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The Rise Of Long-Term Solitary Confinement

Solitary confinement in U.S. prisons was originally intended for the most extreme circumstances. Keramet Reiter of the UC-Irvine law school joins us to talk about how the practice has become more widely used – and about the effect it has on prisoners. She writes about those topics in "23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement" (Yale University Press).

The Spread Of Antigay Ideology

Last year, Masha Gessen visited Tbilisi, Georgia, to attend the World Congress of Families. The conservative organization opposes gay marriage; Gesson is married to a woman with whom she shares children. She joins us to talk about trying to find common ground with people whose way of thinking she opposes. Her story "Family Values: Mapping the Spread of Antigay Ideology" appears in the March issue of Harper's.

The Art Of Grace

As the Pulitzer Prize-winning dance critic for the Washington Post, Sarah Kaufman knows what graceful movement looks like. She joins us to talk about how we can incorporate elegance into our everyday existence, which she writes about in "The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life" (W.W. Norton and Co.).

The Death Of Expertise

With the Internet, nearly any fact or figure is just a click away. That democratization of information comes with downsides, though – including everyday people thinking they understand complex concepts as well as doctors, lawyers and other experts. Tom Nichols, a professor at the Naval War College, joins us to talk about the dangers of assuming we know it all, which he writes about in "The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters" (Oxford University Press).

The Russian Revolution

One hundred years ago this month, the Russian Empire collapsed with the abdication of Emperor Nicholas II. Daniel Orlovsky, George Bouhe Research Fellow in Russian Studies at SMU, and Boris Kolonitsky, Russian Revolution History Chair at the European University in St Petersburg, Russia, join us to talk about how the Russian Revolution brought about the Soviet Union and eventually the Russia of today. They'll speak at "The Russian Revolution of 1917: A Centennial View," a symposium at SMU.

A Conversation With Glynn Washington

Each week on "Snap Judgment," Glynn Washington brings public radio listeners stories centered on a common theme. He joins us to talk about the art of storytelling ahead of a live taping of the show at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas on Friday. Do. Not. Miss it.

The Teenage Brain

Anyone who's around teenagers often knows that they can be hard to pin down – mature and independent one minute, impulsive and emotional the next. Adriana Galván of the UCLA Brain Research Institute joins us to talk about how the teen mind develops. She's in town for "The Brain: An Owner's Lecture Series" tonight at UTD's Center for Brain Health.

Tackling Concussions

UT Southwestern Medical Center's O'Donnell Brain Institute recently launched the Con-Tex Registry, a statewide database to track concussions among middle- and high-school athletes. Dr. Munro Cullum and Dr. Hunt Batjer – who operate the data base – join us to talk about what we can learn from collecting data on a large scale. And we'll also talk with Reid Forgrave, whose profile of a young football player who committed suicide after suffering from CTE appears in the current issue of GQ.

Lessons From A Workologist

Many of us spend more time with our co-workers on a given day than with our spouses and friends. Rob Walker joins us to talk about how we can get along better with our colleagues, be better managers to our employees and develop a rapport with our bosses. He gives workplace advice as the Workologist columnist for The New York Times. And we'll also talk with Brad Bitterly, a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, about a recent workplace study he authored called "Risky Business: When Humor Increases and Decreases Status."

The Other Slavery

Slavery is the great stain on American's history – and while African Americans bore the brunt of the practice, they weren't the only ones. Andrés Reséndez joins us to talk about the tens of thousands of Native Americans who also served as slaves dating back to the times of Columbus. He writes about the topic in "The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). He's in town to participate in the symposium "Indians at the Center: Rethinking U.S. History and Geography," sponsored by the UTA Center for Greater Southwestern Studies.

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