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KERA Live Production Rundown – Think/Anything – Week of 2/8/16

Monday, 2/8 – Think

Hour 1:       Psychiatry was once considered the work of quacks who had little or no background in science. This hour, we’ll talk about how the field gained legitimacy through the work of Sigmund Freud and other practitioners with Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, author of “Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry” (Back Bay Books).

Hour 2:       Last month, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released an opinion stating that daily fantasy sports betting is illegal in the state. This hour, we’ll talk about how sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel have skirted online gambling laws – and about the future of the wildly popular pastime – with “New York Times” reporter Walt Bogdanich. His investigation is part of a “Frontline” episode airing Tuesday night at 9 on KERA-TV.

Tuesday, 2/9 – Think

Hour 1:      Neuroscientist Dr. Miguel Nicolelis is a pioneer in the development of brain-to-brain communication. This hour, we’ll talk with him about the practical applications of his discoveries, and about the future of brain-machine interfacing. He speaks tonight as part of the UTD Center for Brain Health’s “The Brain: An Owner’s Guide” lecture series.

Hour 2:       As election-season rhetoric heats up, it can feel as if the country is more divided now than ever. This hour, we’ll put that division in historical context by talking with Stephen Prothero, chair of the religion department at Boston University. His new book is called “Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections): The Battles That Define America from Jefferson’s Heresies to Gay Marriage” (HarperOne).

Wednesday, 2/10 – Think

Hour 1:       In a book out last year, historian Ruth Goodman detailed for readers what it was like to live in Victorian England. This hour, we’ll talk to Goodman about her newest book, “How to Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life” (Liveright), to learn about the ups and downs of English life during the reign of Henry VIII.

Hour 2:      Memory is a tool that gives our lives depth and puts the present in context. This hour, we’ll learn about how scientists are developing a better understanding of how memories work – and how they can sometimes be manipulated – with Anna Lee Strachan. The “NOVA” episode she wrote and directed, “Memory Hackers,” airs tonight at 8 on KERA-TV.

Thursday, 2/11 – Think

Hour 1:       Healthcare has become a globally competitive business, with people traveling to Hungary for dental work, South Korea for organ transplants and Costa Rica for checkups. This hour, we’ll talk about the financial and health considerations that have patients booking plane tickets with Sasha Issenberg, author of “Outpatients: The Astonishing New World of Medical Tourism” (Columbia Global Reports).

Hour 2:      As an 18-year-old, Greg Cope White joined the Marine Corps almost on a whim. What difference did it make that he was gay? Surely no one would find out. This hour, we’ll talk with White about his experience as a closeted member of the armed forces, which he writes about in his memoir “The Pink Marine: One Boy’s Boot Camp Journey to Manhood” (Querelle Press).

Friday, 2/12 – 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.