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KERA's 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 entertainme

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College Readiness And The Class Of '17

Thu, 19 May 2016 15:54:12 -0400

[2016-05-19 13:00:00] Since 2013, KERA has followed a group of students on the path to graduation. As they finish their junior year in high school, they're making college and career decisions that will affect the rest of their lives. As part of KERA's American Graduate series What's Next For The Class Of '17, we'll discuss those pivotal decisions with Julie Lythcott-Haims, former Stanford dean and author of "How to Raise an Adult" (Henry Holt and Co.).

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Best of Think: Life As A Tudor

Thu, 19 May 2016 15:50:43 -0400

[2016-05-19 12:00:00] In a book out last year, historian Ruth Goodman detailed for readers what it was like to live in Victorian England. This hour, we'll listen back to our February conversation with Goodman about her newest book, "How to Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life" (Liveright), to learn about the ups and downs of English life during the reign of Henry VIII.

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An Intimate History Of The Gene

Wed, 18 May 2016 15:49:09 -0400

[2016-05-18 13:00:00] Siddhartha Mukherjee won a Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for his book "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer." This hour, he'll take us from Gregor Mendel's 19th Century experiments with pea plants to current methods of gene editing with CRISPR/Cas9. He writes about it all in his latest effort, "The Gene: An Intimate History" (Scribner).

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50 Great American Places

Wed, 18 May 2016 15:47:53 -0400

[2016-05-18 12:00:00] With school nearly out, many families are gearing up to take the great American road trip. This hour, we'll talk about must-visit stops along the way with Brent D. Glass, director emeritus of the National Museum of American History. His new book is called "50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites Across the U.S." (Simon & Schuster), and he's in town to talk about it tonight at the Sixth Floor Museum.

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A New Understanding Of Addiction

Tue, 17 May 2016 15:33:40 -0400

[2016-05-17 13:00:00] Traditional thinking about addiction suggests that addicts have a brain disease or addictive personalities. This hour, we'll talk about the possibility that alcoholics, drug abusers and compulsive gamblers may actually suffer from a learning disorder with Maia Szalavitz. She explores the idea in "Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction" (St. Martin's Press).

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Creating Memorable Characters

Tue, 17 May 2016 15:32:06 -0400

[2016-05-17 12:00:00] Amy Stewart's "Girl Waits With Gun" (Mariner Books) features some of toughest female characters in recent memory – just one of the traits that made it a national best-seller. This hour, we'll talk with Stewart about creating memorable characters – and we'll get a preview of her next book due this fall. Stewart is in town to speak tonight at the Dallas Museum of Art for Arts and Letters Live.

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The President's Book of Secrets

Mon, 16 May 2016 15:32:48 -0400

[2016-05-16 13:00:00] Since the Kennedy White House, each president has received a daily dossier that includes up-to-the-minute, top-secret information. This hour, we'll talk about how that information is gathered – and how presidents have used it through the years – with David Priess, who served as an intelligence officer in the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations. His new book is called "The President's Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents from Kennedy to Obama" (PublicAffairs).

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Lessons From Buzz Aldrin

Mon, 16 May 2016 15:31:19 -0400

[2016-05-16 12:00:00] As the second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin is one of the most famous astronauts in the history of the space program. So it's surprising to learn that he was rejected the first time he applied to NASA. This hour, we'll talk with him about perseverance and other wisdom he's gained in his 86 years, which he's collected in "No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon" (National Geographic). Aldrin speaks Sunday at Highland Park United Methodist Church for Authors Live!

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A Talk With Juan Felipe Herrera

Thu, 12 May 2016 15:35:16 -0400

[2016-05-12 13:00:00] Since last year, Juan Felipe Herrera has served as U.S. poet laureate. This hour, we'll talk with him about how being the son of immigrant farmers has affected his work – and about how we can get young readers and writers more interested in poetry. Herrera speaks tonight at the Latino Cultural Center as part of the "Literacy in Motion" event.

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The Politics Of Pain

Thu, 12 May 2016 15:33:45 -0400

[2016-05-12 12:00:00] Pain is a feeling that's nearly impossible to quantify – even the oft used 1-10 scale is tied to an individual's perception. This hour, we'll talk about how our inability to agree on this most basic feeling has led to differences of opinion on legal issues with Keith Wailoo, vice dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He's the author of "Pain: A Political History" (Johns Hopkins University Press).

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