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KERA Think Rundown – Week of 6/20/11

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Program Alert: June 16, 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, 6/20

Noon:  What impact do honeybees and beekeepers have on agriculture in America? We’ll talk this hour with journalist Hannah Nordhaus who examines the industry through the experiences of commercial beekeeper Jim Miller in her book “The Beekeeper’s Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America” (Harper Perennial, 2011)

1pm:  How will the developing-world pressure to have a male child and the rising economic status of these developing countries jeopardize the gender balance of society in the years to come? We’ll talk this hour with Mara Hvistendahl, a Beijing-based correspondent for Science and author of the new book “Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men” (PublicAffairs, 2011).

Tuesday, 6/21

Noon:  Seventeen years after the end of Apartheid, what’s the status of our country’s relationship with South Africa and how is the country expanding its role in African politics? We’ll spend this hour with His Excellency Ebrahim Rasool, Ambassador of South Africa to the United States. Ambassador Rasool is in town for an event with the World Affairs Council of Dallas Fort Worth.

1pm:  What’s leading the trend toward smaller and one-child families in the Unites States and why are many women deciding to become single parents? We’ll talk this hour with social psychologist Susan Newman. Her new book is “The Case for the Only Child: Your Essential Guide” (HCI, 2011).

Wednesday, 6/22

Noon:  Is there a solution to our overloaded criminal justice system? Our guest this hour, criminologist and former Baltimore City police officer, Peter Moskos thinks so. He ponders the possibility of offering quick and severe physical punishment to criminals as an alternative to incarceration in his new book “In Defense of Flogging” (Basic Books, 2011).

1pm:  How did feathers evolve and why are they so fascinating and valuable to humans? We’ll talk this hour with conservation biologist Thor Hanson, author of “Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle” (Basic Books, 2011).

Thursday, 6/23

Noon:  What’s it like to swim with and photograph the largest creatures on earth? We’ll find out this hour with Charles “Flip” Nicklin, lead whale photographer and marine mammal specialist for the National Geographic Society. His new book is “Among Giants: A Life with Whales” (University of Chicago Press, 2011).

1pm:  What does the veil mean for Islamic women around the world and why is it growing in popularity? We’ll talk this hour with Leila Ahmed, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School and author of “A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to America” (Yale University Press, 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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