Think – Upcoming Programs

Think/Anything – Week of 9/15/14

Monday, 9/15 – Think

Hour 1:       “Sustainability” has become a buzzword in both politics and the private sector. But ideas to create renewable energy and promote local food sources began back in the 17th Century. This hour we’ll learn about how these trends trace their origins to the Industrial Revolution and even earlier with Jeremy Caradonna, associate professor of history at the University of Alberta. His new book is Sustainability: A History (Oxford University Press).

Hour 2:       Palestinians make up about 20 percent of the population of Israel. This hour, we’ll learn how Palestinian artists are reflecting their experiences there by exploring “Where Are You From?,” an exhibit at SMU’s Pollock Gallery. We’ll be joined by Noah Simblist, who curated the show, as well as participating artist Aissa Deebi.

Tuesday, 9/16 – Think

Hour 1:       Ever since Nicolaus Copernicus debunked the Earth’s relationship to the sun back in the 16th Century, scientists have struggled to quantify our significance. We’ll talk this hour about our planet’s relative order and how it relates to the seeming randomness of the rest of existence with Dr. Caleb Scharf, Director of Astrobiology at Columbia University. His new book is The Copernicus Complex: Our Cosmic Significance in a Universe of Planets and Probabilities (Scientific American).

Hour 2:       New research shows the teenage years are even more crucial to determining one’s life outcomes than previously thought. We’ll talk this hour about how parents can put these findings to use with Laurence Steinberg, Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at Temple University. His new book is Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Wednesday, 9/17 – Think

Hour 1:       With the Internet, extracurricular activities and even video games, kids have more opportunities than ever for education outside of school. This hour, we’ll talk about how informal learning can supplement what students are taught in the classroom with Milton Chen, a senior fellow and former executive director of The George Lucas Educational Foundation. He’s in town to participate in “Learning Crossroads – The Digital Future: A National Forum” at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

Hour 2:       National security is always a top priority for the federal government. But weighing that security against the public’s right to know what its government is doing is a constant debate. We’ll talk this hour about how we can maintain that balance with Stephen Whitfield of Brandeis University. On Saturday, he’ll teach a class called “National Security vs. Freedom of Expression” during The Dallas Morning News’ One-Day University.

Thursday, 9/18 – Think

Hour 1:       Generosity takes many forms – from contributing to a favorite charity to donating an organ. We’ll talk this hour about the link between generosity and happiness with Hilary Davidson, co-author of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose (Oxford University Press).

Hour 2:       The PBS series Art 21 debuts its seventh season on KERA next month. This hour, we’ll get a taste of new energy in the contemporary art world with Susan Sollins, Art 21‘s executive producer and curator.

Friday, 9/19 – 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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