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KERA Live Production Rundown – Think/Anything – Week of 5/30/16

Monday, 5/30 – Think

Hour 1:       The Best of Think – Since the Sept. 11 attacks, Elizabeth Samet believes we’ve lived in a “no man’s land” between war and peace. This hour, we’ll listen back to our conversation with the West Point English professor about how that tension affects the nation’s psyche – and about how she prepares young cadets for the battlefield – which she writes about in “No Man’s Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

Hour 2:       The Best of Think – For Sarah Hepola, alcohol was the fuel that transformed her into the outgoing, up-for-anything person she thought she wanted to be. This hour, we’ll listen back to our conversation with her, when we talked about the evolution of her drinking life, which she writes about in her memoir Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget (Grand Central Publishing). The book will be released in paperback June 7.

Tuesday, 5/31 – Think

Hour 1:       When very sick patients have exhausted all treatment options, they can occasionally receive experimental drugs through the “compassionate use” protocol. This hour, we’ll talk about how the program works – and about why it may actually make it more difficult for future patients to receive these drugs – with Helen Ouyang. Her story “Hashtag Prescription” appears in the June issue of Harper’s.

Hour 2:       Most of us have someone whose validation we seek – a parent, a sibling, a supervisor. And even if we receive it, we have to ask ourselves if the thumbs up was worth all the effort. This hour, we’ll talk about the constant drive to please others – even at our own expense – with Faith Salie, author of “Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much” (Crown Archetype).

Wednesday, 6/1 – Think

Hour 1:       Hoarding disorder is an actual condition recognized by the Mayo Clinic and other health organizations. This hour, we’ll talk about why some people find it difficult to discard possessions – and about how they can be helped – with Smith College psychology professor Randy Frost. He’s the author of a number of books about hoarding, including “Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things,” and he’ll deliver the keynote address at the Southwest Conference on Hoarding being held Friday in Hurst.

Hour 2:       The Second Amendment states that people have the right “to keep and bear arms.” This hour, we’ll talk about how many Americans have interpreted that right as a directive – and about how gun manufacturers have marketed their products throughout our nation’s history – with Pamela Haag. She’s the author of “The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture” (Basic Books).

Thursday, 6/2 – Think

Hour 1:       In spite of all the rhetoric, sometimes all you really need to diffuse a cultural misunderstanding is a good laugh. We’ll get lots of giggles this hour with Pakistani-Canadian sitcom writer Zarqa Nawaz, who writes about life, Islam and the west in her new book “Laughing All the Way to the Mosque: The Misadventures of a Muslim Woman” (Virago).

Hour 2:       In the age of social media, we’ve managed to turn the word “friend” into a verb. The truth, though, is that we’ve been friending each other since the beginning of time. This hour, we’ll talk about why we seek out friends and the purposes they serve in our lives with Princeton humanities professor Alexander Nehamas. He writes about the topic in “On Friendship” (Basic Books).

Friday, 6/3 – 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.