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The True Story Of A Woman Buffalo Soldier

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When the Civil War upended Cathy Williams’ world, the newly-freed woman made the incredible choice to disguise herself as a man and fight with the famed Buffalo Soldiers. Texas novelist Sarah Bird joins us to tell Williams’ story which is also the subject of her new book“Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen”(St. Martin’s Press).

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Sally Field As Herself

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Sally Field is one of the most recognizable actors of her generation. She’s tackled countless roles from television’s Gidget to complex characters like Sybil and Mary Todd Lincoln on the big screen. The Academy Award winner joins us to reveal a character we’re less familiar with – herself. Sally Field’s new memoir is“In Pieces”(Grand Central).

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Forget The Planet – The Economics Of Fracking May Not Work

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Boom and bust cycles are nothing new in the oil business – something Texas oil producers know well. And new extraction techniques like fracking have promised huge future gains for the industry. Investigative journalist Bethany McLean joins us to discuss whether those anticipated returns are based on reality which she writes about in“Saudi America: The Truth About Fracking and How It’s Changing the World”(Columbia Global Reports).

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Why So Many Parents Spy On Their Teens

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Smartphones have made communication faster and easier than ever for moms and dads trying to keep up with busy teens. And services like location tracking offer even more information to worried parents. But is there a downside to knowing where a child is and what they’re doing at all times? Psychologist Lisa Damour joins us to talk about how tracking your teen might confuse the question of who is really responsible for their safety. Her recent piece in the New York Times is called“Should You Track Your Teen’s Location?”

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How Do You Steal A Dinosaur?

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Everybody likes fossils. From shark’s teeth to small limestone shells, fossils are neat to hunt and collect. New Yorker staff writer Paige Williams joins us to talk about what happens when fossil hunters go big – Tyrannosaurus big – and run afoul of scientists and governments. Her new book is“The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth’s Ultimate Trophy”(Hachette Books).

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Reinventing Identity: South Asian Americans

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South Asians comprise one of the fastest growing immigrant groups in America – building careers in fields like science, technology, business and more recently public service and pop culture. Journalist Yudhijit Bhattacharjee joins us to explore how this group of new Americans is thriving which he writes about in“How South Asian Americans Are Building a New American Dream”for National Geographic Magazine.

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This Is Not Your Mother’s Girl Scouts

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Growing up in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Sylvia Acevedo would play with a kaleidoscope in her back yard and dream big. She realized those dreams as one of the first Latina women to graduate with a master’s in engineering from Stanford University and to become a rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Now the CEO of the Girl Scouts, Acevedo joins us to discuss her personal story and her dreams for girls across America. Acevedo’s new memoir for young readers is“Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist”(Clarion Books).

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How We Catch Genes From Other Species

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Through research spanning the last four decades, scientists have discovered that our DNA isn’t just inherited from ancestors. In fact about eight percent of the human genome comes from viruses. Science journalist David Quammen joins us to explore horizontal gene transfer and discuss whether it redefines our place in nature. His new book is“The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life”(Simon & Schuster).

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Why Humans Are The Most Successful Animal

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Humans are unique – and not just in our own eyes. We’re the only species to both completely dominate the planet and simultaneously jeopardize our own ability to survive. Seth Fletcher, chief features editor for Scientific American Magazine, joins us to discuss the current special issue“Humans: Why we’re unlike any other species on the planet.”

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DeRay McKesson: A Voice From Ferguson

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DeRay McKesson was on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., as protestors raged following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. And yet, his outlook is optimistic when it comes to healing America’s racial divides. He joins us to make the case that there’s a path to healing, which he writes about in “On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope” (Viking).

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Citizen Students: Rights In Schools

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A lot of kids first learn about the law in school. And if they study hard enough, they’ll learn that as students they’re often stripped of their Constitutional rights. University of Chicago law professor Justin Driver joins us to talk about how corporal punishment, random drug testing and backpack searches can be administered at schools. His new book is called“The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind”(Pantheon).

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The Wars We Couldn’t Win

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New York Times reporter C.J. Chivers has covered war in Afghanistan and Iraq for more than a decade. The Pulitzer Prize winner joins us to tell the stories of these conflicts through the eyes of the U.S. military members fighting them, which he writes about in“The Fighters”(Simon & Schuster).

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One Woman’s Fight Against Honor Killings

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As a teenager growing up in Pakistan, Khalida Brohi’s life changed when she learned that her uncle had killed her female cousin in a so-called honor killing. Brohi joins us to talk about how that moment vaulted her into a life of activism to empower women, which she writes about in“I Should Have Honor: A Memoir of Hope and Pride in Pakistan”(Random House).

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A Man Born At 30

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What’s the relationship between masculinity and violence? The question was on the mind of Thomas Page McBee, a trans man who took up boxing as a way of exploring the connection. He joins us to talk about what he learned, which he writes about in“Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man”(Scribner).

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Are Asian Americans The New White People?

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A string of recent court cases have been based on the claim that Asian Americans are victims of reverse discrimination in hiring and college admissions. Journalist Iris Kuo joins us to talk about how these cases are raising questions about privilege and identity, which she writes about in“The ‘Whitening’ of Asian Americans”for The Atlantic.

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Who Are You? Labels Matter

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Each week, Kwame Anthony Appiah helps readers of The New York Times with their moral quandaries as the paper’s Ethicist columnist. He joins us to further explore how we see ourselves in relation to one another, which he writes about in“The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity”(Liveright).

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Go Ahead. Major in Philosophy

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The number of students majoring in the humanities has declined dramatically in the last decade. Northeastern University assistant professor Benjamin Schmidt joins us to talk about the importance of studying literature, philosophy and related pursuits – and about how these fields can actually still lead to gainful employment. His article“The Humanities Are in Crisis”appears in The Atlantic.

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The Woman Behind The Iran Nuclear Deal

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Wendy Sherman served in the state department under President Clinton and President Obama, rising to Deputy Secretary of State. She joins us to talk about negotiating deals with North Korea and Iran – and about how we can apply the tools of diplomacy to our own lives. Her new book is called “Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power & Persistence”(Public Affairs).

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How We Decide Stuff

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Some of the biggest decisions in life are also the ones we’re least equipped to make. Steven Johnson joins us to talk about how the most effective decision-makers expertly consider the future outcomes of their choices, which he writes about in “Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most” (Riverhead Books).

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Not All Twitter Mobs Are Created Equal

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A passionate group on Twitter can kill a promising movie project and get prominent people fired. Should social media, though, be the judge and jury on important issues? Amanda Hess writes about internet culture for The New York Times, and she joins us to talk about the difference between a viciousTwitter mob and an online critical consensus.

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How White Kids Learn About Race

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American kids are listening in on a national conversation about race that’s more nuanced than in previous generations. Mississippi State sociologist Margaret Hagerman joins us to talk specifically about how white children learn about race – and about how that affects their outlooks as adults. Her new book is called “White Kids: Growing Up With Privilege In A Racially Divided America” (NYU Press).

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How Walls Enable Peace (And When They Don’t)

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A common thread that runs throughout the history of humanity is the desire to build barriers that separate us from those we think aren’t like us. Historian David Frye joins us to talk about the purposes served by Hadrian’s Wall, the Great Wall of China and other structures – and about how a potential wall along the U.S.-Mexico border might affect the two modern-day cultures who live next to one another. His new book is called “Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick” (Scribner).

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What Houston Learned From Harvey

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A year ago this week, much of Houston was under water as residents surveyed the damage of Hurricane Harvey. Texas Monthly executive editor Mimi Swartz joins us to talk about lessons learned from the disaster, which she writes about this month for the magazine.

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It’s Not Your Homework: Advice For Parents

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Raising children can be one of the most fulfilling experiences in a person’s life – and also one of the hardest. Parenting expert KJ Dell’Antonia joins us to talk about some of the most common stresses parents face – and how to ease them. Her new book is called“How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute”(Avery).

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A New Face, A New Beginning

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Last year, a 21-year-old patient at the Cleveland Clinic became the youngest ever recipient of a full-face transplant. National Geographic documented the 31-hour procedure, and Joanna Connors joins us to walk through the miraculous transformation. Her article “The Story of a Face” appears in the September issue of National Geographic magazine.

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Helping Others (Unless It Hurts You)

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The elite among us talk a big game when it comes to equality and justice – so long as it doesn’t threaten their place in the world order. Anand Giridharadas joins us to talk about the hypocrisy at play in our conversations about equality – and about how we can make our democracy actually work for more of its participants. His new book is called “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World” (Knopf).

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Rethinking Sex Education

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Most parents dread having to finally have The Talk with their children, primarily because there’s no definitive way to talk about love and sex. Bonnie J. Rough joins us to offer some insights into how we might better communicate the facts of life to the youngsters in our lives, which she writes about in “Beyond Birds & Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids About Sex, Love, and Equality” (Seal).

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The Case For More Radical Movements

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Grassroots movements come in many forms – and some are more successful than others. Charlene A Carruthers joins us to talk about strategies social justice activists can adopt to accomplish their missions. Her book is called “Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements” (Beacon Press).

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The Fifty Year Path To The Gig Economy

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The standard thinking goes that the 2008 recession plus a more sophisticated internet led to the gig economy. Louis Hyman joins us to talk about how decisions made by business leaders as early as the 1950s actually laid the foundation for where we are today. His new book is called “Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary” (Viking).

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Within The Margin Of Error: How Polling Really Works

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With the midterm elections just a few months away, each new week will bring a new poll breaking down the campaigns. CBS News Director of Elections and Surveys Anthony Salvanto joins us to talk about how this data is collected – and about what happens when the numbers don’t predict the winner. His new book is called “Where Did You Get This Number? A Pollster’s Guide to Making Sense of the World” (Simon & Schuster).

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The Last Gasp For Organized Labor

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Cases involving labor unions have been argued before the Supreme Court in recent years. Garret Keizer joins us to talk about how organized labor has mostly been weakened by these decisions – and about what workers can do to strengthen their position. His essay “Labor’s Last Stand” appears in the current issue of Harper’s magazine.

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The Girls Left Behind By Mexican Migration

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For decades, Mexican men have been recruited as temporary laborers in the U.S., working in fields, factories and in the service industry. That migration has left the young women they leave behind in a state of uncertainty. Lilia Soto of the University of Wyoming joins us to talk about these often forgotten people, who she writes about in “Girlhood in the Borderlands: Mexican Teens Caught in the Crossroads of Migration” (NYU Press).

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The Dilemma Over Who Is – And Isn’t – Native American

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The Lumbee tribe in North Carolina has struggled for decades to be recognized by the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. Without federal recognition, the Lumbee are denied sovereignty, their own land and benefits granted to other tribes. Journalist Lisa Rab joins us to talk about how race and culture inform who gets to claim Indian ancestry. Her article “What Makes Someone Native American” appears in the Washington Post.

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Sorry, Thurgood Marshall: Girls Integrated Schools

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During the earliest days of desegregation, black girls outnumbered boys as volunteers to attend all-white schools by a wide margin. Rachel Devlin joins guest host John McCaa to tell the stories of these Civil Rights pioneers. Her new book is called “A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America’s Schools” (Basic Books).

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Why Everybody Lies About Education

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Arne Duncan served in the Obama administration as the Secretary of Education. He joins guest host John McCaa to talk about strategies for improving our public schools, which he writes about in “How Schools Work: An Inside Account of Failure and Success from One of the Nation’s Longest-Serving Secretaries of Education” (Simon & Schuster).

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The Spanish Civil War Still Isn’t Over

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Across the U.S., cities are struggling with how we should publicly remember Civil War leaders. And a similar conversation is happening in Spain. Alex Palmer joins guest host John McCaa to talk about how the European nation is divided over how to memorialize Francisco Franco and the victims of his regime. His story “The Battle to Remember” appears in Smithsonian magazine.

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Is The First Alzheimer’s Survivor Living Among Us?

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For decades, scientists have believed that the nervous system and the immune system operated independent of one another – the former running the body and the second protecting it. University of Virginia neuroscientist Jonathan Kipnis joins guest host John McCaa to talk about how researchers are learning that these two systems actually work more closely together than previously thought. His story “The Seventh Sense” appears in the August issue of Scientific American magazine.

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A Line Divides: 100 Days Since Zero Tolerance

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In a special program, “A Line Divides: 100 Days Since Zero Tolerance,” KERA’s Think and The California Report team up to examine the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, the crackdown on immigration, and the separation of families who attempted to cross the border. We’ll hear about a large tent encampment in Tornillo, Texas created to house kids who had been separated from their parents and the national outcry that separation evoked. Think host Krys Boyd and The California Report daily host John Sepulvado will also explore the legal case that countered “zero tolerance” and the politics surrounding this policy, the psychological ramifications of separation, and the process of asylum.

Guests include:

Lee Gelernt, attorney and Deputy Director, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project.

Colleen Kraft, MD, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Jennifer de Haro, Managing Attorney for RAICES in Fort Worth.

Roger Noriega, former assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs (Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean) and a former U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States. He currently coordinates the American Enterprise Institute’s program on Latin America.

Plus interviews with Rodney Scott, Chief Patrol Agent, San Diego Sector U.S. Border Patrol; activists, Trump supporters, attorneys, and features from reporters in the field.

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Does Democracy Still Work? Americans Weigh In

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Democracy is government by the people. So how do the people feel about the state of our democracy? That’s the question researchers with the Bush Institute and Penn Biden Center explored in a recent poll. Lindsay Lloyd, deputy director of human rights at the Bush Institute, joins us to talk about how Americans still highly value democracy but worry that U.S. democracy is weakening.

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This Indian American Life

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Neel Patel grew up the son of Indian immigrants, with one foot in America and one planted firmly in the old country. He joins us to talk about how that experience informs his debut collection of short stories – and about the lack of Indian characters in popular fiction. Patel’s collection is called “If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi” (Flatiron Books).

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Why Screens And Books Require Different Reading Skills

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Learning to read is a process that builds cognitive skills in children. So what happens when those skills are developed through digital reading instead of books? UCLA child development expert Maryanne Wolf joins us to talk about how reading digitally affects children and adults alike, which she writes about in “Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World” (Harper).

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How To Talk To Someone Who’s Wrong

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Having a conversation with people on the other side of the political spectrum can feel like a waste of time. And so we wall ourselves in through our friend groups and social media feeds. Justin Lee joins us to talk about strategies for actually engaging with people with whom you don’t share common ground. His book is called “Talking Across the Divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree with and Maybe Even Change the World” (Tarcher Perigee).

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How Houston Became The Beating Heart Of Cardiac Care

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For more than 50 years, the medical community has tried to create an artificial heart. Texas Monthly executive editor Mimi Swartz joins us to talk about the challenges of creating a heart – and why the only option for patients in need of one remains a transplant. Her new book is called “Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart” (Crown Publishing). She’ll talk about it tonight at Interrabang Books in Dallas.

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A Former U.S. Ambassador To Russia Speaks Out

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For three years, Michael McFaul served as the Obama administration’s ambassador to Russia. And he made headlines when President Trump suggested he might be willing to allow Kremlin officials to interrogate the former ambassador following the Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin. McFaul joins us to talk about the precedent that could set – and the current state of U.S.-Russia relations. His new book is called“From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia”(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

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What If We Just Let Wildfires Burn?

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Officials in California are warning that the largest of the state’s wildfires won’t be contained until September. The fires have already consumed hundreds of thousands of acres of land and caused billions of dollars in damages. Richard Manning joins us to explain why these fires are becoming increasingly common – and if it’s possible to prevent them. His story about wildfires appears in the current issue of Harper’s magazine.

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The Racial Message Of Public Monuments

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Cities across America are struggling with what to do with their monuments to Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and other leaders of the Confederacy. University of Pittsburgh historian Kirk Savage joins us to talk about that question – and about how these markers came to dominate public spaces. His new book is called“Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War, and Monument in Nineteenth-Century America”(Princeton University Press).

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Not Quite GMO: The Future Of Mutant Food

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As the world’s population edges closer to 8 billion, scientists are at work figuring out how to feed all those mouths. Stephen Hall joins us to talk about how gene editing may be the solution. His story “CRISPR Can Speed Up Nature: And Change How We Grow Food” appears in Wired magazine.

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That Time We Could Have Fixed Global Warming

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In the 1980s, scientists began to thoroughly understand the potential dangers of climate change. Nathaniel Rich joins us to talk about the many reasons why that understanding wasn’t put into action – and how that delay has only increased the pressure on current scientists and policymakers. His story “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change” appears in The New York Times magazine.

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What Makes A Country A Country

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The map of the world feels fairly settled. There are a number of spots across the globe, however, that operate like countries without formal recognition. Slate staff writer Joshua Keating joins us to talk about these self-proclaimed nations, which he writes about in “Invisible Countries: Journeys to the Edge of Nationhood”(Yale University Press).

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Texans Weigh In On Healthcare And Politics

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Incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz leads challenger Beto O’Rourke by just two points. That’s according to this year’s Texas Lyceum poll, released last week. Joshua Blank oversaw the polling, and he joins us to talk about the political climate in Texas – and about how Texans view another important topic: healthcare.

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One Man’s Crusade To Cure HIV

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Dr. Joseph Lange may well have been on the cusp of ending HIV when his Malaysian Airlines flight was shot down by pro-Russian rebels in 2014. Dr. Seema Yasmin joins us to talk about Lange’s research into how the virus is transferred from mother to child – and about how his death has slowed progress towards a cure. Yasmin’s new book is called“The Impatient Dr. Lange: One Man’s Fight to End the Global HIV Epidemic”(Johns Hopkins University Press).

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The World May Be Running Out Of Sand. Seriously.

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A grain of sand may seem inconsequential. But these tiny specs are the building blocks for everything from roads to computers. Vince Beiser joins us to talk about the importance of sand as a natural resource – and about the very real possibility that we may be running out of it. His new book is called “The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How it Transformed Civilization” (Riverhead Books).

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The Power Of A Humble Leader

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As CEO of Dallas-basedCitySquare, Larry James is a leader in the fight against poverty. He joins us to talk about why effective leaders focus their efforts on the people they manage and serve. His new book is called“House Rules: Insights for Innovative Leaders”(Leafwood Publishers).

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For Profit Colleges: Cost More And Worth Less?

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Tressie McMillan Cottom was once a recruiter at two for-profit colleges. She joins us to talk about why these institutions often contribute to economic inequality, which she writes about in“Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy”(The New Press).

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Why A Lake On Mars Is Such A Big Deal

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Italian researchers recently discovered what they believe to be a lake on Mars. Steve Clifford of the Planetary Science Institute joins us to talk about the significance of the discovery on a planet previously thought to only contain ice – and about what it could mean for colonization efforts.

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A Queer Black Man Finds Freedom

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When Darnell Moore was 14, a group of boys doused him with gasoline and tried lighting a match – only to be thwarted by a windy day. As a teen, Moore was bullied constantly for being different. He joins us to talk about the struggles of growing up black and queer, which he writes about in his memoir“No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America”(Nation Books).

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How Free Money Would Free People

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What if all Americans, regardless of their tax brackets, received a monthly check from the government to cover basic living expenses? Annie Lowrey of The Atlantic joins us to make the case for a universal basic income, which she writes about in “Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World” (Crown).

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Finding Yourself In A Foreign Country

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When young, American women dream of finding themselves in a foreign country, it’s usually an “Eat, Pray, Love” style trip. Audrey Murray joins us to talk about how she skipped the well-worn enlightenment path in favor of a tour of former Soviet republics, which she writes about in “Open Mic Night in Moscow: And Other Stories from My Search for Black Markets, Soviet Architecture, and Emotionally Unavailable Russian Men” (William Morrow).

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An Economic Case For Immigration

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The U.S. birthrate hit an all-time low last year. And if that trend continues, the lack of a robust work force will start to drag the economy down. George Mason University professor Jack Goldstone joins us to make an economic case for loosening up restrictions on immigration. His essay “The U.S. Needs More Immigrants” appears in Reason magazine.

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Killing Them Softly: A History Of Poison

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Russia and North Korea have each been accused in recent years of poisoning people deemed enemies of the state. Eleanor Herman joins us to talk about how the practice dates back centuries and has been used by nations all over the world. Her new book is called“The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul”(St. Martin’s Press).

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What Happens With Families At The Border

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A federal judge ruled this month that 1,600 families separated at the border must be reunited. Frontline correspondent Martin Smith joins us to tell the story of these children who entered the U.S. with their parents only to be detained elsewhere. The Frontline episode “Separated: Children at the Border” airs July 31 at 9 on KERA-TV.

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The World Of Whales

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Whales can weigh up to 300,000 pounds and live for 200 years or more.
Nick Pyenson is the curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian
Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington. He joins
us to talk about how whales evolved from land-roaming creatures – and
about their prospects for survival in a warming world. His new book is
called “Spying On Whales: The Past, Present, And Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures” (Viking).

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What TV News Didn’t Tell You About Ferguson

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Four years ago, Michael Brown was shot and killed by police, setting off days of protests in Ferguson, Mo. Protesters captured the fallout with cellphone cameras, and Sabaah Folayan joins us to talk about turning that bystander footage into a portrait of unrest that differs from the more traditional media presentation. Her documentary “Whose Streets?” airs tonight at 10 on KERA-TV.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist Andrew Sean Greer

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Andrew Sean Greer won the Pulitzer Prize this year for his novel “Less” (Little, Brown and Company). He joins us to talk about his humorous tale of a writer on the edge of 50 who literally travels the world in an effort to avoid an awkward encounter with a former love.

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Becoming A Tech Billionaire Is Harder Than You Think

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Silicon Valley is the new Las Vegas, filled with hopeful entrepreneurs hoping to hit the jackpot. Corey Pein became one of them in order to uncover the truth and the lies of the tech industry. He joins us to talk about the experience, which he writes about in “Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey Into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley” (Henry Holt and Company).

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A Refugee Wins The Immigration Lottery

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As a child, Abdi Nor Iftin was obsessed with American culture – even before U.S. Marines arrived in his native Somalia to battle the country’s warlords. He joins us to tell his amazing story of fleeing Mogadishu for Kenya, winning an American visa in a lottery and learning that making his way here was more complicated than he thought. His new book is “Call Me American: A Memoir” (Knopf).

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Maybe We Evolved To Be Internet Trolls

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If you’re searching for humanity at its worst, online is a good place to look. Notre Dame anthropologist Agustín Fuentes joins us to talk about how some of our terrible social media behavior is actually partly a result of our evolution. His story“Are We as Awful as We Act Online?”appears in the August issue of National Geographic magazine.

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Bouncing Back From Trauma

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Most of us will encounter a traumatic event in our lives. They’re often unavoidable, but what we can control is how we react to them. Psychiatrist Dennis Charney joins us to talk about bouncing back from life’s worst moments. He’s a co-author of“Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges”(Cambridge).

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Why Being White Makes You Racist

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When confronted with racist behavior, white people can exhibit a range of emotions – including anger, fear and guilt. Robin DiAngelo joins us to talk about how these behaviors get in the way of meaningful interracial dialogue, which she writes about in“White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism”(Beacon Press).

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Is Privacy Still Possible?

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How much of ourselves are we obligated to share with others, and what do we have a right to keep hidden? Sarah Igo of Vanderbilt University joins us to talk about those questions and others, which she explores in her new book“The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America”(Harvard University Press).

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News Or Editorial: Can You Tell The Difference?

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Both Republicans and Democrats are more likely to classify a news statement as factual if it favors their side – that’s according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. Jeffrey Gottfried, senior researcher at Pew, co-authored “Distinguishing Between Factual and Opinion Statements in the News.” He joins us to talk about why some Americans are better than others at interpreting the news.

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Finding Purpose In Prison

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As a 19-year-old, Donna Hylton made a terrible mistake – one that landed her a 25-year prison sentence. She joins us to talk about how spending time with other inmates helped her to come to terms with her abusive upbringing, which she writes about in“A Little Piece of Light: A Memoir of Hope, Prison, and a Life Unbound”(Hachette Books).

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The Terrorist Turned Informant

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Aimen Dean was an early member of al-Qaeda, working alongside founder Osama bin Laden himself. He joins us to talk about his decision to switch allegiances and provide information to Britain’s intelligence services, which he writes about in “Nine Lives: My Time as the West’s Top Spy” (Oneworld Publications).

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How Society Fails Trans Kids

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Children as young as 2 years old can find themselves at odds with the gender assigned to them at birth. Sociologist Ann Travers joins us to talk about the experience of transgender kids – and about how parents can guide their discovery. Travers’ book is called “The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) are Creating a Gender Revolution” (NYU Press).

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Immigrants On Their Earliest Memories Of America

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The First Days Project
invites United States immigrants to document their earliest memories of
their new home – what scared them, what surprised them and what they
found confusing. Samip Mallick runs the project, and he joins us to talk
about what can be learned about the immigrant experience by collecting
their stories.

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Who You Should (And Shouldn’t) Trust For Health Advice

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Medical research can be nuanced, inconclusive or just plain tricky to
explain clearly. University of Pennsylvania professor Paul Offit joins
us to talk about how people with agendas often take scientific studies
and twist the information to suit their needs. His new book is called “Bad Advice: Or Why Celebrities, Politicians, and Activists Aren’t Your Best Source of Health Information” (Columbia University Press).

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In An Era of Change, Evangelicals Still Rule

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As America becomes more and more diverse, white evangelical voters
showed in 2016 that candidates they back still win elections. University
of Maryland political scientist Janelle S. Wong joins us to talk about
the future of evangelical voting as immigrants increasingly join their
churches. Her new book is called “Immigrants, Evangelicals, and Politics in an Era of Demographic Change” (Russell Sage Foundation).

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Rethinking Our Relationship With Animals

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Animals serve humans as laborers, food sources and, in some cases,
companions. Michigan State law professor David Favre joins us to think
through our evolving relationship with our fellow inhabitants of Earth,
which he writes about in “Respecting Animals: A Balanced Approach to Our Relationship with Pets, Food, and Wildlife” (Prometheus Books).

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Lessons From the Opioid Epidemic

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When parents are addicted to opioids, it’s often their children who pay
the biggest price. In West Virginia, 6,300 kids are in the foster care
system — nearly half because of their parents’ substance-abuse problems.
Zoë Carpenter visited the state to investigate the ripple effect the
opioid crisis is having on children, and she joins us to talk about what
she learned. Her story “Lessons from the Opioid Epidemic” appears in The Nation.

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The Doctor Who Exposed The Flint Water Crisis

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A few years back, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha felt perfectly comfortable
telling parents it was fine for their kids to drink the town’s water.
Flint, Michigan was a part of America, wasn’t it? She joins us to tell
the story of how she evolved from passive pediatrician to investigator
of the city’s water supply and activist for the public’s health. Her new
book is called “What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City” (One World).

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Cheaters: Why Women And Men Stray

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When a spouse cheats, it often means the end of the relationship. Dr.
Kenneth Rosenberg joins us to talk about the three types of cheating,
why they’re so prevalent and how we can overcome them. His new book is
called “Infidelity: Why Men and Women Cheat” (DaCapo).

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Why Do We Care If A Boy Wears A Dress?

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Young women are taught that they need to be assertive, strong and brave in a world dominated by men. So why doesn’t it work the other way? Sarah Rich joins us to talk about why we should also be teaching boys how to be nurturing, caring and other traits typically associated with femininity. Her story“Today’s Masculinity Is Stifling”appears in The Atlantic.

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Everybody’s Insecure And That’s OK

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If you’re someone who would rather die than talk to a stranger, you’re not alone – about 40 percent of us consider ourselves shy. Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen joins us to talk about how we can overcome our fear of interacting with other people. Her new book is called “How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety”(St. Martin’s Press).

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Partners Forever: How The U.S. And Mexico Rely On Each Other

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Mexican president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the race in part by vowing to stand up to President Trump. Andrew Selee, president of the Migration Policy Institute, joins us to talk about the strained U.S.-Mexico relationship – and about what it will take for the two countries to find common ground. Selee’s new book is called“Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together”(PublicAffairs).

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New Urbanism in North Texas

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As North Texas’ population has boomed, accommodating the ever-increasing traffic has been a challenge. But what if cars took a backseat to actual people? We talk about how we should rethink our most densely-populated urban areas with DART board member Patrick Kennedy and Texas State Rep. Rafael Anchia. They’ll take part in D Magazine’s urbanism symposium onWednesday at the Dallas Museum of Art.

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How Snapchat Changed Two Families

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Emily Giffin’s novels, including “Something Borrowed” and “Heart of the Matter,” are mainstays on bestsellers lists. She joins us to talk about her latest effort, “All We Ever Wanted” (Ballentine), which centers on a high school scandal that rocks Nashville’s high society.

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Bringing ‘Hairspray’ To The Stage

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The musical “Hairspray” follows Tracy Turnblad, a Baltimore teen who dreams of dancing on a 1960s TV show. “Hairspray” is being produced by the Dallas Theater Center, and we talk with director Joel Ferrell and Michelle Dowdy – who plays Tracy – about the social themes the show explores that still resonate today. “Hairspray” is onstage at the Winspear Opera House through July 15.

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Why Honor Can Save Us

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What role does honor play in how a society functions? University of Houston philosopher Tamler Sommers joins us to make the case that living a more honorable life is the key to solving many of the nation’s problems. His new book is called “Why Honor Matters” (Basic Books).

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How Superpowers Fight Today

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The U.S. isn’t involved in armed conflict with Russia, China or Iran.
War is being waged, though, through the use of cyber weapons. New York
Times national security correspondent David Sanger joins us to talk
about how the world’s superpowers are engaging in a new style of warfare
capable of crippling infrastructures, nuclear programs and democracy
itself. His new book is called “The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age” (Crown Publishing).

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A Look At The Supreme Court’s Rulings And Its Future

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The United States Supreme Court has ruled recently on everything from
who has to bake a cake to who has to pay union dues to who can travel to
the U.S. And now the search for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy’s
replacement begins. SMU Constitutional Law expert Lackland Bloom and
UT-Arlington political scientist Rebecca Deen join us to talk about the
thinking behind the court’s recent decisions and the politics of
replacing a justice.

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The Life Of Eunice Kennedy Shriver

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With a senator, attorney general and president among their ranks, the
men of the Kennedy family had an enormous influence on 20th Century
America. Eileen McNamara joins us to make the case that it was actually a
Kennedy woman – Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver – who
had the biggest impact of all. McNamara’s new book is called “Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World” (Simon & Schuster).

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The Melting Away Of The Middle Class

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For a nation that preaches the importance of families, we haven’t done a
very good job of caring for them. Alissa Quart, executive editor of the
Economic Hardship Reporting Project, joins us to talk about why
increases in the costs of health care, childcare and education are
making it increasingly difficult for middle-class families to survive.
Her new book is called “Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America” (Scribner).

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Hormones Are More Than Just Sex

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Hormones contribute a lot to our lives – from controlling our metabolisms and emotions to guiding the survival of the species. And yet scientists are still learning about these curious chemicals. Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein joins guest host Courtney Collins to talk about the vital role these curious chemicals play in our existence. Her new book is called“Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything” (W.W. Norton and Co).

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Have Elite Athletes Hit Their Peak?

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When athletes break a world record, it’s usually by a fraction of a second or a quarter of an inch. So how much further can we push ourselves? USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan joins guest host Courtney Collins to talk about how scientists and coaches are working to squeeze every last bit out of our potential. Her story “Building a Better Athlete” appears in the July issue of National Geographic magazine.

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The Western Roots Of Extremism

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Journalist Souad Mekhennet has interviewed some of the top operatives in
Al-Qaida, the Taliban and ISIS.  A Muslim woman who was born and raised
in Germany, Mekhennet sees her reporting as a way to bridge cultures
that often misunderstand each other. She joins guest host Courtney
Collins to talk about what fuels Islamic extremists, which she writes
about in her memoir “I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad”(St. Martin’s Press).

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Blocks, Blackboards And The Development Of Kids

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From dolls and race cars to blocks and water guns, kids today play with a lot of the same toys their parents did. Design critic Alexandra Lange joins guest host of Courtney Collins to talk about what parents should
be thinking about when considering which playthings are right for their children. She writes about the topic in “The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids” (Bloomsbury Publishing).

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Why Savings Don’t Equal Retirement Security

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For many American workers, the plan for retirement is to save as much as
possible and hope you don’t outlive it. Brookings Institution economist
Martin Neil Baily joins guest host Courtney Collins to talk about how
to better navigate advisory fees, reverse mortgages, long-term care
insurance and other tools available to retirees. He’s the author of a
new report called “The Retirement Revolution: Regulatory Reform to Enable Behavioral Change” (St. Martin’s Press).

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Does Everything Really Need To Be Funny?

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As we’ve evolved as a species, so has our sense of humor. Ken Jennings
joins guest host Courtney Collins to trace how we’ve developed into a
culture that prizes humor over more traditionally appreciated traits
like strength and wisdom. His new book is called “Planet Funny: How Comedy Took Over Our Culture” (Scribner).

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How TV And Movies Keep Women In Their Place

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As a girl growing up in the 1970s and ‘80s, Carina Chocano was bombarded with sexed-up Barbies, princesses in need of saving and an endless string of housewives on television. She joins us to talk about how girls absorb images from popular culture into their own identities, which she writes about in “You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages”(Mariner Books).

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Drones: A Tool, A Toy, A Threat?

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About 3 million drones were sold worldwide in 2017. And they’re used by
everyone from amateur photographers to marine biologists to military
strategists. Alex Fitzpatrick of Time magazine joins us to talk about
the many ways that these machines have infiltrated our lives. He oversaw
the magazine’s recent special report “The Drone Age.”