Think – Upcoming Programs
KERA Live Production Rundown – Think/Anything – Week of 10/20/14
Monday, 10/20 – Think
Hour 1: Our ancestors may be long gone, but they live on in us through our DNA. This hour, we’ll talk about how we are defined both by our genes and by the lives our predecessors lived with Christine Kenneally, author of The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures (Viking Adult).
Hour 2: Tree-lined streets and plentiful parks make the suburbs an attractive option for a variety of birds. This hour, we’ll talk about how we can better accommodate our winged neighbors with John M. Marzluff, Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington. His new book is Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife (Yale University Press).
Tuesday, 10/21 – Think
Hour 1: Throughout human history, our struggle to survive has forced us to think creatively. This hour, we’ll talk about how discoveries of new energy sources have had profound effects on art and culture with Barry Lord. He writes about the topic in Art & Energy: How Culture Changes (American Alliance of Museums Press).
Hour 2: When faced with tough tasks, we’re often told to keep a positive attitude. But new research shows that all that optimism may actually be standing in the way of accomplishing our goals. This hour, we’ll talk about how focusing on the obstacles that stand in our way can help us to overcome them with NYU psychology professor Gabriele Oettingen, author of Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation.
Wednesday, 10/22 – Think
Hour 1: The introduction of birth control pills in the early 1960s changed the way we think about sex, marriage and gender roles in society. This hour, we’ll get to know the people who were instrumental in making the pill a reality with Jonathan Eig, who writes about them in The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution (W.W. Norton and Co.)
Hour 2: On Thursday, an international collection of urban planners, architects, city officials and civic leaders will gather in Dallas for a conference called “What Makes a City: Character and Calling, What Does Dallas Want to Be?” This hour, we’ll get a preview of the day’s discussion from two of its participants: Trinity Trust CEO Gail Thomas and Ignacio Bunster-Ossa, principal of Wallace Roberts & Todd LLC.
Thursday, 10/23 – Think
Hour 1: Corporations know that sound is an effective, non-verbal way to convey ideas. This hour, we’ll talk about how everyone from car companies to restaurants to filmmakers use sound to subtly plant ideas in our brains with composer Joel Beckerman. He explains how they do it in his book The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms What We Think, Feel, and Buy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
Hour 2: In the upcoming movie Dear White People, a riot breaks out on an Ivy League campus when four black students object to an African-American-themed party thrown by their white classmates. This hour, we’ll talk about what the satire has to say about racial identity with the film’s writer and director, Justin Simien.
Friday, 10/24 – 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.