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KERA Live Production Rundown – Think/Anything – Week of 12/5/16

Monday, 12/5 – Think

Hour 1:       When we hide or anger from friends, family and co-workers, we set ourselves up for larger problems going forward. This hour, we’ll talk about how to deal with conflict directly with Dr. Tim Murphy, co-author of “Overcoming Passive-Aggression: How to Stop Hidden Anger from Spoiling Your Relationships, Career, and Happiness” (Da Capo).

Hour 2:       The ability to multitask is a virtue in our plugged-in society. That’s not how our brains are built to function, though. This hour, we’ll talk about strategies for working on one task at a time – and about how we can block out the interference that keeps us from getting things done – with Adam Gazzaley, director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center at UC-San Francisco. He writes about the topic in “The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World” (MIT Press).

Tuesday, 12/6 – Think

Hour 1:     When a gambler steps into a casino, nearly every element of these buildings is designed to keep the player playing. This hour, we’ll talk about how this can be particularly tough on gambling addicts with John Rosengren. His story “How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts” appears in the December issue of The Atlantic magazine.

Hour 2:       Dolphins, chimpanzees and other mammals are among the smartest creatures on Earth. Deep in the ocean, though, lives another class of highly intelligent animals – cephalopods. This hour, we’ll talk about how the octopus and its close relatives were likely the first to develop a complex nervous system – and about how that evolution took place independent of land animals – with City University of New York professor Peter Godfrey-Smith. He’s the author of “Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness” (Farrar Straus and Giroux).

Wednesday, 12/7 – Think

Hour 1:       In the 20th Century, the white working class occupied the political and economic middle in both the United States and Great Britain. This hour, we’ll talk about how many in this demographic have come to feel disenfranchised and taken up positions on the political margins with George Mason University’s Justin Gest. He’s the author of “The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Era of Immigration and Inequality” (Oxford).

Hour 2:       DEVELOPING.

Thursday, 12/8 – Think

Hour 1:       We all feel more productive when well-rested. So why is our downtime such a low priority? This hour, we’ll talk about the idea of “deliberate rest” – and about strategies to incorporate it into our busy schedules – with Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, a visiting scholar at Stanford. He writes about the topic in “Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less” (Basic Books).

Hour 2:      DEVELOPING.

Friday, 12/9 – 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.