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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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    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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    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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    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.