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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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Millennials Are Not Keeping The Faith

Jun 27, 2016
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Young people in America have more freedom to find a religion that suits them than ever before. At the same time, more than one-third of people in their 20s and 30s identify as not being religious. Yesterday on Think, told Lauren Silverman talked with Emma Green, who writes about religion for The Atlantic, about how millennials navigate their spiritual lives.  

In Cardiology, It's Still A Man's World

Jun 24, 2016
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Half of all medical students in the U.S. are women. But there’s one specialty they rarely go into: cardiology. Yesterday on Think, told Lauren Silverman talked with a panel of women heart doctors about why there are so few female cardiologist, how that affects patient care and what can be done to even out the numbers.

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Crime scene DNA has traditionally been used to link a victim to a criminal. With a new process known as phenotyping, though, investigators are using that DNA to reverse engineer a profile of what the perpetrator might look like. Today on "Think," Lauren Silverman talked with National Geographic online science editor Erika Engelhaupt about phenotyping and other CSI innovations. The story, “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” appears in the July issue of National Geographic magazine.

Self-Driving Cars? Probably Not In Your Lifetime

Jun 16, 2016
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General Motors, Google, Tesla and others are all in the race to produce self-driving cars. And just last month, Nissan announced its driverless car will roll out in 2020. Today on "Think," guest host Lauren Silverman talked with U.C. Berkley research engineer Steven Shladover about how these cars will function, how engineers are making them safe and when we will see them on the road.

Need A Reason To Vote? Here Are A Few

Jun 15, 2016
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This story is part of A Nation Engaged, a collaborative project between NPR and its member stations. This week's question: "Does my vote matter? More than 4.2 million Texans cast a ballot in March’s primaries. That’s only about 20 percent of eligible voters in the state. Today on "Think," Lauren Silverman spoke with North Texas political organizers about convincing people that their votes count.

Orlando Crisis Shines A Light On Blood Donations

Jun 14, 2016
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In the hours following this weekend’s mass shooting in Orlando, people across the country headed to their local blood banks to make a donation. Today on Think, guest host Lauren Silverman explored how our blood supply is managed, whether we are equipped to mobilize mass blood drives and why some people can’t donate with Dr. Ravi Sarode, director of transfusion medicine and hemostasis at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and Dr. William Crews, medical director of laboratory services for Carter BloodCare.

How America Fell In Love With Guns

Jun 13, 2016
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As the county reels from Sunday morning’s events in Orlando, America’s complicated relationship with guns is once again a public conversation. Earlier this month on Think, Krys Boyd explored the topic with Pamela Haag, author of, “The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture.”

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As part of KERA's week in Washington, D.C., the "Think" team got a special tour of the newsroom (and the elevators) from one of the most recognizable voices on public radio, Susan Stamberg.

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'Think' will be broadcasting live from NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., this week.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The dissatisfied lawyer seeks $2.25 for the soup plus $250 in legal fees; a Laredo-born musician remembers his time with Prince; KERA’s Think is in D.C. and more.

How Autism Diagnostics Overlook Girls

Mar 24, 2016

One in 68 kids in the U.S. is affected by autism, with boys receiving four times as many diagnoses as girls. New research suggests that that disparity may be the result of girls on the spectrum getting overlooked and misdiagnosed.  

Rethinking How Prison Works

Mar 22, 2016
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The United States is the world’s biggest jailer, with 2.3 million people locked up here.

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Television news anchors wear a lot of hats: they inform us, they entertain us, and sometimes they even comfort us. John McCaa has served all of those roles as an anchor at WFAA-TV. Today on "Think" and during a public forum tonight, he talked to Krys Boyd about being a calming and level-headed presence when the news might cause some to panic.

Betting On The Ballgame: Fantasy Sports And Gambling

Feb 9, 2016
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Last month, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released an opinion stating that daily fantasy sports betting is illegal in the state and drew the ire of many local enthusiasts. 

Not familiar with daily fantasy sports? Here’s what you need to know. 

In North Texas, Varying Viewpoints On Refugees

Feb 8, 2016
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Refugees have been in the headlines for months -- from Europe to Texas. More than 4 million Syrian refugees have fled the country since conflict began in 2011.

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Of all the goals a parent hopes to meet, gaining the favor of a child should be least among them. So what to do when your third-grader’s the only one in her class without an iPhone? Dr. Leonard Sax sees evidence, in wider culture and at home, that American moms and dads hand over the reins too often. He told Krys Boyd why they should resist. 

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For years, Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum wanted to write about her choice to not have children. No editors would take her pitches, she says, even as attitudes toward sexuality and marriage became more progressive in the mainstream.

Why We Shouldn't Give Up On Football

Dec 7, 2015
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Today on “Think,” journalist Gregg Easterbrook told Krys Boyd that football is a celebration of America’s power.

“It’s expensive, it’s loud, it’s overdone. It’s not a coincidence that our national sport is an athletic expression of trying to figure out what our national power is,” he said.

Making Sense Of The Texas Housing Boom

Nov 4, 2015
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Housing prices in Texas’s four major cities — Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston — are at record highs. John Nova Lomax, "Texas Monthly"’s senior editor, wonders whether Texas is the best market in the country these days or if it’s severely overvalued. 

KERA's Think just wrapped a week of broadcasting in Austin with two Texas Book Festival authors who relish the hard copy's preciousness.

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Franklin Barbecue in Austin is the state’s hottest barbecue joint, taking the top spot in Texas Monthly’s poll. And barbecue addicts’ burning desire for their brisket is only matched by the sweltering temperatures around the smokers. 

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Today on Think, Krys Boyd spoke with psychologist Dr. Guy Winch about why we sometimes feel lonely. As it turns out, our brains developed the ability to be lonesome as a form of protection.

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There are 2.2 million people serving prison time in the U.S. – more than in any other country. Those who’ll be released this year will have about a month to prepare for re-entry – and that, according to Mary Looman, will mostly be lining up a ride home.

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Slowly, West Africa is prying itself free from the grip of the Ebola virus. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked about why it’s tough for scientists to track the virus once an outbreak ends with David Quammen, who writes about the topic in the July issue of National Geographic.

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Last year, when Thomas Eric Duncan became the first person to die from Ebola in the U.S., he left behind his fiancée, Louise Troh. On Monday's Think, Krys Boyd talked to Troh about how she leaned on her family and faith to make it through.

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KERA and the AT&T Performing Arts Center are co-producing a summer speaker series called #thinkspeak, which features some public radio heroes. The host and producer of Radiolab will kick off the first of four events this week.

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WASHINGTON - Twenty two veterans take their own lives each day. That’s according to a study conducted by the Office of Veterans Affairs. Over the weekend, a small group of veterans hoped to shine a spotlight on the problem with a walk around the National Mall in Washington called Walk for the Voiceless.

Children Of Giant

Sixty years ago, the movie Giant brought James Dean to West Texas for the last film he'd ever make. Giant introduced audiences to a tiny town called Marfa - and to aspects of the Mexican-American experience not yet seen on the big screen. Hector Galán, the director of a new documentary called Children of Giant, talked to Krys Boyd about the epic film's turning point. 

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On your way into work this morning, there’s a good chance you were still sleepy. The good news is, you can fix that if you can find as little as 15 minutes. Tuesday on Think, sleep expert Dr. James Maas talked to Krys Boyd about the benefits of the power nap.

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Every once in a while at Think, we reschedule a guest last-minute when news breaks. Last week I called Change Of Heart author Jeanne Bishop to explain we'd have to find another time slot. Could she do Tuesday, April 7, instead? "Actually, that's 25 years to the day since my sister was murdered," Bishop told me.  

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