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KERA Think Rundown – Week of 3/19/12

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Think airs Monday to Thursday from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. on KERA 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 www.kera.org/think.

Monday, 3/19

Hour 1:  What challenges do women veterans face as they transition from active duty and life in combat zones to civilian life back home? We’ll spend this hour with retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Kim Olson. She’s now President and CEO of Grace After Fire, an organization that helps women veterans gain knowledge, insight and self-renewal.

Hour 2:  Is the proliferation of pharmaceutical healthcare options a good or bad thing? Our guest this hour warns that big-pharma may be having an acute deleterious effect on our health – especially in America. We’ll talk this hour with Dr. David Healy, Professor of Psychiatry at Cardiff University in Britain and author of the new book “Pharmageddon” (University of California Press, 2012).

Tuesday, 3/20

Hour 1:  As the latest iPad fever proves, many of us love having the latest and greatest in everything. But why are we so compelled to constantly possess the next big thing? We’ll talk this hour with Winifred Gallagher, author of “New: Understanding Our Need for Novelty and Change” (The Penguin Press, 2011)

Hour 2:  Where did Country Music and even Rock and Roll get their start? We’ll look back this hour at the life of the “Blue Yodeler” and how he influenced the music we enjoy today with Barry Mazor, senior editor for No Depression. Mazor is also the author of “Meeting Jimmie Rodgers: How America’s Original Roots Music Hero Changed the Pop Sounds of a Century” (Oxford University Press, Paperback, 2012), which is now out in paperback.

Wednesday, 3/21

Hour 1:  Could something as simple as fasting improve a person’s health in multiple ways?  We’ll discuss the history of the practice and the possible benefits this hour with Harper’s contributor Steve Hendricks. His piece “Starving Your Way to Vigor” appears in the March issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Hour 2:  What are the precise effects of drug addiction on the brain? We’ll find out this hour with Marc Lewis, developmental neuroscientist and professor of developmental psychology at Radboud University in the Netherlands. He writes about his own addiction and recovery in the new book “Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines his Former Life on Drugs” (PublicAffairs, 2012).

Thursday, 3/22

Hour 1:  Can we scientifically increase our creativity and which people and organizations are already successfully promoting a more creative culture right now? We’ll talk this hour with prolific writer and New York Times best-selling author Jonah Lehrer. His new book is “Imagine: How Creativity Works” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012). Lehrer will appear at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Arts & Letters Live tomorrow evening.

Hour 2:  How can artistic practice and cultural engagement empower underserved neighborhoods? We’ll spend this hour with artist and cultural planner Theaster Gates. He’ll speak about how his practice not only helps spark cultural moments in unexpected places but also raises the potential for many communities at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts this evening.