Think – Upcoming Programs

KERA Live Production Rundown – Think/Anything – Week of 8/3/15

Monday, 8/3 – Think

Hour 1:       Dallas Independent School District is looking for a new superintendent after Mike Miles resigned in June. This hour, we’ll talk about what his replacement will need to bring to the table – and why large school districts are notoriously difficult to manage – with Eric Cowan and Miguel Solis of the DISD school board and Rena Honea, president of Dallas’ Alliance-AFT teachers association.

Hour 2:       After growing up in Southern California and Hawaii, William Finnegan spent the better part of his formative years chasing waves in the South Pacific, Australia, Africa and beyond. This hour, we’ll talk with him about the allure of surfing, which he explores in his memoir Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. (Penguin Press).

Tuesday, 8/4 – Think

Hour 1:       As a doctor, Kent Brantly knew the risks of moving his family from Fort Worth to Liberia so that he could treat people infected with the Ebola virus. And when he contracted the virus himself, many Americans began to pay attention to the growing crisis across the Atlantic. This hour, we’ll talk to Brantly and his wife, Amber, about defeating Ebola and the drive to serve others, which they write about in Called for Life: How Loving Our Neighbor Led Us into the Heart of the Ebola Epidemic (WaterBrook Press).

Hour 2:       For more than 20 years, Caitlin O’Connell has traveled to Etosha National Park in Namibia to study the family dynamics of elephants. This hour, we’ll talk with her about how the animals communicate with one another – and about behavioral traits they share with humans – which she writes about in Elephant Don: The Politics of a Pachyderm Posse (University of Chicago Press).

Wednesday, 8/5 – Think

Hour 1:       Pope Francis’ message of mercy and humility has captivated both Catholics and people of other faiths around the world. This hour, we’ll get to know the man born Jorge Mario Bergoglio a little better with Robert Draper, whose book with photographer David Yoder is called Pope Francis and the New Vatican (National Geographic).

Hour 2:      Stereotypes abound in Hollywood and everyday life as to what a gay person sounds like. This hour, we’ll talk about whether a “gay voice” exists – and if it does, why? – with filmmaker David Thorpe. He explores these questions with Dan Savage, David Sedaris, Don Lemon and others in the documentary Do I Sound Gay, which opens this weekend at the Texas Theatre.

Thursday, 8/6 – Think

Hour 1:       Homo sapiens aren’t the only humans who ever roamed the Earth – they are, however, the ones who survived to now. This hour, we’ll talk about how we beat out all other animals to become the planet’s dominant species with Curtis W. Marean, associate director of Arizona State’s Institute of Human Origins. His article “The Most Invasive Species of All” appears in the current issue of Scientific American.

Hour 2:       Developing.

Friday, 8/7 – 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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