KERA Live Production Rundown – Think/Anything – Week of 3/10/14
Monday, 3/10– Think
Hour 1: Think is on holiday today. From the archive – Stress is something that even the calmest among us deals with from time to time. But with the right skills, this over-powering emotion can at least be kept in check. In January, we talked with Dr. Amit Sood, a stress and resiliency specialist at the Mayo Clinic. His book is The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living (Da Capo Lifelong Books).
Hour 2: Think is on holiday today. From the archive – America spends more on health care than other industrialized nations, but other countries seem to spend their money more wisely. That’s the result of research conducted by Lauren Taylor, a presidential scholar at Harvard Divinity School. She joined us in November to discuss her findings, which she includes in a book she has co-authored, The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less (PublicAffairs, 2013).
Tuesday, 3/11 – Think
Hour 1: At first glance, being a critic sounds like the easiest job in the world – just observe and give your opinion. But justifying those opinions is tougher than you think. We’ll explore the life of a critic this hour with KERA’s Jerome Weeks, Nancy Nichols of D magazine and Preston Jones of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Hour 2: What will Texas’ population look like halfway through the 21st Century? We’ll find out this hour with former state demographer and Rice University sociology professor Steve Murdock. He’s the co-author of Changing Texas: Implications of Addressing or Ignoring the Texas Challenge (Texas A&M University Press).
Wednesday, 3/12 – Think
Hour 1: When you think about money, it seems almost silly that we place value in a tiny piece of paper or small coin. But that trust has been developed over thousands of years. We’ll learn about the history of money this hour with Felix Martin, author of Money: The Unauthorized Biography (Koppf).
Hour 2: Humor and our reaction to it begins in our brains. So why does that reaction also manifest itself in the physical form of laughter? We’ll find out this hour with cognitive neuroscientist Scott Weems. His new book is Ha! The Science of When We Laugh and Why (Basic Books).
Thursday, 3/13 – Think
Hour 1: Millennials are in danger of becoming the first generation in American history to have a lower standard of living than their parents. Meanwhile, an ever-expanding older population of Americans is straining the social safety nets. We’ll talk this hour about the challenges facing our nation in the near future with Paul Taylor of the Pew Research Center. His new book is The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown (PublicAffairs).
Hour 2: In the past few years, North Texas has gone from a brewery desert to one of the country’s hubs for craft beer. We’ll talk all things beer this hour with a panel of North Texas brewers who are working to cultivate the local beer scene.
Friday, 3/14 – 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.