Krys Boyd and the Think production crew will visit Washington, D.C. to broadcast live from NPR headquarters June 11-15. Krys will talk with curators for the Smithsonian, familiar NPR voices, and the two candidates vying to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate.
When and where
• KERA 90.1 FM June 11-14 from noon to 2 p.m. Central and June 15 from 1 to 2 p.m.
• Listen to the podcast of each show after it airs here or on your favorite podcast app. (You can also now listen to each individual D.C. show at the “Listen” links below.)
• Follow along on Twitter.
Guests and topics
Here’s the the week’s lineup:
» In November, Texans will go to the polls to decide if Republican Ted Cruz will serve a second term in the U.S. Senate or be replaced by Democrat Beto O’Rourke. Each candidate will join us to talk about their current legislative priorities — and why they should represent Texas on Capitol Hill. Listen.
» Throughout the month of June, Pride parades will wind through city streets across the country. We’ll stop by Washington’s to talk with participants — and we’ll hear from an expert about the history of Pride parades and how their functions have evolved. Listen.
» James Clapper served as Director of National Intelligence under President Obama. And since leaving the post, he’s been a defender of the intelligence community while also talking about improvements that can be made. He’ll reflect on his time working in the White House – and about the current state of intelligence gathering – which he writes about in “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence” (Viking). Listen.
And we’ll take another peak into the Obama White House with former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, whose buzzy new book, “The World As it Is” (Random House), recounts his experiences there. Listen.
» Since Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Washington media has both covered his presidency and been part of the story. NPR White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe and Abby Livingston of The Texas Tribune join us to talk all things politics. Listen.
And Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post’s Fact Checker columnist, delves into separating truth from lies in real time. Listen.
» If you’re planning a trip to the nation’s capitol this summer, we’ve got a look at two of the Smithsonian’s signature attractions. We’ll tour the National Museum of African American History and Culture – including a look at a new exhibition on the influence of Oprah Winfrey. Listen.
» And we’ll talk with the director of the National Portrait Gallery about the new portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama. Listen.
» And it wouldn’t be a trip to NPR without a visit with a few familiar voices. Sam Sanders joins us to talk about his new podcast “It’s Been a Minute,” Shankar Vedantam digs into recent discoveries on “Hidden Brain” and Leila Fadel revisits “Muslims in America,” a series she spent a year reporting. Listen.