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Civil Rights Espionage  February 6, 2014

Hour 1: In the 1950s and ’60s, Mississippi developed a secret spy agency charged with preserving segregation. We’ll talk this hour about the impact of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission with Rick Bowers, author of Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement.

Religious Escape  February 6, 2014

Hour 2: We’ll talk to Leah Vincent this hour about being rejected by her family when she sought to embrace the wider world, which she chronicles in her memoir, Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood.

Bouncing Back  February 5, 2014

Hour 1: As part of KERA’s One Crisis Away initiative, we’ll talk with Dwain Schenck, author of Reset: How to Beat the Job-Loss Blues and Get Ready for Your Next Act.

Clean Your Plate  February 5, 2014

Hour 2: We’ll find out this hour how processed foods have nudged nature off the shelves and how we can reverse the trend with Jeannie Marshall, author of The Lost Art of Feeding Kids: What Italy Taught Me About Why Children Need Real Food.

Russian Resistance  February 4, 2014

Masha Gessen is a Russian-American journalist and gay-rights activist. Ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, we’ll talk to her about her difficult relationship with the country of her birth.

Putting The Pieces Together  February 4, 2014
Scattered puzzle pieces next to solved fragment

In 2002, David Stuart MacLean woke up on a trip to India to the realization he had no idea who he was or why he was there.

Underdogs, Examined  February 3, 2014

Hour 2: This hour we’ll talk to best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell about his latest book, ‘David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.’

When Savings Are Slim  February 2, 2014
Pink Piggy Bank On Top Of A Pile Of One Dollar Bills

A new study shows nearly half of Texans don’t have enough cash available to stay above the poverty line for three months after a financial emergency. We’ll find out why the numbers have jumped.

Our Long, Strange Trip  January 30, 2014
Photo: AMC

We’ll talk this hour about the history of drug use with Northwestern Professor of Pharmacology Richard Miller, author of Drugged: The Science and Culture Behind Psychotropic Drugs.

Of Dates And Data  January 30, 2014
online dating

We’ll talk to Paul Oyer this hour about his new book, Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Economics I Learned from Online Dating.

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