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KERA Think Rundown – Week of 5/23/11

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Program Alert: May 20, 2011

Think airs Monday to Thursday from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. on KERA-FM. Podcasts and streamed video are available online at

Monday, 5/23

Noon:  How do the selfish and animalistic aspects of our human nature contribute to some of our greatest accomplishments? We’ll talk this hour with Arizona State University evolutionary psychologist Douglas T. Kendrick, author of the new book “Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life: A Psychologist Investigates How Evolution, Cognition, and Complexity are Revolutionizing our View of Human Nature” (Basic Books, 2011).

1pm:  What caused one of the most famous gun battles in history and how did it shape our view of the American West? We’ll spend this hour with historical journalist Jeff Guinn whose new book is “The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral-And How It Changed the American West” (Simon & Schuster, 2011).

Tuesday, 5/24

Noon:  Can globalism and connectivity help make the world a better place? We’ll discuss social innovation, philanthropy and the power of working together this hour with John Kania, managing director at FSG and co-author of “Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World” (Jossey-Bass, 2011).

1pm:  As the world moves faster and faster, what can be learned from slowing down? We’ll spend this hour with writer and traveler Pico Iyer who’s in town to discuss his life, his observations and his friendship with the Dali Lama at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Arts & Letters Live series.

 Wednesday, 5/25

Noon:  What was life like in the early 20th Century Dallas neighborhood of Little Mexico and what remains to remind us of the area today? We’ll look back this hour with lawyer, mediator and writer Sol Villasana, author of the new Images of America book “Dallas’s Little Mexico” (Arcadia Publishing, 2011).

1pm:  Remember Little House on the Prairie? Our guest this hour certainly does. We’ll talk with writer and editor Wendy McClure about retracing the journey and recreating the life of the real Ingalls family as told in her new book “The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie” (Riverhead, 2011).

Thursday, 5/26

Noon:  What would our lives be like if we spent as much time with nature as we currently do with technology? We’ll find out this hour with journalist and author Richard Louv. His new book is “The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder” (Algonquin Books, 2011).

1pm:  Where did President Obama get his drive, dedication and commitment and who shaped his value system as a child? We’ll talk this hour with journalist Janny Scott, whose deeply researched new book is “A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother” (Riverhead, 2011).


Think is a topic-driven interview program hosted by Krys Boyd covering a wide variety of subjects ranging from history, politics, current events, science, technology and trends to food and wine, travel, adventure, and entertainment. Think airs Monday to Thursday from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. on KERA-FM. Podcasts and streamed video are available online at


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