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KERA Think Rundown – Week of 6/11/12

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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 www.kera.org/think.

Monday, 6/11

Hour 1:  How should development and design be managed in an urban environment that includes parks, museums, high-rise office towers and residential buildings? We’ll discuss the Museum Tower development and its effects on the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Dallas Arts District this hour with Tim Rogers, Editor of D Magazine, Sean Garman, Architect and Senior Associate at Perkins +Will, and John Mullen, Architect and Co-Founder of The Container Store.

Hour 2:  Could eating locally-produced food actually be worse for the environment, the economy, and our health? We’ll talk this hour with Pierre Desrochers, associate professor of geography at the University of Toronto and co-author of “The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet” (PublicAffairs, 2012).

Tuesday, 6/12

Hour 1:  What’s as valuable as gold, found only on beaches, and produced only by sperm whales? We’ll find out this hour with Christopher Kemp, molecular biologist and author of the new book “Floating Gold: A Natural (and Unnatural) History of Ambergris” (University Of Chicago Press, 2012).

Hour 2:  How did George Grosz, the expatriate German Dadaist and satirist end up in Dallas in 1952 and how did the work he created as a result of his visit inform his international career as an artist and documentarian of 20th Century life? We’ll find out this hour with Heather MacDonald, The Lillian and James H. Clark Associate Curator of European Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, and curator of the current exhibit “Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz in Dallas,” which is on view at the Dallas Museum of Art until August 19, 2012.

Wednesday, 6/13

Hour 1:  What do bats contribute to the ecology of Texas and how many different species share our state? We’ll talk this hour with David J. Schmidly, President at the University of New Mexico and co-author of the new guide “Bats of Texas” (Texas A&M University Press, 2012).

Hour 2:  How did the domesticated dog come to be and is there a better way for us to relate to our dogs? We’ll find out this hour with John Bradshaw, Foundation Director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol and author of “Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You A Better Friend to Your Pet” (Basic Books, 2012).

Thursday, 6/14

Hour 1:  Could our consumer-oriented and consumption and celebrity-driven society really be one of the most philosophical in history? Our guest this hour thinks so. We’ll talk with Carlin Romano, Critic-at-Large of The Chronicle of Higher Education and literary critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He studies the historical and current state of our country’s thought in his new book “America the Philosophical” (Knopf, 2012).

Hour 2:  Could our public and private interactions with one another be improved if we just followed the rules? And which rules would we follow? We’ll spend this hour with writer Joshua Belter who sets out to solve our social and organizational shortcomings in his book “The Book of Rules: The Right Way to Do Everything” (How, 2012).

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