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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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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.

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According to the headlines we scan while waiting for giant portions of food at restaurants, American diets are still in big trouble - and the quick-turn options available aren't helping. So, what to do? Food writer Michael Pollan writes about benefits of preparing food that can be life-changing in Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. Hear him on Think at noon.

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They're massive, awe-inspiring -- and full of mystery. For many of us, dinosaurs helped catalyze a love of learning and still make us feel like kids from their posts in museum halls and DK Eyewitness books. Brian Switek takes a tour of the creatures' legacy in My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road With Old Bones, New Science, And Our Favorite Dinosaurs. He's on Think at noon.

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For almost ten years, Tim Laman and Edwin Scholes have been chasing birds-of-paradise in New Guinea, Australia and nearby islands. They managed to take photos of species that have never before been captured on film. The scientists are in Dallas for National Geographic Live! at the AT&T Performing Arts Center tonight, and they'll join us on Think at 1 p.m.

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How does the 21st century "hero's journey" compare to myths in classical literature? At noon, we'll hear from Michael Mooney, who profiles slain Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle in this month's D Magazine, Ben Fountain, author of the book Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, and Shaun Treat, an assistant professor of rhetoric at the University of North Texas who studies how evolved mythical archetypes like superheroes affect real life.

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Biographer Sam Weller explains legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury's journey and impact today at 1 p.m. on Think. One short story in particular illuminates the deepest heart of Bradbury's philosophy -- especially the ending.

If you disobeyed “No Trespassing” signs in the world’s greatest cities, what would you find? Urban planner and explorer Moses Gates broke rules from Paris to Moscow to discover the undersides of well-charted places. He talks to Think host Krys Boyd today at noon about the journeys behind Hidden Cities: Travels to the Secret Corners of the World's Great Metropolises; A Memoir of Urban Exploration.

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What can we learn about a country’s history by undertaking a specific culinary mission? John Baxter takes his Parisian appreciation to another level in The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France. Visit Baxter at his apartment foregrounding the spires of Notre Dame before he’s on Think today at 1 p.m.

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Why do parents react the way they do when their children don’t turn out like they expect? Andrew Solomon spent ten years interviewing 300 families with what he deems “exceptional children” – special-needs kids, prodigies, transgendered children, and others with outlying characteristics. He talks to Think host Krys Boyd today at noon about his book Far From The Tree.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lawrence Wright of the New Yorker walks us past the tabloid racks and through the actual, mysterious Church of Scientology as a guest of Think. He’ll talk to host Krys Boyd at noon about his book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief.

Study Up For 'Think': When Bullying Was No Big Deal

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Before Columbine, where was bullying taken seriously? Slate's Emily Bazelon says fictional characters like Laura Ingalls Wilder stood in for real kids who endured verbal and physical abuse by their peers, because adults turned their heads. She talks to Think host Krys Boyd at 1 p.m.

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Will the lyrical Beasts of The Southern Wild take Best Picture? Or the hard-hitting provocateur Zero Dark Thirty? Weigh in on who'll win with Stephen Becker of KERA's Art&Seek, Chris Vognar of The Dallas Morning News, and Christopher Kelly (Texas Monthly, The New York Times) at noon on Think.

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What is Dallas? What is Fort Worth? How do their separate identities define a region? In a time when apologetics seem to pounce off the tongues of those who claim each city, Think host Krys Boyd talks to three area writers who pay homage to DFW's quirks in the special 40th anniversary issue of Texas Monthly at 1 p.m.