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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 Excuse For Racism In Hollywood? Money

February 20th, 2019

45:55

With the#OscarsSoWhite campaign and increased calls for inclusion riders, Hollywood is beginning to more closely consider how people of color are …

The Unseen Creatures We Live With

February 20th, 2019

48:44

Sterilize your kitchen counters all you want: You’ll never be rid of the thousands of tiny organisms who live alongside us. Biologist Rob Dunn joins …

Wildlife, The Environment And The Casualties Of War

February 19th, 2019

46:48

For decades, Afghanistan has been one of the most war-torn places on Earth. Evolutionary biologist Alex Dehgan has dedicated his career to protecting …

Talking About A Woman’s Gender Won’t Get Her Elected

February 19th, 2019

46:47

Democratic candidates are already positioning themselves as challengers to President Trump in 2020. And the field is led by a number of high-profile women, including senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten …

For A Better Life, Think About Dying

February 18th, 2019

48:44

Most of us plan for the ends of our lives by just putting the idea out of our minds. Katy Butler joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how we can better manage our later years and maintain a high quality of living even at …

To Fix The House, Add More Reps

February 18th, 2019

47:33

One thing every American can agree on is that we’re living in a particularly divided political landscape. Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky joins …

What You Don’t Know About Marie Kondo

February 15th, 2019

46:56

Marie Kondo has been equal parts sensation and curiosity with her book on organizing and subsequent Netflix series. Margaret Dilloway grew up with one Asian parent and one white parent, and she joins host Krys Boyd to …

A Century Of Protest Songs

February 14th, 2019

48:41

Protest songs are arguably most closely associated with the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War. James Sullivan joins host Krys Boyd to trace …

The General And The Hurricane

February 14th, 2019

46:54

Lt. General Russel Honoré served as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, leading his home state of Louisiana’s effort to rise above the devastation. He joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how his military training …

The Roadblock To Medicare-for-All

February 13th, 2019

48:41

Medicare-For-All has turned into a litmus test for Democrats throwing their hats into the 2020 presidential election. Dylan Scott joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the biggest roadblock to expanding Medicare: the 160 …

Are Facebook Friends Really Friends?

February 13th, 2019

46:14

This month, Facebook marks its 15th anniversary. Julie Beck joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how the social network has changed the way we view …

The Evolution Of Human Violence

February 12th, 2019

48:40

Over the past 250 million years, humans have actually become nicer to one another on an individual level. At the same time, we’ve gotten a lot better …

What The Ganges Means To India

February 12th, 2019

45:54

The Ganges River flows more than 1,500 miles – from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. University of California, Davis history professor Sudipta Sen joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the religious significance the …

The Marijauna Smoke Screen

February 11th, 2019

48:49

Recreational marijuana is legal in nine states and the District of Columbia. As more states debate its availability, Alex Berenson joins host Krys …

Why Kids Draw – And Why They Stop

February 11th, 2019

46:42

Drawing is one of the first artistic experiences that many children will have. Arts educator Marilyn JS Goodman joins host Krys Boyd to talk about …

‘Everyone Thinks I’m A Girl, Mama – And I’m Not’

February 8th, 2019

48:42

When Jodie Patterson began to understand that the child she named Penelope actually identified as a boy, she was forced to rethink everything she thought she knew about gender and identity. She joins host Krys Boyd to …

Women Couldn’t Fight (But Went To War Anyway)

February 7th, 2019

46:44

Beginning in World War I, the American military began sending young women overseas to boost the morale of personnel on the frontlines. Kara Dixon Vuic, professor of war, conflict and society in 20th Century America at …

A Conversation With Judy Woodruff

February 7th, 2019

48:41

For more than 20 years, Judy Woodruff has anchored PBS Newshour, public television’s signature news program. She joins host Krys Boyd to talk about her more than 40 years in the business – and about Newshour’s place in …

America Was Built By Black Labor

February 6th, 2019

48:39

How Much Do You Need To Know To Vote?

February 6th, 2019

46:36

More than 130 million votes were cast in the 2016 election – a number so large that some Americans feel their individual vote doesn’t really matter. George Mason University law professor Ilya Somin studies voter …

Should We Negotiate With Terrorists

February 5th, 2019

48:40

In 2012, ISIS began capturing journalists and aid workers in Syria. The governments of Germany, Denmark, France and Italy negotiated to free their hostages. The U.S. and U.K. did not, and theirs were executed. Joel …

Stereotypes As Keepsakes

February 4th, 2019

48:39

From Aunt Jemima to Bugs Bunny in blackface, Americans have been exposed to racist depictions of African Americans since the advent of popular …

Known Unknowns: Learning When You’re Wrong

February 4th, 2019

46:44

One of the trickiest elements of learning – the thing no one wants to confront – is the realization that sometimes what we think we know is actually incorrect. Brian Resnick joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how …

Fat Shaming Hurts Men, Too

February 1st, 2019

48:40

When he was 50 years old, Tommy Tomlinson weighed 460 pounds, putting him at risk for heart disease, diabetes and plenty of other ailments. He joins …

Your Housekeeper Knows Your Secrets

January 31st, 2019

48:40

Housekeepers get to know the intimate details of the people they serve – even when those same people barely know the names of those who clean their homes. Stephanie Land turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and she …

Making Sense Of ‘Mercy’ Killings

January 31st, 2019

46:45

Assisted suicide administered by a spouse is a gut-wrenching choice that some senior citizens feel is their only option. Ann Neumann joins host Krys …

Designing For Disability

January 30th, 2019

48:39

Over the last 50 years, America has worked to convert the built world into an accessible one by adding crosswalks for the visually impaired, ramps for those in wheelchairs and countless other upgrades. Bess Williamson, …

Embracing A Queer Identity Early

January 30th, 2019

46:14

Today’s youth have more resources to explore their identities than any previous generation. Cal State San Marcos sociologist Mary Robertson joins …

The Future Is Fiber – And The U.S. Is Falling Behind

January 29th, 2019

48:40

The expanded use of fiber-optic connections has opened up new possibilities to health care, education, retail and other fields. Harvard Law professor Susan Crawford joins host Krys Boyd to explain why we need to …

The Case For Holding A Grudge

January 29th, 2019

46:25

Sophie Hannah is a champion grudge-holder – a distinction she’s come to appreciate. She joins host Krys Boyd to explain how grudges can actually be …

Alt Medicine And The Will To Heal

January 28th, 2019

49:06

Acupuncture, yoga and other alternative therapies have helped people worldwide with chronic conditions. Yet the scientific community struggles to …

Why Chimps Can Be Lazy But We Can’t

January 25th, 2019

48:40

If apes and monkeys are some of our closest animal kingdom cousins, why is it that they can sit around all day and be perfectly healthy and we …

Nuclear Accidents: Not If But When

January 24th, 2019

46:33

The head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is charged with keeping Americans safe from a nuclear disaster. It’s a post Greg Jaczko once held, and …

Unpacking Tornillo

January 24th, 2019

48:40

About 6,000 children passed through the tent city located in Tornillo, about 40 miles from El Paso. And after seven months in operation, the last child left earlier this month. Tanvi Misra joins host Krys Boyd to tell …

The IRS Has Bigger Problems Than Your Tax Returns

January 23rd, 2019

48:53

As the government shutdown enters its fifth week, many Americans are wondering if they will receive their tax returns this year. Paul Kiel joins host …

Millennials: Burned Out Already?

January 23rd, 2019

45:11

Millennials are increasingly claiming to be burned out by work and everyday life. Anne Helen Petersen is one of them, and she joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how her generation has internalized the idea that in our …

Appalachia’s Silent Killer

January 23rd, 2019

48:40

For decades, government regulators have known about toxic mine dust that is killing coal miners in Appalachia – and have done little to address the …

I Fell In Love With A Con Artist

January 23rd, 2019

46:33

Imagine that the person you loved – the person you planned to spend the rest of your life with – wasn’t who you thought they were. That’s what happened to Abby Ellin, who joins host Krys Boyd to talk about what it’s …

Black Millennials And A Dream Deferred

January 22nd, 2019

48:45

Many black millennials have watched as their parents and grandparents faced the reality that the American Dream was just out of their grasp no matter how far they reached. Reniqua Allen joins host Krys Boyd to talk …

What Happens If We Don’t Turn The Other Cheek

January 17th, 2019

48:47

Our laws are fairly accepting when it comes to the use of violence in cases of self-defense. Things are less clear when it comes to defending …

What Trump Can Do In A State Of Emergency

January 17th, 2019

36:31

President Trump said, “I would almost say definitely,” when asked if he is willing to bypass Congress and declare a state of emergency to build the …

Memes To An End: The Power Of Digital Culture

January 16th, 2019

48:40

Internet memes can seem pretty trivial (Grumpy Cat, anyone?). But when used correctly, they can actually tap into the zeitgeist in a way that connects like-minded people across the globe. An Xiao Mina joins host Krys …

What Journalism Does For The Arts

January 16th, 2019

37:27

In the last decade, newspapers and other publications have drastically cut the number of arts and culture writers they employ. This hour, host Krys …

Why America Still Needs The Rest Of The World

January 15th, 2019

47:49

During the Cold War, America had a number of allies ready to join us in the fight against communism. Foreign Affairs magazine editor Gideon Rose …

The Long, Strange History of Parenting Advice

January 15th, 2019

32:42

New parents often bring home their new bundles of joy and immediately discover that when it comes to parenting the advice is limitless and often conflicting. Jennifer Traig – a mother herself – joins host Krys Boyd to …

When We Talk Ourselves Out Of The Truth

January 14th, 2019

39:43

We live in an age when the truth feels more malleable than ever. James Owen Weatherall, professor of logic and philosophy of science at the University of California, Irvine, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the social …

Rethinking How We Treat Depression

January 10th, 2019

48:52

More than 250 million people worldwide suffer from depression – and yet treatment has changed very little in the last few decades. University of …

How Middle School Grades Boys

January 10th, 2019

35:55

The preteen years for kids can be a juncture point in which some will continue a path toward maturity while others will leave their once-sweet selves behind. Ellen McCarthy joins host Krys Boyd to talk specifically …

For Polite Conversation, Try The Internet

January 9th, 2019

48:47

Between Twitter and the comments section, the Internet can seem like a place where polite discussion goes to die.  Antonio García Martínez joins host …

The Other O’Keeffe Sister

January 9th, 2019

37:02

Ida O’Keeffe was an accomplished artist in her own right – a distinction that her more famous sister, Georgia, worked diligently to cover up. Sue …

The High Cost Of Misdemeanors

January 8th, 2019

48:42

Misdemeanors by definition are relatively minor crimes. UC-Irvine law professor Alexandra Natapoff joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how these …

He Came For The Coffee (And Stayed For The War)

January 8th, 2019

47:14

As a 24-year-old, Mokhtar Alkhanshali left his life in San Francisco to explore the rich history of coffee farming in his ancestral home of Yemen. …

How Cancer Doctors Are Tailoring Treatment

January 7th, 2019

48:41

Standard treatment for cancer and other diseases involves diagnosing the problem and following a protocol. Science journalist Fran Smith joins host …

Losing My Religion

January 7th, 2019

48:42

Jessica Wilbanks grew up in the Pentecostal church – a life she left behind at 16. She joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how her decision alienated …

A Lesson In Texas Mythology

January 4th, 2019

48:37

W.F. Strong is beloved by public radio listeners for his popular “Stories from Texas” segment that airs on The Texas Standard. He joins guest host …

How We’re Still Funding The Civil War

January 2nd, 2019

48:39

As American cities debate what to do with Confederate monuments, many will be surprised to learn that over the last decade, taxpayers have spent $40 million on the preservation of these statues and Confederate heritage …

Texans Of The Year

January 2nd, 2019

47:51

Each year, The Dallas Morning News looks back at the previous 12 months to determine the Texan of the Year. Elizabeth Souder and Brendan Miniter of the paper’s editorial board join guest host John McCaa to talk about …

A Playwright Remembers His Border Childhood

December 20th, 2018

48:31

Octavio Solis grew up in El Paso before becoming one of America’s most accomplished Latino playwrights. He joins host Krys Boyd to tell stories of …

When Slavery Uproots Your Family Tree

December 20th, 2018

48:49

How We’ve Used Anne Frank

December 20th, 2018

47:32

Anne Frank is the most well-known of the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust because of the diary she kept during her young life. Dara Horn …

Estrangement As Salvation

December 19th, 2018

49:22

Estrangement is a situation that touches parents and their children, siblings and even lifelong friends. Harriet Brown joins us to talk about the building blocks that eventually create walls between loved ones – and …

Gene Editing As A Cure For Deafness

December 19th, 2018

47:31

Researchers are currently testing a form of gene editing on mice that could hold the cure for many people born deaf. Science writer Dina Fine Maron …

The Many Ways Presidents Leave The White House

December 18th, 2018

48:48

With Democrats set to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives in January, some are already banging the drum for impeachment hearings for …

The Surprising Future Of American Jews

December 18th, 2018

48:42

American Jews have established themselves in virtually every facet of American life. And that integration opens up a new set of challenges. Harvard Law professor Robert H. Mnookin joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how …

Rethinking Recycling

December 17th, 2018

48:38

The United States recycles about 34 percent of its waste – a number that hasn’t increased much in decades. Beth Porter, climate and recycling director for Green America, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about recycling …

Want To Kill The Middle Class? Try Tariffs

December 17th, 2018

48:11

Earlier this month, the United States and China called a temporary truce in the countries’ months-long trade war, though difficult negotiations are …

Why Your Grandma Says That

December 14th, 2018

48:41

Erasing The Link Between Art And Architecture

December 13th, 2018

48:42

Daniel Libeskind designed New York’s World Trade Center Redevelopment and many, many other significant projects around the world. He joins us to talk about his approach to architecture – and why he says anyone can do …

Who Or Whom? Who Cares.

December 13th, 2018

47:42

As much as our English teachers would like us to follow the laws of grammar, language has a way of developing organically. Lane Greene joins us to …

The Ethics Of Editing Babies

December 12th, 2018

48:17

Late last month, Chinese researcher He Jiankui opened a Pandora’s Box with his announcement that he’s edited the genes of twin girls. Science writer Ed Yong joins us to talk about how the prospect of designer babies has …

How White Gatekeepers Restrain Black Thinkers

December 11th, 2018

48:43

In a new essay, Mychal Denzel Smith writes, “The white audience does not seek out black public intellectuals to challenge their worldview; instead they are meant to serve as tour guides through a foreign experience that …

Trading A C-Suite For A Cop’s Beat

December 11th, 2018

47:27

As enforcers of the law, police officers are charged with leading exemplary lives – even as they interact with criminals on a daily basis. Sarah …

Why We Should Be Talking About Rape

December 10th, 2018

48:45

As a 17-year-old living in Mumbai, Sohaila Abdulali survived a gang rape. And in the decades since, she’s worked to chart a new path to healing. …

What Happens After Exoneration

December 10th, 2018

47:20

When a prisoner is exonerated, a wrong has been righted. Lara Bazelon joins us to talk about how these victories can actually lead to longer periods …

George Saunders’ Fable For Adults

December 7th, 2018

48:42

Sons Of The Founding Fathers

December 6th, 2018

48:40

Most Americans have at least a passing familiarity with George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and their contemporaries. UT-Austin historian H.W. Brands joins us to talk about the men who took the baton from …

Your Brain On Art

December 6th, 2018

48:45

A visit to a museum can provoke a long list of questions: How does this piece make me feel? Is what I’m looking at any good? And who gets to decide what makes something a work of art? Ellen Winner, director of the Arts …

The World’s Most Violent Places Are Not At War

December 6th, 2018

48:44

Colombia and Mexico regularly see their share of violent activity – even though they aren’t engaged in a formal war. Rachel Kleinfeld of the Carnegie …

You Love It When People Fail – Here’s Why

December 6th, 2018

48:44

When that jerk at work spills coffee all over his shirt, we laugh, right? Turns out that’s a natural – and common – response. Tiffany Watt Smith joins us to talk about why we find perverse pleasure in the pain of …

Meet The Women Who Fought The Taliban

December 4th, 2018

48:40

In the battle against the Taliban, women serving in the armed forces have played a key role in circumventing a patriarchal society to gather …

Swimming With Cephalopods

December 4th, 2018

48:40

Cephalopods are amazing creatures – capable of complex learning, chameleon-like fluidity and lighting quick dexterity. Mike Vecchione, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries National …

Being Amy Sedaris

December 3rd, 2018

48:43

In Defense Of Puns

November 30th, 2018

48:41

A snappy comeback, delivered with just the right amount of zing, can make you the life of the party or the hero of the office. James Geary joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the importance of wit in everyday life, and …

Examining America’s Founding Truths

November 29th, 2018

48:43

Thomas Jefferson said that the American experiment depended on three truths. Harvard historian Jill Lepore joins host Krys Boyd to talk about …

Surprise: Placebos Are Effective

November 29th, 2018

48:42

Clinical trials include a placebo to guard against misleading results. So what should we make of cases when placebo groups also improve? Gary …

Growing Up Queer: What Kids Need To Know

November 28th, 2018

48:39

Kids questioning their sexual identity have more resources than ever. Still, the road to clarity can be arduous. Kelly Madrone joins host Krys Boyd to talk about ways to help struggling children and their parents along …

Rape Cases Are Being Closed – Not Solved

November 28th, 2018

48:39

The criminal justice system has many ways of clearing rape cases. But a case being closed isn’t the same as justice served. Newsy reporter Mark …

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Identity Politics

November 27th, 2018

48:39

With white nationalists, anti-immigrant populists, liberal academics and many other fractious groups, identity politics is having an outsized effect …

Who Says You Can’t Have More Than One Religion?

November 27th, 2018

48:37

When someone has, say, a Jewish father and Christian mother, it’s common to inherit spiritual practices from each. Duane R. Bidwell of the Claremont …

Waiting In The Age Of Instant Gratification

November 26th, 2018

48:38

Some of the most unnerving times in our lives are when we’re waiting for news – good or bad. Jason Farman, director of the Design Cultures & …

The Many Facades Of Philip Johnson

November 26th, 2018

48:38

If you’ve ever visited the Fort Worth Water Gardens or Dallas’ Thanks-Giving Square, you can thank Philip Johnson. Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the designer’s …

To Infinity … And Beyond!

November 21st, 2018

48:36

Space is a subject that fascinates kids and adults alike. This hour, we’re revisiting some of our favorite conversations about the cosmos, talking …

Thanksgiving Is A Made-Up Holiday (And That’s OK)

November 21st, 2018

48:37

By now, most adults know the first Thanksgiving didn’t quite go down the way we were taught in school. Anthropologist Jack David Eller joins us to …

How Travel Apps Can Steer You Wrong

November 20th, 2018

48:42

As the New York Times Frugal Traveler columnist, Seth Kugel visited more than 50 countries in search of rich experiences for the less-than-rich. He …

Why Working Mothers Can’t Win

November 20th, 2018

48:40

Parenting can be particularly difficult for working mothers, seeing as that working fathers are usually just known as “fathers.” Amy Westervelt joins …

Americans Are Scared Of The Wrong Things

November 19th, 2018

48:40

With nuclear threats, natural disasters and social unrest, it feels like scary times, doesn’t it? Sociologist Barry Glassner joins us to talk about …

Alone At The South Pole

November 19th, 2018

48:38

Two men – one American, one Brit – are each attempting to become the first person to cross Antarctica on foot unassisted. New Yorker staff writer David Grann joins us to talk about Henry Worsley, a British special …

Haunted By Mental Illness

November 16th, 2018

48:43

Lindsay Wong grew up in a family full of mental illness. But instead of seeking treatment, her grandmother and mother blamed their maladies on ghosts …

How Eggplants Have Sex

November 15th, 2018

48:44

The fruits, vegetables, legumes and other foods that wind up on our tables all have something in common: They made it there because of sex. University of California, Riverside genetics professor Norman C. Ellstrand …

Bring Back The Trust-Busters

November 15th, 2018

48:41

Some of our most important industries – banking, technology, pharmaceuticals – are controlled by just a handful of companies. Columbia University …

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