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The Making Of Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill's steely resolve was instrumental in seeing Britain safely through World War II. This hour we'll talk about how Churchill developed that toughness as a soldier fighting in South Africa with Candice Millard. She's the author of "Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill" (Doubleday)," which she'll talk about tonight as part of DMA Arts & Letters Live.

When Strangers Meet

Every day we cross paths with dozens of strangers, doing our best to not make eye contact as we hurry along. This hour, we'll talk about what could actually happen if we just said "hello" to that person behind us in the checkout line with Kio Stark. She writes about the idea in "When Strangers Meet: How People You Don't Know Can Transform You" (TED Books).

The Choice 2016

For more than a year, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have crisscrossed the country telling voters about themselves. This hour, we'll hear what those closest to the candidates have to say about them from Michael Kirk. His Frontline documentary "The Choice 2016" airs tonight on KERA-TV.

Ageism In The Workplace

Nearly 20 percent of Americans 65 and older are working – and counted among them are the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees. This hour, we'll talk about the knowledge and experience veteran workers bring to their jobs – and about why so many of them find those jobs hard to come by – with Ashton Applewhite. Her opinion piece "You're How Old? We'll Be in Touch," appeared earlier this month in The New York Times.

The Cultural Equity Of Dallas

The North Texas arts community is currently in a deep discussion about the idea of cultural equity. The conversation centers on how the arts are funded – and how that funding impacts the diversity of our cultural experiences. This hour, we'll talk about leveling the artistic playing field with Jennifer Scripps, the director of the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs; David Lozano, executive artistic director of Cara Mia Theatre; and Clyde Valentin, director of Ignite/Arts Dallas.

The Hamilton Cult

"Hamilton" has pulled in more than $100 million at the box office and turned Lin-Manuel Miranda into a household name. This hour, we'll talk about the extent to which the Tony-winning musical has rewritten history and altered our understanding of its namesake. We'll be joined by Robert Sullivan, whose story "The Hamilton Cult" appears in the October issue of Harper's.

Building The Republic Of Texas

The Republic of Texas was built upon two pillars: cotton and slavery. This hour, we'll talk about how this important crop and the labor that fueled it led to the Texas revolution – and about how Texas provided a blue print for the Confederacy – with UNT assistant history professor Andrew Torget. He writes about the topic in his book "Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850"(University of North Carolina Press).

How To Pay For College

Americans owe nearly $1.3 trillion in student loans. This hour, as part of KERA's One Crisis Away: Drowning in Debt series, we'll talk about strategies for paying for college and about how much debt is reasonable to take on. We'll be joined by Ron Elsenbaumer, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at UT-Arlington; and Cynthia Butler, executive director of financial aid for Dallas County Community College District.

Telling War Stories Through Images

Photographs from Vietnam to Afghanistan to Iraq capture the agony of war in an instant. This hour, we'll talk about how war photographers tell stories of conflict through their images with a panel of Pulitzer Prize-winners: David Hume Kennerly, Carol Guzy and David Leeson. Tonight, they'll take part in "Illusion and Disillusion: A Panel Conversation on Violence and War" at the Texas Theatre, presented by 29 Pieces.

The Legacy Of Willie Velasquez

Between 13 million and 16 million Latinos are expected to vote in this year's presidential election. And many of those voters can thank San Antonio native Willie Velasquez when they cast their ballots. This hour, we'll talk about the founder of the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project, who launched more than a thousand voter registration drives in the 1970s and '80s. We'll be joined by Hector Galán, director of the PBS documentary "Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice," which airs Oct. 3 on KERA-TV. KERA will also host special advance screenings of the film in Dallas on Thursday and Fort Worth on Sept. 29.

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