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KERA Live Production Rundown – Think/Anything – Week of 6/27/16


Monday, 6/27 – Think

Hour 1:       Young people in America have more freedom to find a religion that suits them than ever before. At the same time, more than one-third of people in their 20s and 30s identify as not being religious. This hour, we’ll talk about how millennials navigate their spiritual lives with Emma Green, who writes about religion for The Atlantic. She contributes to the multimedia project “Choosing My Religion” at

Hour 2:       It’s easy to assume that a woman might agree to a mail-order marriage as an act of desperation. That’s certainly true in some cases, though history is littered with examples of women actually improving their lives through this unusual system of matchmaking. This hour, we’ll talk about the practice with University of South Carolina associate law professor Marcia A. Zug, author of “Buying a Bride: An Engaging History of Mail-Order Matches” (NYU Press).

Tuesday, 6/28 – Think

Hour 1:       Anyone who makes it into old age will have a brain that shows some signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The question is: Why do some people suffer symptoms when others do not? This hour, we’ll talk about new research into how we can keep our minds sharp and avoid dementia with David A. Bennett. He’s director of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago and writes about his research in the July/August issue of Scientific American Mind.

Hour 2:       Cybercrime has traditionally involved hackers stealing credit card numbers and billing information to generate fake credit cards overseas. This hour, we’ll talk about a shift in that business model that has the bad guys stealing our data and holding it ransom. We’ll be joined by Josephine Wolff, whose story “The New Economics of Cybercrime” appears in The Atlantic.

Wednesday, 6/29 – Think

Hour 1:       Learning another language teaches you more than just how to communicate differently. It opens the door to another culture. That was Zora O’Neill’s experience learning Arabic. This hour, we’ll talk with her about how she immersed herself in the Middle East, mastered the language and broadened her worldview in the process. She writes about the experience in her memoir, “All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Hour 2:       The Asian arowana – or “dragon fish” – is known to sell for more than $100,000. The fish is considered a status symbol and good luck charm in parts of Asia, yet it’s protected under the Endangered Species Act in the United States. This hour, we’ll talk about the fascination with this fish – and whether arowana can survive going forward – with Emily Voigt, author of “The Dragon Behind the Glass: A True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World’s Most Coveted Fish” (Scribner).

Thursday, 6/30 – Think

Hour 1:       As artificial intelligence becomes more refined, autonomous weapons systems could soon become a reality. This hour on Think, we’ll talk about the ethics of reducing human involvement in war – and whether we should preemptively ban these machines – with Michael C. Horowitz, associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. His essay “Ban Killer Robots? How About Defining Them First” appears in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Hour 2:       Sometimes our jobs and families force us to uproot our comfortable lives and move to unfamiliar places. This hour, we’ll talk about how we can grow to embrace these adopted home towns with Melody Warnick, who’s moved six times herself. She’s the author of “This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live” (Viking).

Friday, 7/1 – 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, drop us an email or send a tweet and we’ll see what the audience has to say about it.