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Fakers, Forgers And Frauds

[2015-07-28 13:00:00] Art auctions continue to set records for the sales of masterworks. And all that money changing hands is irresistible to con men. This hour, we'll talk about some of history's most notorious scams – and how they were pulled off – with Anthony Amore, author of The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World (St. Martin's Press).

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25 Years Of The ADA

[2015-07-28 12:00:00] The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination of millions of disabled Americans. Nearly 25 years to the day of President George H.W. Bush signing the ADA, we'll talk this hour about its unlikely path from idea to law with Lennard J. Davis, author of Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest US Minority Its Rights (Beacon Press).

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Rebooting An Aging Mind

[2015-07-27 13:00:00] When Patricia Marx's age was beginning to betray her memory, she decided to be proactive. This hour, we'll talk to the New Yorker staff writer about her humorous search for ways to curb the mind's decline, which she writes about in Let's Be Less Stupid: An Attempt to Maintain My Mental Faculties (Twelve).

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How Identical Twins Became Fraternal

[2015-07-27 12:00:00] Imagine being separated at birth from your identical twin and raised alongside your assumed fraternal twin. That's exactly what happened to four infants in Colombia. This hour, we'll talk about how decades later the young men sorted out the error with Susan Dominus, who tells their story in The New York Times magazine, and psychologist Yesika Montoya, who studied the twins' unique experience.

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The Parenting Paradox

[2015-07-23 13:00:00] As parents, we do our best to raise our children. And sometimes, the toughest thing to do is to take a step back and allow the kids to figure things out for themselves. This hour, we'll talk about how we can be better parents with Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success (Henry Holt and Co.).

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The Life Of A Speechwriter

[2015-07-23 12:00:00] The job of a speechwriter involves finding the delicate balance between telling the whole truth and getting out the message a politician wants the public to know. This hour, we'll talk about that process with Barton Swaim, a one-time speechwriter for former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. Swaim writes about his experience in The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics (Simon & Schuster).

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Me Talk Pretty One Day

[2015-07-22 13:00:00] English is an ever-evolving language, cobbled together from words and phrases taken from around the globe. This hour, we'll talk about common expressions and terms that may set off the language police with Ammon Shea, author of Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation (Perigee Books).

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Forensic Anthropology And Fictional Adventures

[2015-07-22 12:00:00] The hero of Kathy Reichs' novels is Temperance Brennan, a character who, like Reichs, is a forensic anthropologist. This hour, we'll talk to Reichs about injecting her real-world experience into Temperance's fictional adventures, and about her newest book, Speaking in Bones (Bantam). Reichs speaks tonight at 7 at the North Richland Hills Pubic Library.

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The Future Of Jobs

[2015-07-21 13:00:00] As more and more jobs are becoming automated, some workers are becoming obsolete. This hour, we'll talk about what that means for the future of our workforce with Derek Thompson, whose story "A World Without Work" appears in The Atlantic.

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Losing and Finding A Mind

[2015-07-21 12:00:00] When Clark Elliott suffered a concussion in 1999, his path to a professorship seemed impossible. This hour, we'll talk with him about how a pair of Chicago researchers helped him to regain his mental capacity, which he writes about in The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get it Back (Viking).

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