Thursday, 6/13 – Think
Hour 1: How can our experiences with love and sex inform our positions on gay marriage, religion and other public issues? We’ll find out this hour with advice columnist Dan Savage. His new book is “American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics” (Dutton, 2013).
Hour 2: What are the major concerns in childbirth as technology progresses? And how can parents keep babies healthy after they go home from the hospital? We’ll spend the hour with Dr. Eric G. Bing, Global Health Director for The George W. Bush Institute and Dr. Elizabeth Melendez, Interim Director for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program for Methodist Health Systems at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.
Monday, 6/17 – Think
Hour 1: Just how politically and civically engaged are Texans and how does our state measure up on the national stage? We’ll talk this hour with Regina Lawrence, director of The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at The University of Texas at Austin. The center just published their Texas Civic Health Index.
Hour 2: What advantages might only children have compared to those from larger families? We’ll look at the pros of “onlies” this hour with culture writer Lauren Sandler, who is herself an only child and the mother of one. Her new book is “One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being One” (Simon & Schuster, 2013).
Tuesday, 6/18 – Think
Hour 1: Why do the Minutemen comb the border for undocumented immigrants? We’ll talk this hour with Harel Shapira, assistant professor of sociology at UT Austin. He spent time on the Arizona-Mexico border with the controversial paramilitary group for his new book “Waiting for José: The Minutemen’s Pursuit of America” (Princeton University Press, 2013).
Hour 2: How can we equip our kids to protect themselves if the worst should happen? We’ll find out this hour with psychologist Rebecca Bailey who worked with the family of kidnapping victim Jaycee Duggard. Bailey’s new book is “Safe Kids, Smart Parents: What Parents Need to Know to Keep Their Children Safe” (Simon & Schuster, 2013).
Wednesday, 6/19 – Think
Hour 1: How can we keep money from owning our lives and is it possible to live more fully on fewer dollars? We’ll talk this hour with farmer and journalist Ben Hewitt. His new book is “Saved: How I Quit Worrying About Money And Became The Richest Guy In The World” (Rodale Books, 2013).
Hour 2: Could service dogs change the mental health industry? We’ll find out this hour with Susannah Charleson, who rescues unwanted dogs and trains them to help people with psychiatric illnesses. Her new book is “The Possibility Dogs: What a Handful of ‘Unadoptables’ Taught Me About Service, Hope, and Healing” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013).
Thursday, 6/20 – Think
Hour 1: How did World War II shape the journalism career of a young Walter Cronkite? We’ll talk this hour with Maurice Isserman, Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History at Hamilton College. He’s the co-author of the new book “Cronkite’s War: His World War II Letters Home” (National Geographic, 2013).
Hour 2: How have rising sea levels affected human civilization in the past and how might we deal with the problem in the future? We’ll find out this hour with Brian Fagan, emeritus professor of anthropology at U.C. Santa Barbara. His new book is “The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels” (Bloomsbury Press, 2013).