Think – Upcoming Programs

KERA Live Production Rundown – Think/Anything – Week of 7/27/15


Monday, 7/27 – Think

Hour 1:       Imagine being separated at birth from your identical twin and raised alongside your assumed fraternal twin. That’s exactly what happened to four infants in Colombia. This hour, we’ll talk about how decades later the young men sorted out the error with Susan Dominus, who tells their story in The New York Times magazine, and psychologist Yesika Montoya, who studied the twins’ unique experience.

Hour 2:       When Patricia Marx felt that her age was beginning to betray her memory, she decided to be proactive. This hour, we’ll talk to the New Yorker staff writer about her humorous search for ways to curb her mind’s decline, which she writes about in Let’s Be Less Stupid: An Attempt to Maintain My Mental Faculties (Twelve).

Tuesday, 7/28 – Think

Hour 1:       The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination of millions of disabled Americans. Nearly 25 years to the day of President George H.W. Bush signing the ADA, we’ll talk this hour about its unlikely path from idea to law with Lennard J. Davis, author of Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest US Minority Its Rights (Beacon Press).

Hour 2:       Art auctions continue to set records for the sales of masterworks. And all that money changing hands is irresistible to con men. This hour, we’ll talk about some of history’s most notorious scams – and how they were pulled off – with Anthony Amore, author of The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World (St. Martin’s Press).

Wednesday, 7/29 – Think

Hour 1:       Earlier this month, HarperCollins published Go Set a Watchman, the novel Harper Lee called the “parent” of To Kill a Mockingbird. This hour, we’ll talk about how the book has us reconsidering Atticus Finch and the rest of the Mockingbird universe with Thomas DiPiero, dean of the Dedman College of Humanities at SMU. DiPiero reviewed Watchman for the New York Post.

Hour 2:      Matthew Diffee’s cartoons have routinely made the pages of The New Yorker for more than a decade. This hour, we’ll talk with Diffee about what separates the comics that make it in from the ones that don’t – and about packing the maximum amount of humor into a single frame. His new book is Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People (Scribner).

Thursday, 7/30 – Think

Hour 1:       Developing

Hour 2:       Seemingly every classic gangster film of the 1930s featured a tough guy clinging to the side of a getaway car while filling the streets with bullets from his Tommy gun. This hour, we’ll talk about John Thompson’s original intent for the submachine gun – and the ongoing debate it sparked – with Dallas author Karen Blumenthal, author of Tommy: The Gun That Changed America (Roaring Brook Press.).

Friday, 7/31 – 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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