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KERA Live Production Rundown – Think/Anything – Week of 4/28/14

Monday, 4/28– Think

Hour 1:         Marriage equality has advanced at a rapid pace both in the court system and in the court of public opinion. We’ll talk this hour about how we got here as a nation with New York Times reporter Jo Becker. Her new book is Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality (Penguin Press).

Hour 2:       Clandestine communication has been a tactic of spies for as long as espionage has been part of war. We’ll talk about the history of secret messages this hour with Georgia Institute of Technology professor Kristie Macrakis. Her new book is Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda (Yale University Press).

Tuesday, 4/29 – Think

Hour 1:         The conversation surrounding the Dallas Independent School District is whether or not it should become a home-rule district. We’ll talk this hour about the pros and cons of re-imagining DISD with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and school board member Bernadette Nutall.

Hour 2:       By the year 2050, it’s projected that the world will have 9 billion mouths to feed. We’ll talk this hour about the challenges the planet will face to produce enough food with Jonathan Foley, whose piece “Feeding 9 Billion” is the cover story for the May issue of National Geographic.

Wednesday, 4/30 – Think

Hour 1:         Nearly 200 years after his death, Ludwig van Beethoven remains one of the towering figures of classical music. And this spring, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the composer 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.

Hour 2:       Our national conversation about climate change involves analyzing scientific research. But it also includes plenty of political rhetoric and emotionally-charged speech on both sides of the issue. We’ll talk this hour about the history of how we’ve talked about global warming with Emory University professor Patrick Allitt. His new book is A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism (Penguin History).

Thursday, 5/1– Think

Hour 1:         Children in Bangladesh, Haiti and other impoverished countries face challenges their first-world counterparts can’t imagine. And yet, these kids have inspiring stories of perseverance to tell. We’ll hear some of them this hour from Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Her new book is I Believe in ZERO: Learning From the World’s Children (St. Martin’s Press).

Hour 2:       When scientific researchers study evolution, they frequently start by inspecting the differences between a given species’ sex organs. We’ll find out this hour what we can learn from animals’ private parts with evolutionary biologist Menno Schilthuizen, author of Nature’s Nether Regions: What the Sex Lives of Bugs, Birds and Beasts Tell Us About Evolution, Biodiversity and Ourselves (Viking Adult).

Friday, 5/2 – Anything You Ever Wanted to Know

Noon:             Anything You Ever Wanted to Know is the forum for your questions and answers. If you’ve been wondering about something give us a call during the show or drop us an email and we’ll see what the audience has to say about it.

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