Think – Upcoming Programs

KERA Live Production Rundown – Think/Anything – Week of 11/30/15

Monday, 11/30 – Think

Hour 1:       While the holidays bring cheer for many, they can also lead to anxiety for those trying to figure out how to afford all those gifts. This hour, as part of the KERA series “One Crisis Away at the Holidays,” we’ll talk about living paycheck-to-paycheck this time of year with Yesika Moncada of Catholic Charities of Fort Worth and Cathy Packard from Family Gateway.

Hour 2:       The American Songbook – those classics from the first half of the 20th Century – has seen a resurgence in recent years. This hour, we’ll talk about why the music of Gershwin, Porter and other greats fell out of favor and how those tunes found a new audience with Ben Yagoda. He’s the author of “The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song” (Riverhead Books).

Tuesday, 12/1 – Think

Hour 1:       Light allows us to see the world around us. And yet, we can only see a tiny slice of what scientists refer to as the “electromagnetic spectrum.” This hour, we’ll get a better understanding of how light functions in the universe with Kim Arcand of NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. She’s co-author of “Light: The Visible Spectrum and Beyond” (Black Dog & Leventhal).

Hour 2:      The cure for many conditions that inflict us may be found among the trillions of microbes that live inside our bodies. This hour, we’ll talk about the current state of microbial research with Rob DeSalle, curator of entomology in the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. He’s co-author of “Welcome to the Microbiome: Getting to Know the Trillions of Bacteria and Other Microbes In, On, and Around You” (Yale University Press).

Wednesday, 12/2 – Think

Hour 1:       When Americans say they distrust government, it’s often because they feel elected officials have been corrupted by big business. This hour, we’ll talk about how we got to this point – and what can be done to restore democracy to the electorate – with Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law professor who also sought the Democratic nomination for president this year. He’s the author of “Republic Lost: The Corruption of Equality and the Steps to End It” (Twelve).

Hour 2:      Each year, as many as 700,000 pregnant women in America are prescribed bed rest. This hour, we’ll talk about why doctors advise bed rest – and if it can do more harm than good – with reporter Alexandra Kleeman. Her story on the topic appears in the December issue of “Harper’s.”

Thursday, 12/3 – Think

Hour 1:       The largest collection of Jackson Pollock’s black paintings ever assembled is currently on display at the Dallas Museum of Art. This hour, we’ll talk about the paintings – and about what was happening in the artist’s life when he made them – with Gavin Delahunty, who curated the exhibition. “Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots” runs through March at the DMA.

Hour 2:      Plenty of money will be flowing through the Internet this week as Cyber Monday kicks off the holiday shopping season online. Also filling the Web: lots and lots of personal information tied to those purchases. This hour, we’ll talk about how we can keep our financial data secure with Adam Levin, author of “Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves” (PublicAffairs).

Friday, 12/4 – 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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