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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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This week, KERA kicks off a new multimedia initiative called One Crisis Away, which looks at North Texas families living with asset poverty. On this hour of Think, Krys Boyd discussed financial literacy with YWCA of Dallas CEO Jennifer Ware and Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas‘ Todd Mark.

Eat, Pray, Love convinced millions of readers they had Elizabeth Gilbert figured out. But her new historical novel The Signature of All Things is a leap away from the mega-hit memoir-turned-film. Before she’s in the studio with Think host Krys Boyd today at 1 p.m., let's look at why Gilbert has been compared to Hemingway just as she’s been deemed a “chick-lit” author.


Before they were an experimental radio production team, Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich studied at the progressive Oberlin College. But Jad was a noise-obsessed composition student in the ‘90s; Robert was a history major in the class of ’69. So how did they come together to make Radiolab? At an interview Jad was assigned for WNYC. Naturally, the meeting yielded more than his editor asked for.

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The wedding ceremony is steeped in ritual: the vows, the rings, the cake and, of course, the dress. What does that formula tell us about our culture? At noon on ‘Think,’ we’ll explore what weddings say about us with Karen M. Dunak, author of As Long As We Both Shall Love: The White Wedding in Postwar America .

Check out this twist on the traditional wedding act of the bouquet toss, made possible with Photoshop. Note: No cats were actually harmed.

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What do the "huddled masses yearning to breathe free" find when they arrive in the U.S. today? More than a century after Emma Lazarus' poem "The New Colossus" was engraved on the Statue of Liberty, the American dream and the American reality for immigrants have both changed dramatically. Alvaro Vargas Llosa, Senior Fellow of the Center on Global Prosperity at the Independent Institute, takes inventory of the myths and truths of modern immigration with Think host Krys Boyd at noon and 9 p.m..

You can listen to the full podcast of this conversation on our Think page


For Mitch Moxley, lying - by omission or otherwise - was part of living in Beijing. He was offered $1,000 a week to wear a suit and pretend to be a businessman. His China Daily editors forbade any reporting on the silk market's obviously counterfeit wares, so Moxley had to write about how much foreigners loved the "low-cost goods."  The Canadian journalist comes clean about his seven years as an outsider who worked for the state-run daily while the country rose to superpower status in Apologies To My Censor. He joins Think host Krys Boyd at 1 p.m.

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“War crimes are defined by the winners. I am a winner,” Anwar Congo tells first-time director Joshua Oppenheimer in The Act Of Killing. Congo was a death squad leader who helped kill more than a million people in Indonesia. While trying to make a film about the 1965 atrocities, Oppenheimer found perpetrators like Congo were much more willing to revisit that year than the victims’ families. In fact, the murderers agreed to reenact what they did, in the twisted, ethereal way they remember it. Oppenheimer talks to Think host Krys Boyd about the making of the documentary, which opens tomorrow at Angelika Plano and Dallas, at 1 p.m.

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Chef and journalist Jen Lin-Liu traveled west through China, Central Asia, Iran, Turkey, and across the Mediterranean to Italy. Her guide of sorts: the noodle. Lin-Liu talks to Think host Krys Boyd at noon about what she learned - and ate - on the Silk Road.


How are scientists transcending the limits of evolution to solve global problems like food shortages and climate change?  Science writer Adam Rutherford tracks the rise of synthetic biology - and the complications that arise in its wake -  for his new book Creation: How Science Is Reinventing Life Itself. Rutherford joins Think host Krys Boyd at noon.

Organic Gardener

So you want baskets of veggies from your backyard but haven't tried keeping even the hardy Lantana plant alive just yet? Jeanne Nolan, founder of Organic Gardener Ltd., has loads of experience planning public gardens -- and advice for rookie growers. Nolan talks to Think host Krys Boyd about her new memoir From The Ground Up: A Food Grower's Education in Life, Love and the Movement That's Growing the Nation at 1 p.m.

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If a kid's future doesn't really depend on her or his IQ score, then how do we measure potential? Psychologist and educator Scott Barry Kaufman was placed into a special ed class as a kid. Now, he's finding other ways to quantify a child's gifts from his post at New York University. His new book is Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, and he'll talk to Think host Krys Boyd at noon.

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Why do we demonize certain celebrities and let others off the hook? Are we casting them as villains? Do they give us much of a choice in some cases? Critic Chuck Klosterman took an exhaustive inventory of evil in pop culture for his new collection of essays I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined). Tune in for Klosterman's talk with Think host Krys Boyd at 1 p.m.

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When's the last time you couldn't put the kale chips down? What about the Lays? See. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times investigative reporter Michael Moss explains the people and persuasion that made incredibly processed products our guiltiest pleasures in Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. Moss talked to Think host Krys Boyd this year -- and so did likeminded food writer Michael Pollan. Follow the pair through grocery aisles to safety.

Groundhog Day

Dallas-born actor Stephen Tobolowsky has played more than 200 characters for TV and film, though he's widely known and cherished as the impossibly annoying Ned “Needlenose Ned, Ned the Head” Ryerson of Groundhog Day. The SMU alum spoke with Think host Krys Boyd in February about his inner monologue and his memoir The Dangerous Animals Club.

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Our established ways of living as consumptive, independent residents of cities and towns is very new in the big picture of world history. Just 100 years ago, millions of people lived off the grid in tiny tribes. And some of them remain today in New Guinea and the Amazon. Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist Jared Diamond explained the values of traditional societies to Think host Krys Boyd in January.

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Who and what slipped past the annals of broadly known American history? We’ll find out at noon with Kenneth C. Davis, author of the Don't Know Much About ... series. He talked to us in 2010 about his book A Nation Rising: Untold Tales of Flawed Founders, Fallen Heroes, and Forgotten Fighters from America’s Hidden History.

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After America was liberated from British rule on paper, how did it develop its own cultural personality and political system? Yale University historian Kariann Akemi Yokota tracked the fledgling nation as it stepped out for her book Unbecoming British: How Revolutionary America Became a Postcolonial Nation.

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Why do the lessons of the Phillipine-American war still feel current more than a century later? Think host Krys Boyd talked to journalist and historian Gregg Jones last year about America's ambition for empire - and how it morphed into something else.

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What dangers do female migrant workers face as they work in fields and packing plants to provide for their families? How much is law enforcement doing to help them? We’ll talk at noon with Lowell Bergman, producer of the PBS Frontline documentary Rape in the Fields. The film airs tonight on KERA Channel 13 at 9.


What compels the Minutemen to hunt for undocumented immigrants? What kind of country are they longing for? Could there be more than border control behind the movement? Think host Krys Boyd talks to Harel Shapira, assistant professor of sociology at UT Austin, at noon. He spent time on the Arizona-Mexico border with the controversial paramilitary group for his new book Waiting for José: The Minutemen’s Pursuit of America.

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Nancy Nichols has written about food for D Magazine for almost 17 years. It's become near impossible for the critic and D dining editor to remain anonymous. But, you know, just in case, she still wore a cartoon pig suit on D The Broadcast -- and, later, invited area chefs to throw pies at her in the same getup.  Think host Krys Boyd talks to Nichols about how she came up with the sometimes polarizing 100 Best Restaurants In Dallas for the June issue today at 1 p.m.

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Parents and physicians can seem god-like. But they're human, just like we are. What happens when the raw emotions of such trusted figures bleed into their responsibilities? We'll find out on Think, with memoirist/dad Drew Magary at noon and writer/physician Danielle Ofri at 1 p.m.

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We're used to seeing fair trade stamps on coffee and produce. But consumers are asking for more information about where their clothes come from, too. Companies like Nike and Wal-Mart are rethinking their strategies accordingly. Keith Brown, author of Buying Into Fair Trade: Culture, Morality, and Consumption, joins us on Think at noon.

When Alfredo Corchado announced his plans to become a journalist, his father made one request. Whatever you do, he said, don't cover drug trafficking or organized crime. Corchado hops back and forth across the border tracking those very beats as Mexico bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News. He'll talk about the drug war, the two countries he claims, and the risks he took to write Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness at noon on Think.

Richard Ellis

Writer and painter Richard Ellis wants to save the ocean one species at a time. He's trying to do this by profiling wonders of the sea like the swordfish, which zips through the ocean at 60 miles per hour even though it weighs as much as 700 pounds. Ellis talks to Think host Krys Boyd at 1 p.m.

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The Nation publisher emeritus Victor Navasky's new book is The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power. See 7 of his favorite single panels before Think host Krys Boyd talks with him at 1 p.m.

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Where Fort Worth artist Sedrick Huckaby is an heir to painter Romare Bearden, Bearden owes his work to jazz. Huckaby joins Think host Krys Boyd at 1 p.m. to talk about this chain and Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey. The exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth marks the first time these works have been viewed outside New York City.

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It's in the detailed custom blanket sets sold on Etsy by the ad exec mom who quit to freelance and stay home with her kids. And it's on a street outside city limits, where a handsome twenty-something tends a garden on Sunday morning instead of sleeping in after a night out. We'll look at this how this interest in slower-paced lifestyles is affecting society at large with Emily Matchar at noon.

A Way With Words

How do words and their meanings color our experience with possibility and how does our changing language keep us learning? Perhaps no two people think about this more than Grant Barrett and Martha Barnette, hosts of “A Way With Words.” The pair joins Think host Krys Boyd at 1 p.m., and they'll stick around for an event at the Lakewood Theater Thursday.

We might apologize for selfies, but we still post them generously. Is the trend just a new way to express narcissistic values, or does it borrow purpose from a movement in the contemporary art world? We’ll hear from Gabriel Ritter, curator at the Dallas Museum of Art which is currently exhibiting the career retrospective Cindy Sherman, at noon. He'll be joined by Erin K. Freeman, who studies narcissism and peer assessment at the University of Dallas and Jordan Frith who focuses on social media and location and image-based apps like Instagram at the University of North Texas.