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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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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

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.”

Study Up For 'Think': Getting In Shape For Summer

May 13, 2014
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It's that time of year again. The prospect of appearing in public wearing strapless sundresses and bathing suits has people researching diets and dashing to the gym. But not all fitness plans were created equal. Today at noon, Krys Boyd speaks to Leslie Barker, health and fitness columnist with the Dallas Morning News, about what's healthy and what's as we get ready for swimsuit season. 


Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas is trying to lure Sriracha to the Lone Star State; Plano officials to vote to approve Toyota’s big move; changing attitudes about football in Texas; and more:

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"When no was looking, the taco conquered the world." That's the hook on Taco Trail's "About y Contact" page. A blogger for the site, José Ralat, will be talking to Krys Boyd at 1 p.m. today on Think about the past and present of tacos in North Texas. 

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Rais Bhuiyan was seriously wounded at Buckner Food Mart after a white supremacist shot him in the wake of 9/11. Bhuiyan forgave the attacker, Mark Stroman, and even tried to stall his execution for killing two other South Asian shopkeepers. NY Times columnist Anand Giridharadas tells Think host Krys Boyd what he learned about the real meaning of patriotism and grace while writing his book The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas at noon.

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Tastemakers. Analysts. Observers. Critics are routinely called much worse. It's part of the job. D Magazine food editor Nancy Nichols, music writer Preston Jones of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and Art&Seek's resident aesthete Jerome Weeks join Think host Krys Boyd today at noon to tell their side.

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Jeannie Marshall, author of The Lost Art of Feeding Kids, is off the grid of microwave-reliant food culture. The Canadian journalist lives in Rome with her husband and son, where the veggies are fresh - and the cooking process is celebrated. Hear Marshall talk about her time in Italy on Think at 1 p.m.

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Online dating can be scary. Can the rules of finance help us sort it out? Economist Paul Oyer speaks with Krys Boyd today at 1 p.m. about how the lessons he learned in the dismal science can be applied to the dating game.

Teachers have a huge responsibility as they prepare students for the future. Tonight, you’ll hear how they do that in Teaching the Future, the second installment of a two-episode television series focused on education in North Texas.


Former Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" anchor Colin Quinn is on Think at noon to talk about the one-man show Unconstitutional he's bringing to the Wyly in Dallas on Friday. Quinn wants you to know he did read the Constitution -- all four pages of it. 

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Middle school can be a tough transitional period. Students leave the comfortable nest of elementary school and face new challenges like harder classes and older kids.


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It's not just the pursuit of more money that can buy unhappiness. We could be funding our misery with the hard-earned cash we already have. 

Elizabeth Dunn, associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, studied how spending habits bear on quality of life for her book "Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending." We revisit her conversation with Krys Boyd at noon on KERA 90.1 FM for our series "Best of Think 2013."

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Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles is on Think today at noon to talk about the changes DISD plans to make in evaluating - and paying - teachers. Get acquainted with the nine-tier-pay-scale Teacher Excellence Initiative via this district presentation before Miles takes your calls and emails on the air.

If you saw the Cinderella-themed pumpkin village at the Dallas Arboretum this fall, you know the imagination of John Reng Ajak Gieu. The gardener, who stands 6'8, is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. His journey to such an idyllic everyday life here in Dallas has been a long one. We'll get to know him better today on 'Think' at 1 p.m. Learn more about John's drive to give children the magical moments he never had in this 'Dallas Morning News' profile. And remember, you can listen to 'Think' at noon and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday on KERA 90.1 or stream the show here.

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It's not always who people are as individuals that makes them dangerous to each other. As Carlin Flora explains, chemistry in longtime friendships - always in flux - can override any holistic compatibility. Before she joins Think host Krys Boyd at 1 p.m., get to know Flora's philosophy of Friendfluence