Think – Upcoming Programs

KERA Live Production Rundown – Think/Anything – Week of 9/7/15

Monday, 9/7 – Think

Hour 1:       As corporations learn how to automate more and more jobs, some workers are becoming obsolete. This hour, as part of our “Best of Think” Labor Day special, we’ll listen back to our July interview with Derek Thompson of The Atlantic about what increased automation means for the future of our workforce.

Hour 2:       President Obama appears to have the votes needed to secure the Iran Nuclear Deal. This hour, we’ll broadcast an America Abroad special that looks back at the last 10 years of U.S. policy towards Iran, looks forward to the next 10 years covered by the deal and visits Tehran, Tel Aviv and other places affected by the agreement.

Tuesday, 9/8 – Think

Hour 1:       Five years ago, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced a $100 million donation to revitalize the Newark, N.J., school system. This hour, we’ll talk about the many reasons why even a donation that large has been unable to break through the many roadblocks to education reform with Dale Russakoff, author of The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Hour 2:       More than a million people have written their deepest, darkest secrets down on postcards, only to send them anonymously to a stranger. This hour, we’ll talk to Frank Warren, founder of the PostSecret project, about the outlet he provides to people needing to unburden themselves. Warren is in town for a PostSecret Live! event tonight at Bass Hall in Fort Worth.

Wednesday, 9/9 – Think

Hour 1:       Asians have been crossing the Pacific Ocean to reach our shores since the first sailors set sail in the 1500s. This hour, we’ll talk about the struggles Asian immigrants have faced in their efforts to assimilate – and about the many contributions Asians have made to life in their new home – with Erika Lee, author of The Making of Asian America (Simon & Schuster).

Hour 2:      Planting native trees and plants makes logical sense – why not foster the vegetation that would seem most suited to the climate? This hour, we’ll talk about if protecting native species is a zero-sum game for invasive organisms with Andrew Cockburn. His story “Weed Whackers: Monsanto, Glyphosate, and the War on Invasive Species” appears in the current issue of Harpers.

Thursday, 9/10 – Think

Hour 1:       It’s a tough task trying to say in-step with how the culture views sexuality. Too much sex equals too promiscuous. Not enough and questions arise as to what’s wrong? This hour, we’ll talk about the social groupthink that affects the way we consider sex with Rachel Hills, author of The Sex Myth: The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality (Simon & Schuster).

Hour 2:       If a trip to Disneyland was a highlight of your childhood, thank Walt Disney. And if you can’t take your own child singing “Let it Go” one more time, you can blame Walt Disney. This hour, we’ll talk about arguably the most influential cultural and entrepreneurial figure of the 20th Century with Sarah Colt, director of American Experience: Walt Disney, which airs Sept. 14 and 15 on KERA-TV.

Friday, 9/11 – 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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