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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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Rais Bhuiyan was seriously wounded at Buckner Food Mart after a white supremacist shot him in the wake of 9/11. Bhuiyan forgave the attacker, Mark Stroman, and even tried to stall his execution for killing two other South Asian shopkeepers. NY Times columnist Anand Giridharadas tells Think host Krys Boyd what he learned about the real meaning of patriotism and grace while writing his book The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas at noon.

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Tastemakers. Analysts. Observers. Critics are routinely called much worse. It's part of the job. D Magazine food editor Nancy Nichols, music writer Preston Jones of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and Art&Seek's resident aesthete Jerome Weeks join Think host Krys Boyd today at noon to tell their side.

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Jeannie Marshall, author of The Lost Art of Feeding Kids, is off the grid of microwave-reliant food culture. The Canadian journalist lives in Rome with her husband and son, where the veggies are fresh - and the cooking process is celebrated. Hear Marshall talk about her time in Italy on Think at 1 p.m.

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Online dating can be scary. Can the rules of finance help us sort it out? Economist Paul Oyer speaks with Krys Boyd today at 1 p.m. about how the lessons he learned in the dismal science can be applied to the dating game.

Teachers have a huge responsibility as they prepare students for the future. Tonight, you’ll hear how they do that in Teaching the Future, the second installment of a two-episode television series focused on education in North Texas.


Former Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" anchor Colin Quinn is on Think at noon to talk about the one-man show Unconstitutional he's bringing to the Wyly in Dallas on Friday. Quinn wants you to know he did read the Constitution -- all four pages of it. 

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Middle school can be a tough transitional period. Students leave the comfortable nest of elementary school and face new challenges like harder classes and older kids.


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It's not just the pursuit of more money that can buy unhappiness. We could be funding our misery with the hard-earned cash we already have. 

Elizabeth Dunn, associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, studied how spending habits bear on quality of life for her book "Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending." We revisit her conversation with Krys Boyd at noon on KERA 90.1 FM for our series "Best of Think 2013."

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Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles is on Think today at noon to talk about the changes DISD plans to make in evaluating - and paying - teachers. Get acquainted with the nine-tier-pay-scale Teacher Excellence Initiative via this district presentation before Miles takes your calls and emails on the air.

If you saw the Cinderella-themed pumpkin village at the Dallas Arboretum this fall, you know the imagination of John Reng Ajak Gieu. The gardener, who stands 6'8, is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. His journey to such an idyllic everyday life here in Dallas has been a long one. We'll get to know him better today on 'Think' at 1 p.m. Learn more about John's drive to give children the magical moments he never had in this 'Dallas Morning News' profile. And remember, you can listen to 'Think' at noon and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday on KERA 90.1 or stream the show here.

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It's not always who people are as individuals that makes them dangerous to each other. As Carlin Flora explains, chemistry in longtime friendships - always in flux - can override any holistic compatibility. Before she joins Think host Krys Boyd at 1 p.m., get to know Flora's philosophy of Friendfluence


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.

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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.

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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.