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KERA Think Rundown – Week of 8/15/11

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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, 8/15

Hour 1:  Could human behavior actually be less random and more predictable than we think? We’ll talk this hour with Distinguished Professor and Director of Northeastern University’s Center for Complex Network Research, Albert-László Barabási, author of “Bursts: The Hidden Patterns Behind Everything We Do” (Plume Paperback, 2011).

Hour 2:  How does a parent’s ongoing mental illness affect a child’s life, even far into adulthood? We’ll talk this hour with artist and author Mira Bartók, who writes about her experiences with her mother Norma in “The Memory Palace: A Memoir” (Free Press, Paperback, 2011).

Tuesday, 8/16

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:  How did the U.S. become so dependent on Saudi Arabia, both for its allegiance in the Middle East and its oil? We’ll look back this hour with historian and journalist Andrew Scott Cooper, whose new book is “The Oil Kings: How the U.S., Iran, and Saudi Arabia Changed the Balance of Power in the Middle East” (Simon & Schuster, 2011).

Wednesday, 8/17

Hour 1:  What allows some ideas to survive, while others are forgotten? We’ll find out this hour with writer and filmmaker Jonnie Hughes, who toured the Midwestern United States in an effort to study the natural history of ideas. His resulting book is “On the Origin of Tepees: The Evolution of Ideas (and Ourselves)” (Free Press, 2011).

Hour 2:  How should we deal with the prolonged terminal illness of a family member or friend? Our guest this hour might argue that there are a few silver linings to a “long goodbye.” We’ll talk this hour with Barbara Okun, Ph.D, professor of counseling at Northeastern University and clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. She’s the co-author of the new book “Saying Goodbye: How Families Can Find Renewal Through Loss” (Berkley, 2011).

Thursday, 8/18

Hour 1:  What are your favorite memories from college – the classes, the stimulating environment or the parties? We’ll talk this hour with University of Ohio sociologist Thomas Vander Ven, whose new book is “Getting Wasted: Why College Students Drink Too Much and Party So Hard” (NYU Press, 2011).

Hour 2:  As the global economy continues to sputter, is there still a chance of recovery or has an economic paradigm shift occurred, creating a new normal? We’ll talk this hour with Post Carbon Institute Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg, whose latest book is “The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality” (New Society Publishers, 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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