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KERA Think Rundown – Week of 1/30/12

KERA Radio, News Releases 57

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, 1/30

Hour 1:  How did a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome change one man’s commitment to his wife and their marriage? We’ll find out this hour with David Finch, author of “The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband” (Scribner, 2012).

Hour 2:  Has the economic downturn damaged your financial situation? Has divorce, the death of a spouse, or a major health issue put a hold on your savings plan? We’ll discuss strategies for coping with these issues and more with Karen Blumenthal, personal finance columnist for The Wall Street Journal and author of the new book “The Wall Street Journal Guide to Starting Fresh: How to Leave Financial Hardships Behind and Take Control of Your Financial Life” (Crown Business, 2011).

Tuesday, 1/31

Hour 1:  Where do you turn today when you really want to know the facts? We’ll discuss the changing nature of knowledge this hour with David Weinberger, Senior Researcher at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for the Internet & Society. His new book is “Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room” (Basic Books, 2012).

Hour 2:  In this season of increasingly rancorous political rhetoric, who are the people writing the speeches and creating positions for the candidates? Perhaps more importantly, who are the people behind those people and how do they do their jobs? We’ll delve into the shadowy world of political opposition research this hour with Michael Rejebian. Rejebian is a former journalist, a political researcher, and co-author of the book “We’re with Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics” (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2012).

Wednesday, 2/01

Hour 1:  How do the President and First Lady manage the constant pressures of both their private and public lives? We’ll get an inside look this hour with Jodi Kantor who has been covering the couple since 2007 as Washington Correspondent for The New York Times. Her new book is “The Obamas” (Little, Brown and Company, 2012).

Hour 2:  Where is the U.S. healthcare industry headed and what do we need to know to plan accordingly? We’ll spend this hour with Steve Jacob, veteran journalist and adjunct professor at the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas. His new book is “Health Care in 2020: Where Uncertain Reform, Bad Habits, Too Few Doctors and Skyrocketing Costs Are Taking Us” (Dorsam Publishing, 2012).

Thursday, 2/02

Hour 1:  Is North Texas a good place to become a citizen? What challenges and benefits do new immigrants face when they choose to settle here? We’ll spend this hour with Caroline Brettell, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology at SMU and co-author of “Civic Engagements: The Citizenship Practices of Indian and Vietnamese Immigrants ” (Stanford University Press, 2011). We’ll also be joined by Prasad Thotakura, Dallas business leader and General Secretary of the Indian American Friendship Council.

Hour 2:  Did the command of David Petraeus fundamentally change the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? How did his background prepare him for leadership and should we expect the same sort of results at the CIA? We’ll spend this hour with Paula Broadwell, author of “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus” (The Penguin Press, 2012). Broadwell will address the World Affairs Council of Dallas Fort Worth this evening and tomorrow.