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Best Of Think: The Odyssey Of George H. W. Bush

[2016-02-11 13:00:00] The story of George H.W. Bush is the story of the 20th Century itself as the former president was an active participant in everything from World War II to the fall of the Berlin Wall. This hour, we'll listen back to our November conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham about the 41st president. His book is called "Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush" (Random House).

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Best Of Think: The Unknown Lady Bird

[2016-02-11 12:00:00] The standard narrative of the Lady Bird and Lyndon Johnson relationship assumes that he married her for money and she followed him to the White House. According to a recent book about the couple, though, the first lady was an equal political partner often called upon to broker backroom deals for the president. This hour, we'll listen back to our October conversation with Betty Boyd Caroli about "Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President" (Simon & Schuster).

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Inside Our Memories

[2016-02-10 12:00:00] Memory is a tool that gives our lives depth and puts the present in context. This hour, we'll learn about how scientists are developing a better understanding of how memories work – and how they can sometimes be manipulated – with Anna Lee Strachan. The "NOVA" episode she wrote and directed, "Memory Hackers," airs tonight at 8 on KERA-TV.

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Life As A Tudor

[2016-02-10 12:00:00] In a book out last year, historian Ruth Goodman detailed for readers what it was like to live in Victorian England. This hour, we'll talk to Goodman about her newest book, "How to Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life" (Liveright), to learn about the ups and downs of English life during the reign of Henry VIII.

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Cultural Collision

[2016-02-09 13:00:00] As election-season rhetoric heats up, it can feel as if the country is more divided now than ever. This hour, we'll put that division in historical context by talking with Stephen Prothero, chair of the religion department at Boston University. His new book is called "Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections): The Battles That Define America from Jefferson's Heresies to Gay Marriage" (HarperOne).

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Brain-To-Brain Communication

[2016-02-09 12:00:00] Neuroscientist Dr. Miguel Nicolelis is a pioneer in the development of brain-to-brain communication. This hour, we'll talk with him about the practical applications of his discoveries, and about the future of brain-machine interfacing. He speaks tonight as part of the UTD Center for Brain Health's "The Brain: An Owner's Guide" lecture series.

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Fantasy Sports And The Law

[2016-02-08 13:00:00] Last month, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released an opinion stating that daily fantasy sports betting is illegal in the state. This hour, we'll talk about how sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel have skirted online gambling laws – and about the future of the wildly popular pastime – with "New York Times" reporter Walt Bogdanich. His investigation is part of a "Frontline" episode airing Tuesday night at 9 on KERA-TV.

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The History of Psychiatry

[2016-02-08 12:00:00] Psychiatry was once considered the work of quacks who had little or no background in science. This hour, we'll talk about how the field gained legitimacy through the work of Sigmund Freud and other practitioners with Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, author of "Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry" (Back Bay Books).

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The Making Of A President

[2016-02-04 13:00:00] When we think of Abraham Lincoln, it's of the fully-formed president who oversaw one of the most difficult transitions in American history. The details of how he became that man, however, are also fascinating. This hour, we'll talk to Stephen Harrigan about "A Friend of Mr. Lincoln" (Knopf), a fictionalized look at the 16th president's formative years. Harrigan speaks tonight during Authors Live! at Highland Park United Methodist Church.

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Handling The Refugee Crisis

[2016-02-04 12:00:00] For months, Europe has been struggling to handle an influx of refugees from Syria and the Middle East; Denmark just decided to seize the assets of potential refugees. The United States and Canada have been wrestling with this issue as well – with some American politicians calling for an outright ban on refugees who are Muslim or from certain countries. This hour, in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth, we'll talk about how the refugee question is playing out across the globe and here in North Texas. Our panel includes Ryan Crocker, the former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan; State Senator Don Huffines; and Jennifer Sime, senior vice president of U.S. programs for the International Rescue Committee.

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