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KERA Think Rundown – Week of 9/19/11

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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, 9/19

Hour 1:  How would you cope with the medical inability to eat? It’s a question our guest this hour, food writer Jon Reiner, had to answer as a result of his debilitating battle with Crohn’s disease. We’ll talk with him about the experience and his new memoir “The Man Who Couldn’t Eat” (Gallery Books, 2011).

Hour 2:  How important is the bond between siblings? We’ll talk this hour with science writer and Time magazine senior editor Jeffrey Kluger. He examines recent research and evidence that sibling relationships might be more important than previously thought in his new book “The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us” (Riverhead Books, 2011).

Tuesday, 9/20

Hour 1:  How is Dallas doing when it comes to functional, sustainable and aesthetically inspiring architectural design and what is the role of the consumer in fostering smart design choices? We’ll spend this hour with architect Steven Ehrlich, lead juror for this year’s AIA Dallas Design Awards.

Hour 2:  How can parents teach children to navigate the adverse circumstances of life’s unforeseen events? We’ll examine how to foster resilience among children and families at risk this hour with Margaret Owen, Director of the Center for Children and Families at UT-Dallas, and Marion Underwood, Ashbel Smith Professor at UTD’s School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. The Center for Children and Families Annual Forum will be held this Thursday on the campus of UTD.

Wednesday, 9/21

Hour 1:  The recent high-profile detainment and release of artist Ai Weiwei brought the Chinese art scene into the world’s eye. What is the current status of Weiwei and other artists in China? We’ll spend this hour with Nasher Sculpture Center Director Jeremy Strick and Melissa Chiu, Director of the Asia Society Museum in New York. They’ll deliver the talk “China: Artists Behind the Wall” this evening at the Nasher.

Hour 2:  What has the politicization of science done to discussions of important issues like climate change and biotechnology? We’ll spend this hour with Mark Brown, Associate Professor of Government at California State University in Sacramento and author of “Science in Democracy: Expertise, Institutions, and Representation” (The MIT Press, 2009). Brown will deliver the lecture “Is Climate Change Good for Democracy?” at the UTD Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology this evening.

Thursday, 9/22

Hour 1:  Do your kids ever beg for a certain brand-name cereal or are you ever tempted to buy a book, just because it’s on the bestseller list? We’ll find out why marketing techniques work this hour with Martin Lindstrom, author of the new book “Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy” (Crown Business, 2011).

Hour 2:  Long the primary targets in post-Cold War conflicts, women are beginning to play important roles in the brokering of lasting peace and as leaders in post-conflict societies. We’ll explore those roles this hour with Abigail E. Disney, executive producer of the new 5-part PBS series, “Women, War & Peace.” The series premiers on Tuesday, October 11th and Disney will speak to the Embrey Human Rights Program at SMU 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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