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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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Inheriting Cancer

[2016-02-03 13:00:00] An estimated 10 percent of cancer cases are considered hereditary. This hour, we'll learn how we can spot the patterns of inherited cancer with Dr. Theodora Ross, director of the Cancer Genetics Program at UT-Southwestern Medical Center. Her new book is called "A Cancer in the Family: Take Control of Your Genetic Inheritance" (Avery).

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The Philosophy of Science

[2016-02-03 12:00:00] Albert Einstein once said that a scientist who doesn't consider the philosophy of science is, "like somebody who has seen thousands of trees but has never seen a forest." This hour, we'll visit that forest with Tim Lewens, a philosopher at the University of Cambridge and author of "The Meaning of Science: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science" (Basic Books).

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Bringing 'Ohm' To The Office

[2016-02-02 13:00:00] Meditation has been shown to lower stress, increase focus and improve our moods. And the people who meditate aren't the only ones who benefit. This hour, we'll talk about how the corporate world would be wise to embrace the practice with David Gelles, author of "Mindful Work: How Meditation is Changing Business from the Inside Out" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

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Zika Virus Explained

[2016-02-02 12:00:00] About two dozen countries in Central and South America are battling the spread of the Zika virus. Pregnant women have been warned about traveling to these regions as the virus can cause severe birth defects. This hour, we'll talk about what we need to know about Zika – and about attempts to control the outbreak – with Dr. Seema Yasmin, an infectious disease specialist who also writes about health for "The Dallas Morning News."

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Waste Not, Want Not

[2016-02-01 13:00:00] Americans throw out more than 30 million tons of food each year, and a lot of that waste is a product of how we inefficiently use our kitchens. This hour, we'll talk about simple strategies for reducing waste in our own homes with Dana Gunders of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Her new book is called "Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money By Wasting Less Food" (Chronicle Books).

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How We Vote

[2016-02-01 12:00:00] We'd like to think that during election season, we listen objectively to candidates' positions on issues and choose the person who reflects our values. This hour, we'll talk with Rick Shenkman about how, in reality, we often cast votes based on a number of superficial factors. His new book is called ": How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics" (Basic Books).

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