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KERA Think Rundown – Week of 8/01/11

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Think airs Monday to Thursday from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. on KERA FM. Encore airings of Think can be heard Monday to Thursday nights on KERA FM beginning at 9:00 p.m. Podcasts and streamed video are available online at

Monday, 8/01

Hour 1:  What will it take for Pakistan to achieve the kind of stability that many other nations enjoy? We’ll take a look inside the troubled country this hour with Pamela Constable, foreign correspondent and former deputy foreign editor at The Washington Post. Her new book is “Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself” (Random House, 2011).

Hour 2:  What’s the best way to revitalize classrooms and challenge and inspire students to be successful? We’ll spend this hour with educator Ron Clark whose new book is “The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck–101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers” (Touchstone, 2011).

Tuesday, 8/02

Hour 1:  How did the first generation of Antarctic explorers pioneer the field of research and discovery on the continent? We’ll find out this hour with Pulitzer Prize winning historian and Pepperdine professor Edward J. Larson, author of “An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science” (Yale University Press, 2011).

Hour 2:  What is your brain really doing when you think it’s busy being you? We’ll find out this hour with David Eagleman who directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action and the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law at Baylor College of Medicine. His new book is “Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain” (Pantheon, 2011).

Wednesday, 8/03

Hour 1:  How do art thieves get in, get out and get away with their crimes? We’ll talk this hour with Boston Herald investigative reporter Tom Mashberg. He’s the co-author of “Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

Hour 2:  As we reflect on one political scandal after another hitting the news, and any number of other now-public shameful episodes in the lives of celebrities and once-respected public figures, we’ll spend this hour with poet, author and City University of New York professor Wayne Koestenbaum. His new book – an installment in the Picador BIG IDEAS//small books series – is called “Humiliation” (Picador, 2011).

Thursday, 8/04

Hour 1:  Did the 2008 Beijing Olympics burnish China’s global image in the way the country hoped? We’ll explore China’s changing capital city and discuss it’s place in the new global culture and economy this hour with journalist Tom Scocca, whose new book is “Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future” (Riverhead Nooks, 2011).

Hour 2:  How will nanotechnology change our lives in the future and what exciting advances are happening in the field of materials development today? We’ll spend this hour with Yale University Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Ainissa, G. Ramirez, Ph.D., who’ll deliver the lecture “Strange Stuff: From Smart Materials to Nanotechnology”  at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History this evening.


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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