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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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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

Feb 27, 2013
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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.

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Bipolar disorder. Schizophrenia. Depression. These terms carry associations that are far from true. How will we set the record straight on these illnesses and steer people who struggle with them toward treatment? Before tonight's mental health forum at City Performance Hall, a special hour of Think explores how these issues manifest in North Texas at noon.

Study Up For 'Think': Women In Combat, Unsung

Jan 31, 2013
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The military officially lifted a ban on assigning women to combat positions Jan. 24. But Defense Secretary Leon Pannetta alluded to the formality as simply an affirmation of what’s happening, saying men and women are already "fighting and dying together." Journalist Tanya Biank shows Krys Boyd what servicewomen have been doing all along on 'Think' at 1 p.m.

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Seeing or hearing things that aren’t actually there? Up to ten percent of the general population is, and they aren't all mentally ill, says Dr. Oliver Sacks. He’s a professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine and author of the new book Hallucinations. Think host Krys Boyd explores the nuance of this widely recognized symptom of psychiatric disorders with Sacks today at 1 p.m.

Robert Ballard is famous for finding the wreck of the R.M.S. 'Titanic,' among other pivotal deep-sea discoveries of this generation. What's that like? The National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence is on with Krys at 1 p.m. He's in town for National Geographic Live this evening at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House.

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Millenials' new interest in using their hands to craft and farm hearken back to an age of trial and error. So says author Alec Foege, who talks with Krys Boyd at 1 p.m. today on Think.

Study Up For 'Think': What Is Womanism?

Jan 15, 2013
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How do women of color interpret feminism, especially through the lens of the black church?

While so many of us fancy ourselves photographers in the age of Instagram, Dallas artist Leonard Volk has lived 60 years behind the camera lens. He's on 'Think' with Krys at 1 p.m. to discuss how creativity affects life with each captured moment. This NY Times piece looks at how our addiction to the still frame predates the iPhone by decades.

To Simon Garfield, it's okay to get lost occasionally - edifying, even. Garfield, author of 'On the Maps,' is on with Krys Boyd at noon to talk about where maps are going as our dependence on navigation apps replaces the relationship we once had with cartography.

What fueled the change-making passion of abolitionists? The answers are as varied as each civil rights activist's experiences. In this HuffPo piece, John Stauffer, Professor of English and African American Studies at Harvard University, looks at Frederick Douglass' faith and how it informed the leader's work. Stauffer talks with 'Think' host Krys Boyd at 1 p.m. about heroes of the Civil War era. He's a participant in 'The Abolitionists' PBS series, which premieres tonight on KERA Channel 13 at 8 p.m.

The Fort Worth Opera's future is brimming with premieres. New works from North and South America are a major focus. One of them, 'JFK,' is based on the fallen president's last day, which was in Fort Worth. Darren Woods, director, talks to Krys Boyd about the dedication behind this 10-year Opera of the Americas project and its local and regional relevance on 'Think' at 1 p.m.

'Think' Like A Vegan

Dec 13, 2012

Two percent of Americans survive without meat or dairy products, according to a Gallup poll from July. Terry Romero, author of "Vegan Eats World: 300 International Recipes for Savoring the Planet," joins Krys Boyd at 1 p.m. for 'Think's first in-depth look at veganism. This point-counterpoint features the opinions of two scientists who debate the lifestyle and health implications of going vegan.

A Pinch Of Drum Machine? Julia Child Remixed

Dec 4, 2012

Five stories that have North Texas talking: PBS icons chopped and remade, a new energy doc and more. 

Two-and-a-half million Americans are considered the "working poor" -- that's the highest that number's been in at least the last two decades, says Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler, who joins Krys Boyd on Think today at 1 p.m. Shipler wrote the book The Working Poor: Invisible In America. The public radio show Marketplace recently took an intriguing look at day-to-day life for these people. A couple of the choicest cuts: Kids often are charged with chipping in, and families sometimes even split up just to make ends meet.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Name that toll lane, tiny tablets and debate recaps on ‘Think.’

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We can rebuild him. We have the technology.   We can make him better than he was before.  Better.  Stronger.  But might we also think about making him ... browner?