Think 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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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.

Most Recent Episodes

VA Secretary Robert Wilkie On Caring For Vets

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is charged with a mission laid out by President Lincoln: "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan." Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how the V.A. is working to provide more efficient care for vets – and how the department is evolving to address PTSD and mental health.

Washington Reporters Roundtable

Last week, President Trump officially declared he's running for re-election. The announcement has shared headlines with stories about increased tension with Iran, further testimony tied to the Mueller Report and, of course, the crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates. Host Krys Boyd sorts through the day's news with a panel of Washington-based reporters: Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune and Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent for NPR.

Why Is It So Difficult To Treat Pain

After a motorcycle accident and the surgeries that followed, Travis Rieder became addicted to pain medications. Rieder is the director of the Master of Bioethics degree program at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, and he joins guest host Courtney Collins to talk about the agonizing process of weaning himself off the drugs – and about what the experience taught him about how we should address the current opioid crisis. His new book is called "In Pain: A Bioethicist's Personal Struggle With Opioids" (Harper).

It All Starts With Algae

Without algae, we wouldn't have everyday items like paint, shampoo – even beer! Ruth Kassinger joins guest host Courtney Collins to talk about how this miracle organism might just be the key to creating a more sustainable future. Her new book is called "Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plagued Us, and Just Might Save Us" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

A Marine Revisits The Battlefield

As a Marine, Elliot Ackerman served five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning a Silver Star and Purple Heart. And he's dedicated his post-military career to understanding conflict in the places he fought. He joins Courtney Collins to talk about the people he met upon returning to the Middle East – some of whom were once his adversaries. His new book is called "Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning" (Penguin Press).

In West Texas: A Boom For Some, A Bust For Others

Oil production in the Permian Basin has doubled in the last three years to 2 million barrels a day. And the current boom in the oil industry trickles down to the residents of the towns that populate the area. Christian Wallace grew up in West Texas and once worked these oil fields, and he joins guest host Courtney Collins to talk about what it's like to live through the ups and downs of an industry whose fortunes can change without warning. His story "The Permian Basin Is Booming With Oil. But at What Cost to West Texans?" appears in the current issue of Texas Monthly.

Look Up: You're Being Watched

The Gorgon Stare is the most effective surveillance technology the Pentagon has ever developed. It can monitor thousands of moving targets at once across large cities and possibly even predict attacks. Arthur Holland Michel, founder and co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about balancing the Gorgon Stare's ability to save lives with its potential for significant intrusion. His new book is called "Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Is GPS Rotting Your Brain?

Throughout human history we've had an insatiable urge to chart the unknown. M.R. O'Connor joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how this drive to explore is deeply rooted in how our brains function, which she writes about in "Wayfinding: The Science and Mystery of How Humans Navigate the World" (St. Martin's Press).

How Tech Companies Are Reading Our Minds

Eye-tracking technology offers companies a window into our thoughts as these devices monitor how our eyes engage with the world. Avi Bar-Zeev helped design the technology for Microsoft and other companies, and he joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how it works – and about whether we should worry about invasion of privacy – which he writes about for Vice.

Tiny Nations, Giant Impact: The Politics of Climate Change

With rising global temperatures come rising seas – and island nations are the ones taking the brunt of the damage. Justin Worland joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how Fiji, the Marshall Islands and other tiny countries are leading the charge to address climate change. His story "This Island is Sinking" appears in Time magazine.

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