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Lyndsay Knecht

Associate Producer

Lyndsay Knecht is assistant producer for Think. 

She came to KERA 90.1 with an interest in telling stories about how the arts can influence social change and community development. She wrote for outlets like the Dallas Observer and before landing at UNT's Center for Economic Development and Research.

While Lyndsay headed up content and publicity departments as Director of Development for 35 Denton, the four-day music festival won the 2011 award for Best Promotional Event from the Texas Downtown Association. 

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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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Today on "Think," writer and photographer Teju Cole described the feeling that lets him know when to get out his camera.  Then, he walked across the street and provided an example of how his practiced instinct can point straight to a resonant image.

Today, genre-bender David Bowie's unconventional classics were celebrated by local artists Byron Neal (Lord Byron), Lisa Bush (DJ Wild In The Streets), and others who woke up to news of his death. 

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On Dec. 26, sirens rang out across North Texas, warning of the dozen tornadoes that would soon touch down. Sirens like those actually fire off less frequently than they did even a few years ago, thanks to advancements in radar technology.

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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.

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Paulette and Howard Rector of Garland had heard stories about the terrifying sound of a tornado, but they’d never heard it. Not until the day after Christmas.

The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Ryan Gosling, a game of Jenga, and an economics professor from SMU break down the concept of "credit default swap" as The Big Screen talks 'The Big Short'; Justin Martin looks back over the year in North Texas theater with Jerome Weeks of Art and Seek; we remember the Nobel Laureate whose pivotal discovery helped scientists better understand human thought and the nature of cancer: Dr. Alfred G. Gilman. 

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KERA/KXT is seeking new members for its Community Advisory Board, a group that gives voice to diverse communities in North Texas by making recommendations for station programming and initiatives.

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Alexandra Kleeman wanted to know what Victorian women went through when their doctors ordered them to stay still. So, she put herself on strict bed rest for five days at a convent in Washington. 

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For many families, financial concerns around the holidays have more to do with surviving cold weather than funding any upcoming celebrations. Today on "Think," guest host Courtney Collins talked to Yesika Moncada of Catholic Charities of Fort Worth and Cathy Packard from Family Gateway about some resources available for North Texans who need help.

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As a med student, Dr. Seema Yasmin learned tropical diseases like Chagas shouldn't concern aspiring physicians based in London or the U.S. She was surprised to find Americans were indeed among the 1.5 billion people afflicted with one of the illnesses - yet, they were hearing the same thing from their doctors: it couldn't be. Yasmin talked with Krys Boyd on "Think" about the "seven scourges of the tropics" Texans are at risk of contracting. 

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Mimi is 92, but it's her 64-year-old daughter who must leave their suburban Dallas home for an assisted living facility. Sophie Sartain's  documentary "Mimi and Dona" airs on KERA TV at 10:30 p.m. 

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


William McRaven took over as chancellor of the UT System at the beginning of 2015. Already he's had to navigate major changes in how the statewide system operates, and form new plans to accommodate the new campus carry law that goes into effect for the fall 2016 semester.

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Social psychologist James Pennebaker wanted to know which small words can out a liar. He began by inspecting recommendation letters he wrote. Some were for students he was genuinely fond of; others, simply favors. He told Think host Krys Boyd the results of that study and others are consistent with three common features of untrue speech or writing found in research for The Secret Life Of Pronouns. 

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Twyla Tharp celebrates 50 years of re-creating dance this Friday at AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas.

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Sex columnist Rachel Hills was a virgin until age 26. She told Think host Krys Boyd why she waited, why it's not that big of a deal, and how research for her book The Sex Myth showed that pressure to have a lot of sex limits our experience.  


Chinese immigrants who arrived at San Francisco's Angel Island were regarded as criminals, unlike Europeans who docked at Ellis Island on the opposite coast. Erika Lee talked to Think host Krys Boyd about how the first immigration laws in the U.S. targeted the Chinese -- especially laborers -- and The Making of Asian America

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How important is it, really, to buy organic at your steady grocer? Deena Shanker’s perspective on this is not a mystery; she wrote a piece titled “Buying Organic Veggies at the Supermarket Is a Waste of Money” for Quartz. She talked to Think host Krys Boyd this afternoon about what consumers should be paying attention to, instead of that certified organic sticker.

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After a cab driver refused gratuity in Singapore, where tipping any service or food worker is not encouraged, New York magazine’s Adam Platt decided he’d try to stop tipping when he returned to the U.S. and see what happened. 


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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Depression in the workplace became a topic of conversation in our office - and maybe your office - after Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk announced last week she was taking an unpaid four-week leave to seek treatment for a serious episode.

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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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What is a taco? According to both Lesley Téllez, author of Eat Mexico; and Whitney Filloon, editor of Eater Dallas, it's a tortilla containing ... anything. While our panel on 'Think' last week agreed authenticity is a moving target, their expertise informed a comparison of the North Texas taco experience with the one in Mexico City. Some differences - and similarities - might surprise you. 

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What is a taco? According to both Lesley Téllez, author of Eat Mexico; and Whitney Filloon, editor of Eater Dallas, it's a tortilla containing ... anything. While our panel on 'Think' last week agreed authenticity is a moving target, their expertise informed a comparison of the North Texas taco experience with the one in Mexico City. Some differences - and similarities - might surprise you. 

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Staffers at one Fort Worth shelter are changing some things in hopes LGBT teens will feel welcome; our Vital Signs series focuses on glioblastoma, the brain tumor believed to have killed Joe Biden's son Beau. 

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Bill Zeeble reports on Saturday's shooting at Dallas Police headquarters, which is causing officials to take inventory of security measures at police facilities across the city; we hear about another possible perk for babies who get to keep their umbilical cords a few more minutes before doctors cut them off. 

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A North Texas megachurch that bills itself as the largest LGBT-Q church in the country gets a new leader, just as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on same-sex marriage. Neil Cazares-Thomas comes to Cathedral of Hope from L.A. where he worked to lift the ban in that state.

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Top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: In view of the Supreme Court's upcoming decision on same-sex marriage in states like Texas who've banned it, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill that legally protects pastors who only want to perform marriages for heterosexual couples; we hear from LGBTQ- inclusive megachurch Cathedral Of Hope's new pastor. 

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: A look at former McKinney Police Officer Eric Casebolt's Friday night at work; a teacher at Guyer High School in Denton shares his experience growing up in poverty for our "Homeless In High School" series; this week's Big Screen offers a guide to the Oak Cliff Film Festival.