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KERA’s Think Rundown –Week of 1/21/13

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Monday, 1/21

Think is on holiday today. Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Tuesday, 1/22

Hour 1:  What can we learn about our future from the very few traditional human societies that still exist? We’ll talk this hour with acclaimed UCLA biogeographer Jared Diamond. His new book is “The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?” (Viking, 2012).

Hour 2:  Why are we fascinated by apocalyptic story lines and what does this attraction to doom say about our culture and our age? We’ll talk this hour with novelist Karen Thompson Walker, whose New York Times bestselling book “The Age of Miracles: A Novel” (Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2013) is now out in paperback.

Wednesday, 1/23

Hour 1:  What was life like for Otto Frank’s family before the Nazis arrived in Amsterdam? We’ll explore the current exhibit “Anne Frank: A Private Photo Album” this hour with Sara Abosch and Charlotte DeCoster from the DallasHolocaustMuseum.

Hour 2:  How are your resolutions going this year and just how long does it take to make a new activity part of one’s regular routine? We’ll talk this hour with psychologist and blogger Jeremy Dean, author of the new book “Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick” (Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2013).

Thursday, 1/24

Hour 1:  How much do you notice when you’re out and about and how much are you missing? We’ll find out how to be more observant this hour with writer and teacher Alexandra Horowitz. Her new book is “On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes” (Scribner, 2013).

Hour 2:  How did a shy young lady from rural Texas manage the transition to First Lady of the United States during one of the 20th Century’s most tumultuous decades? We’ll talk this hour with Michael L. Gillette, former director of the LBJ Library’s Oral History Program and author of the new book “Lady Bird Johnson: An Oral History” (Oxford University Press, 2012).