Subscribe: KERA's Think Podcast
Added By: Feedage Forager Feedage Grade C rated
Language: English
book called  book  called  joins talk  joins  life  new book  new  people  talk  war  world  writes    “the 
Rate this Feed
Rate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feed
Rate this feed 1 starRate this feed 2 starRate this feed 3 starRate this feed 4 starRate this feed 5 star

Comments (0)

Feed Details and Statistics Feed Statistics
Preview: KERA's Think Podcast

KERA's Think

Published: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:38:29 +0000

Last Build Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:39:09 +0000

Copyright: Copyright 2016 KERA

How To Watch Movies

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:38:29 +0000

As the movie critic for the Washington Post, Ann Hornaday analyzes movies for a living. In the thick of summer blockbuster season, she joins us to talk about how we can better understand the sights and sounds of the big screen, the subject of her book “Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies” (Basic Books).  

Media Files:

A Saudi Woman Takes The Wheel

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:52:00 +0000

Manal al-Sharif grew up in Mecca as a member of a fundamentalist family. And when she went to work as a computer security engineer, her eyes were opened to the sexist policies of her homeland. She joins us to talk about being a feminist in a patriarchy, which she writes about in her memoir, “Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening” (Simon & Schuster).  

Media Files:

In The Shadow Of The Moon

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:51:19 +0000

On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will trace a line stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. A similar event happened in July of 1878, which helped astronomers of the day to better understand our solar system. David Baron joins us to tell the story of the scientists who chased the eclipse, which he writes about in “American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World” (Liveright Publishing).  

Media Files:

What Women Need After Prison

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:43:40 +0000

Following the death of her son, Susan Burton struggled with drugs for 15 years – an addiction that resulted in multiple prison stints. Once she finally got clean, she founded A New Way of Life, an organization that supports former female inmates. She joins us to talk about the impact incarceration has on people – and about the challenges of re-entering society – which she writes about in “Becoming Ms. Burton: from Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women” (The New Press).  

Media Files:

Earth’s Extinctions: Past And Future

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:41:23 +0000

Earth has endured five mass extinctions due to extreme heat, cold, asteroids and other factors. Science journalist Peter Brannen joins us to talk about the common threads that run through these disasters – and about what they can tell us about our future. His new book is called “The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions” (Ecco).  

Media Files:

When Everyone Is Your Friend

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:11:00 +0000

People who live with Williams syndrome are biologically incapable of distrusting others. Jennifer Latson joins us to talk about what it’s like to move through your day thinking everyone is your friend. That’s the life of 12-year-old Eli D’Angelo, who Latson profiles in her book “The Boy Who Loved Too Much: A True Story of Pathological Friendliness” (Simon & Schuster).  

Media Files:

The Psychology Of Poverty

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:10:19 +0000

When people live in poverty, the financial challenges are obvious. What researchers are learning, though, is that feeling poor is problematic, too. University of North Carolina psychology professor Keith Payne joins us to talk about how perception of economic standing influences the brain, which he writes about in “The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die” (Viking).  

Media Files:

Party Loyalty Vs. Ideology

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:35:20 +0000

Among those active in the political conversation, it feels as if we’re as divided as ever. Many Americans, however, aren’t as invested in the day-to-day business of Washington as cable news would make us think. LSU political scientist Nathan Kalmoe joins us to talk about how voters who are only casually engaged with politics make up their minds on Election Day. He’s a co-author of “Neither Liberal nor Conservative: Ideological Innocence in the American Public” (University of Chicago Press).  

Media Files:

How College Works (Or Doesn’t)

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:34:36 +0000

When parents shell out tens of thousands of dollars for their children to attend prestigious colleges, oftentimes the classes are led not by tenured professors but by teaching assistants. Georgetown University professor Jacques Berlinerblau joins us as part of KERA’s American Graduate initiative to talk about how universities function – and about how students can get more out of their education dollars. His new book is called “Campus Confidential: How College Works, or Doesn’t, for Professors, Parents, and Students” (Melville House).  

Media Files:

A Friendship Forged In Forgiveness

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:15:59 +0000

Novelist Rachel Kadish’s grandparents survived the Holocaust in Poland. Novelist Jessica Shattuck’s grandparents were members of the Nazi party in Germany. More than 70 years after the end of World War II, the fellow writers join us to explore what it means to be friends given their family histories – and what role forgiveness plays in their relationship.  

Media Files:

Are America And China Destined For War?

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 19:46:31 +0000

Athenian historian Thucydides theorized in the 5th Century B.C. that a rising power will eventually always challenge the ruling one. Graham Allison of Harvard’s Kennedy School joins us to talk about how this theory is playing out today, which he writes about in “Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).  

Media Files:

How The U.S. Is Making The World Less Democratic

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 19:39:05 +0000

Since World War II, Western nations have been the world’s biggest proponents of democracy. Brian Klaas studies democratization and political violence as a fellow at the London School of Economics. He joins us to talk about the ways in which the U.S., Britain and other nations are actually hindering democratic efforts across the globe. His new book is called “The Despot’s Accomplice: How the West is Aiding and Abetting the Decline of Democracy” (Oxford University Press).  

Media Files:

The Creation Of The U.S. Army

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 19:48:42 +0000

Following the Revolutionary War, George Washington and Alexander Hamilton favored the creation of a standing army. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and others did not. Historian William Hogeland joins us to talk about how Washington and Hamilton won out to create the Legion of the United States, the topic of his book, “Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion That Opened the West” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). He’s in town to speak tonight and Thursday to the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth.  

Media Files:

The Death Of Advertising

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 19:47:58 +0000

At times, it feels as if we’re constantly bombarded with advertising. Yet with DVR’s, ad-blocking software and other tools, we’ve never had more ways to avoid being marketed to. Former advertising executive Andrew Essex joins us to talk about how advertisers are rethinking how they reach consumers, which he writes about in “The End of Advertising: Why It Had to Die, and the Creative Resurrection to Come” (Spiegel & Grau).  

Media Files:

A Conversation With Jonathan Safran Foer

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:03:53 +0000

Jonathan Safran Foer is known for his novels “Everything is Illuminated” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” He joins us to talk about his latest effort, “Here I Am” (Picador), which focuses on a family in crisis living in Washington. He speaks tonight as part of DMA Arts and Letters Live!  

Media Files:

Understanding The Crisis In Venezuela

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:02:53 +0000

Venezuela was once known as the country with the world’s largest oil reserves. Today, though, the nation is in a financial crisis that’s forced it to borrow money at astronomical rates. Kejal Vyas is a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal who’s been covering the country’s downward spiral. He joins us to talk about what went wrong and how every day Venezuelans are struggling to survive.  

Media Files:

A Prescription For America’s Healthcare System

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:15:20 +0000

As a health policy adviser to President Obama, Ezekiel Emanuel helped to craft what would become the Affordable Care Act. He joins us to talk about ways to deliver higher quality healthcare at a lower cost, the subject of his new book, “Prescription for the Future: The Twelve Transformational Practices of Highly Effective Medical Organizations” (Public Affairs).  

Media Files:

How A Basic Income Could End Poverty

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:14:41 +0000

One of the ideas that’s frequently floated as a solution to poverty is a universal basic income. Jesse Walker joins us to talk about how the concept could work – and about how some thinkers from across the political spectrum are intrigued by the idea. His story “The Indestructible Idea of the Basic Income” appears in the July issue of Reason magazine.  

Media Files:

The Quest To Discover Where Babies Come From

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 20:47:28 +0000

Before the late 19th Century, scientists actually understood very little about human reproduction. Edward Dolnick joins us to talk about the often-times hilarious lengths early researchers went to in their search for the origins of life. His book is called “The Seeds of Life: From Aristotle to da Vinci, from Shark’s Teeth to Frogs’ Pants, the Long and Strange Quest to Discover Where Babies Come From” (Basic Books).  

Media Files:

What We Learned From James Comey’s Testimony

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 19:31:44 +0000

This morning, former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his interactions with President Trump concerning the bureau’s investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia. We’ll talk about what we learned and where we go from here with Rebecca Deen, chair of the political science department at UT-Arlington and Dale Carpenter, chair of constitutional law at the SMU Dedman School of Law. KERA will provide live NPR coverage of the testimony beginning at 9 a.m.  

Media Files:

A Talk With David Brown

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 19:10:12 +0000

Last summer, Dallas Police Chief David Brown was thrust into the national spotlight as he teamed with Mayor Mike Rawlings to lead the city through the aftermath of a shooting spree that left five officers dead. The now retired chief joins us to talk about helping to heal the department he once lead – and about his lifelong commitment to his hometown – which he writes about in his new memoir, “Called to Rise: A Life in Faithful Service to the Community That Made Me” (Ballentine Books).  

Media Files:

The Power Of Likability

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 20:24:21 +0000

During our high school years, most of us had a pretty good sense of where we stood in the social pecking order. University of North Carolina psychology professor Mitch Prinstein joins us to talk about how childhood popularity influences happiness and success as adults. He writes about the topic in “Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World” (Viking).  

Media Files:

The Legacy Of Loving

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 20:23:34 +0000

Fifty years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws banning interracial marriages. Georgetown law professor Sheryll Cashin joins us to talk about how the ruling continues to pave the way for a more inclusive society. Her new book is called “Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy” (Beacon Press).  

Media Files:

The Sperm Donor Generation

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:46:37 +0000

At least a million children living in the U.S. can thank a sperm donor for their very existence. Jacqueline Mroz joins us to talk about how the circumstances of their birth affect these children – and the parents who raise them – which she writes about in “Scattered Seeds: In Search of Family and Identity in the Sperm Donor Generation” (Hachette Books).  

Media Files:

A Look At Ramadan

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:46:01 +0000

Muslims are a little over a quarter through the holy month of Ramadan, which commemorates the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad. Ahmed Ali Akbar, host of Buzzfeed’s “See Something, Say Something” podcast, joins us to talk about the customs that make up Ramadan – and about how his participation in them has evolved through his life. His essay “I Don’t Know Why I Pray But I Keep Trying” appears on Buzzfeed.  

Media Files:

The Fall Of Syria

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 19:39:10 +0000

It seems every day brings new stories of the horrors of life in Syria. Sebastian Junger joins us to detail how the country got to the state it’s in. His documentary “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS” airs Sunday on National Geographic Channel.  

Media Files:

The Science Of Human Behavior

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 19:38:27 +0000

Many of us have experienced split-second decisions that drastically alter the directions of our lives. Stanford professor Robert M. Sapolsky joins us to talk about the many internal and environmental factors that come together and push us to act swiftly. He writes about the topic in “Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst” (Penguin Press).  

Media Files:

A Conversation With Elizabeth Strout

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 19:31:15 +0000

Legions of readers know Elizabeth Strout from her bestselling novels “My Name is Lucy Barton” and “Olive Kitteridge.” She joins us to talk about her latest work of fiction, “Anything is Possible” (Random House). To get ready for the interview, check out the review of “Anything is Possible” in The Dallas Morning News.  

Media Files:

When Your Child Is A Psychopath

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:53:47 +0000

One of the scariest scenarios parents can face is the possibility that their child is mentally disturbed. Barbara Bradley Hagerty joins us to talk about new therapies available to these children. Her story “When Your Child is a Psychopath” appears in the June issue of The Atlantic.  

Media Files:

Job Stability In America

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:53:06 +0000

In the post-World War II era, American companies ensured the stability of the middle class through pensions and high wages. Rick Wartzman joins us to talk about why this social contract didn’t last – and how it’s lead to present day instability – which he writes about in “The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America” (PublicAffairs).  

Media Files:

The U.S. Government’s Secret Doomsday Plan

Wed, 31 May 2017 20:39:23 +0000

Since the earliest days of the Cold War, the U.S. government has continuously revised a plan that would ensure continuity in the event of a nuclear attack. Garret M. Graff joins us to talk about the inner-workings of the plan – and how it’s evolved in the last six decades – which he writes about in “Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself — While the Rest of Us Die” (Simon & Schuster). He speaks tonight to the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth.  

Media Files:

What Big Data Reveals About Us

Wed, 31 May 2017 20:38:32 +0000

One of the beauties of the internet is we can search for the answers to questions we’re too embarrassed to ask out loud. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz joins us to talk about how when we combine all of those millions of queries, we get a better understanding of what’s on our collective minds. His new book is called “Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are” (Dey St.).  

Media Files:

The ABCs Of ZZZs

Wed, 31 May 2017 16:16:13 +0000

On this Memorial Day, many of us will use the three-day weekend for rest and relaxation. We’ll listen back this hour to conversations we’ve had with experts on the subject. Joining us are Emory University professor Benjamin Reiss, author of “Wild Nights: How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World” (Basic Books); Alex Pang, author of “Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less” (Basic Books); and Arianna Huffington, author of “The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time” (Harmony).  

Media Files:

The Upside Of Worry

Tue, 30 May 2017 21:32:03 +0000

Excessive worry can lead to depression and even poor physical health. There are, however, some benefits to worrying. Kate Sweeny, associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, joins us to talk about how worrying can both motivate us and serve as an emotional buffer. Her recent study “The Surprising Upside of Worry” appears in the journal Social and Personality Psychology Compass.

Media Files:

The Search For Alien Life

Tue, 30 May 2017 21:30:59 +0000

Who among us hasn’t looked at the night sky and asked, “Is there anybody out there?“ Theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili joins us to bring us up to date on the search for life in other parts of the universe. He’s the editor of a new collection of essays by scientists writing on the topic, “Aliens: The World’s Leading Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life” (Picador).

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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!  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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).

Media Files:

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.

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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.).  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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.”  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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).

Media Files:

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).

Media Files:

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).

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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).

Media Files:

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.

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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.).  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files:

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.  

Media Files:

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).  

Media Files: