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KERA Think Rundown – Week of 7/16/12

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Think airs Monday to Thursday from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. on KERA 90.1 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, 7/16

Hour 1:  Has the American dream become tarnished in the 21st Century and what can be done to renew and rethink the way our society defines and rewards success? We’ll talk this hour with MSNBC host Chris Hayes, author of the new book “Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy” (Crown, 2012).

Hour 2:  How do the ways we depart from places, positions, and relationships inform and affect the other aspects of our lives? We’ll talk this hour with Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, the Emily Hargroves Professor of Education at Harvard University. She examines the topic in her new book “Exit: The Endings That Set Us Free” (Sarah Crichton Books, 2012).

Tuesday, 7/17

Hour 1:  What does human society lose when a language disappears forever? We’ll talk this hour with Russ Rymer, whose piece “Vanishing Voices” appears in the July, 2012 issue of National Geographic Magazine.

Hour 2:  How did an orphaned Ethiopian boy who was raised in Sweden become a rising star of the New York and international culinary scene? We’ll find out this hour with the man who did all that and more. His name is Marcus Samuelsson and he’s the owner of Red Rooster in Harlem and author of the new book “Yes, Chef: A Memoir” (Random House, 2012).

Wednesday, 7/18

Hour 1:  Could a delayed and perhaps well-considered response to a pressing issue be of more benefit than the quick decision that our fast-paced world often demands? We’ll talk this hour with Frank Partnoy, founding director of the Center for Corporate and Securities Law at the University of San Diego and author of the new book “Wait: The Art and Science of Delay” (PublicAffairs, 2012).

Hour 2:  Who exactly is behind the global hacker collectives like Anonymous and what will the upcoming trial of several purported leaders of the movement mean for the future of on-line security? We’ll talk this hour with Parmy Olson, Forbes London bureau chief and author of the new book “We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency” (Little, Brown and Company, 2012).

Thursday, 7/19

Hour 1:  How did the British government and society react to the U.S. Civil War and what did both Union and Confederate powers expect from America’s former colonial master as the war heated up? We’ll talk this hour with historian Amanda Foreman, whose book “A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War” (Random House, 2012) is now out in paperback.

Hour 2:  How did a story assignment on the history of drug use lead to one journalist’s serious addiction? We’ll find out this hour with Steven Martin, author of the new memoir “Opium Fiend: A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century Addiction” (Villard, 2012).