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[2015-07-30 13:00:00] Seemingly every classic gangster film of the 1930s featured a tough guy clinging to the side of a getaway car while filling the streets with bullets from his Tommy gun. This hour, we'll talk about John Thompson's original intent for the submachine gun – and the ongoing debate it sparked – with Dallas author Karen Blumenthal, author of Tommy: The Gun That Changed America (Roaring Brook Press.).
[2015-07-30 12:00:00] When Sandra Bland, a black motorist, was pulled over by a state trooper in Waller County, Texas, the confrontation escalated quickly. This hour, we'll talk about the relationship between African Americans and law enforcement with UNT assistant journalism professor Meredith Clark, Lancaster Chief of Police Cheryl Wilson and Fort Worth artist Christopher Blay.
[2015-07-29 13:00:00] Matthew Diffee's cartoons have routinely made the pages of The New Yorker for more than a decade. This hour, we'll talk with Diffee about what separates the comics that make it in from the ones that don't – and about packing the maximum amount of humor into a single frame. His new book is Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People (Scribner).
[2015-07-29 12:00:00] Earlier this month, HarperCollins published Go Set a Watchman, the novel Harper Lee called the "parent" of To Kill a Mockingbird. This hour, we'll talk about how the book has us reconsidering Atticus Finch and the rest of the Mockingbird universe with Thomas DiPiero, dean of the Dedman College of Humanities at SMU. DiPiero reviewed Watchman for the New York Post.
[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).
[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).
[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).
[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.
[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.).
[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).