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KERA Think Rundown – Week of 8/08/11

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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, 8/08

Hour 1:  What would you do if you lost two years worth of memories? We’ll talk this hour with Vanity Fair contributing editor Ned Zeman who writes about his battles with mood disorders and the results of his  Electroconvulsive Therapy in the new book “The Rules of the Tunnel: A Brief Period of Madness” (Gotham Books, 2011).

Hour 2:  Where do the world’s great religions meet, clash and shape the future of human kind? We’ll talk this hour with Eliza Griswold, a fellow at the New America Foundation and author of “The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam” (Picador, paperback, 2011) which is now out in paperback.

Tuesday, 8/09

Hour 1:  What can we learn about cancer from studying the history of the disease? We’ll find out this hour with Dr. Siddartha Mukherjee. Mukherjee is assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and staff cancer physician at Columbia University Medical Center. His book, “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” (Scribner, paperback, 2011), won the 2011 Pulizer Prize in Nonfiction and is now out in paperback.

Hour 2:  What makes a language genuine and how is the accelerating rate of linguistic change affecting the ongoing debate over how we communicate? We’ll talk this hour with renowned linguist, author and educator John McWhorter whose new book is “What Language Is: And What It Isn’t and What It Could Be” (Gotham Books, 2011).

Wednesday, 8/10

Hour 1:  How does someone cope with the loss of a parent and how does a parent’s suicide reverberate through a child’s life? We’ll talk this hour with Harvard Medical School assistant professor of psychiatry, Dr. Nancy Rappaport, who examines her own family history in the book “In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother’s Suicide” (Basic Books, Paperback, 2011).

Hour 2:  With the 2011 “fighting season” well underway in Afghanistan, what is the state of the war there and what is the future outlook for U.S. involvement. We’ll spend this hour with former State Department official Matthew Hoh, who resigned his position in 2009 in protest of U.S. strategy in the country. Now director of The Afghanistan Study Group, Hoh will address the Dallas Peace Center tomorrow evening.

Thursday, 8/11

Hour 1:  What is most important in the early and on-going education of a child? We’ll spend this hour with André Roberfroid, President of Association Montessori Internationale and former UNICEF Deputy Executive Director for Program and Strategic Planning. He’s in town for the Educateurs sans Frontieres Third International Assembly, which ended today.

Hour 2:  Who first determined the true shape of the planet and how was it done? We’ll talk this hour with science writer Larrie D. Ferreiro, who tells the story of the early 18th Century Geodesic Mission in his new book “Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World” (Basic Books, 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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