Think – Upcoming Programs

KERA Live Production Rundown – Think/Anything – Week of 11/24/14

Monday, 11/24 – Think

Hour 1:       The first British colonists in the New World faced constant battles with hunger, disease and harsh landscapes. This hour, we’ll talk about how conquering these obstacles transformed the pilgrims culturally with historian Malcolm Gaskill. He writes about the topic in Between Two Worlds: How the English Became Americans (Basic Books).

Hour 2:       Women earn more college and graduate degrees than men. And yet they make up only about a quarter of the science workforce. This hour, we’ll talk about how gender bias is affecting research – and by extension women’s health – with Marguerite Del Giudice. Her story “Why It’s Crucial to get More Women into Science” appears on

Tuesday, 11/25 – Think

Hour 1:       Today’s American children are the most-vaccinated generation in history. And that increase in immunization is not without its critics. We’ll talk this hour about how politics and social concerns have directed medical policy with Emory University assistant history professor Elena Conis. Her new book is Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization (University of Chicago Press).

Hour 2:       Gathering around a common table nightly – or even once a week – seems quaint in our fast-moving world. Ahead of our yearly feast, we’ll talk this hour about why the tradition of family dinners still has a place in our busy lives with food historian Rebecca Rupp. Her story “Eat, Drink and Be Merry” for National Geographic appears at

Wednesday, 11/26 – Think

Hour 1:       Turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce, pecan pie – we haven’t eaten these standards in a year, and yet they already seem tired. This hour, we’ll talk about how we can bring flavors from around the world to our Thanksgiving tables with Abraham Salum of Dallas restaurant Salum and Shelly Nan of Richardson’s Bamboo Asian Cuisine.

Hour 2:       The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year you say? Try telling that to the wallflowers among us forced into mindless chit chat at family functions and office Christmas parties. This hour, we’ll talk about how introverts can survive the holiday season with Sophia Dembling, author of The Introvert’s Way and the upcoming Introverts in Love (Perigee).

Thursday, 11/27 – Think

Think is on holiday today. Please enjoy Best of the Best, winning stories from this year’s Third Coast International Audio Festival. We’ll hear a profile of author William S. Burroughs, an investigation into why a talented artist is being held in a mental hospital and the story of an ex-con turning to Craigstlist to have his swastika tattoo removed.

Friday, 11/28 – Anything You Ever Wanted to Know

Noon:         Anything You Ever Wanted to Know is on holiday today. This hour, please enjoy Snap Judgment’s special episode on gratitude. It looks back on some of the stories the show has done that explore the many things for which we are thankful.

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