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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.

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.


Dallas, TX




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.




3000 Harry Hines Boulevard Dallas, Texas 75201 800-933-5372


The number one killer of creativity is fear

The rigor of scientific research might have unlocked the mystery of the creative spark. Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times science reporter Matt Richtel joins host Krys Boyd to talk about creativity and what awakens it, the conditions where it thrives and what happens when it’s blocked. His book is “Inspired: Understanding Creativity: A Journey Through Art, Science, and the Soul.”


Inside a mind with severe ADHD

A diagnosis of severe ADHD can be hard to swallow, but it can also offer a new understanding of yourself. Rebecca Schiller is co-founder and trustee of the human rights organization Birthrights and a regular contributor to The Guardian. She joins host Krys Boyd to talk about her journey to be seen by specialists and about learning to navigate her life in a new way. Her book is “A Thousand Ways to Pay Attention: A Memoir of Coming Home to My Neurodivergent Mind.”


Has the digital world broken American democracy?

It’s pretty clear at this point that social media connects us and also divides us. Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt joins host Krys Boyd to discuss how tech companies have sowed rifts and how he says the communication breakdown means we are now being ruled by mob dynamics. His article in The Atlantic is called “After Babel.”


The next disaster is coming. Are you ready?

From extreme weather events to plane crashes, disasters are always looming. Juliette Kayyem is Robert and Renee Belfer Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she is faculty director of the Homeland Security Project and the Security and Global Health Project. She joins host Krys Boyd to discuss her approach to crisis management and why she feels like we’re always a step behind. Her book is “The Devil Never Sleeps: Learning to Live in an Age of...


What a nurse didn’t know until she became a patient

A diagnosis of breast cancer meant a nurse became the patient. Theresa Brown is an author and registered nurse, and she joins host Krys Boyd to discuss being on the other side of treatments, her frustrations with being reduced to her disease, and her worries that speaking up would make her a difficult patient and alienate the very doctors trying to save her. Her book is called “Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient.”


Dying insects and migrating trees: our planet in peril

Of all the species on Earth, humans have easily had the biggest impact. This hour, we’ll look at how our actions have affected everything from the bug population to the plants and trees many animals call home. And we’ll talk about the possibility of reviving creatures that have gone extinct…. and if we should?


How Shakespeare killed off his characters

To be or not to be? That might be a better question for science than Shakespeare. Kathryn Harkup joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the many ways The Bard killed off his characters, their feasibility in real life and how audiences of the day would’ve reacted to the dramatic demises. Her book is “Death By Shakespeare: Snakebites, Stabbings and Broken Hearts.”


Beyond batteries: What we need to store renewable energy

If there is to be a shift to renewable energy, there must be a focus on developing batteries that can meet the challenge. New Yorker contributing writer Matthew Hutson joins host Krys Boyd to discuss why there needs to be 100-times more storage for renewables by 2040, and why that goal is currently out of reach. His article is “The Renewable-Energy Revolution Will Need Renewable Storage.”


A Planet Money journalist on the man who made bond trading sexy

The bond market is high risk, high reward and cutthroat. Mary Childs is co-host and correspondent for NPR’s “Planet Money” podcast. She joins host Krys Boyd to talk about Bill Gross, known as “The Bond King,” his rise to the top of a volatile world and his eventual undoing. Her book is “The Bond King: How One Man Made a Market, Built an Empire, and Lost It All.”


Your attitude about aging could be a self-fulfilling prophecy

It might not be aging that causes health decline, but ageism. Becca Levy is a professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health and a professor of psychology at Yale. She joins host Krys Boyd to discuss the beliefs around aging and how policy changes and positive thinking can create successful outcomes. Her book is “Breaking the Age Code: How Your Beliefs About Aging Determine How Long and Well You Live.”


From crickets to whales, the sounds of a healthy planet

From bird song to electronic music, sound shapes our world. David George Haskell, professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of the South and a Guggenheim Fellow, joins host Krys Boyd to discuss sonic diversity and its importance to human and animal life – and how we are silencing those critical noises around us. His book is “Sounds Wild and Broken: Sonic Marvels, Evolution’s Creativity, and the Crisis of Sensory Extinction.”


When we should shame people — and when we shouldn’t

Shame can be a tool for justice and morality – and it can also be weaponized. Cathy O’Neil launched the Lede Program for data journalism at Columbia University. She joins host Krys Boyd to discuss the relationship between shame and power and when cancel culture is beneficial and when it goes too far. Her book is “The Shame Machine: Who Profits in the New Age of Humiliation.”


Even the ancient Greeks suffered from addiction

Addiction has long been recorded in human history, centuries before the opioid crisis. Carl Erik Fisher is an addiction physician and bioethicist and an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University. He joins host Krys Boyd to discuss his own struggle with alcoholism and his search to find answers in the policies, people and treatments of both the recent and distant past. His book is “The Urge: Our History of Addiction.”


Why we should all live a little more like Italians

The Italians seem to have life worked out with good food and wine, and an outlook Americans could probably learn from. Beppe Severgnini is a columnist and editor for Italy’s largest circulation daily newspaper, Corriere della Sera. He joins guest host Courtney Collins to discuss the key takeaways from Italian life and gives insight into the charm that’s known around the world. His book is “Italian Lessons: Fifty Things We Know About Life Now.”


Beyond the numbers: The impact of one million U.S. COVID deaths

One million U.S. deaths have been recorded due to Covid-19. Scientific American senior editor Josh Fischman joins guest host Courtney Collins to discuss the after-effects of such an enormous death toll, including financial repercussions, effects on children and the new strain on social safety nets. His article is “What One Million COVID Dead Mean for the U.S.’s Future.”


When was the last time you got a hug?

Zoom can put us in a virtual room with someone, but it can never replace the touch and feel of another human being. Michelle Drouin is a psychology professor at Purdue University-Fort Wayne and senior research scientist at the Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation. She joins guest host Courtney Collins to discuss why we’re increasingly isolated physically, emotionally and intellectually from one another and how we might reestablish that connection. Her book is “Out of Touch: How...


When raising a young woman of color, here’s what you should know

There are plenty of memes about #blackgirlmagic, but they often leave out the behind-the-scenes work it takes for Black and brown girls to achieve that magic. Minda Harts is assistant professor of public service at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the founder of The Memo LLC, a career development company for women of color. She joins guest host Courtney Collins to discuss her YA guide for young women of color to step into adulthood with the tools necessary for...


From the archives: The evolution of Zora Neale Hurston

There’s a breadth and depth to Zora Neale Hurston’s writing that goes far beyond “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” Genevieve West, Chair of the Department of Language, Culture & Gender Studies at Texas Women’s University, joins guest host John McCaa to discuss her extensive compilation of Hurston’s work. It’s co-edited with Henry Louis Gates Jr., and features essays, criticism and articles of the Harlem Renaissance author. The book is called “You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays.” This...


The forgotten story of how Lincoln tried to bring together a divided nation

In an attempt to heal a bitterly divided country after the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln preached moderation and forgiveness. John Avlon, senior political analyst and anchor at CNN, joins guest host John McCaa to discuss Lincoln as peacemaker, his approach of reason over brute strength, and how that was derailed after his assassination. His book is “Lincoln and the Fight for Peace.”


From the archives: The Cosmologist who left the streets behind

Often, when we fall, it helps to simply look up and find hope in what’s above us. Hakeem Oluseyi is professor of physics and space sciences at the Florida Institute of Technology and has served at Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He joins host Krys Boyd to talk about his early life, when he struggled with inequality, poverty and addiction, and how he found his way out by studying the stars. His book, co-authored with Joshua Horwitz, is “A Quantum Life: My...