Think – Upcoming Programs

KERA Live Production Rundown – Think/Anything – Week of 3/30/15

Monday, 3/30 – Think

Hour 1:       Rust costs America $400 billion a year – that’s more than all the earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes we’ll suffer through combined. This hour, we’ll talk about the force the Pentagon refers to as “the pervasive menace” with Jonathan Waldman, author of Rust: The Longest War (Simon & Schuster).

Hour 2:       When Maz Jobrani gets cast in a movie or television show, it’s usually as a bad guy. Specifically, a Middle Eastern bad guy. It’s enough to make the Iranian actor wonder if he was actually a terrorist and just didn’t know it. This hour, we’ll talk about his journey through Hollywood typecasting, which he writes about in, I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One On TV: Memoirs of a Middle Eastern Funny Man (Simon & Schuster).

Tuesday, 3/31 – Think

Hour 1:       Last week, it was revealed that Dallas County DA Susan Hawk sought treatment for prescription drugs during the campaign. This hour, we’ll talk about how people develop a dependence to prescription drugs – and how pain pills and anti-depressants differ from street drugs – with experts who treat prescription-drug addicts.

Hour 2:       Human beings are living longer than ever before. But we’re also at greater risk for everything from obesity to allergies. This hour, we’ll talk about how we’re contributing to our own evolution with futurist Juan Enriquez, co-author of Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth (Current).

Wednesday, 4/1 – Think

Hour 1:       Steve Jobs is remembered as a visionary innovator whose relentless drive once alienated him from the Apple family. This hour, we’ll talk about how the arrogant genius ultimately changed the lives of billions across the world with Rick Tetzeli, co-author of Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader (Crown Business).

Hour 2:      Parents could hardly imagine life without their children. Yet for a growing number of adults, a life sans kids is part of the plan. This hour, we’ll talk about choosing not to extend the family tree with Meghan Daum, editor of Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids (Picador).

Thursday, 4/2 – Think

Hour 1:       Distractions are a major reason why we don’t get more done in our daily lives. So how are some people able to maintain laser focused on the task at hand? This hour, we’ll talk about the challenge of mastering our own minds with Matthew B. Crawford, senior fellow at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. His book is The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

Hour 2:       With Wilde/Earnest, Kitchen Dog Theater has updated Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest to the 21st Century. This hour, we’ll talk about how the show explores today’s hipster culture with director Lee Trull, composer Jencey Keeton and scenic designer Rob Wilson. Wilde/Earnest runs through April 18.

Friday, 4/3 – 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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