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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 Crimes Of Tomorrow

[2015-03-03 13:00:00] As technology undoubtedly makes our lives better, it's also easy to envision a future of illegal firearms created by 3D printers and drones carrying contraband across borders. This hour, we'll talk about the dangers brought about by technological advancement with Marc Goodman, author of Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It (Doubleday).

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Helping Kids Creatively

[2015-03-03 12:00:00] When kids get in trouble with the law, the arts have proved to be a valuable tool in returning many of them to the straight and narrow. This hour, we'll talk to Lisa Schmidt of Big Thought and Dallas County Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Terry Smith about Creative Solutions, a joint arts program that has helped 10,000 kids over the last two decades.

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Vitamin Overload

[2015-03-02 13:00:00] Foods rich in vitamins have become synonymous with healthful eating. This hour, we'll talk about the history of hyping vitamins – and why the vitamin section of food labels doesn't tell the whole story – with Catherine Price, author of Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection (Penguin Press).

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Marriage Equality In Texas

[2015-03-02 12:00:00] In the coming months, Texas should find out if it will join the 37 other states that recognize same-sex marriages. This hour, we'll talk about how changing the marriage law could change the state's culture with Pamela Colloff. Her story "The New Faces of Marriage in Texas" appears in the March issue of Texas Monthly.

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Inside 'The Glass Castle'

[2015-02-26 13:00:00] In September, Jeannette Walls' memoir, The Glass Castle, was one of seven books suspended by the Highland Park school district. This hour, we'll talk to her about the book – which has since been put back on the district's reading list – and her appearance at this weekend's Highland Park Literary Festival.

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A Conversation With David Axelrod

[2015-02-26 12:00:00] As one of Barack Obama's chief political strategists, David Axelrod was instrumental in his election to the presidency. This hour, we'll talk to Axelrod about his transition from Chicago newspaperman to the ultimate political insider, which he writes about in his memoir, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics (Penguin). Axelrod is in town to speak to the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth tonight.

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Writing About War

[2015-02-25 13:00:00] Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned a Purple Heart for his service. This hour, we’ll talk about how those years spent in a warzone informed his debut novel, Green on Blue(Scribner), which is set in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan. Ackerman will be in town Friday for a conversation with Dallas author Ben Fountain at the Dallas Museum of Art for Arts & Letters Live.

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Dissecting the Earned Income Tax Credit

[2015-02-25 12:00:00] When a poor person gets a low-wage job, that employment also brings in additional money in the form of the earned income tax credit and other refunds. This hour, as part of KERA’s series One Crisis Away: Inside a Neighborhood, we’ll talk about why even with that extra income, it’s still tough for low-earners to get by with University of Wisconsin assistant professor Sarah Halpern-Meekin. She’s part of a team of researchers that explores the topic in the book It’s Not Like I’m Poor: How Working Families Make Ends Meet in a Post-Welfare World (University of California Press).

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The Allure of Acting

[2015-02-24 13:00:00] With Hollywood’s awards season just wrapped, we’ve spent a lot of time recently applauding actors. This hour, we’ll talk about the art of acting – and what we can learn from playing characters ourselves – with David Thomson, author of Why Acting Matters (Yale).

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Taking Down The Taliban

[2015-02-24 12:00:00] As CIA station chief for Islamabad, Robert Grenier organized the covert operations aimed at defeating the Taliban in Afghanistan. This hour, we’ll talk to him about the many challenges involved in fighting a terrorist organization, which he writes about in 88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary (Simon & Schuster).

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