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KERA Think Rundown – Week of 3/26/12

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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, 3/26

Hour 1:  Are the freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution under threat and what is placing our liberty in jeopardy? We’ll talk this hour with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Shipler, author of the new book “Rights at Risk: The Limits of Liberty in Modern America” (Knopf, 2012).

Hour 2:  How and why do evangelicals have a different experience of God than other religious groups? We’ll find out this hour with Stanford University Psychological Anthropologist T.M. Luhrmann. She writes about her extensive study of the American evangelical community in the new book “When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God” (Knopf, 2012).

Tuesday, 3/27

Hour 1:  How do we know that Jesus actually existed and how might the historical Jesus differ from the figure venerated by mainstream Christianity? We’ll talk this hour with Bart Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His new book is “Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth” (HarperOne, 2012)

Hour 2:  What are the benefits of simply taking a hike? What about when the hike lasts for months and extends for hundreds and hundreds of miles? We’ll talk this hour with Cheryl Strayed who reset her life and learned to manage her grief, depression, and heartbreak with an 1100-mile hike in 1995. Her new memoir is “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” (Knopf, 2012).

Wednesday, 3/28

Hour 1:  Where does the modern world meet and often clash with traditional human and wilderness societies and what does the future hold for the people who live in those places? We’ll explore the cultural frontiers of the world this hour with journalist Eugene Linden, author of “The Ragged Edge of the World: Encounters at the Frontier Where Modernity, Wildlands and Indigenous Peoples Meet” (Plume, 2012).

Hour 2:  What is the primary role of the Federal Bureau of Investigation today and how did the FBI evolve from America’s gang-busters to the most formidable intelligence-gathering force in history? We’ll talk this hour with Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Tim Weiner. His new book is “Enemies: A History of the FBI” (Random House, 2012).

Thursday, 3/29

Hour 1:  What motivates over 200 million people to move to China’s cities each year and who are the individuals behind this staggering annual internal Chinese migration? We’ll talk this hour with journalist Michelle Dammon Loyalka who has lived in China for thirteen years. She reports on the journeys of eight of these migrants in her new book “Eating Bitterness: Stories from the Front Lines of China’s Great Urban Migration” (University of California Press, 2012).

Hour 2:  Who was James Brown before he became the “Godfather of Soul” and the “hardest working man in show business?” We’ll explore his incredible story and hear a few of the greatest soul tunes of the 20th Century this hour with journalist and author R.J. Smith whose new book is “The One: The Life and Music of James Brown” (Gotham (March 15, 2012).







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