KERA Live Production Rundown – Think/Anything – Week of 12/9/13
Monday, 12/9– Think
Hour 1: When you recycle an aluminum can or newspaper, did you ever wonder where they go? We’ll find out this hour from Adam Minter. He gets to know the people who are making fortunes on other people’s trash in his new book, Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade (Bloomsbury).
Hour 2: Most insects pose little or no harm to humans. And yet, many people are terrified of anything that creeps or crawls. We’ll find out why this hour from University of Wyoming professor Jeffrey Lockwood. His new book is The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Loathe, and Love Insects. (Oxford University Press).
Tuesday, 12/10 – Think
Hour 1: We’re often told to not judge a book by its cover. But science shows that our intuition is often dead on. We’ll find out this hour when and why we should trust our instincts from psychologist Matthew Hertenstein. His new book is The Tell: The Little Clues That Reveal Big Truths About Who We Are (Basic Books).
Hour 2: General Custer’s defeat at the Battle of Little Bighorn was front-page news across America. The journalists who covered the historic battle are often credited with mythologizing Custer, but University of North Texas professor James E. Mueller says that a look back at newspapers of the day disproves that idea. He writes about his findings in Shooting Arrows & Slinging Mud: Custer, the Press, and the Little Bighorn (University of Oklahoma Press).
Wednesday, 12/11 – Think
Hour 1: A new cross-generational study shows that American college graduates are increasingly deciding to forgo parenthood. And the research shows that men and women are making that choice for different reasons. We’ll discuss the trend with Wharton School professor Stew Friedman, who conducted the study. He writes about his findings in Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family (Wharton Digital Press).
Hour 2: This week, some of the biggest scientific minds will descent on Dallas for the 50th Jubilee Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics. University of Chicago astrophysicist Rocky Kolb will deliver the keynote lecture, and before he does, he’ll join us to talk about some of the universe’s many mysteries.
Thursday, 12/12 – Think
Hour 1: In an ideal world, senior citizens will have saved enough to comfortably retire. But with a decrease in pensions and a rise in healthcare costs, the golden years are becoming increasingly difficult. As part of KERA’s One Crisis Away initiative, we’ll look at the financial challenges seniors face.
Hour 2: As Christmas nears, movie studios are unveiling the best they’ve got in hopes of luring audiences and building cases for Oscar nominations. We’ll find out this hour which films are worth the price of admission from our favorite local film critics: Chris Vognar of The Dallas Morning News, Chris Kelly of Texas Monthly and KERA’s Stephen Becker.
Friday, 12/13 – 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.