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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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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.

Winston Churchill: The Early Years

Sep 28, 2016
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Long before Winston Churchill was the leader who got Britain through World War II, he was a 20-something trying to make a name for himself as a journalist.

Ageism Isn't Just About The Old

Sep 26, 2016
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Today’s economic realities keep many Americans working beyond the “traditional” retirement age of 65. Why, though, do folks who have proven themselves for decades find it so hard to get hired?

How Slavery Built Texas

Sep 22, 2016
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If you grew up in Texas, you were probably taught about how we fought for independence from Mexico – and later traded sovereignty for U.S. statehood. Why our Texas ancestors made those decisions, though, is sometimes glossed over. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with UNT history professor Andrew Torget about how slavery fueled the Texas Revolution.

How To Manage Student Loan Debt

Sep 21, 2016
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The average American college student will graduate with more than $35,000 in student loan debt.

Why Doctors Are So Quick To Diagnose ADHD

Sep 19, 2016
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About 10 percent of American children are diagnosed with ADHD. There’s evidence, though, that suggests many people who have been told they have the condition may not.

Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with Alan Schwarz, author of “ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic,” about kids who are misdiagnosed.

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The Secret To Raising Smart Kids

Sep 15, 2016
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There’s plenty of advice out there for parents on how to raise smart kids. What works, though, is still a question researchers are trying to answer.

College Football’s Rape Problem

Sep 14, 2016
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A University of North Carolina Chapel Hill student held a press conference this week to say she was raped by a football player. The UNC sophomore says she reported the rape in February, but the accused student wasn’t suspended from the team until yesterday.

How Population Growth Is Affecting The Texas Landscape

Sep 13, 2016
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Texas consistently ranks as one of fastest growing states in the U.S. On Think, Krys Boyd talked with conservationist David Todd about the ways that growth is affecting the natural landscape.

Asian Perspectives On Black Lives Matter

Sep 12, 2016
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How you feel about Black Lives Matter might depend on your own race. It can also depend on what generation you belong to.

Why A College Degree Might Not Be Best For Everyone

Aug 31, 2016
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College is usually seen as the best path to economic success. Today on Think, as a part of KERA’s American Graduate initiative – Krys Boyd talked with Katherine Newman, provost of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, about why the “college for all model” isn’t working for everyone. She is the co-author of, “Reskilling America: Learning to Labor in the Twenty-First Century.

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All this week, public radio stations across the country are taking part in NPR’s “A Nation Engaged” series – exploring America’s place in the world. 

How To Talk To Kids About Racial Violence

Aug 26, 2016
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All week as North Texas students returned to school, we’ listened in on conversations about race with parents, teachers and students. On Think -- as part of KERA’s American Graduate series “The First Week” -- Krys Boyd spoke to a panel of child psychologists about ways to help young people process the racial violence that occurred across the country this summer.

Winning The Millennial Vote

Aug 24, 2016
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Millennials are the largest generation in the U.S. and the biggest portion of the electorate. It’s hard to predict, though, how they will vote in November.

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