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KERA Live Production Rundown – Think/Anything – Week of 4/25/16


This week, Think broadcasts from NPR Headquarters in Washington D.C.

Monday, 4/25 – Think

Hour 1:       Kelly McEvers’ reporting career has taken her to Iraq, Syria, Yemen and many other places of unrest. This hour, we’ll talk to her about “Embedded,” her new podcast in which she dives deep into issues of drug abuse, violence and disease both at home and abroad. And we’ll talk with her about coming in from the field to co-host “All Things Considered,” NPR’s news magazine.

Hour 2:       This fall’s presidential election could lead to a historical first when it comes to first ladies. A former first lady could be elected president – bringing about another new distinction: a first gentlemen. We could also have the first foreign-born first lady since Louisa Adams. This hour, we’ll talk about the many roles first ladies have served in the White House with Kate Andersen Brower. She’s the author of “First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies” (Harper).

Tuesday, 4/26 – Think

Hour 1:       Since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court has been in the headlines nearly every day. This hour, we’ll talk about the battle to replace Scalia – and about cases currently being argued before the court – with NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg and Amy Howe, editor of the SCOTUS Blog.

Hour 2:       John Cornyn first won election to the U.S. Senate in 2002, and as majority whip he’s now the second most powerful person in Senate. This hour, we’ll speak to Texas’ senior senator about recent legislation he’s sponsored – and about the battle in the Senate over filling the open spot on the Supreme Court. And later in the hour, we’ll talk with Colleen McCain Nelson, White House correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, about President Obama’s trip to Saudi Arabia.

Wednesday, 4/27 – Think

Hour 1:       Andrew Solomon has built a career on telling the stories of places on the brink of seismic shift – from Russia to Afghanistan and beyond. This hour, we’ll talk to him about capturing transformation as it’s happening, which he writes about in “Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change – Seven Continents, Twenty-Five Years” (Scribner).

Hour 2:       This year, the National Park Service turns 100. This hour, we’ll talk with the organization’s director, Jonathan Jarvis, about the Park Service’s role in conservation, about attracting a new generation of visitors and about which park might be best for your summer family vacation.

Thursday, 4/28 – Think

Hour 1:       In 2014, Diane Rehm watched as her husband, John, decided to stop eating and drinking after his fight with Parkinson’s disease became unbearable. This hour, we’ll visit the studios of WAMU in Washington to talk with her about the experience of watching her husband die – and about her plans after retirement. Her new book is called “On My Own” (Knopf). “The Diane Rehm Show” airs weekdays on KERA at 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Hour 2:       A new interactive exhibition at the Newseum in Washington is telling the story of the 2016 presidential election in real time. This hour, we’ll visit the museum to explore how digital and social media have changed the way candidates campaign – and how the public participates in the political process.

Friday, 4/29 – 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.