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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 »

Most Recent Episodes

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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What ISIS Is After

[2015-02-23 13:00:00] Each day brings increasingly disturbing news as ISIS wreaks havoc on the Middle East. This hour, we’ll talk about what the organization is actually trying to accomplish with Graeme Wood, who explores the question in the current issue of The Atlantic.

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Fact In The Age Of Opinion

[2015-02-23 12:00:00]Between climate change deniers and the anti-vaccination crowd, science is increasingly being dismissed. This hour, we’ll talk to science writer Joel Achenbach about why data is less definitive in a world more interested in opinion. His story on the topic appears in the March issue of National Geographic.

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Handicapping The Oscars

[2015-02-19 13:00:00] Boyhood and Birdman are considered front runners for the best picture Oscar. But could The Grand Budapest Hotel or another dark horse sneak spoil the party? This hour, we’ll preview the 87th Academy Awards with Julie Hoyt Fisk of the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association and Chris Vognar and Stephen Becker, the co-hosts of KERA’s weekly Big Screen segment.

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Young Women In Politics

[2015-02-19 12:00:00] Less than 30 percent of Texas state senators are women. And the percentage is even lower in the Texas House. This hour, we’ll talk about boosting those numbers with Dallas County Judge Tonya Parker and Anne Moses, founder of IGNITE, an organization dedicated to encouraging girls and young women to seek elected office. The IGNITE Texas Young Women’s Political Leadership Conference takes place Saturday at Texas Wesleyan University.

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