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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Health/Science
5:39 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Think: Teaching Parkinson's Patients To Talk

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People with Parkinson’s Disease struggle with movements that used to be automatic. That includes walking, blinking and speaking. Today on Think, a speech-language pathologist talked to Krys Boyd about a North Texas program that’s helping Parkinson’s patients regain the ability to speak.

Samatha Elandary says problems for Parkinson’s patients start with a shortage of dopamine in the brain.

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Health/Science
4:48 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Think: Diagnosing Mental Illness

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How do you know if you’re going crazy? It may sound like a funny question, but it’s one that psychiatrists seriously consider every day.

Today on Think, Dr. Joel Gold talked about how he works through the possibility.

Gold says diagnosis is often a matter of perspective.

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Health/Science
5:02 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Think: How Conjoined Twins Share Their Senses Of Sight And Sound

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How we interact with the world is part of what makes us unique. But what if you saw and heard the exact same things as someone else?

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All Things Texas
10:34 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

The 12 Books Every Texan Needs To Read

On a recent episode of KERA's Anything You Ever Wanted to Know, a listener new to Texas asked for suggestions of books that would help him to learn about the Lone Star state. So we polled the smartest audience in radio, and here are the 12 books listeners recommended the most.

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Friday Conversation
7:34 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Politics Is Like Basketball, Says Mayor And Former NBA Player Kevin Johnson

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA player, will be in Dallas for the U.S. Conference of Mayors' annual meeting.
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The U.S. Conference of Mayors holds its annual meeting in Dallas beginning Friday. More than 200 mayors are expected to attend. The event will be presided over by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, the former NBA point guard who is now in his second term as mayor of his hometown.

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Science
8:55 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson: When It Comes To Asteroids, Be Afraid. Be (A Tiny Bit) Afraid.

That vest is the actual vest Tyson wears in the Superman comic.
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In 2013, a meteor exploded over the Ural Mountains in Russia (you might remember the dashcam footage and the seemingly non-plussed Russians who captured it).

Which begs the question: What else flying around in the cosmos might come into contact with Earth? And who better to deliver the answer than Neil deGrasse Tyson?

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NCAA Final Four
11:47 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Final Four Fans Make Last-Minute Scramble To Get To Arlington For The Big Dance

The Final Four is finally here -- the first game starts at 5:09 p.m. Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
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College basketball fans from Connecticut, Wisconsin, Florida and especially Kentucky are flooding into Arlington this weekend for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. KERA’s Stephen Becker spent Friday with thousands of them at AT&T Stadium.

Three of the Final Four teams use blue as a school color. But on Friday, the bulk of that blue was on the backs of Kentucky fans.

“I’m not gonna miss Kentucky playin’. If we’re goin’ to a Final Four, I’m gonna be there if I have to walk.”

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Family
9:58 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Three Reasons People Choose Collaborative Divorce

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Over the last decade or so, a movement has emerged in divorce court to make future exes teammates in the process instead of opponents. On KERA's "Think," host Krys Boyd spoke to a panel of experts on what’s known as “collaborative divorce" ahead of a conference in Dallas that started Thursday.

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Arts & Culture
11:25 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Beer Brewers Talk About Booming North Texas Craft Beer Scene

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At 1 p.m. today on Think, we’re taking a tour of the North Texas craft beer scene with three of the people responsible for its grown. Wim Bens (Lakewood Brewing), John Reardon (Deep Ellum Brewing) and Grant Wood (Revolver Brewing) will join us for a discussion of how they chose the types of beers they make, how they come up with their names and what goes into brewing a great beer.

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Friday Conversation
7:46 am
Mon January 13, 2014

20 Years After The Stars' Move To Dallas, Hockey Flourishes In Football Country

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This season marks the 20th anniversary of the Dallas Stars coming to town. In that time, the team’s won a Stanley Cup and helped develop a generation of kids who play hockey in Cowboys country. In our Friday Conversation, Dallas Stars President and CEO Jim Lites talks about the team’s impact on North Texas.

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