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KERA Think Rundown – Week of 2/20/12

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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, 2/20

Hour 1:  Think is on holiday today. We hope you’ll enjoy Say It Loud – a one-hour documentary special that traces the last 50 years of black history through stirring, historically important speeches by African Americans from across the political spectrum. With recordings unearthed from libraries and sound archives, and made widely available here for the first time, Say It Loud includes landmark speeches by Malcolm X, Lorraine Hansberry, Angela Davis, Martin Luther King Jr., Henry Louis Gates, and many others.

Hour 2:  Think is on holiday today. We hope you’ll enjoy Can Do: Stories of Black Visionaries, Seekers, and Entrepreneurs – an hour long collection of richly produced and deeply layered stories of people who said “yes we can” and then did – A man tapes the history of his town with a scavenged cassette recorder, a woman fights for social justice with a pie, a DJ ignites his community with a sound. Hosted by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress, Alfre Woodard, these stories come from The Kitchen Sisters collection – stories of black pioneers, self-made men and self-taught women, neighborhood heroes and visionaries.

Tuesday, 2/21

Hour 1:  How did a successful management consultant reinvent herself into a multiple world record-holding ocean rower and the first woman to row across three oceans? We’ll spend this hour with adventurer and environmental campaigner Roz Savage. She’ll speak tonight at the Brinker International Forum National Geographic Live event at the ATT Performing Arts Center.

Hour 2:  How many earth-like or at least habitable planets might be out there for us to discover? We’ll talk this hour with planet hunter and Harvard University Professor of Astronomy Dimitar Sasselov. His new book is “The Life of Super-Earths: How the Hunt for Alien Worlds and Artificial Cells Will Revolutionize Life on Our Planet” (Basic Books, 2012).

Wednesday, 2/22

Hour 1:  How is digital ubiquity affecting the practice of journalism today and what does the future hold for major news organizations? We’ll spend this hour with John Yemma, editor-in-chief of The Christian Science Monitor, which transitioned into a mostly online publication under his leadership. Yemma will deliver the O’Neill Lecture in Business Journalism at SMU this Thursday evening.

Hour 2:  If monogamy is such an important virtue, why do so many people cheat? We’ll talk this hour with Eric Anderson, an American Sociologist at the University of Winchester. His new book is “The Monogamy Gap: Men, Love, and the Reality of Cheating” (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Thursday, 2/23

Hour 1:  How are wars that never really end changing our concept of what “being at war” means? We’ll talk this hour with Mary L. Dudziak, the Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Professor of Law, History and Political Science at the University of Southern California Law School. Her new book is “War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences” (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Hour 2: Who will win big at Sunday night’s Academy Awards? We’ll get your favorites picks and discuss it all this hour with Stephen Becker of KERA’s Art&Seek, Chris Vognar of The Dallas Morning News, and Christopher Kelly of the Star-Telegram.