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Modern Day Slavery  March 18, 2008

It’s hard to imagine, but according to journalist E. Benjamin Skinner, “there are more slaves today than at any point in human history.” We’ll talk with Skinner this hour. His new book is “A Crime So Monstrous: Face to Face …

Mysteries of the Middle Ages  March 17, 2008

What do we know about the Middle Ages and how the period influenced art, technology, and Western society? We’ll look back this hour with historian Thomas Cahill, author of “Mysteries of the Middle Ages: And the Beginning of the Modern …

Insomnia  March 17, 2008

Couldn’t get to sleep last night? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans complain of insomnia at least a few nights a week. What causes it and what are the health risks associated with the condition? We’ll spend this …

Bob Bullock: God Bless Texas  March 14, 2008

Where does Texas politics get its swagger? Some might argue that Bob Bullock had a hand in crafting that image. We’ll remember the legendary Bullock this evening with journalists Dave McNeely and Jim Henderson who write about “The Largest Texan” …

Body Image and Acceptance  March 13, 2008

What factors influence a woman’s image of her own body and how can women achieve body acceptance? We’ll spend this hour with SMU’s Psychology Professor Katherine Presnell and Journalism Professor Camille Kraeplin who are studying how the media influences body …

Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget’s Thesaurus  March 13, 2008

Who was Peter Mark Roget and what prompted him, from the age of eight, to begin the systematic organization of the English language that made him famous? We’ll talk with journalist Joshua Kendall, whose new book is “The Man Who …

The Dangerous Delusions of ‘Energy Independence’  March 12, 2008

Can the U.S. actually achieve energy independence? We’ll explore the idea this hour with a confirmed doubter, journalist Robert Bryce. Bryce, who has reported extensively on energy for nearly 20 years, argues that the bi-partisan call for energy independence is …

Reinventing Marketing  March 12, 2008

Do tried-and-true marketing strategies still work in our go-fast, get-it-all society? Not so much, argues marketing guru Denise Shiffman in her new book “The Age of Engage: Reinventing Marketing for Today’s Connected, Collaborative, and Hyperinteractive Culture” (Hunt Street, 2008). Shiffman …

Caring for an Aging Loved One  March 11, 2008

Almost all adult children must eventually face the challenge of caring for an aging parent. What is the best approach? We’ll talk this hour with Dr. Dennis McCullough who addresses the issue in “My Mother, Your Mother: Embracing ‘Slow Medicine,’ …

Joseph Knowles and the Legacy of Frontier Fakery  March 11, 2008

Fans of the Discovery Channel’s “Man vs. Wild” are familiar with the plot line – a man is dropped in the woods with only his wits and skills to help him survive, with no help from the camera crew. The …

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