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KERA Live Production Rundown – Think/Anything – Week of 6/29/15

Monday, 6/29 – Think

Hour 1:       On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. This hour, we’ll talk about what the ruling means for gay couples with Mark Pharris and Victor Holmes, the Plano men who were among the plaintiffs suing to have Texas’ law against same-sex marriage overturned.

Hour 2:       In the final days of the Ottoman Empire, Christians, Jews and Muslims lived in relative peace in the Middle East. This hour, we’ll travel back in time a little more than a century with filmmaker Ben Loeterman to talk about how things turned sour, the subject of his film 1913: Seeds of Conflict, which airs Tuesday night at 8 on KERA-TV.

Tuesday, 6/30 – Think

Hour 1:       Technology is often considered the cure-all for what ails us. And a lack of access to technology could be one of the reasons why the world’s poor remain that way. This hour, we’ll talk about why personal connections are the key to helping the less fortunate with computer scientist Kentaro Toyama, author of Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change From the Cult of Technology (PublicAffairs).

Hour 2:       At the turn of the 20th century, a young Congolese man was included in an anthropology exhibit at the World’s Fair before being put on display in the New York Zooligical Gardens’ Monkey House. This hour, we’ll talk about how such an inhumane idea became reality with Pamela Newkirk, author of Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga (Amistad).

Wednesday, 7/1 – Think

Hour 1:     Robert Jordan was a Dallas attorney with no diplomatic experience when in the spring of 2001, President George W. Bush picked him to become the nation’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia. This hour, we’ll talk to him about the role he played in building relationships in the Middle East, which he writes about in Desert Diplomat: Inside Saudi Arabia Following 9/11 (Potomac Books).

Hour 2:      For three years, American Naveed Jamali filtered sensitive information to a Russian spymaster. What the Russians didn’t know was that Jamali was doing this work as a double-agent working for his native country. This hour, we’ll talk to Jamali about his experience as an amateur in the dangerous world of counter-intelligence, which he writes about in How to Catch a Russian Spy: The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Double Agent (Scribner).

Thursday, 7/2 – Think

Hour 1:      For his live show, Ira Glass made it his mission to combine art forms that “have no business being together – dance and radio.” This hour, we’ll talk about the making of One Radio Host, Two Dancers with the This American Life host and dancer Monica Bill Barnes. They’ll perform it at the Winspear Opera House on July 11 as part of the #thinkspeak series.

Hour 2:       With cable networks and the 24-hour news cycle, televised news is constantly evolving. This hour, we’ll talk about the line between news and entertainment – and if the nightly news is still relevant in the digital age – with California State University Long Beach associate professor Charles Ponce de Leon, author of That’s the Way It Is: A History of Television News in America (University of Chicago Press).

Friday, 7/3 – 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.

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