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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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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
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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.”

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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
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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
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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. 

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Why Bats Aren't So Scary After All

Oct 31, 2016
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Austin is home to a colony of 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats that live under the Congress Avenue Bridge. On Think, Krys Boyd talked with Mike Ryan, professor of integrative biology at UT-Austin, and UT graduate student May Dixon about how bats navigate and communicate, and about the many misconceptions that haunt the flying mammal.

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Four months before his granddaughter, Mariel, was born, American writer Ernest Hemingway shot himself in a cabin in Idaho. He struggled with addiction – and his suicide was one of several in the Hemingway family. 

How Populist Candidates Come To Power

Oct 26, 2016
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It may seem like Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have nothing in common. Each candidate, though, has ideas that stray from his party’s platform.

A Lesson On Polls

Oct 24, 2016
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An ABC News poll released Sunday shows Hillary Clinton has a double-digit lead over Donald Trump. But that doesn’t guarantee those results will be duplicated on Election Day.

A Young Immigrant's Experience In America

Oct 13, 2016
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Isaias Ramos came to the U.S. with his parents when he was 8 years old, got good grades and then had to decide what to do after high school. On Think, Krys Boyd talked with journalist Daniel Connolly about his experience

We Asked Immigrants: What Does It Mean To Be An American

Oct 12, 2016
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This week, as a part of NPR’s “A Nation Engaged” project, member stations across the country are talking about what it means to be an American.

A Mother's Decision To Donate Her Son's Organs

Oct 10, 2016
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Imagine learning in the months before giving birth to twins that one of your sons had a fatal condition. That’s exactly what happened to Sarah Gray – who decided to donate her son Thomas’ organs to research after he died at six days old.

Want Healthier Kids? Let Them Eat Dirt

Oct 6, 2016
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Last month, the FDA banned the sale of soaps that contained certain antibacterial chemicals. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with microbiologist Brett Finlay about the problem with using these soaps, hand sanitizer and other cleaning products.

Lawrence Wright On The Rise Of Terror

Oct 4, 2016
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Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright has investigated the evolution of al-Qaeda and ISIS, as well as the changing U.S. response to terrorist groups. On Think, Krys Boyd talked with The New Yorker staff writer about his new book “The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State.” 

Lessons From A Substitute Teacher

Oct 3, 2016
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Nicholson Baker earned just $70 a day working as a substitute teacher in Maine public schools. What he gained, though, was a wealth of insight as to what happens in the American education system.

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