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KERA Think Rundown – Week of 3/05/12

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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, 3/05

Hour 1:  Is it possible to program ourselves to be happy? We’ll talk this hour with Shimon Edelman, Professor of Psychology at Cornell University. He explores the realm of this type of self-knowledge in his new book “The Happiness of Pursuit: What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About the Good Life” (Basic Books, 2012).

Hour 2:  How can educators better prepare children for the changing workforce of the 21st century? We’ll discuss the need for creative problem solving skills, socialization, and the ability to work collaboratively this hour with Dr. Steven J. Hughes, President of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology. He’ll deliver the presentation “School 2.0” this evening at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Tuesday, 3/06

Hour 1:  Sure, shopping online is convenient and cost-effective, but what’s the work-day like for the people who process and ship our millions and millions of on-line orders? We’ll find out this hour with Mac McClelland, human rights reporter for Mother Jones. She went undercover for her latest piece “I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave.”

Hour 2:  How can we equip ourselves for both the struggles of the day-to-day and the major challenges of loss, financial problems, and health issues? We’ll talk this hour with veteran CEO Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality and author of the new book “Emotional Equations: Simple Truths for Creating Happiness + Success” (Free Press, 2012).

Wednesday, 3/07

Hour 1:  How did a troubled and violent rural Texas childhood with two deaf parents lead to a successful career in the fast-paced field of New York public relations and production? We’ll talk this hour with Kambri Crews and find out what motivated her to tell the story of her life in her new memoir “Burn Down the Ground” (Villard, 2012).

Hour 2:  What is the position of The United States in the world today and how is it changing? We’ll examine our country’s on-going role in upholding international order this hour with Robert Kagan, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, advisor to Mitt Romney, and a member of Secretary of State Clinton’s Foreign Policy Advisory Board. Kagan’s newest book is “The World America Made” (Knopf, 2012).

Thursday, 3/08

Hour 1:  What was discovered during excavations for a new metro and rail line crossing the Bosporus in Istanbul? We’ll learn about the ancient seaport and the 32 (and counting) Byzantine shipwrecks being uncovered this hour with Ufuk Kocabaş, Director of Istanbul University’s Department of Marine Archeology and the Yenikapi Shipwrecks Project.

Hour 2:  How big a threat is the drug war in Mexico to people on this side of the border? We’ll spend this hour with intelligence analyst and security consultant Sylvia Longmire, author of the book “Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico’s Drug Wars” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Longmire will speak to the World Affairs Council of Dallas Fort Worth this evening.