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Monday, 8/29 – Think

Hour 1:       If you think this year’s presidential campaigns seem more divisive and acrimonious than ever before, you’re not alone. And the political rhetoric is making waves – not just here at home but abroad as well. This hour, as part of a national coordinated conversation organized by NPR, we’ll talk about how the election and the next president will affect America’s role in the world. Our guests are writer Ben Fountain, who’s been reporting on the election for The Guardian and Jeffrey Engel, who directs the Center for Presidential History at SMU.

Hour 2:       As scientists continue to discover technological solutions for when our natural bodies fail, future generations will be faced with new ethical challenges. This hour, we’ll talk about the how society might handle people living to be hundreds of years old – and how life-extending breakthroughs can be evenly shared – with Eve Herold, author of “Beyond Human: How Cutting-Edge Science Is Extending Our Lives” (Thomas Dunne Books).

Tuesday, 8/30 – Think

Hour 1:       Since the turn of the century, we’ve seen an alarming rise in the number of hate groups operating in America – 892 at last count. This hour, we’ll talk about why these organizations form, what they hope to accomplish and how they’re being monitored with Mark Potok of the Sothern Poverty Law Center, which recently published its Hate Map.

Hour 2:       The U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia is a well-known and established cornerstone of our country’s foreign policy efforts in the Middle East. Less well-known are the details of America’s arms sales to the Saudi monarchy and the war-fighting capabilities they enable. We’ll discuss those multi-billion-dollar deals and the recent U.S.-backed Saudi intervention in Yemen this hour with Andrew Cockburn. His article “Acceptable Losses” appears in the current issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Wednesday, 8/31 – Think

Hour 1:       Werner Herzog is the rare director who’s known as much for making documentaries as he is for his narrative films. This hour, we’ll talk with the prolific German filmmaker about “Aguirre, the Wrath of God,” “Fitzcarraldo,” “Grizzly Man” – and his newest effort, “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World.” Herzog speaks tonight at the Winspear Opera House.

Hour 2:       For decades, college has been touted as the best path to economic success for young Americans. But according to our guest this hour, this push toward a four-year degree and a lack of vocational training has left millions of important “middle-skilled” positions – jobs that don’t require a Bachelor’s Degree – unfilled. We’ll talk with Katherine Newman, provost and professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She’s the co-author of the new book “Reskilling America: Learning to Labor in the Twenty-First Century” (Metropolitan Books).

Thursday, 9/1 – Think

Hour 1:       This month marks fifteen years since the September 11 attacks. This hour, we’ll talk about how the United States has spent $1 trillion fighting terrorism since 2001 – and whether it’s worked or not, with Steven Brill. His story, in the September issue of The Atlantic is called “Is America Any Safer?”

Hour 2:       Humans think of animals as many things – beasts of burden, wild and free creatures of beauty, companions, trophies and food. But what are the animals thinking? We’ll discuss non-human joy, grief, anger, love and other emotions this hour with conservationist, scientist and writer Carl Safina. His latest book, “Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel,” is now out in paperback (Picador).