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  1. Bad Teeth Will Hold You Back2018/05/15
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  2. Xi Jinping’s Vision Of A Global China2018/05/15

    Big changes are underway in China and the country is reworking its image in the wider world as well. China expert Elizabeth C. Economy joins us to talk about what a global China might mean for the future. Her new book is “The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State” (Oxford Press).
  3. When Black America Championed Mass Incarceration2018/05/14
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  4. Don’t Believe Everything You See2018/05/14

    French director Jean-Luc Godard famously said that “cinema is truth 24 frames-per-second.” Video editing is bringing that idea into question, though. Franklin Foer joins us to talk about how manipulation of digital video is chipping away what we consider to be real. His story “The Era of Fake Video Begins” appears in The Atlantic.
  5. What You Didn’t Know About Paul Simon2018/05/11

    When running down the list of great American songwriters, it doesn’t take long to get to Paul Simon . The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer collaborated with music critic Robert Hilburn on a definitive biography, and Hilburn joins us to talk about the book,“Paul Simon: The Life” (Simon & Schuster).
  6. Close Encounters With Pluto2018/05/10
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  7. A Family Wrestles Its Demons In Real Time2018/05/10

    Stephen Karam’s play“The Humans” won the 2016 Tony Award for best play and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A production of the show visits theWinspear Opera House May 8-20, and its star,Richard Thomas , joins us to talk about its story of aging parents growing apart from their adult children.
  8. A Chinese Boy, His Lost Mother, And His New White Parents2018/05/09

    Lisa Ko was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for fiction for her debut novel, “The Leavers” (Algonquin Books). She joins us to talk about her story of a young boy adopted by a pair of white professors after his Chinese immigrant mother mysteriously disappears. Ko speaks tonight at Interabang Books in Dallas.
  9. The Fight For The Soul Of America2018/05/09
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  10. The Duplass Brothers On Sharing An Identity2018/05/08
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  11. America: Stuck Between Two Borders2018/05/08
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  12. The Politics of Barbie’s Body2018/05/07
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  13. Is It Illegal To Be Mentally Ill?2018/05/07

    For many mentally ill people, prison is a more likely landing spot than a hospital. Alisa Roth joins us to talk about how the criminal justice system is unprepared to treat these people – and about how the courts might rethink our prosecution of the mentally ill. Her new book is called “Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness” (Basic Books).
  14. Marcia Gay Harden Remembers What Her Mom No Longer Can2018/05/04
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  15. ‘Why I Stopped Being A Skinhead’2018/05/03
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  16. Who Has Guns, Who Doesn’t, And Why2018/05/03

    The National Rifle Association opens its annual convention today in Dallas. Juliana Menasce Horowitz of the Pew Research Center joins us to talk about America’s complex relationship with guns, the subject of a study she lead.
  17. Riding The Rails: Life As A Drifter2018/05/02

    Drifters maintain a constant state of motion, crisscrossing the country untethered to a physical address. TCU sociologist Jeff Ferrell joins us to talk about what he learned by spending time in these ephemeral communities, which he writes about in “Drift: Illicit Mobility and Uncertain Knowledge ” (University of California Press).
  18. Ronan Farrow On The Gutting Of American Diplomacy2018/05/02
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  19. The Security Of Stuff2018/05/01

    If you’ve ever named your car or owned a favorite T-shirt, you know that these everyday objects are more than just things. Francine Russo joins us to talk about the psychology behind why we get so attached to some objects – to the point where we assign them human qualities. Her story “Our Stuff, Ourselves ” appears in Scientific American magazine.
  20. My Party, My Identity2018/05/01
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  21. Exonerated And Motivated2018/04/30
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  22. How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Became RBG2018/04/30

    In her 25 years on the bench, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has reliably sided with the Supreme Court’s liberal wing. The 85-year-old’s life is the subject of the new documentary “RBG ,” and its directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen join us to talk about Ginsburg’s journey from diminutive New Yorker to cultural icon. “RBG” opens in theaters on May 11.
  23. How The Cowboys Cheerleaders Became America’s Team2018/04/27
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  24. We Can’t See Them, But They’re Everywhere2018/04/26

    For all of the natural world that we can see, there are millions upon millions of tiny organisms we can’t see. Eugenia Bone studies these microbes, and she joins us to talk about their outsized impact on our daily lives. Her new book is called “Microbia: A Journey into the Unseen World Around You ” (Rodale).
  25. What Your Dog’s Really Thinking And Feeling2018/04/26

    Dogs may be man’s best friend – but they’ve got a strange way of showing it sometimes. Evolutionary biologist Marc Bekoff joins us to talk about the curious habits of our four-legged friends – and about how observing them closely can bring us closer to the dogs in our lives. His new book is called “Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do ” (University of Chicago Press).
  26. The Invisible Victims Of Sexual Assault2018/04/25
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  27. Islamophobia Didn’t Begin With 9/112018/04/25
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  28. Two Sisters, One Mental Illness2018/04/24

    In the novel “Everything Here Is Beautiful” (Pamela Dorman Books), older sister Miranda dutifully watches over her unpredictable sibling, Lucia. Author Mira T. Lee joins guest host Courtney Collins to talk about how Lucia’s developing mental illness tests the bond between the sisters.
  29. America’s First Processed Food2018/04/23
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  30. Why Economists And Politicians Don’t Speak The Same Language2018/04/23
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  31. The Human Toll Of America’s Endless Wars2018/04/20

    For the last 17 years, we’ve asked our service members to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the question “What are we fighting for?” is becoming increasingly difficult to answer.Phil Klay served in Iraq as a Marine, and he joins us to talk about how unclear missions are leading to a crisis of morale in our military. He writes about the topic for The Atlantic .
  32. How Bad Science Becomes Government Policy2018/04/19
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  33. From Anonymous: Advice Columns Through The Decades2018/04/19
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  34. The Upside Of Change2018/04/18

    Change can be hard for even the most adventurous among us. Our brain’s ability to do things differently, though, is one of the traits that separates us from other creatures. Leonard Mlodinow joins us to talk about how we can train our brains to embrace change – and how we can nurture creativity. His new book is called “Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change” (Pantheon).
  35. Texas’ Problems Are America’s Problems2018/04/18
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  36. A City-Based Solution To Climate Change2018/04/17

    Much of the conversation around climate change centers on how governments can address the problem. Carl Pope , former head of the Sierra Club, joins us to talk about why environmentalists should look beyond elected officials for action. His book, written with Michael Bloomberg , is called “Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet” (St. Martin’s Press).
  37. Are Gangs And Frats The Same?2018/04/17
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  38. To Touch A Tornado: The Life Of A Storm Chaser2018/04/16

    Tim Samaras’ fascination with tornados began as a kid watching “The Wizard of Oz.” And that obsession drove him to become one of America’s greatest storm chasers. Brantley Hargrove joins us to talk about how Samaras risked his life to learn all he could, the subject of Hargrove’s book “The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras” (Simon & Schuster).
  39. Crafting Calm: Using Your Hands To Free Your Mind2018/04/13

    For dedicated crafters, knitting someone a scarf is about more than creating a homemade gift. Alanna Okun joins us to talk about how a simple roll of yarn and a set of needles can offer a sense of control in a chaotic world. Her new book is called “The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting ” (Flatiron Books). Tune in Friday, April 13, at 1pm.
  40. Wellness Is Fine – But We’re All Gonna Die2018/04/12
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  41. A Conversation With Tyra Banks (And Her Mom!)2018/04/11
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  42. What’s In Store For The First Woman President2018/04/11

    Jennifer Palmieri served as Hillary Clinton’s communications director during her presidential run. She joins us to talk about what she learned from working on an unsuccessful campaign – and about what future female politicians can take away from her experience. Her new book is called “Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World ” (Grand Central Publishing).
  43. It’s Donald Trump’s Party Now2018/04/10
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  44. Recruiting Teachers Who Look Like America2018/04/09

    Texas schools have one of nation’s largest diversity gaps – meaning students of color are rarely taught by teachers who look like them. Michael Hansen , director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution, joins us to talk about the effect this gap has on students – and about what it will take to narrow the divide.
  45. The Story Of The ‘Siamese Twins’2018/04/09
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  46. Lidia Bastianich’s Life In Food2018/04/06
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  47. How Power Has Changed2018/04/05
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  48. Jorge Ramos Never Feels At Home2018/04/05
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  49. Barbara P. Bush on Global Activism2018/04/04
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  50. The Branch Davidian Siege: 25 Years Later2018/04/04
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  51. How Urban Wildlife Is Evolving2018/04/03

    For centuries, humans have altered animal habitats, turning wild spaces into concrete cities. Urban ecologist Menno Schilthuizen joins us to talk about how lizards, birds and other creatures are adapting to better live alongside us. His new book is called “Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution ” (Picador).
  52. Colson Whitehead On ‘The Underground Railroad’2018/04/03

    In “The Underground Railroad ,” two slaves escape their Georgia plantation and navigate the country along the secret network. The novel earned Colson Whitehead a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and he joins us to talk about how he wove the nation’s history into the experiences of his main characters. Read Whitehead’s interview with the Dallas Morning News.
  53. Anna Quindlen’s ‘Alternate Side’2018/04/02

    In Anna Quindlen’s new novel, “Alternate Side ,” life in a quiet New York City neighborhood is upended when the residents squabble over use of the street’s small parking lot. Quindlen joins us to talk about how something so small can divide people – and about how a traumatic event reveals tension among her characters.
  54. Elizabeth Smart On Happily Ever After2018/04/02
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  55. The Life Of An Astronaut2018/03/30

    Most of us have looked up at the sky and wondered what it would be like to float through space. And a select few have actually experienced it. This hour, we’ll talk to astronauts Terry Virts , Scott Kelly and Buzz Aldrin about life in zero gravity, making a home on the International Space Station and how their lives changed when they returned to Earth.
  56. Inside The Partition Of India And Pakistan2018/03/29

    In 1947, 12-year-old Nisha finds herself divided between her Hindu and Muslim heritages just as her home country of India is also being split in two. Nisha is the protagonist of Veera Hiranandani’s novel “The Night Diary,” and Hiranandani joins us to talk about setting her story against this historical backdrop – and about her own experiences growing up bi-cultural.
  57. What Is Pope Francis Trying To Do?2018/03/29
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  58. Fighting Cancer From Within2018/03/28

    Many cancer patients endure surgeries, months of chemotherapy or both. Science journalist Robin Marantz Henig joins us to talk about a promising new option – immunotherapy – which taps into the immune system’s T-cell supply to fight diseases. Henig’s story “Could Immunotherapy Lead the Way to Fighting Cancer?” appears in Smithsonian magazine.
  59. Breaking Into The TV Boys’ Club2018/03/28
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  60. From Us And Them To We2018/03/27

    A trait humans share with other creatures is a natural inclination to divide. What separates us from them, though, is our ability to see past that trait to bridge our differences. David Berreby joins us to talk about how scientists are studying the way tribalism works in the brain. His story “Why Do We See So Many Things as ‘Us vs. Them’?” appears in National Geographic magazine.
  61. Evolution’s Next Step: A.I.2018/03/27
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  62. The Odd Couple: Timothy Leary and Richard Nixon2018/03/26
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  63. Preventing (Instead Of Reacting To) Pandemics2018/03/26

    As the founder of the nonprofit health care organization Partners in Health , Paul Farmer has helped to bring medical care to some of the most impoverished places on Earth. He joins us to talk about the places that need our attention most – and about what the global health community learned from Africa’s Ebola outbreak.
  64. Cheer Up! Why It’s A Great Time To Be Alive2018/03/23

    Climate change, famine and war threaten humanity each day. And yet we’ve never been better equipped to take on these issues than we are right now. Gregg Easterbrook joins us to make the case that things aren’t as bad as they seem, which he writes about in “It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear” (PublicAffairs) .
  65. Sorting The Refugees From The Opportunists2018/03/22

    Europe is still trying to figure out how to accommodate the wave of migrants seeking another life there. Among the issues is: How can a nation separate the true refugees from the economic opportunists? Graeme Wood joins us to talk about a sophisticated program in Germany seeking to solve that problem. He writes about it for The Atlantic .
  66. The Dangers Of Consensus And Compromise2018/03/22

    At the office, it’s often easiest to just go with the flow. Psychologist Charlan Nemeth joins us to talk about why consensus is the killer of innovation. She writes about the idea in “In Defense of Troublemakers: The Power of Dissent in Life and Business” (Basic Books).
  67. The Cutting Edge Of Alzheimer’s Research2018/03/21

    The medical community is constantly refining its approach to how we care for people suffering from dementia. Heather Snyder, senior director for medical and scientific relations with the Alzheimer’s Association, joins us to talk about the latest trends in patient care. She’s in town for theAlzheimer’s Association’s spring symposium on Thursday in Arlington.
  68. When You’re The Only One2018/03/21

    When you look around the room and no one else looks like you, talks like you or even thinks like you, it can be isolating. We devote this hour to those people who feel like they’re the only one – from a blackwoman hiker sharing the trails with predominately white men, to anoverweight yogi , to a lefthander in aright-handed world .
  69. Learning To Wage Peace2018/03/20

    Paul Chappell graduated from West Point and served in the Iraq War. And today, he’s one of America’s foremost voices for peace. He joins us to talk about nonviolent tools available to solve conflict in the world.
  70. The Feds Are Braced For Revolution2018/03/20
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  71. LBJs Political Implosion2018/03/19
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  72. Is The Endangered Species List Too Long?2018/03/19

    The Endangered Species Act requires that we try to help all species threatened with extinction. Critics argue, though, that resources would be better spent helping the creatures that contribute most to their ecosystems. Jennifer Kahn joins us to talk about how this conflict is currently playing out on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, which she writes about for The New York Time magazine .
  73. Learning To Leave: A Woman’s Journey2018/03/16

    Tara Westover grew up in a family of survivalists, living way off the grid and learning only what her family taught her. She joins us to tell the story of how she finally learned of the outside world – and how that knowledge led her to Harvard, Cambridge and beyond. Her new memoir is called “Educated” (Random House).
  74. Things May Not Be As Bad As You Think2018/03/15

    Turn on the news and you’re bombarded with plenty of reasons to think humanity is a lost cause. Not so, says Steven Pinker ! The Harvard psychology professor joins us to talk about how we’re actually living in an age of unprecedented safety, peace and prosperity, which he writes about in “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress” (Viking).
  75. Texas’ Mass Mexican Deportation2018/03/15
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  76. From Martha To Melania: A History Of First Ladies2018/03/14
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  77. A Celebration Of Procrastination2018/03/14

    The next time you blow a deadline, remind yourself: Some of history’s greatest minds were lousy when it came to being on time. Andrew Santella joins us to talk about why punctuality is an overblown character trait, which he writes about in “Soon: An Overdue History of Procrastination, from Leonardo and Darwin to You and Me ” (Dey Street Books).
  78. Fishing For A New Way Of Life2018/03/13
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  79. Scrolling For Happiness2018/03/13
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  80. The Landscape Of Black America2018/03/12

    Following Emancipation, African-Americans created communities across the country in which black culture thrives. UCLA sociologist Marcus Anthony Hunter joins us to talk about what these communities have in common – and about the many functions they serve. His new book is called “Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life .” (University of California Press).
  81. Portraits Of Opioid Addiction2018/03/12
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  82. Hooked: Understanding Addiction2018/03/09

    Addiction is a part of life that affects nearly every family. This hour, we explore the topic with a formerheroin addict , a historian who writes aboutAmerica’s relationship with alcohol and a neuroscientist who studies thebrains of addicts .
  83. The Evolutionary Quest For Equilibrium2018/03/08

    Human beings have a natural desire for what’s known as “homeostasis” – basically, we long for stability and equilibrium. Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio has studied this innate drive, and he joins us to talk about how it connects us to even the earliest living organisms. His new book is called “The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures” (Pantheon).
  84. The Challenges Of Fixing Immigration2018/03/08

    When it comes to immigration reform, at the heart of the debate is: How do we decide who to let in, and how do we protect ourselves from those we want to keep out? James F. Hollifield, director of the John Goodwin Tower Center at SMU, joins us to walk through these tough questions. His essay “What Makes Immigration Reform So Hard?” appears in the winter issue of The Catalyst.
  85. The Upside Of Forgetting2018/03/07

    As a palliative care nurse, Sallie Tisdale has seen the devastation caused by dementia up close. And she’s also seen moments of grace that accompany a person’s rediscovery of things they once knew. She joins us to talk about how we might take a more nuanced approach to interacting with people suffering memory loss, which she writes about for Harper’s.
  86. A Guide To Repairing Sorrow2018/03/07

    A broken heart may not be an actual physical malady, but that doesn’t make it any less real. And yet for most of us, the only medicine available is time. Psychologist Guy Winch joins us to talk about practical steps to getting over everything from a failed relationship to the death of a loved one. His new book is called “How to Fix a Broken Heart” (Simon & Schuster) .
  87. A Conversation With Maria Shriver2018/03/06

    Maria Shriver has worn many hats in her life – journalist, activist, First Lady of California, niece of a president and mother of four. She joins us to talk about what these various roles have taught her about making the most of life. Her new book is called “I’ve Been Thinking: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life ” (Viking).
  88. The Science Of Planning Your Life2018/03/06

    Deciding when to do something – whether it’s starting a job, ending a relationship or just scheduling a vacation – can be tough since we have to make these choices without knowing what’s to come. Daniel Pink has studied how we can use data to better plan our lives, which he writes about in “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing” (Riverhead Books).
  89. Robert Siegel On Four Decades At NPR2018/03/05

    As an anchor of “All Things Considered,” Robert Siegel updated millions of Americans on the day’s news as they made their way home from work. Siegel retired in January , and he joins us to talk about how he helped to elevate NPR from a fledgling network into a major media organization.
  90. What Makes Innovators Tick2018/03/05
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  91. A Conversation With St. Vincent2018/03/02

    For more than a decade, Annie Clark has been one of the darlings of the indie rock universe – from playing with the Polyphonic Spree and touring with Sufjan Stevens to releasing her own material as St. Vincent. The Dallas native joins us to talk about her musical influences, how she writes a song and what it’s like to perform with your heroes.
  92. Consequences of Tribalism in America2018/03/01

    In America, we’re good at dividing ourselves into groups based on race, religion and ideology. Yale Law professor Amy Chua joins us to talk about how our tribalism influences the ways in which we interact with the rest of the world – and about how we might transcend these divides. Her new book is called “Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations” (Penguin Press).
  93. Tayari Jones Updates The Great American Novel2018/03/01

    In the novel “An American Marriage,” a newlywed couple is split apart when the husband is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. And when Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, Celestial is confronted by the reality that she’s moved on. The book is the latest from novelist Tayari Jones, who joins us to talk about writing a love story set against a backdrop of racial injustice.
  94. Data And Discrimination2018/02/28

    When we search for something online, an algorithm designed by the people running the search engine selects the results we see. University of Southern California assistant professor Safiya Umoja Noble joins us to talk about how data can discriminate, the topic of her book “Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism” (NYU Press).
  95. Previewing The Oscars2018/02/28

    This Sunday’s Academy Awards is shaping up as a two-horse race for best picture between “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” But could “Get Out” or “Lady Bird” pull an upset? We work through the possibilities with a panel of North Texas film experts.
  96. How Social Media Manipulates Public Thinking2018/02/27
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  97. High Tech Versus Low Tech: Options For The Border2018/02/27
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  98. SpaceX And Beyond2018/02/26

    Earlier this month, SpaceX made headlines when it successfully launched its Falcon Heavy rocket. As Think broadcasts from the studios of Houston Public Media , we talk with Jason Davis about the significance of the launch – and about the impact Elon Musk and others are having on space exploration. Davis writes about the topic for The Planetary Society .
  99. Hurricane Harvey Six Months Later2018/02/26

    In August, the Texas Gulf Coast was devastated by Hurricane Harvey, which caused an estimated $125 billion worth of damage. As Think broadcasts from the studios of Houston Public Media , we talk about the city’s recovery six months after the storm with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Marvin Odum – who’s heading the city’s rebuilding effort.
  100. Sunni Versus Shia In The Muslim World: How We Got To Now2018/02/23

    Iran and Saudi Arabia are arguably the two most powerful forces in the Middle East. And their decades of conflict have fueled much of the region’s unrest. Martin Smith joins us to talk about the current state of their relationship – and how we got to now. His two-part Frontline documentary airs Feb. 20 and 27 on KERA-TV.
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