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The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions  April 16, 2008

What is a rational decision? MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely has found that our choices aren’t rational, but are predictable. He’ll join us this hour to discuss his work and his new book “Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape …

How to Look at Art: Art 101  April 16, 2008

What’s the best way to approach and view a work of art? We’ll discuss art appreciation this hour with Eddy Rawlinson of El Centro College, Missy Finger of Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, and long-time Dallas gallery owner Edith Baker. …

The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind  April 15, 2008

How does the human mind really work? Our guest this hour is Gary Marcus, professor of Psychology at New York University, who argues that the mind is not the elegant machine it imagines itself to be. His book is “Kluge: …

Genocide: Armenia, The Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Darfur  April 15, 2008

Will genocide ever become a thing of the past? We’ll discuss the horrors of both historical and current genocide this hour with photojournalist and activist Lane H. Montgomery, author of “Never Again, Again, Again…Genocide: Armenia, The Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia …

Is Cancer Contagious?  April 14, 2008

Is cancer becoming contagious? We’ll spend this hour with journalist David Quammen, whose current Harper’s Magazine cover story, “Contagious Cancer: The Evolution of a Killer,” examines the on-going advancement of the disease.

The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex  April 14, 2008

What do we really know about sex? Science writer Mary Roach is back with her latest book “Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex” (Norton, 2008). Roach will join us for the hour.

Are Competitive Elections Bad for America?  April 11, 2008

Should elections be less competitive? We’ll talk this evening with UTD Associate Professor of Political Science, Thomas L. Brunell, Ph. D.. His new book is “Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections are Bad for America” (Routledge, 2008).

Blogs: The New Political Battleground  April 10, 2008

How do blogs influence the political landscape and what impact will bloggers have on Election 2008? We’ll spend this hour with David D. Perlmutter, professor and associate dean for graduate studies and research at the William Allen White School of …

Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation  April 10, 2008

Can the United States regain a position of global leadership, in spite of the liberal-conservative political divide within our country? Former Clinton Administration Deputy Secretary of State, Strobe Talbott thinks so. Now president of the Brookings Institution, Talbott will join …

Empires and Influence in the New Global Order  April 9, 2008

We often hear of the divide between the superpowers and the developing world, but what about the countries that occupy that divide – countries like Brazil, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Kazakhstan – and the power they wield? We’ll talk this …

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