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  • Urban Life’s New Meaning MP3

    Hour 2:           How will our networked world influence design and development in the future? We’ll talk this hour with Robert Bruegmann, author of “Sprawl: A Compact History” (University Of Chicago Press, 2005) and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He’ll deliver the keynote address this evening at the Second Annual David Dillon Sympo...

    18.04.2013

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    18.04.2013

  • Catastrophe, Creativity, And Renewal MP3

    Hour 1: This hour, we’ll lead off with a special live update from KERA’s Courtney Collins who’s on the ground in West, Texas after an explosion at a fertilizer plant that, according to authorities, may have killed between five and fifteen people and injured more than 160 others. In light of senseless attacks like the Boston Marathon bombings and the still largely unexplained explosion here in ...

    18.04.2013

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    18.04.2013

  • The Secret Of A Good Life MP3

    Hour 2:           What can we learn from how a loved one faces a life-threatening diagnosis and death? Well spend this hour with Rod Dreher who tells his sister’s story in the new book “The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life” (Grand Central Publishing, 2013). Dreher is in Dallas for a book signing at the Barnes &a...

    16.04.2013

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    16.04.2013

  • Old Bones, New Science MP3

    Hour 1:         Why are dinosaurs still so fascinating to both kids and adults and what have we learned from the latest research into the lives of these incredible prehistoric animals? We’ll talk this hour with science writer Brian Switek whose new book is “My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs” (Scientific American / Fa...

    16.04.2013

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    16.04.2013

  • Wonder Women MP3

    Hour 2:           What do comic book heroines tell us about how society handles real-life superwomen? We’ll talk this hour with Erin Prather Stafford, executive producer of the new documentary “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines,” which airs on KERA television and PBS this evening. This interview is part of KERA’s Women And Girls ...

    15.04.2013

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    15.04.2013

  • Your Tax Money’s Final Destination MP3

    Hour 1: Are you wondering where your hard-earned tax dollars are actually going this year? We’ll find out this hour with Mattea Kramer, senior research analyst for the National Priorities Project which explains the federal budget process with the goal of making budgetary information accessible to everyone.

    15.04.2013

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    15.04.2013

  • Capturing The Birds-of-Paradise MP3

    Hour 2:           What does it take to find and photograph some of the most elusive animals on the planet? We’ll spend this hour with Tim Laman, a field biologist and wildlife photographer from Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology and Edwin Scholes, an ornithologist and biodiversity video curator at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. For nearly a decade they’ve colla...

    11.04.2013

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    11.04.2013

  • The Art of Eating Healthy (And Really Well) MP3

    Hour 1:         Can our meals be both good for us and really delicious? We’ll explore strategies for maximizing our enjoyment of food all while maintaining our health this hour with food writer Peter Kaminsky. His book “Culinary Intelligence: The Art of Eating Healthy (and Really Well)” (Vintage, 2013) is now out in paperback.

    11.04.2013

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    11.04.2013

  • Complicated Problems, Elementary Solutions MP3

    Hour 1:           Could the world’s biggest problems be solved by applying lessons learned through cooperation in the classroom? We’ll talk this hour with educator John Hunter, author of the new book “World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements” (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013). This interview is part of KERA’s American Graduate Initiative.

    10.04.2013

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    10.04.2013

  • Fighting The Disease Of Addiction MP3

    Hour 2:           What are the best treatments for addiction? We’ll examine the latest scientific approaches to dealing with the disease this hour with writer and journalist David Sheff. His new book is “Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013). Sheff speaks at Highland Park High School at 6:30 p.m. thi...

    09.04.2013

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    09.04.2013

  • Chris Kyle, Billy Lynn, And The Hero Myth MP3

    Hour 1:        What actually makes someone a hero and how does the classical or mythical concept of the hero inform the 21st century reality and impact the lives of veterans returning from war? We’ll spend this hour with Michael Mooney who profiles murdered Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle in this month’s D Magazine, Ben Fountain – author of the book “Billy Lynn’s Lo...

    09.04.2013

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    09.04.2013

  • Hidden Biases Of Good People MP3

    Hour 2:     Are we all biased – even if we don’t consciously realize it? We’ll talk this hour with Harvard University psychologist Mahzarin Banaji, co-developer of the Implicit Association Test and co-author of the new book “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People” (Delacorte Press, 2013).

    08.04.2013

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    08.04.2013

  • Engineering’s Place In Humanitarian Work MP3

    Hour 1:         How would you help people in the midst of a humanitarian crisis? We’ll spend this hour with three individuals who’ve answered that question. Louise Bloom and Alexander Betts are both involved in the Humanitarian Innovation Project at the University of Oxford and Erik Abild works with the Norwegian Refugee Council. They’ll all participate in a live panel dis...

    08.04.2013

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    08.04.2013

  • Curious Origins, Fatal Ends MP3

    Hour 2:           How could a protein molecule with no genetic identity infect, multiply, and kill? This hour, we’ll examine the prion, which causes diseases like mad cow, Creutzfeld-Jakob, and others with science writer and broadcaster Jay Ingram, author of “Fatal Flaws: How a Misfolded Protein Baffled Scientists and Changed the Way We Look at the Brain” (Yale Univers...

    04.04.2013

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    04.04.2013

  • First Steps Out Of The Gates MP3

    Hour 1:           How do people rebuild their lives after being released from prison? How do they cope with what’s likely a foreign and strange world and who is there to help? We’ll talk this hour with journalist Sabine Heinlein, author of “Among Murderers: Life after Prison” (University of California Press, 2013).

    04.04.2013

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    04.04.2013

  • The Illustrated Man: Ray Bradbury’s Story MP3

    Hour 2:         Who was Ray Bradbury? Who influenced his creativity? And what circumstances prompted him to write and ultimately become one of the most pioneering science fiction writers of all time? As part of this month’s The Big Read Dallas, we’ll talk this hour with biographer Sam Weller – Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago and author o...

    03.04.2013

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    03.04.2013

  • Sex, Money And Power Plays MP3

    Hour 1:          Are desire, gender, power, love, and economics related? We’ll talk this hour with Marina Adshade, economist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and author of the new book “Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love” (Chronicle Books, 2013).

    03.04.2013

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    03.04.2013

  • Wins And Losses of Counterterrorism MP3

    Hour 2:           What can all countries engaged in the struggle against terrorism learn from Israel’s shortcomings and success? We’ll find out this hour with Daniel Byman, Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and Senior Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. His book, “A High Price: The Triumphs...

    01.04.2013

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    01.04.2013

  • Luring Consumers In A New Ad Age MP3

    Hour 1:       Have traditional methods of advertising lost their power? This hour we’ll examine how cultivating relationships leads to success for today’s companies with Doug Levy, founder and CEO of strategic and creative agency MEplusYou and Bob Garfield, cohost of NPR’s On The Media. They’ve co-written a new book on the subject called “Can’t Buy Me Like: H...

    01.04.2013

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    01.04.2013

  • A Full History Of Women’s Health MP3

    Hour 2:           How do we define “normal” when it comes to women’s health and how might the study of early humans and even precursor species help our understanding? We’ll spend this hour with Wenda Trevathan, Professor Emerita of Anthropology at New Mexico State University and author of “Ancient Bodies, Modern Lives: How Evolution Has Shaped Womenâ€...

    28.03.2013

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    28.03.2013

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