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Think is a daily, topic-driven interview and call-in program hosted by Krys Boyd covering a wide variety of topics ranging from history, politics, current events, science, technology and emerging trends to food and wine, travel, adventure, and entertainment.

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The Underbelly Of The Internet

August 23rd, 2019

48:31

There are 1 billion websites – but how many of those are safe for us to visit? This hour, host Krys Boyd takes a look at the dark corners of the web and the content moderators who make sure we never see the worst …

It’s Not Enough To Not Be Racist

August 22nd, 2019

48:20

We have a picture in our minds of what a racist looks like: a hooded member of the KKK or a modern white nationalist. But racism isn’t always something we see outwardly. Ibram X. Kendi is director of the Antiracist …

In These Cities, Climate Change Is Now

August 22nd, 2019

47:34

We’re warned about the perils of climate change in our futures. But for some American cities, climate change is already here. Journalist Steve Mufson joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the places already showing signs …

What Katrina Couldn’t Wash Away

August 21st, 2019

48:27

There’s the place you call home: the physical four walls, the back porch, the garden…and then there’s the metaphor of home: the hearth and heart of your identity. Sarah M. Broom joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the …

Confessions Of A Recovering Chess Addict

August 21st, 2019

47:35

The movie scenes of chess are instantly recognizable: men quietly and intensely focused on besting their opponent over long, serious hours. For Sasha …

Is The U.S. Headed For A Recession?

August 20th, 2019

47:41

Collectively, Americans are holding their breath as consumers, investors, and policy makers take a wait-and-see approach on the American economy. Are …

Should We Enable Safe Drug Use?

August 20th, 2019

47:20

The 12-step program approach to sobriety is a well-known model to get — and stay— sober. But kicking opioids is proving to be more complex than the current rehab models can tackle; almost 70,000 people overdosed and …

The Millennial Who Transformed Teen Vogue

August 16th, 2019

49:16

Success looks easy for Elaine Welteroth. She’s just 32 and has already a ledger of impressive accomplishments, like the youngest editor-in-chief of …

Blame Europe And The U.S. For The Immigration Crisis

August 15th, 2019

48:25

In 2018, the International Organization for Migration reported that one out of every 108 people in the world is displaced and forced to migrate. The reasons for immigration, though, are actually quite diverse. Suketu …

A Defense Of Post-9/11 Strategy

August 15th, 2019

48:07

After 9/11, the CIA sprang into action to thwart potential future attacks. One of the methods employed: secret and controversial “black site” prisons — interrogation facilities established without normal wartime …

Greenland Will Lose 3 Billion Tons Of Ice This Year

August 14th, 2019

48:41

Those who seek adventure often choose the most remote places on Earth: the tallest mountains, hottest deserts, and vast, empty stretches of ice. The last is the subject of Jon Gertner’s book, “Ice Age at the End of the …

What Barack Obama And Keanu Reeves Have In Common

August 14th, 2019

47:31

How does the world react to those of mixed race? Are they outsiders, floating in between cultures? Or are they seen in some ways as heroes for …

The Two Questions Every Doctor Should Ask

August 13th, 2019

47:35

Mental illnesses can easily fall through the cracks – even when someone sees a doctor. UT Southwestern’s Dr. Madhukar Trivedi joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how primary care physicians can be an effective front-line …

The Trouble With The First Amendment

August 13th, 2019

48:42

When football player Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem, some argued it was his right of free speech. In 2018, the Supreme Court …

Stevie Ray Vaughan: Texas’ Pride And Joy

August 12th, 2019

48:05

In 1959, when three rock ‘n’ roll greats died in a plane crash, it was called “the day the music died.” In 1990, it was the blues world mourning when …

Why Serial Rapists Stalk Among Us

August 12th, 2019

48:21

Each year approximately 125,000 rapes are reported across the nation, yet city after city has boxes of critical evidence gathering dust inside police …

The Man Behind The Greatest Show On Earth

August 9th, 2019

48:36

The famous quote attributed to P.T. Barnum is “there’s a sucker born every minute.” But Barnum biographer Robert Wilson says the man could never have …

She Thought She Was White – Then She Found Out About Her Dad

August 8th, 2019

48:16

For better or worse, so much of our identity is built around race. So when Sarah Valentine found out at age 27 she is not, in fact, white, that she is mixed-race with a black father, she found it very hard to reconcile …

The Dallas Pastor Who Has Trump’s Ear

August 8th, 2019

47:53

Robert Jeffress, senior pastor at First Baptist Dallas church, is one of President Trump’s most reliable supporters. He told Fox News host Lou Dobbs …

Nature, Nurture And The Path To Personality

August 7th, 2019

48:38

Teens take quizzes hoping to reveal what they like, adults take personality tests to find what career to pursue. The unending quest to unveil our …

You Don’t Know Joe: The Culture Of Coffee

August 7th, 2019

48:08

Beyond the phrase “a case of the Mondays” there’s probably not another office joke on the planet that doesn’t somehow include coffee. No matter how you take it, coffee arguably sustains and connects us. Mark Pendergrast …

The Kids Who Pick Your Produce

August 6th, 2019

48:43

America has a secret hidden in plain sight: more than half a million children – ages 12 and in certain situations, younger – are legally laboring on farms, often in dangerous and backbreaking conditions. Valeria …

Revitalizing The American Worker

August 6th, 2019

48:19

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal set ground rules for working conditions, including the legalization of organized unions. But not long …

Violence in El Paso and Dayton

August 5th, 2019

48:50

Gun violence dominated the weekend as many as 22 people were killed by a gunman in El Paso – and nine more were shot to death less than 24 hours …

To Move Forward, Forget The Past

August 5th, 2019

48:06

We’ve all had those moments: forgetting where you put the keys, going blank on what to grab at the grocery store. We joke with our friends that it’s …

Politics And The Birth Of The Blockbuster

August 2nd, 2019

48:51

Let’s see if you know this quote, “Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads!” Or “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” The iconic lines from “Back to the Future” and “Apocalypse Now” are linked in film critic …

Why Poor Couples Crave Strong Relationships

August 1st, 2019

49:19

Economists study poverty using hard data – but the numbers don’t always reflect personal experiences. University of Wisconsin-Madison associate …

The Widow And The Washout

August 1st, 2019

47:59

A house-bound widow in Maine, a professional baseball pitcher who’s forced off the mound by injury – what do they have in common? A life-long friendship and the pain that comes with losing the thing you love most. This …

How Debtors’ Prisons Never Really Went Away

July 31st, 2019

48:47

There’s a saying, “it costs a lot of money to be broke.” Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman agrees. His new book, “Not a Crime to Be Poor,” explores all the ways our systems nickles and dimes people below the …

Why Money Is The Problem – And Solution – For Honduras

July 31st, 2019

48:01

Citizens of Honduras are routinely extorted by gangs and regularly murdered if they fail to pay up. Those gangs operate unchecked in part because of …

Hardship As A Launch Pad

July 30th, 2019

48:21

Bed-bound, paralyzed from the waist down, Nnedi Okorafor woke up from what was supposed to be minimally-invasive surgery with her life upside down. Her recovery meant periods of hallucinations, nightmares, as well as a …

The Most Prolific Serial Killer You've Never Heard Of

July 30th, 2019

47:49

The ability for people to so easily switch from, say, devoted family man to serial killer is the crux of America’s continued fascination with true …

A Muslim Doctor In Trump Country

July 29th, 2019

48:21

Dr. Ayaz Virji says something fundamentally changed when President Trump was elected. The Georgetown-educated physician serves a rural Minnesota town, and where once he was welcomed, he found his Muslim family targeted …

A Texas Roadtrip (With A Possible Killer)

July 29th, 2019

48:17

Julia Heaberlin says she learned about “evil and wicked surprise” as a newspaper editor. Later she funneled those forces into her renowned crime …

Understanding The Unrest In Puerto Rico

July 26th, 2019

48:12

This week, hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans have taken to the streets to call for the resignation of the island’s governor, Ricardo A. Rosselló. Ed Morales covers Puerto Rico for The Nation, and he joins guest …

The Politics of Water

July 25th, 2019

48:12

A new report from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund finds a connection between racial residential segregation and black access to water systems. Sparky Abraham is an attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund who worked on …

Mescaline’s Long, Strange Trip

July 25th, 2019

47:01

The psychedelic alkaloid mescaline occurs naturally in peyote cactus and other plants. And though it became popular in the mid-20th Century, its use …

How Black Farmers Lost 90% Of Their Land

July 25th, 2019

48:39

Between 1910 and 1997, African-American farmers lost about 90 percent of their land because the law does little to protect the passing down of land between generations. ProPublica reporter Lizzie Presser joins guest …

Guiding Jazz’s Next Generation

July 25th, 2019

48:21

Jazz is one of the truly American art forms. But is the American youth of today still interested in the music of Armstrong, Ellington and Coltrane? …

A Former Slave Tells His Story

July 23rd, 2019

48:04

In the late 1920s and early ’30s, Zora Neale Hurston befriended Cudjo Lewis, and elderly formerly enslaved man living in Alabama. Hurston’s interviews with Lewis about his capture in Africa and transfer to America form …

Why Texas History is Outdated

July 23rd, 2019

47:20

There may be no state more in love with its mythical past than Texas. Sam Houston State history professor Ty Cashion joins guest host John McCaa to separate fact from fiction when it comes to Texas legends. Cashion’s …

The Female Abolitionists Of San Francisco’s Chinatown

July 22nd, 2019

48:42

In the mid-19th Century, Chinese immigrants began settling in the U.S. – largely in San Francisco. And many of the young women and girls who crossed …

The Evolution of Urban Parks

July 22nd, 2019

47:16

New York’s Central Park and other urban spaces were conceived as natural breaks from the hustle of city life. San Francisco Chronicle urban design critic John King joins guest host John McCaa to talk about how these …

The Deep Blue Sea: Life Under Water

July 19th, 2019

48:35

More than 70 percent of the planet exists underwater. Today, we’ll take a deep breath and dive down to meet some of the animals who call our oceans …

Chuck Klosterman Returns To Fiction

July 17th, 2019

48:26

Chuck Klosterman is an essayist, New York Times best-selling nonfiction author and pop-culture critic. His joins host Krys Boyd to talk about his new …

Gimmie Shelter: Staying Alive In Extreme Places

July 17th, 2019

47:43

There are designations for protected lands, including “park,” “monument,” “sanctuary” and “wilderness.” It’s this last one that interests author Dan Richards most. He joins host Krys Boyd to talk about some of the most …

How The West Was Overrun

July 16th, 2019

48:49

The American West still invokes images of untamed, vast landscapes stretching for miles. Author and journalist Christopher Ketcham joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how the American West is actually slipping away, in …

The Human Filters Of The Internet

July 16th, 2019

48:13

When an offensive post appears on social media, a user can flag it, block it, or mute it. But thousands upon thousands of violent, racist and …

You Can’t Escape Your Childhood Online

July 15th, 2019

48:23

For most kids today, their entire lives have been documented on social media. Kate Eichhorn, associate professor of culture and media at The New …

Buckle Up: It’s The Law

July 15th, 2019

47:57

Cars are such a part of American life that in most places, car ownership is assumed. Gregory H. Shill, associate professor of law at the University …

Lost Cities As Seen From Space

July 12th, 2019

45:28

A new field of archaeology has researchers not digging in the dirt, but instead hovering thousands of miles about the earth in search of ancient …

How Meteorologist Predict The Future

July 11th, 2019

47:30

Meteorologists use a complex system of computer models, algorithms and historical data to predict the weather. Andrew Blum joins host Krys Boyd to …

Why The Government Should Watch The Web

July 11th, 2019

48:51

The internet has been part of our daily lives for more than two decades. But our approach to policing it is still in its infancy. Karen Kornbluh is …

A Road Trip With Henry Ford And Thomas Edison

July 10th, 2019

48:31

As an automaker and tire manufacturer, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone had plenty of incentive to make sure America’s roadways were suitable for cars. Jeff Guinn joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how the pair teamed …

The Cost of Freedom: How Ankle Bracelets Are Pushing People into Debt

July 10th, 2019

47:35

Ankle monitors allow some people charged with a crime to live and work outside of jail ahead of their trials. ProPublica reporter Ava Kofman joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how defendants are on the hook for the …

What Makes A Father?

July 9th, 2019

47:59

Through scientific innovations, determining paternity is now a pretty straight forward and reliable process. Columbia professor Nara B. Milanich …

The Border As A War Zone

July 9th, 2019

47:29

America is not at war with Mexico. But a visit to the border can feel like you’re entering a war zone. John Carlos Frey joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how defense contractors, lobbyists and other profiteers are …

Colorado After 5 Years Of Legal Weed

July 8th, 2019

48:10

In 2014, Colorado became the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational use – leading to $1.5 billion in sales annually. Jack Healy joins …

Can You Steal The Cure For Cancer?

July 8th, 2019

47:59

Some of the world’s top cancer researchers are Chinese scientists working in American labs. Peter Waldman joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how the FBI and National Institutes of Health are quietly purging these …

The Hidden Grief of Miscarriage

July 3rd, 2019

47:52

About one in four pregnancies ends in a miscarriage. Psychotherapist Julia Bueno experienced a miscarriage herself, and she joins host Krys Boyd to …

A Guide to Ending Urban Violence in 10 Years

July 3rd, 2019

48:17

Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and other big cities have struggled for decades to curb urban violence. Thomas Abt was a policymaker in the Obama-era …

You’ve Made It. Now Time to Step Back.

July 2nd, 2019

48:36

At some point, the ascent of our professional lives levels off – and the next turn is a gentle descent into retirement. As Arthur C. Brooks wraps up his tenure as president of the American Enterprise Institute, he’s …

When Cops Join Hate Groups

July 2nd, 2019

48:02

Hate groups thrive online, particularly on Facebook. Will Carless joins host Krys Boyd to talk about an especially concerning element of these …

How We Captured Saddam and Killed Bin Laden

July 1st, 2019

47:38

Retired Admiral William McRaven has been involved in some of the most storied military exercises of the century – from capturing Saddam Hussein to …

Why Don’t We Talk About Menopause

July 1st, 2019

47:54

For girls, getting your period is seen as the beginning of a transition into womanhood. So when menopause hits decades later, what does that transition signify? Darcey Steinke joins host Krys Boyd to talk about this …

George Will On The Origins Of Conservatism

June 28th, 2019

48:36

Washington Post columnist George F. Will is an old-school conservative – as in all the way back to the Founding Fathers. He joins host Krys Boyd to …

Texans In Congress Talk Border and Immigration

June 27th, 2019

49:25

When Americans think of the U.S.-Mexico border, immigration and security are usually the first two topics that come to mind. Host Krys Boyd talks with a pair of congressman who represents districts that span hundreds of …

Assessing America’s Trade Wars

June 27th, 2019

46:03

The United States and China are in the midst of a full-blown trade war after the U.S. imposed 25 percent tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese …

A Conversation With Sen. Bernie Sanders

June 26th, 2019

48:38

Bernie Sanders has pushed the Democratic Party to seriously consider backing universal healthcare, a higher minimum wage and a host of other progressive ideas. The Vermont senator joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the …

The Dumbest Ideas In Intelligence History

June 26th, 2019

47:55

The U.S. military once had an idea to strap bombs to bats. Meanwhile, the intelligence services thought of digging a spy tunnel under the Soviet embassy. Vince Houghton, historian and curator of the International Spy …

National Security from the Top Down

June 25th, 2019

47:52

The National Security Council was established by President Truman to provide a core group of advisors to the White House on issues of security and …

By the Numbers: Census 2020

June 25th, 2019

48:08

House Democrats and the White House are locked in a battle over whether or not the 2020 census can ask respondents if they are U.S. citizens. NPR national correspondent Hansi Lo Wang joins host Krys Boyd to talk about …

VA Secretary Robert Wilkie On Caring For Vets

June 24th, 2019

47:57

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is charged with a mission laid out by President Lincoln: “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, …

Washington Reporters Roundtable

June 24th, 2019

47:56

Last week, President Trump officially declared he’s running for re-election. The announcement has shared headlines with stories about increased tension with Iran, further testimony tied to the Mueller Report and, of …

Why Is It So Difficult To Treat Pain

June 20th, 2019

48:46

After a motorcycle accident and the surgeries that followed, Travis Rieder became addicted to pain medications. Rieder is the director of the Master …

It All Starts With Algae

June 20th, 2019

48:17

Without algae, we wouldn’t have everyday items like paint, shampoo – even beer! Ruth Kassinger joins guest host Courtney Collins to talk about how …

A Marine Revisits The Battlefield

June 19th, 2019

48:20

As a Marine, Elliot Ackerman served five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning a Silver Star and Purple Heart. And he’s dedicated his post-military career to understanding conflict in the places he fought. He joins …

In West Texas: A Boom For Some, A Bust For Others

June 19th, 2019

47:17

Oil production in the Permian Basin has doubled in the last three years to 2 million barrels a day. And the current boom in the oil industry trickles …

Look Up: You’re Being Watched

June 18th, 2019

47:35

The Gorgon Stare is the most effective surveillance technology the Pentagon has ever developed. It can monitor thousands of moving targets at once …

Is GPS Rotting Your Brain?

June 18th, 2019

48:30

Throughout human history we’ve had an insatiable urge to chart the unknown. M.R. O’Connor joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how this drive to explore is deeply rooted in how our brains function, which she writes about …

How Tech Companies Are Reading Our Minds

June 17th, 2019

48:14

Eye-tracking technology offers companies a window into our thoughts as these devices monitor how our eyes engage with the world. Avi Bar-Zeev helped …

Tiny Nations, Giant Impact: The Politics of Climate Change

June 17th, 2019

48:15

With rising global temperatures come rising seas – and island nations are the ones taking the brunt of the damage. Justin Worland joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how Fiji, the Marshall Islands and other tiny …

Is the U.S. Really a Democracy?

June 14th, 2019

48:37

At its core, a democracy should be a form of government in which everyone has an equal say. But with rampant racial and economic inequality, it’s …

To Win An Argument, You Need More Than Facts

June 13th, 2019

47:45

As the editor of The New York Times op-ed page, Trish Hall guided writers through how to sway their readers’ opinions on important topics. She joins host Krys Boyd to explain the core principles of persuasive writing, …

What Happens To Car Culture When Robots Do The Driving?

June 13th, 2019

48:43

This summer, millions of Americans will pack up their cars and head to the beach, the mountains or somewhere in between. Auto writer Dan Albert joins …

Work On Your Empathy – It’s Good For You

June 12th, 2019

45:37

Some people may naturally be more empathetic than others, but the question is: Can empathy be developed and nurtured? Stanford psychology professor …

How Millennials Make Work Work

June 12th, 2019

48:38

Millennial workers came of age in a business environment that values temporary workers over steady, long-term employment. S. Craig Watkins, Ernest S. Sharpe Centennial Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, …

How Google’s Workers Enforce The ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Mantra

June 11th, 2019

47:51

Google is well-known in Silicon Valley for its “don’t be evil” mantra. Beth Kowitt joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how some of the tech giant’s workers are beginning to wonder if the company’s business practices …

Getting To Know China One Cab Ride At A Time

June 11th, 2019

48:40

If you want to learn about a new place, hop in a cab and the driver will often tell you everything you need to know. That was Frank Langfitt’s idea when he moved to China – to the degree that he began driving a taxi …

Why Talking With Your Hands Helps You Think

June 10th, 2019

48:24

The standard approach to thought says that language is the basis for what happens in the mind. Psychologist Barbara Tversky joins host Krys Boyd to …

Your Political Party Is Outdated (And So Is The Other One)

June 10th, 2019

48:01

The standard approach to thought says that language is the basis for what happens in the mind. Psychologist Barbara Tversky joins host Krys Boyd to …

The Meaning of Blood-Ties in Same Sex Families

June 7th, 2019

48:39

When same-sex couples have a child via a donor or surrogate, one parent is biologically related to the newborn while the other’s relationship begins …

‘Race Science’ Is Still a Thing

June 6th, 2019

48:42

Mainstream scientists have largely turned their backs on race science – though there are still those searching for genetic variations among people from different races. BBC science reporter Angela Saini joins host Krys …

Trained Monkeys: The Cruelty of Wildlife Tourism

June 6th, 2019

47:58

For many travelers, that picture taken atop an elephant or feeding a panda is the perfect Instagram moment. Natasha Daly joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how by stepping into the natural world, we often harm the very …

The Heartbreak that Shaped Barbara Bush

June 5th, 2019

47:50

Barbara Pierce Bush was the wife of a president and the mother of one, too. And though she never held elected office, her influence on American …

Can We Trust Generic Drugs?

June 5th, 2019

48:42

Almost 90 percent of the pharmaceuticals we buy are generics. Katherine Eban joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how companies frequently ignore safe manufacturing practices in order to maximize the profits of these …

Siri and Alexa are Spying On You

June 4th, 2019

47:13

Each night when we plug in our smartphones and drift off to sleep, that’s when those phones really go to work – and not necessarily for us. …

Don’t Force Your Kid to Be a Prodigy

June 4th, 2019

48:39

Experts who focus on a single field can seem like superstars. But it’s often the jacks of all trades who keep organizations moving forward. David Epstein joins host Krys Boyd to talk about scientific research that shows …

Why Moms Still Do the Most

June 3rd, 2019

47:38

Plenty of men these days are proud to call themselves feminists. When it comes to parenting, though, those same men are quick to fall into …

The Foreign and the Familiar: A Novel of the Border

May 30th, 2019

48:42

Twelve-year-old Orly is forced during summer break to live with his godmother, Nina, in Brownsville, Texas. And this addition to the household means …

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