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KERA Think Rundown – Week of 9/12/11

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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, 9/12

Hour 1:  How would you survive six years held captive by a guerrilla army, constantly on the move and never knowing if you’ll be released? We’ll talk this hour with Ingrid Betancourt who writes about her experiences in the memoir “Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle” (Penguin, Paperback, 2011). The book is now out in paperback.

Hour 2:  What prompts a person to commit their life to charity and service and how can common human emotions get in the way of that devotion? We’ll find out this hour with Mary Johnson who served for twenty years as a sister in the Missionaries of Charity. Her new book is “An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa in Search of Love, Service, and an Authentic Life” (Spiegel & Grau, 2011).

Tuesday, 9/13

Hour 1:  What’s new on the Dallas restaurant scene these days and what are your favorite new places to eat? We’ll talk this hour with Dallas Morning News restaurant critic and dining editor Leslie Brenner.

Hour 2:  How did the American film industry influence 20th Century politics and how is that influence continuing today? We’ll talk this hour with film historian Steven J. Ross, author of the new book “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics” (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Wednesday, 9/14

Hour 1:  What can parents do to help schools provide healthy lunches for students and to foster healthy food attitudes in the minds of their kids? We’ll talk this hour with producer and director Amy Kalafa, who’s new book is “Lunch Wars: How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Children’s Health” (Tarcher Penguin, 2011).

Hour 2:  What will the new health care law, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, really mean for Americans in the future? We’ll talk this hour with John E. McDonough, professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and former advisor to the late Senator Edward Kennedy. His new guide to the landmark legislative effort is called “Inside National Health Reform” (University of California Press, 2011).

Thursday, 9/15

Hour 1:  Just how important are good negotiation skills? We’ll find out this hour and discuss the impact of successful and unsuccessful interactions with negotiation expert and Wharton Business School professor Stuart Diamond. His recent book on the subject is “Getting More: How to Negotiate to Achieve Your Goals in the Real World” (Crown Business, 2010).

Hour 2:  What’s sparking the Brazilian feminist movement and an increase in smaller and often more affluent families in the country? We’ll talk this hour with National Geographic Magazine contributor Cynthia Gorney, whose story “Birth of a New Brazil” is part of the magazine’s yearlong SEVEN BILLION series on global population. The piece appears in the September issue.


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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