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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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While Texas continues to experience a three-year drought, maintaining a green lawn or a flourishing garden can be a daunting task. Today at noon on 'Think', we'll be speaking with Noelle Johnson, a horticulturalist with Birds and Blooms magazine about drought-resistant gardening.

Study Up For 'Think': Dynamics Of A Duo

Aug 5, 2014
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If it wasn't for Wilbur Wright's younger brother Orville, would aviation still exist? Could Francis Crick have discovered the structure of a DNA molecule without James Watson? Today at noon on Think, Joshua Wolf Shenk, essayist and author of Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, will join Krys Boyd to discuss why two minds are more successful than one.

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The August issue of National Geographic features photographs of art made by soldiers in the trenches of World War I. The images were captured by Jeff Gusky, who’s also an emergency room physician in North Texas. Today on Think, he told Krys Boyd that his experiences as a photographer and doctor are intimately connected.

Study Up For 'Think': The Hidden World Of WWI

Jul 31, 2014
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This summer marks the centennial anniversary of the First World War. But recently, unknown underground cities of the trenches were discovered. Today at 1 p.m. on Think, Dallas photographer Jeff Gusky joins Krys Boyd to talk about his collection of photographs that document the unseen artwork, artifacts, and sculptures of WWI.

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Years after covering conflict in Afghanistan, Anna Badkhen returned to the country in 2011, traveling through a roadless desert to a poor village called Oqa. Tonight, Badkhen speaks at The Wild Detectives bookstore in Oak Cliff. 

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One of the most difficult things for many of us to do is to forgive. Today on Think, a psychologist who studies people’s ability to heal after a trauma told Krys Boyd that forgiveness is a key to moving on.

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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.

Study Up For 'Think': Marijuana By Numbers

Jul 24, 2014
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With the legal weed market starting up in Colorado and Washington this year, marijuana is being widely discussed among scientists and researchers across the country. Today at noon on Think, we'll be speaking with Dr. Francesca Filbey and Dr. Robert Morris, two researchers at UT Dallas who've recently completed studies about pot, addiction and crime.

Study Up For 'Think': Can Culture Make Us Crazy?

Jul 22, 2014
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Our surroundings affect the way we think and act. But psychiatrist Joel and philosopher Ian Gold take this idea further to mental health. The two brothers examined specific cases where society and culture have played a role in producing delusions. Joel joins Krys Boyd today on Think at noon to talk about their latest book, Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness.

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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?

Study Up for 'Think': Go Far, Alone

Jul 17, 2014
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Leading a fulfilling life means something different for everyone. While some will want to settle down and have families, others feel more at home as nomads. At 1 p.m. on Think, Kristin Newman, sitcom writer and author of What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding, joins Krys Boyd to talk about the road less traveled.

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During the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011, many Americans thought the abrupt change of the political climate in the region would bring lasting improvements. But was this optimism justified? Today at noon on 'Think', we'll be speaking with Juan Cole, author of The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East.

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The United States Census Bureau reported that Asians were the fastest growing race or ethnic group in 2012, with a growth rate of 2.9%. But as the Asian American population continues to grow, what does it mean to identify as a part of that group? Today on Think at 1 p.m., Citizen University founder and former Clinton advisor Eric Liu joins Krys Boyd to talk about his new book A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream.

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Dallas has a rich history of musical innovation that goes back to the roots of modern music. But little is known about the city’s musical heritage throughout much of the 20th century. Today at 1 p.m. on Think, guest host Jeff Whittington will be speaking with Alan Govenar, co-author of Dallas Music Scene: 1920’s to 1960’s.

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Navigating the world of small business can be challenging. Yet North Texas has proved itself with a booming start-up community. Today at 1 p.m., three local entrepreneurs talked startups on Think: Launch DFW founder Bradley Joyce, SPAteneity Natural Nail Salon founder Missy Malone and Kairos Facial Recognition founder and The Sport of Sales​ author Craig Lewis.

Study Up For 'Think': Drought in the South

Jul 7, 2014
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Texas is big, hot and thirsty for water. Today on Think at 1 p.m., conservationist Ken Kramer and Jody Puckett, director of water utilities for the City of Dallas, join Krys Boyd to discuss the courses of action the state can take to combat the continued water shortage.

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Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children have entered the U.S. in recent months illegally - and it's being declared a humanitarian crisis. Today at noon on 'Think' we'll be speaking with Aviva Chomsky, author of Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal.

Study Up For 'Think': The American Warfare State

Jun 26, 2014
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Despite concerns over deficit and unnecessary wars, Congress spends over $700 billion on the military each year, as much as the rest of the world combined. Today at 1 p.m. on 'Think', Krys Boyd will be speak with professor Rebecca Thorpe, author of The American Warfare State: The Domestic Politics of Military Spending.

Study Up For 'Think': The Cost Of College

Jun 25, 2014
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College tuition has  has risen by 1,120 percent over the past few decades. As a result, the relationship between colleges and students has changed drastically. Filmmaker Andrew Rossi joins Think today at noon to discuss his latest documentary Ivory Tower.

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Ever wonder about who's working behind the stage at a Radiohead concert? Or who's involved in translating negotiations for ambassadors at the UN? Today at noon on 'Think', we'll be talking about the people whose work is barely noticed with author David Zweig and his new book Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work In An Age of Relentless Self-Promotion.

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There may be old truth to the cliche saying, “That what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” The classical ideology of Stoicism associates that idea to all sorts of challenges we face. Ryan Holiday joins Krys Boyd on “Think” today at 1 p.m. to discuss the power of this philosophy and his new book The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph.

Study Up For 'Think': Dress Lessons

Jun 18, 2014
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Fashion has been shaping our culture for decades, but have we lost the true art of getting dressed? Today at 1 p.m., Linda Przbyszewski—historian, dressmaker and author of "The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish"joins Krys Boyd to revisit the lessons the the 20th Century Dress Doctors once taught.

Study Up For 'Think': Blood For Freedom

Jun 16, 2014
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The Freedom Summer was a 1964 campaign in Mississippi to increase black voter registration. Adversaries resisted the movement with malevolence and violence. Today at noon, Krys Boyd will speak to historian Bruce Watson, author of American Experience: Freedom Summer, about the effort 50 years ago.

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While enjoying an adult beverage, one doesn’t usually pick apart chemical processes that take place in making the drink -- or even the drink's interaction with the human body. But studying both could help you recover post-cocktail. Adam Rogers, Articles Editor at Wired, joins guest host Stephen Becker on Think at 1 p.m. to discuss his new book Proof: The Science of Booze.

Study Up For 'Think': A Look At Laughter

Jun 11, 2014
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To guffaw, to chuckle, to giggle—laughter, regardless of how we do it, is a form of expression everyone experiences. But why do we do it? Today at 1 p.m. on Think, we will speak to Peter McGraw about his quest for the answer in "The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny."

Study Up For 'Think': The Azle-Reno Earthquakes

Jun 10, 2014
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Last fall, the small North Texas town of Azle and surrounding areas northwest of Fort Worth were struck by at least 27 mild earthquakes since Nov. 1. Today at noon on 'Think', we'll be speaking with SMU seismologist Brian Stump and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Lisa Song of Inside Climate News on the effects the quakes have had on the community and their possible link to hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

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The war in Mexico between the state and the drug cartels has claimed over 60,000 lives since 2006.

At noon today on Think, author Michael Deibert will discuss his new book In The Shadow of Saint Death: The Gulf Cartel and The Price of America’s Drug War In Mexico.

Study Up for 'Think': Affirmative Reaction

Jun 3, 2014
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Should colleges leave race out of the admissions equation? While support has increased for affirmative action programs in America the past several years, civil rights advocate Sheryll Cashin has another idea: schools should consider where an applicant grew up instead of the color of his or her skin. She joins Krys Boyd at 1 p.m. to discuss her new book, Place Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America.

Study Up For 'Think': Why Are We Crazy For Cupcakes?

May 29, 2014
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The cronut craze, the superfood frenzy and the truffle oil trend may be intentional palette fads cooked up by an unseen system of food advocates. At 1 p.m., David Sax, who explores the objectives of popularizing food in his book "The Tastemakers: Why We're Crazy for Cupcakes But Fed Up with Fondue," will join Krys Boyd to talk about what we eat and why we eat it on Think.

Study Up For 'Think': Why Liberal Education Matters

May 28, 2014
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Which will yield the most advantageous results: higher education focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) or postsecondary schools based in liberal arts? At noon, Wesleyan University President Michael S. Roth will join Krys Boyd on Think to discuss his book “Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters.”

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