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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 entertainmeMore from KERA's Think »

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The Impact Of Blasts On The Brain

[2015-01-22 12:00:00] Thousands of U.S. combat personnel have suffered brain trauma caused by blast force. This hour, we’ll talk about how that physical and psychological damage affects veterans with Caroline Alexander, whose story “The Invisible War on the Brain” appears in the February issue of National Geographic magazine.

 

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Gauging Group Dynamics

[2015-01-21 13:00:00] Making decisions as a group is supposed to ensure buy-in from everyone involved. In practice, though, that’s often not the case. And on top of that, group decisions frequently do not lead to the best solutions. This hour, we’ll explore how groups can produce better results with Harvard Law School professor Cass Sunstein, co-author of Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter (Harvard Business Review Press).

 

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Redefining The Dictionary

[2015-01-21 12:00:00] Merriam-Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged is the go-to source for lexicographers. Now that the company is working on a fourth edition, questions have arisen about what a 21st Century dictionary should look like. This hour, we’ll ponder the dictionary of the future with Stefan Fatsis, whose recent essay on the topic appears on Slate.

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What It's Like To Be Poor

[2015-01-20 13:00:00] Members of America’s middle and upper classes have preconceived notions about what it means to be poor. This hour, as part of KERA’s One Crisis Away initiative, we’ll talk about what going without is really like with Linda Tirado, who’s bounced back and forth between middle class and being poor. She writes about her experiences in Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America (Putnam).

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Why We're Nice

[2015-01-20 12:00:00] For groups to function well, there needs to be a certain level of unselfishness among its members. This hour, we’ll talk about how humans developed concern for the welfare of others – and about the potential downsides of selflessness – with David Sloan Wilson, president of the Evolution Institute and SUNY distinguished professor of biology and anthropology at Binghampton University. His new book is Does Altruism Exist?: Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others (Yale University Press).

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