Stephen Becker

Producer, Think and Anything You Ever Wanted To Know

Stephen Becker produces the shows Think and Anything You Ever Wanted to Know. For five years, as part of the Art&Seek team, Stephen produced radio and digital stories, along with the podcast "The Big Screen," with Chris Vognar, movie critic of The Dallas Morning News. His 2011 story about the history of eight-track tapes was featured nationally on NPR’s All Things Considered. Before coming to KERA, Stephen was the film and television editor at The Dallas Morning News. In 2008, he participated in the Moving Image Institute in Film Criticism and Feature Writing at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City.

In his 10 years at the News, he also worked in the Lifestyles, Business and Sports departments and was the recipient of several Society of Newspaper Design awards. Additionally, he served on teams that launched Quick and the GuideLive arts and entertainment section of the newspaper. He is a native of North Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

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On Dec. 26, sirens rang out across North Texas, warning of the dozen tornadoes that would soon touch down. Sirens like those actually fire off less frequently than they did even a few years ago, thanks to advancements in radar technology.

Eleven people died Saturday after tornadoes ripped through North Texas on Saturday. Here's what we know so far about those who died:

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Today on Think … a conversation about climate change. What responsibility does the world’s largest oil company have when it comes to the Earth’s future? Krys Boyd explored the question with a reporter who writes about climate change and an official from ExxonMobil. Here's a recap:

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Franklin Barbecue in Austin is the state’s hottest barbecue joint, taking the top spot in Texas Monthly’s poll. And barbecue addicts’ burning desire for their brisket is only matched by the sweltering temperatures around the smokers. 

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Today on Think, Krys Boyd spoke with psychologist Dr. Guy Winch about why we sometimes feel lonely. As it turns out, our brains developed the ability to be lonesome as a form of protection.

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Last week, Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk announced she’s taking a four-week leave of absence to seek treatment for depression. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked to a UT-Southwestern psychiatrist about depression in the workplace.

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Over the weekend, about a thousand people from across the country gathered in Fort Worth for a conference called Podcast Movement. It was dedicated to all things podcasting – from the superstars who get millions of listeners every week to some pretty narrow niches.

On Monday's Think, Krys Boyd spoke with the Plano couple who was part of a Texas lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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This spring, Children’s Medical Center in Dallas opened a clinic that specializes in helping kids and their families work through a condition called gender dysphoria. On Monday's Think, Krys Boyd talked to a pair of staff members, about the multistep treatment process:

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We’re taking Anything You Ever Wanted to Know on the road.

We hope you’ll join Jeff Whittington and the rest of the Anything team again this Friday, back in Sammons Park just outside of the Winspear Opera House. We’ll broadcast live from noon to 1 p.m., so come prepared with your questions. And hang around for the whole show – you just might have an answer we’re looking for.

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