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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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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?