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KERA Think Rundown – Week of 7/09/12

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Monday, 7/09

Hour 1:  From the archives – How does one overcome a turbulent childhood and go on to achieve a successful career? We talked last fall with Mark Whitaker, executive vice president and managing editor of CNN Worldwide. He writes about his family’s complicated and emotional history in the book “My Long Trip Home: A Family Memoir” (Simon & Schuster, 2011).

Hour 2:  From the archives – Along with its revolutionary political independence, how did the United States of America gain cultural and social differentiation from its former colonial master Great Britain? We’ll talked last fall with Yale University Historian Kariann Akemi Yokota, author of “Unbecoming British: How Revolutionary America Became a Postcolonial Nation” (Oxford University Press USA, 2011).

Tuesday, 7/10

Hour 1:  From the archives – How did one of the most influential nations in history come to be? We looked back at the highlights of British history late last year with Guardian columnist and former editor of The Times Simon Jenkins. His recent book is “A Short History of England: The Glorious Story of a Rowdy Nation” (PublicAffairs, 2011).

Hour 2:  From the archives – Where did our law-related words and phrases originate and how did they become a common part of our everyday language? We found out last December with Elizabeth Thornburg, Professor of Law at SMU’s Dedman School of Law and co-author of “Lawtalk: The Unknown Stories Behind Familiar Legal Expressions” (Yale University Press, 2011).

Wednesday, 7/11

Hour 1:  From the archives – Is health care one of the final frontiers for equality in America? We talked last year with Dr. Augustus A. White III, Professor of Medical Education and Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. His recent book is “Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care” (Harvard University Press, 2011).

Hour 2:  From the archives – With thousands dead in the country’s drug war, Mexico is going through seriously tough times. But why is the country facing these challenges and what should the U.S. be doing to help its southern neighbor? We talked in January with Roderic Ai Camp, Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College and author of “Mexico: What Everyone Needs to Know” (Oxford University Press, USA, 2011).

Thursday, 7/12

Hour 1:  From the archives – Everyone’s got a love story. What’s yours? In February we explored StoryCorps’ most compelling narratives on love, courtship, sorrow, and commitment with StoryCorps founder and MacArthur “genius” grant recipient Dave Isay, whose new book is “All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps” (The Penguin Press, 2012).

Hour 2:  From the archives – Why is our society divided and how do politics and our self-interests conspire to further fragment our culture? We talked last winter with Richard Sennett, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge and author of the new book “Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation” (Yale University Press, 2012).