Think – Upcoming Programs

KERA Live Production Rundown – Think/Anything – Week of 2/2/15

Monday, 2/2 – Think

Hour 1:       The documentary series A Path Appears uncovers the many ways that gender inequality persists in America. This hour, we’ll talk to series’ executive producer and director Maro Chermayeff about how poverty, sex trafficking, teen pregnancy and other factors are standing in the way of true gender equality. A Path Appears airs Tuesday on KERA-TV.

Hour 2:       As many Americans choose to work beyond retirement age, the labor market is struggling to accommodate them. This hour, we’ll talk about how the economy can benefit from older workers’ experience and know-how with Indiana University professor Joseph Coleman, author of Unfinished Work: The Struggle to Build an Aging American Workforce. (Oxford University Press)

Tuesday, 2/3 – Think

Hour 1:       Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects not only military personnel returning from combat, but also victims of assaults, car crashes and other life-threatening events. This hour, we’ll talk about the past, present and future of the illness with former Marine and PTSD sufferer David J. Morris. His new book is The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Hour 2:       The ways in which we respond to touch are extremely personal. It’s why we welcome a hug from a friend but are creeped out by a stranger’s embrace. This hour, we’ll talk about the connection between physical contact and our emotions with Johns Hopkins neuroscientist David J. Linden. His new book is Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind (Viking Adult).

Wednesday, 2/4 – Think

Hour 1:       In hindsight, it’s difficult to understand how slavery, segregation and other forms of legally sanctioned inequality were ever permitted in America. This hour, we’ll talk about the dehumanizing practices of today that future generations will look back on with disgust with Seattle University School of Law professor Steven W. Bender. His new book is Mea Culpa: Lessons on Law and Regret from U.S. History (NYU Press).

Hour 2:       We’re all in search of ways to become more productive, less stressed and better balanced between work and play. This hour, we’ll talk to sociologist and happiness expert Christine Carter about the strategies that work, which she writes about in The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work (Ballantine Books).

Thursday, 2/5 – Think

Hour 1:       Higher education is one of the pillars of a democratic society. So what happens when a significant percentage of the population doesn’t have access to colleges and universities? This hour, we’ll talk about how admissions practices and prohibitive costs are fueling inequality with Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier, author of The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: Democratizing Higher Education in America (Beacon Press)

Hour 2:       As Texas Monthly’s barbecue editor, Daniel Vaughn eats brisket, ribs and all the fixin’s nearly every day. This hour, we’ll talk to him about his most recent discoveries, how barbecue varies across the state and what he looks for in the perfect plate.

Friday, 2/6 – 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.

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