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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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Top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Lauren Silverman reports on a new startup accelerator program called EMERGE, designed for entrepreneurs to help first responders nationwide.

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: We hear from some who took to  suburban streets last night to protest McKinney Police Officer David Eric Casebolt's actions against a young black teen and others. And Bill Zeeble tells the story of a man who opens his home to students without one.

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: After an officer was placed on leave for pushing a 15-year-old girl to the ground and pointing his gun at teens outside a pool party Friday, the McKinney Police Department asks citizens to "be patient and respect the investigative process."

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Many pages you’ve looked at today in books, magazines and online have a secret in common: before the words were placed on that page, Lorem Ipsum was there. It’s a passage of Latin filler text used by printers and typesetters since the 16th century to prepare a publication’s design before copy is ready. 

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This month, it's been 40 years since the Vietnam War ended with the fall of Saigon. We hear from North Texans who fought, the families left behind, and the legacies they've created at home. 

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Never tell a despairing person your philosophy of happiness.  Action items - ways to max out everyday life with gratitude and compassion - are worth more, when it counts the most. We heard a shortlist from Dr. Amit Sood, author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living in January, and he was back on Think earlier this week. 

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. 


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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If you've never been able to get out of bed for a morning run, keep your place clean or give up fast food, it might be time to stop wallowing in guilt and find out why.


If you haven't battled cancer or suffered through it with a loved one, odds are you will. One in three women and nearly one in two men face it directly. Cancer's torturous history of promised cures, setbacks and hope renewed is laid out in an upcoming six-hour Ken Burns film series called Cancer: The Emperor Of All Maladies. 

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Neiman Marcus is the first store with a full-size mirror that records outfit try-on sessions and shares them online. And the slide in oil prices is a relief for drivers, but it’s sent the Texas oil business into a ditch.

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Top stories this morning for the KERA Newsroom: Jerome Weeks looks at what new-work festivals in North Texas do - and can't do - for the playwrights. And Austin’s Master Pancake comedy troupe aims at an easy target: Fifty Shades Of Grey. 

Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Nancy Nichols stepped down unexpectedly from her post as D Magazine's dining critic last week. The reason? She developed an intolerance to gluten. And Lauren Silverman explores one way of a homegrown mobile app manages physical recovery away from the doctor’s office.

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom:  Fort Worth school board trustees will have to regroup after the man chosen to lead the district withdrew his name as the sole finalist for superintendent; the technicalities of food desert designations. 

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: How Ryan Anthony's trumpet playing saved his life - and equipped him to help fellow cancer patients, with a fundraising event cheekily titled 'Cancer Blows.' And we hear about a discovery that could be key in fighting the most aggressive form of breast cancer. 

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Dallas County high school seniors missed out on $34 million in college grants last year, Stella Chavez reports; why one study suggests peanut butter as an important diet staple for babies though it used to be off limits. 

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: The snow's not over, if North Texas weather makes good on this week's forecast; Doualy Xaykaothao reports from Stephenville; the link between depressive thoughts and memory deficiencies is solid, according to a new study. 

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Don't assume anything is open, and stay home if possible anyway. A meteorologist expects we'll need to do the same tomorrow morning. And Jerome Weeks reports on three world premieres the DSO announced for next season. 

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Dallas-based Atmos Energy has started picking up the tab for GED test-takers. And we hear why medical officials scanning for potential measles outbreaks have their eyes on Plano. 

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Gov. Greg Abbott delivers his first State of the State address this morning; DISD Superintendent Mike Miles apologized last night for actions of two top executives forced to resign their HR positions. 

Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Stella Chavez talks to Muslims and others who gathered to remember victims of the Chapel Hill shooting and return hate with love; "Vital Signs" offers a grocery list to lower cholesterol. 

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Jerome Weeks remembers how the late Reverend Gean West helped smuggle some funk into church with The Relatives.  And Alice Murray, the woman who now leads a historically all-white, all-male club that epitomized the establishment in Dallas, speaks up.


Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Lancaster native Eddie Ray Routh will be tried in the killings of Chris Kyle and his neighbor Chad Littlefield.

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: The state might shut down another charter school in North Texas; a new arm of Texas A&M Commerce moves next door to the Majestic Theater in downtown Dallas. 


Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Fort Worth ISD trustees chose Joel D. Boyd, who’s currently helms the school system in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the new superintendent. And Dr. James DeLemos with Parkland Hospital counts the pros and cons of daily aspirin therapy in this week's "Vital Signs."

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Doualy Xaykaothao travels to the courthouse  where the man accused of killing Chris Kyle will be tried; Rick Holter debriefs Cindy Crain on the homeless situation in Tarrant County as she transitions to lead the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance.

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Ya’Ke Smith's sister had a hard time when she got out of prison. He made a short film dedicated to her, with hopes to show the complicated systems that still hold her and others captive after release.  And Lauren Silverman reports on a surge in healthcare-related construction projects.

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: A pilot program for low-income residents with mental health issues is in danger; one Highland Park mom wants The Working Poor off her high schooler's required reading list; West Texas astronomers explain how a black hole chokes on a star. 

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Bill Zeeble reports from the third annual Old Parkland debate tournament.  And in this week's "Vital Signs": many patients with pancreatic cancer aren’t made aware of advancements in surgery that could help them. Dr. Rohan Jeyarajah of Methodist Dallas Medical Center clears the air. 

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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Buses from across the state carried several hundred Texas Muslims to Austin yesterday. Doualy Xaykaothao was on one of those buses. She looks back on what turned out to be an intense day trip. And, a more complete history of Trinity River controversy.