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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 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.

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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.

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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

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.