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Think is a daily, topic-driven interview and call-in program hosted by Krys Boyd covering a wide variety of topics ranging from history, politics, current events, science, technology and emerging trends to food and wine, travel, adventure, and entertainment.
 
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The question of where we go when we die is one that stretches across time and all religions. Catherine Wolff joins host Krys Boyd to discuss the concept of heaven, how it’s been framed in art, literature and religion through the ages, and how that has changed with modern beliefs. Her book is “Beyond: How Humankind Thinks About Heaven.”…
 
Cat-eye makeup might be an Instagram staple, but its original use was en vogue in ancient Egypt. Author Rae Nudson joins host Krys Boyd to discuss the power of the powders and creams with which we adorn our skin, and how they’ve created the powerful beauty standards currently being challenged. Her book is “All Made Up: The Power and Pitfalls of Bea…
 
A multi-billion-dollar industry has been built around our desire to hide the fact that we all sweat. Sarah Everts teaches journalism at Carleton University, and she joins host Krys Boyd to talk about why we fight our body’s natural function – and about what sweat can tell us about our health. Her book is “The Joy of Sweat: The Strange Science of Pe…
 
The pandemic allowed us to swap dress pants for sweats, has it done the same for makeup to bare skin? Anna North, senior reporter for Vox, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how embracing aging skin has come part-and-parcel with the relaxing of beauty standards the last year-and-a-half has provided across the globe. Her article is headlined “Free t…
 
Buzzzzzzzz, buzzzzzz, buzzzzzzzzzzzz…… Insects can be annoying, we won’t deny it. But on this week’s episode we’ll attempt to challenge your beliefs on the morality of the common pest, and delight you with fly facts you never knew you needed to know. Don't swat this episode away; you might be surprised by what you find out.…
 
There was a time when “I want my MTV” meant music videos, not reality stars. Amanda Ann Klein, associate professor of film studies at East Carolina University, joins host Krys Boyd to discuss why the original music channel moved away from rock stars and shifted to ordinary people living wild lives. Her book is “Millennials Killed the Video Star: MT…
 
Our five senses are actually not static but can, in fact, grow. Dr. Susan R. Barry, professor emeritus of biology and neuroscience at Mount Holyoke College, joins host Krys Boyd to discuss three case histories, including her own, of people gaining a new way of seeing or hearing at an older age – and what these experiences tell us about the brain. H…
 
In fights over social issues, the political left and right have wielded an unlikely weapon: history. Princeton University historian Matthew Karp joins host Krys Boyd to discuss how both sides of the political spectrum have used history lessons for wildly divergent purposes, and what that means for the truth. His article, “History As End,” was publi…
 
When the world went on lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus, it was following a playbook used for centuries. Journalist Nicola Twilley joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how and why quarantines have been used throughout history – and about how the technique has been updated to fight modern threats. Her book, written with Geoff Manaugh, is cal…
 
What if, instead of adding more highway lanes to accommodate more cars, we did the opposite? Texas Observer executive editor Megan Kimble joins host Krys Boyd to talk about alternatives to building more roads to suit the state’s ever-growing population. Her article is headlined “The Road Home.”KERA
 
When it comes to getting things done, some people thrive up against a clock. Christopher Cox, a visiting scholar at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about why deadlines have a way of motivating us to finish tasks – and how we can harness that motivation throughout the process. His book is called “The Deadlin…
 
Some psychologists have shifted their work from analyzing anxieties to offering ways to make people happier – including members of the military. Jesse Singal is a contributing writer at New York magazine, and he joins host Krys Boyd to talk about a U.S. military move to adopt new methods for addressing PTSD and resiliency without the science to bac…
 
Honeybees are cute, but flies are just as effective as pollinators. Jonathan Balcombe is a biologist and an associate editor for the journal Animal Sentience, and he joins host Krys Boyd to discuss the misunderstood insects that make up what we know as flies. His new book is called “Super Fly: The Unexpected Lives of the World’s Most Successful Ins…
 
As a teenager she tried to pray being gay away; as an adult, she prays for more inclusion. Julie Rodgers joins host Krys Boyd to discuss how religion has shaped her life, from coming out in a conservative evangelical household, to now, as she works to bridge LGBTQ communities with the church. Her book is called “Outlove: A Queer Christian Survival …
 
For the fictional Charlie Vega, coming-of-age means coming to terms with life as a brown girl in a bigger body. Author Crystal Maldonado joins guest host Courtney Collins to discuss her YA novel about a young woman dealing with the typical subjects of boys and friends, but also a deepening understanding of how she’s viewed by the outside world. The…
 
Sometimes a bond forms between two friends that’s so strong that it can seem like destiny. Did we mention that the two friends in this case are dogs? “CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent Martha Teichner joins guest host John McCaa to tell the story of her beloved bull terriers, and how rescuing them has brought her joy and a deeper understanding of w…
 
It seems everyone got a new pet during the pandemic. Now the question is: Did everyone make the right decision? New Yorker staff writer Nick Paumgarten joins guest host Courtney Collins to talk about the animals we acquired to comfort us and why leaving them at home alone is now going to be a big problem. His recent article is headlined “What Will …
 
It’s impossible to look at today’s crisis at the border without considering decades of interventionalist policy in Latin America. Aviva Chomsky, professor of history and the coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State University, joins guest host John McCaa to talk about hundreds of years of colonization and displacement, and why stabilizi…
 
Some teens who find themselves in trouble wind up in behavioral boot camps that fall under the guise of “tough love.” Independent investigative journalist and author Kenneth R. Rosen joins guest host Courtney Collins to discuss an unregulated industry that promises to break children of at-risk behaviors, and the emotional and physical abuse he suff…
 
In the fictional small town of Olympus, Texas, the characters take on epic personalities. Novelist Stacey Swann joins guest host Courtney Collins to talk about interweaving down-to-earth characters, but with the characteristics of the legendary Greek gods. Her book is “Olympus, Texas: A Novel.”KERA
 
In today’s far right, there are echoes of doctrine that predates the Civil War. Baylor University historian Robert Elder joins guest host John McCaa to talk about the source of some of those ideas – Vice President John C. Calhoun, a man who argued that slavery was a “positive good” and set the stage for the South to secede from the Union. Elder’s b…
 
For a long time, the word “cancer” was whispered, almost in shame. A diagnosis of mental illness hasn’t moved far beyond that today. Richard Grinker, professor of anthropology and international affairs at George Washington University, joins guest host Courtney Collins to talk about how we are on the cusp of accepting a spectrum of neurodiversity an…
 
What if there was an easy, step-by-step process for strengthening democracy? James Fishkin is a political scientist and director of the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford, and he joins guest host John McCaa to explain the process of deliberative democracy – and demonstrate successes it’s already produced around the world. His latest book…
 
John McWhorter is a linguist who spends his time thinking about words, what they mean, why we use them and how they’ve evolved — and that includes profanity. He joins Think to talk about his most recent book, “Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever.” Just a warning: there’s uncensored profanity in this language, so it might…
 
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