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Think, with host Krys Boyd, features in-depth interviews with compelling guests, covering a wide variety of topics ranging from history, politics, current events, science, technology and trends to food and wine, travel, adventure and entertainment.

Think airs live Monday through Thursday from noon to 1 pm on KERA 90.1 FM in North Texas, and Monday through Friday from 1 to 2 pm on KERA and other public radio stations across Texas.

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America has a habit of following trends that occur in one of its states: Texas.

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It’s been six months since Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast, damaging buildings, claiming or totally changing lives and inundating the southeastern part of the state with historic rainfall.

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On KERA's Think, noted food writer Michael Pollan came to the table to talk about how the things we eat have played a role in the evolution of our societies, economies, and our brains.


In the era of U.S. slavery, it was illegal for African-Americans in many parts of the country — both enslaved and free — to learn to read and write.

But millions who were denied that right understood the power of education. By the late 19th century, there were dozens of black colleges in the United States.


Each day, social workers must decide whether or not the children they visit should be removed from their parents’ homes. It’s a decision that changes the courses of those kids’ lives.

During a recent episode of  KERA's "Think," Naomi Schaefer Riley, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, talked about how we can better harness statistical information to help make these decisions.


In Texas, mothers are dying — and lawmakers and public health officials are trying to figure out why.


Some things will decline as we get older — that’s inevitable.

Physical strength, balance and endurance erode, our eyesight worsens, women quickly lose bone mass after menopause, and male testosterone levels drop.


Addiction to opioids often begins in the doctor’s office. These drugs are typically the only option to manage pain after an operation or in patients with serious injuries. They’re also frequently prescribed to patients with chronic pain, and it’s these patients who are most at risk for opioid addiction.

Late last year, a woman gave birth to a baby via a transplanted uterus — the first ever in the United States. And it happened in Dallas: The boy was born at Baylor University Medical Center.

If you're the type who dreams of being surrounded by piles and piles of books, you would love the Think Tank, the corner of the KERA building where the Think crew prepares each show.

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Landscape architect Peter Walker is the inaugural winner of the University of Texas at Dallas’ Richard Brettell Award in the Arts. The $150,000 prize – the richest arts prize in Texas – was established by arts patron Margaret McDermott to honor Bretell, a distinguished arts professor at the university.

A Look At Energy Policy Under A Trump Administration

Dec 14, 2016

President-Elect Donald Trump has picked Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt is a climate change skeptic and has been critical of regulations set by the agency.

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Justice Stephen Breyer has served on the Supreme Court for more than 20 years. On Think, Krys Boyd talked with him about his career on the bench and his book “The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities.”


This January, KERA’s award-winning radio program Think will more than double its broadcast reach by expanding to Texas’ largest metropolitan areas, including Houston, Austin and San Antonio.

How To Be A Successful Presidential Appointee

Dec 12, 2016

President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration could appoint as many as 4,000 senior-level bureaucrats. Many of those appointees will arrive on the job with no government experience.

Why Deliberate Rest Is The Key To Success

Dec 8, 2016

For many Americans finding time to rest is often the last priority of a busy workday. On Think, Krys Boyd talked with Alex Pang, founder of The Restful Company, about why deliberate rest is the key to more productivity and success. 


For decades members of the white working class have occupied the economic middle of American society. In 2016, though, many white laborers feel like a steady job and decent wages are harder to come by.

3 Ways Slot Machines Trap Gamblers

Dec 6, 2016

If you’ve spent any time in a casino, you know how absorbing those blinking, candy-colored slot machines can be. On Think, Krys Boyd talked with journalist John Rosengren about how slots are designed to keep visitors gambling. He writes about how casinos enable gambling addicts in The Atlantic magazine.

Here Are 6 Ways To Save Money During the Holidays

Dec 2, 2016

The average American will spend more than $900 on holiday gifts this year. On Think, Krys Boyd talked with tech journalist David Pogue about some money saving tips for shoppers. He’s the author of "Pogue's Basics: Money - Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You)."

5 Tips For Working With Difficult People

Nov 30, 2016

Whether you’re just starting your career or you’re a seasoned pro, you’ve probably worked with someone who made your job difficult.

NEA Chair Talks The Future Of The Organization

Nov 29, 2016

Many Republicans are keen to shrink the federal government. And now that the party controls both the White House and Congress, some are wondering which federal agencies might be affected. On Think, Krys Boyd talked with Jane Chu, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, about how the organization expects to fare.

Why Stop And Frisk Makes Law Enforcement More Difficult

Nov 28, 2016

In 2011, nearly 700,000 people were stopped by the New York Police Department under the controversial tactic known as stop and frisk. Two years later, a judge ruled the city’s use of the program violated the Constitution because it was a form of racial profiling. The ruling led to steep decline in the use of stop and frisk by the NYPD.

4 Tips For A Successful Thanksgiving

Nov 23, 2016

Food tends to define Thanksgiving Day - and the particular dishes that define it seem to vary by region, neighborhood and family. 

Coke, Pop, Soda: Inside The Regional Dialects Of America

Nov 22, 2016

As many of us board planes for the holidays, we’ll run into people from across the country who may not say things the same way we do.

How Doctors Are Using Data To Predict Child Abuse

Nov 21, 2016

Doctors at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth are experimenting with data technology that could help predict neighborhoods where kids are most likely to be abused.

The Future Of Medicare

Nov 15, 2016

For half a century, Americans age 65 and older have relied on Medicare to pay for health care. Rising costs, though, have some wondering if the program will last.

How Filipino Americans Break The Rules Of Race

Nov 14, 2016

Many think of Latinos as people with roots in Mexico, Cuba or other Latin American countries. That definition, though, leaves out Filipino Americans, whose culture was shaped by centuries of Spanish colonial rule.

The History Of Black Party Affiliation

Nov 8, 2016

Historically, a majority of African Americans in the U.S. have voted Democrat. On Think, Krys Boyd talked with Corey D. Fields of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford about African Americans who lean Republican.

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From Dallas to San Antonio, the Lone Star State is known for its Tex-Mex. On Think, Krys Boyd talked with Mando Rayo, co-author of “The Tacos of Texas” and Sylvia Casares, author of “The Enchilada Queen Cookbook: Enchiladas, Fajitas, Tamales, and More Classic Recipes from Texas-Mexico Border Kitchens” about two staples of the cuisine.

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Early voting participation is up more than 40 percent in some counties in Texas. Some voters, though, worry about the possibility of voter fraud. On Think, Krys Boyd talked about the issue with Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos — who also serves as the state’s Chief Election Officer.