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  1. Will The Rio Run Dry?2018/10/03
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  2. Yale Gave Him A Scholarship – Then He Gave Back2018/10/03
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  3. A Novel Way To Talk About Abortion2018/10/02

    Jodi Picoult is the best-selling author of “Nineteen Minutes ,” “Handle with Care , “House Rules ” and many other novels. She joins us to talk about her latest effort,“A Spark of Light” (Random House), which tells the story of a police negotiator who rushes to a women’s clinic when a gunman bursts through the door and takes everyone inside hostage.
  4. Got Facts? What You Didn’t Know About Milk2018/10/02

    Humans have been drinking milk since the domestication of mammals more than 10,000 years ago. Mark Kurlansky joins us to talk about our complicated history with milk – from the gene mutation that lead to lactose intolerance to milk-borne illnesses that were a leading cause of death in the 19th Century. Kurlansky’s new book is called“Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas” (Bloomsbury).
  5. Shattering Science’s Glass Ceiling2018/10/01

    In Marcia McNutt’s distinguished scientific career, she’s lead the

    Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, the United States Geological

    Survey and taught at Stanford. She joins us to talk about encouraging

    young women to pursue STEM careers – and about her current role as the

    first woman to lead the National Academy of Sciences.
  6. Ethics In The White House2018/09/28
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  7. A Conversation With John Kerry2018/09/28

    John Kerry first entered the public arena as a critic of the Vietnam War, a path that lead to a senate seat, a presidential nomination and secretary of state. As Think broadcasts from the studios of KUT in Austin as part of the Texas Tribune Festival, Kerry joins us to talk about his life in public service, which he writes about in “Every Day Is Extra ” (Simon & Schuster).
  8. Doris Kearns Goodwin On Presidential Leadership2018/09/26
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  9. America’s Oldest Problem, Still Unsolved2018/09/26
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  10. One Writer’s View Of An America In Crisis2018/09/25

    The Civil War and the Great Depression each thrust the nation into a time of reinvention. And writer Ben Fountain feels we’re in the middle of another pivotal moment. He joins us to explain why he thinks the 2016 election and its aftermath have put the nation in another state of crisis, which he writes about in “Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution ” (Ecco).
  11. The Story Behind This Viral Photo2018/09/25
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  12. Escape From Yemen2018/09/24

    As a young Muslim living in Yemen, Mohammed al Samawi tried to build bridges between Muslims, Jews and Christians. And his efforts were met with death threats. He joins us to tell the story of how a coalition of online supporters worked together to extract him from the war-torn country. His new book is called “The Fox Hunt: A Refugee’s Memoir of Coming to America ” (William Morrow).
  13. When Logic Steers You Wrong2018/09/24

    As a mathematician, Eugenia Cheng is trained to work through problems logically. And even she struggles with fears of things that are extremely unlikely to happen. She joins us to talk about how we can use scientific reasoning to navigate an era full of irrational behavior. Her new book is called“The Art of Logic in an Illogical World” (Basic Books).
  14. How Shaving Your Lady Bits Became A Thing2018/09/21

    From unwanted hair to foul smells, there are many things we sometimes find icky about ourselves. Mara Altman joins us to talk about the untold history of why we hate our bodies, which she writes about in“Gross Anatomy: Dispatches from the Front and Back” (Putnam).
  15. The True Story Of A Woman Buffalo Soldier2018/09/20

    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).
  16. Sally Field As Herself2018/09/20

    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).
  17. Forget The Planet – The Economics Of Fracking May Not Work2018/09/19
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  18. Why So Many Parents Spy On Their Teens2018/09/19
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  19. How Do You Steal A Dinosaur?2018/09/19
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  20. Reinventing Identity: South Asian Americans2018/09/18
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  21. This Is Not Your Mother’s Girl Scouts2018/09/17
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  22. How We Catch Genes From Other Species2018/09/17
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  23. Why Humans Are The Most Successful Animal2018/09/14

    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.”
  24. DeRay McKesson: A Voice From Ferguson2018/09/13

    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).
  25. Citizen Students: Rights In Schools2018/09/13
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  26. The Wars We Couldn’t Win2018/09/12

    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).
  27. One Woman’s Fight Against Honor Killings2018/09/12

    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).
  28. A Man Born At 302018/09/11

    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).
  29. Are Asian Americans The New White People?2018/09/11

    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.
  30. Who Are You? Labels Matter2018/09/10

    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).
  31. Go Ahead. Major in Philosophy2018/09/10
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  32. The Woman Behind The Iran Nuclear Deal2018/09/07

    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).
  33. How We Decide Stuff2018/09/06

    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).
  34. Not All Twitter Mobs Are Created Equal2018/09/06

    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 .
  35. How White Kids Learn About Race2018/09/05
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  36. How Walls Enable Peace (And When They Don’t)2018/09/05
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  37. What Houston Learned From Harvey2018/09/04

    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 .
  38. It’s Not Your Homework: Advice For Parents2018/09/04

    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).
  39. A New Face, A New Beginning2018/09/04

    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.
  40. Helping Others (Unless It Hurts You)2018/08/30
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  41. Rethinking Sex Education2018/08/30
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  42. The Case For More Radical Movements2018/08/29

    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).
  43. The Fifty Year Path To The Gig Economy2018/08/29

    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).
  44. Within The Margin Of Error: How Polling Really Works2018/08/28
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  45. The Last Gasp For Organized Labor2018/08/28

    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.
  46. The Girls Left Behind By Mexican Migration2018/08/27
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  47. The Dilemma Over Who Is – And Isn’t – Native American2018/08/27
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  48. Sorry, Thurgood Marshall: Girls Integrated Schools2018/08/23

    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).
  49. Why Everybody Lies About Education2018/08/22

    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).
  50. The Spanish Civil War Still Isn’t Over2018/08/21

    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.
  51. Is The First Alzheimer’s Survivor Living Among Us?2018/08/20
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  52. A Line Divides: 100 Days Since Zero Tolerance2018/08/17
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  53. Does Democracy Still Work? Americans Weigh In2018/08/16

    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.
  54. This Indian American Life2018/08/16

    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).
  55. Why Screens And Books Require Different Reading Skills2018/08/15

    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).
  56. How To Talk To Someone Who’s Wrong2018/08/15
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  57. How Houston Became The Beating Heart Of Cardiac Care2018/08/14
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  58. A Former U.S. Ambassador To Russia Speaks Out2018/08/14
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  59. What If We Just Let Wildfires Burn?2018/08/13
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  60. The Racial Message Of Public Monuments2018/08/13
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  61. Not Quite GMO: The Future Of Mutant Food2018/08/10

    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.
  62. That Time We Could Have Fixed Global Warming2018/08/09
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  63. What Makes A Country A Country2018/08/09

    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).
  64. Texans Weigh In On Healthcare And Politics2018/08/08

    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.
  65. One Man’s Crusade To Cure HIV2018/08/07
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  66. The World May Be Running Out Of Sand. Seriously.2018/08/07
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  67. The Power Of A Humble Leader2018/08/06

    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).
  68. For Profit Colleges: Cost More And Worth Less?2018/08/06

    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).
  69. Why A Lake On Mars Is Such A Big Deal2018/08/03

    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.
  70. A Queer Black Man Finds Freedom2018/08/02

    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).
  71. How Free Money Would Free People2018/08/02

    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).
  72. Finding Yourself In A Foreign Country2018/08/01
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  73. An Economic Case For Immigration2018/08/01

    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.
  74. Killing Them Softly: A History Of Poison2018/07/31

    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).
  75. What Happens With Families At The Border2018/07/31

    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.
  76. The World Of Whales2018/07/30
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  77. What TV News Didn’t Tell You About Ferguson2018/07/30

    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.
  78. Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist Andrew Sean Greer2018/07/26

    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.
  79. Becoming A Tech Billionaire Is Harder Than You Think2018/07/26

    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).
  80. A Refugee Wins The Immigration Lottery2018/07/25
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  81. Maybe We Evolved To Be Internet Trolls2018/07/24

    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.
  82. Bouncing Back From Trauma2018/07/24

    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).
  83. Why Being White Makes You Racist2018/07/23

    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).
  84. Is Privacy Still Possible?2018/07/23

    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).
  85. News Or Editorial: Can You Tell The Difference?2018/07/20
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  86. Finding Purpose In Prison2018/07/19

    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).
  87. The Terrorist Turned Informant2018/07/18

    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).
  88. How Society Fails Trans Kids2018/07/18

    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).
  89. Immigrants On Their Earliest Memories Of America2018/07/17

    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.
  90. Who You Should (And Shouldn’t) Trust For Health Advice2018/07/17
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  91. In An Era of Change, Evangelicals Still Rule2018/07/16
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  92. Rethinking Our Relationship With Animals2018/07/16

    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).
  93. Lessons From the Opioid Epidemic2018/07/13
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  94. The Doctor Who Exposed The Flint Water Crisis2018/07/12
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  95. Cheaters: Why Women And Men Stray2018/07/12

    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).
  96. Why Do We Care If A Boy Wears A Dress?2018/07/11

    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.
  97. Everybody’s Insecure And That’s OK2018/07/11

    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).
  98. Partners Forever: How The U.S. And Mexico Rely On Each Other2018/07/10
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  99. New Urbanism in North Texas2018/07/10
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  100. How Snapchat Changed Two Families2018/07/09

    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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