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    Beethoven in Dallas

    Hour 1: This spring, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven’s music with three weeks of performances. We’ll talk this hour about Beethoven’s lasting impact on both classical music and pop culture with DSO music director Jaap van Zweden and concertmaster Alex Kerr.

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    Earth’s Climate Problems

    Hour 2: Climate change is always on the political agenda and this hour we’ll talk with Patrick Allitt, who wrote “A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism” about how we’ve approached the issues and the handled problems.

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    Breaking Down The Home-Rule Charter

    Hour 1: We’ll talk this hour about the pros and cons of Dallas ISD becoming a home-rule district with mayor Mike Rawlings and school board member Bernadette Nutall.

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    How Will We Feed?

    Hour 2: It’s projected that the world will have around 9 billion mouths to feed in 2050. We’ll talk this hour with Jonathan Foley, whose piece “Feeding 9 Billion” in next month’s issue of National Geographic explores how humans will produce enough food.

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    Equality For Everyone

    Hour 1: This hour we speak with New York Times reporter Jo Becker, who wrote a book detailing the marriage equality initiative that started with California’s Proposition 8.

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    For Your Eyes Only

    Hour 2: Sending messages using invisible ink has long been a tactic of spying and we’ll talk about this with Georgia Institute of Technology professor Kristie Macrakis. Her new book details the history of secret communication in “Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda.”

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    Caring For Torture Victims

    Hour 1: More than 54,000 survivors of torture from all over the world call Texas home. We’ll talk this hour about how they are cared for locally with Celia VanDeGraff, executive director of the Center for Survivors of Torture.

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    How Animals Became Pets

    Hour 1: Dogs and cats have become a major part of our families, but how did that happen? We’ll speak with “Science” deputy editor David Grimm about his new book “Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs” about how they evolved into becoming so valuable in our every day lives.

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    Little Cabin In The Woods

    Hour 2: Most of us think bigger is better when it comes to home size, but that may not always be the best solution for everyone. We’ll spend the hour talking with Dee Williams, author of “The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir” about the benefits to living in a small home.

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