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The Evolution Of Television News

[2015-07-02 13:00:00] With cable networks and the 24-hour news cycle, televised news is constantly evolving. This hour, we'll talk about the line between news and entertainment – and if the nightly news is still relevant – with California State University Long Beach associate professor Charles Ponce de Leon, author of That's the Way It Is: A History of Television News in America (University of Chicago Press).

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One Radio Host, Two Dancers

[2015-07-02 12:00:00] For his live show, Ira Glass made it his mission to combine art forms that "have no business being together – dance and radio." This hour, we'll talk about the making of One Radio Host, Two Dancers with the This American Life host and dancer Monica Bill Barnes. They'll perform it at the Winspear Opera House on July 11 as part of the #thinkspeak series.

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Spies Spying Spies

[2015-07-01 13:00:00] For three years, American Naveed Jamali filtered sensitive information to a Russian spymaster. What the Russians didn't know was that Jamali was doing this work as a double-agent working for his native country. This hour, we'll talk to Jamali about his experience as an amateur in the dangerous world of counter-intelligence, which he writes about in How to Catch a Russian Spy: The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Double Agent (Scribner).

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From Lawyer to Desert Diplomat

[2015-07-01 12:00:00] Robert Jordan was a Dallas attorney with no diplomatic experience when in the spring of 2001, President George W. Bush picked him to become the nation's ambassador to Saudi Arabia. This hour, we'll talk to him about the role he played in building relationships in the Middle East, which he writes about in Desert Diplomat: Inside Saudi Arabia Following 9/11 (Potomac Books). Robert Jordan will speak to the DFW World Affairs Council on July 7th at a luncheon in McKinney and a reception at the Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas. Both events are open to the public.

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Unthinkable Racism In Recent History

[2015-06-30 13:00:00] At the turn of the 20th century, a young Congolese man was included in an anthropology exhibit at the World's Fair before being put on display in the New York Zooligical Gardens' Monkey House. This hour, we'll talk about how such an inhumane idea became reality with Pamela Newkirk, author of Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga (Amistad).

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Social Action, Offscreen

[2015-06-30 12:00:00] Technology is often considered the cure-all for what ails us. And a lack of access to technology could be one of the reasons why the world's poor remain that way. This hour, we'll talk about why personal connections are the key to helping the less fortunate with computer scientist Kentaro Toyama, author of Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change From the Cult of Technology (PublicAffairs).

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The Origins Of Middle East Unrest

[2015-06-29 13:00:00] In the final days of the Ottoman Empire, Christians, Jews and Muslims lived in relative peace in the Middle East. This hour, we'll travel back in time a little more than a century with filmmaker Ben Loeterman to talk about how things turned sour, the subject of his film 1913: Seeds of Conflict, which airs Tuesday night at 8 on KERA-TV.

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Same-Sex Marriage Becomes Legal

[2015-06-29 12:00:00] On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. This hour, we'll talk about what the ruling means for gay couples with Mark Pharris and Victor Holmes, the Plano men who were among the plaintiffs suing to have Texas' law against same-sex marriage overturned.

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The Drinking Life

[2015-06-25 13:00:00] For Sarah Hepola, alcohol was the fuel that transformed her into the outgoing, up-for-anything person she thought she wanted to be. This hour, we'll talk to her about the evolution of her drinking, which she writes about in her memoir Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget (Grand Central Publishing).

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Career Roulette

[2015-06-25 12:00:00] Nothing ventured, nothing gained – it's a philosophy that's paid dividends for some people willing to gamble a bit with their careers. This hour, we'll talk about why you might be sorry in playing it safe with Anne Kreamer, author of Risk/Reward: Why Intelligent Leaps and Daring Choices are the Best Career Moves You Can Make (Random House).

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