about in “You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Lesser will take part in a symposium focusing on Kahn this weekend at the Kimbell.  

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The Power Of Less

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:09:31 +0000

Most organizations are trying to build up resources while also making the most of what they have. Scott Sonenshein, a management professor at Rice, joins us to talk about why focusing on frugality over acquisition is the smarter approach. His new book is called “Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less – and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined” (Harper Business).  

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The Reach Of The First Amendment

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:31:29 +0000

The First Amendment is most closely associated with freedom of speech. And that freedom actually extends to works of visual art, music, poetry and other forms of expression. Harvard Law professor Mark Tushnet joins us to talk about the many freedoms covered at the top of the Bill of Rights, which he writes about in “Free Speech Beyond Words: The Surprising Reach of the First Amendment” (NYU Press).  

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Eyes Wide Open

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:30:48 +0000

Isaac Lidsky was a teenager when he began to lose his eyesight. His pending blindness, though, actually drove him to graduate early from Harvard, clerk for a Supreme Court justice and build a family. He joins us this hour to talk about staying positive when life throws us a curve, which he writes about in “Eyes Wide Open: Overcoming Obstacles and Recognizing Opportunities in a World that Can’t See Clearly” (Tarcher Perigee).  

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From MBA To Minimum Wage

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:42:36 +0000

Deepak Singh moved from India to the U.S. with an advanced degree – so he was surprised when he was only able to land a low-paying job. He joins us to talk about his struggle to adapt to his new life in America – and about how his American co-workers also found it difficult to get by – which he writes about in “How May I Help You?: An Immigrant’s Journey From MBA to Minimum Wage” (University of California Press).  

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The Hunt For The Lost Franklin Expedition

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:41:42 +0000

In 1845, explorer John Franklin led an expedition from England to discover the Northwest Passage. Both ships were lost in the Arctic ice, leading to a decades-long search for the wreckage. Paul Watson joins us to talk about how marine science mixed with Inuit folklore lead to the discovery, which he writes about in “Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition” (W.W. Norton and Co.). He’s in town for DMA Arts & Letters Live! Tuesday night at the Dallas Museum of Art.  

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How The 2016 Election Happened

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:40:13 +0000

Political satirist P.J. O’Rourke is known nationwide as a diehard Republican. So even he was surprised when he endorsed Hillary Clinton during the presidential election. He joins us to talk about a top-to-bottom rethinking of how we as a country choose our leaders, which he writes about in “How the Hell Did This Happen?: The Election of 2016” (Atlantic Monthly Press).  

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A Conversation With Amy Dickinson

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:15:31 +0000

Public radio listeners know Amy Dickinson has a regular panelists on “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” The popular advice columnist joins us to talk about how experiences in her own life have helped her to guide readers through relationships, parenting and even death. Her new book is called “Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home” (Hachette).  

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History’s Greatest Buildings

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:13:59 +0000

Grand buildings provide frozen moments that help us to understand the life and times of the people who built them. And when these structures are destroyed, so, too, is part of our collective history. James Crawford joins us to talk about how the Tower of Babel, the Library of Alexandria and other important buildings were used and abused, which he writes about in “Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of History’s Greatest Buildings” (Picador).  

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An Intersex Life

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:22:00 +0000

People born intersex have reproductive organs, hormones and chromosomal patterns that aren’t distinctly male or female. Hida Viloria was born in that space between genders, the beginning of a decades-long quest to understand what it’s like to be both male and female. Hida joins us to talk about that journey, the subject of “Born Both: An Intersex Life” (Hachette).  

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The Scene Along The Border

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:21:26 +0000

As the United States ramps up its efforts to deport people in the country without permission, Reynosa is taking the brunt of that activity. The U.S. regularly sends busloads of undocumented Mexicans and Central Americans to the Mexican border city, where those people often interact with others gearing up to cross the borders themselves. NPR’s John Burnett has spent time recently in the city, and he joins us to talk about what life is like there.  

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Exit West

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:35:04 +0000

Mohsin Hamid’s novel “Exit West” (Riverhead Books) follows a young couple in an unnamed war-torn country who decide to leave their homeland behind to make a new life in an unfamiliar place. Hamid joins us to talk about how his own childhood move from Pakistan to California and back again ingrained in him what it’s like to feel like a foreigner. He’s in town to talk about his book tonight as part of DMA Arts & Letter Live! at the Dallas Museum of Art.  

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Hope For The Rest Of Us

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:34:23 +0000

Twenty-five years ago, Krissi Caldwell and her boyfriend, Bobby Gonzales, shot Krissi’s mother, Roz, to death. Her father, Buz, survived the attempt on his life and pushed for the killers to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Jennifer Emily recently revisited the story for The Dallas Morning News, finding a family has made peace with that awful night. She joins us to talk about how a father found a way to forgiveness – and about how the case could change the way we think about prosecuting young offenders.  

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A Conversation With Richard Haass

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:22:33 +0000

Between Britain’s “Brexit” and President Trump’s “America First” philosophy, two of the world’s strongest allies have moved toward a position of nationalism. Richard Haass, president of the non-partisan Council on Foreign Relations, joins us to make the case for globalism and the important role the U.S. plays in keeping the world running smoothly. His new book is called “A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order” (Penguin Press).  

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The Rise Of Addictive Technologies

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:21:46 +0000

The smartphone is one of the most useful creations of the last decade. For many of us, though, our use of them borders on compulsion. Adam Alter, a professor of psychology and marketing at NYU, joins us to talk about how the makers of smartphones and other products have cracked the code of behavioral addiction – and how we can gain control of our impulses. His new book is called “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technologies and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked” (Penguin Press).  

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Chasing Portraits

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 20:56:50 +0000

Moshe Rynecki was a Polish-Jewish artist with hundreds of paintings to his name before he was ushered off to the ghetto during World War II. Decades later, his great-granddaughter went on a quest to find these missing family treasures. Elizabeth Rynecki joins us to talk about the difficult task of rebuilding the collection, which she writes about in “Chasing Portraits: A Great-Granddaughter’s Quest for Her Lost Art Legacy” (New American Library). She’s in town to speak tonight at 7 at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center.  

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The Changing Face of Schools

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:26:27 +0000

Schools in the U.S. have been formally desegregated for more than 60 years. That doesn’t mean that race doesn’t remain a part of education, though. As part of KERA’s American Graduate series, we’re partnering with the public radio show Houston Matters for a discussion of how students’ racial backgrounds affect the quality of their schooling. We’ll be joined by University of Pittsburgh professor H. Richard Milner, author of “Rac(e)ing to Class” (Harvard Education Press), as well as Linda McSpadden McNeil of the Rice University Center for Education.  

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Turning Texas Blue

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 20:48:20 +0000

In November, Hillary Clinton won Harris County by 160,000 votes. And that margin of victory has some Democrats hoping that Houston can be a leader in turning Texas blue. Andrew Cockburn joins us to talk about how the Texas Organizing Project delivered the victory by reaching out to black and Latino voters. He writes about the strategy in Harper’s.  

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How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 20:47:21 +0000

Most of us are in a constant search for that elusive, uninterrupted eight hours of sleep. And we’re not alone. Emory University professor Benjamin Reiss joins us to talk about humanity’s centuries-old struggle to rest as the world continues to spin. His new book is called “Wild Nights: How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World” (Basic Books).  

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Lincoln In The Bardo

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 20:15:37 +0000

In 1862, President Lincoln’s 11-year-old son, Willie, died after an illness. Acclaimed writer George Saunders imagines the supernatural moments that immediately follow young Willie’s death in his first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” Saunders will talk about the book Wednesday night as part of DMA Arts and Letters Live! at the Dallas Museum of Art.  

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Life In The Perpetual Now

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 20:14:58 +0000

In 2007, Lonnie Sue Johnson contracted encephalitis. The disease left her with almost no memories and no ability to form new ones. Michael Lemonick joins us to talk about Johnson’s story – and about how memory works in the brain – which he writes about in “The Perpetual Now: A Story of Amnesia, Memory, and Love” (Doubleday).  

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The Legacy Of Roe V. Wade

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 20:14:10 +0000

Norma McCorvey – the Dallasite better known as Jane Roe – died in February. Though the Supreme Court ruled in her favor in the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, the case has remained a topic of public and legislative debate for more than 40 years. We’ll look back at McCorvey’s complicated life with Moira Donegan who recently wrote about McCorvey for the New Republic. We’ll talk with researcher Sarah Roberts who studies how women feel about their decision to have an abortion. We’ll also talk with Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, the leader of a pro-life feminist organization and Kassi Underwood, author of “May Cause Love: An Unexpected Journey of Enlightenment After Abortion.”  

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