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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


Robert Gates On America’s Post-Cold War Path

Robert Gates, served as secretary of defense under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, former officer in the United States Air Force and worked for the CIA before being appointed director of the agency. A member of the National Security Council staff in four administrations, he served eight presidents of both political parties. He was president of Texas A&M University from 2002 to 2006, is currently chancellor of the College of William & Mary, was national president of the Boy Scouts...


The Inner Lives Of Butterflies

From caterpillar to chrysalis to fully formed butterfly, these insects inspire wonder, fascination and a whole world of science exploring their quirks. Journalist Wendy Williams joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the colorful, weird and beautiful ways butterflies survive — and how they help humans live. Her book is called “The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World’s Favorite Insect.”


Colson Whitehead Visits The Jim Crow South

Colson Whitehead’s latest novel is based on a real juvenile detention reformatory in 1960s Florida. He joins host Krys Boyd to talk about his story of two boys, bound by the trauma around them as they swing between hope and cynicism. Earlier this year, “The Nickel Boys” earned Whitehead his second Pulitzer Prize.


Beyond Borders: What Makes A Nation

Nationalism would seem to be at odds with an increasingly interconnected world. But throughout history, nation-states have always had to navigate a push-pull relationship with places beyond their borders. Thomas Meaney, a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the history of military intervention, citizen uprisings, and the ideas around citizenship that define belonging in our world. His...


Building Cities That Climate Change Won’t Wash Away

Despite its name, a 500-year storm really means there’s 1 in 500 chance of occurring in any given year. Between 2015 to 2017, Houston experienced three—not great odds. Are cities pivoting as quickly to protect citizens? Shayla Love, a senior staff writer at Vice covering science, medicine, health, drugs, and climate, talks to host Krys Boyd about all the hidden things that make a city run smoothly and why it’s not ready to face the reality of climate change. Her article is “Our...


What Happened The Last Time We Tried To Cut Off Immigation

If there was a flood of immigration at the turn of the century, with the 1924 Immigration Act, it became little more than a trickle. Jia Lynn Yang, deputy national editor at the New York Times, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the lawmakers at the forefront of the push to change the law and the immigrants at the center of the fight for equality. Her book is “One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration 1924-1965.”


How Universities Contribute To Inequality

When the 2019 college admissions scandal broke, it reaffirmed what education scholars already knew: there are severe inequities among who and who is not admitted to colleges and universities. Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, talks to host Krys Boyd about how our higher education system contributes to inequality. His book, co-written with Peter Schmidt and Jeff Strohl, is “The Merit Myth: How Our Colleges Favor the Rich and Divide...


We Ask A Lot Of Police — Here’s What We Can Outsource

In addition to law enforcement, our police forces are tasked with plenty of responsibilities that have fallen through the bureaucratic cracks. Patrick Sharkey, professor of sociology and public affairs at New York University and founder of, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about strategies for offloading elements of the job that stand in the way of effective policing.


Schools Can Create Better Citizens By Returning To Civics

Only two in five Americans can name the three branches of government. Does that correlate with the approximately 80 percent that doesn’t trust the government at all? Rebecca Winthrop, co-director of the Center for Universal Education and a senior fellow of Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution, joins host Krys Boyd to argue that, without teaching the fundamentals of how our government works, we’ll never convince people to get out the vote. Her brief for Policy 2020...


How We Got To ‘Sesame Street’

Before kids were glued to their phones, they were glued to the TV. And many of them were watching programs about multiculturalism, literacy, and lessons in kindness — often given by a giant yellow bird. David Kamp joins host Krys Boyd to talk about what he calls “the Age of Enlightenment Jr.” His book is “Sunny Days: The Children’s Television Revolution That Changed America.”


Buckle Up: Driverless Cars Will Change More Than Your Commute

Driverless cars are here — they’re being tested right now in cities across America. The irony is: Even with no one in the driver’s seat, we’re about to encounter more twists and turns in the road than we might be ready for. Anthony M. Townsend joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the down-the-line changes that will come with autonomous vehicles – everything from privatized roads to mobility monopolies. His new book is called “Ghost Road: Beyond the Driverless Car.”


How Shakespeare Spun Tragedy And Comedy From An Epidemic

In Act 3 of “Romeo and Juliet,” Mercutio delivers the line “a plague on both your houses.” And while it’s a cutting insult, living with the constant dread of illness was, in those days, a part of daily life. Stephen Greenblatt, John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how an epidemic influenced the Bard’s “words, words, words.” His article in The New Yorker is “What Shakespeare Actually Wrote About the Plague.”)


Busting The Myth Of The Texas Rangers

Texans are familiar with the heroics and larger-than-life characters of the Texas Rangers, but behind all that shine is a tarnish to be reckoned with. Doug J. Swanson, writing teacher at the University of Pittsburgh, member of Texas Institute of Letters and previous finalist for Pulitzer Prize, talks to host Krys Boyd about separating legend from fact when it comes to the Rangers. His book is called “Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers.”


The Politics Of White Anger

What makes someone a “patriot” and another an “agitator”? Oftentimes, the distinction relies heavily on the color of one’s skin. Davin Phoenix, associate professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine, talks to host Krys Boyd about who gets to be angry and whose anger actually affects change. He’s the author of“The Anger Gap: How Race Shapes Emotion in Politics,”and his recent New York Times opinion piece is“Anger Benefits Some Americans Much More Than Others.”


A Practical Guide To Fixing Our Democracy

If you have problems with our current system of government, it’s probably of little comfort to know we tweaked it over many decades to work this way. David Litt, a speechwriter for President Obama, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how we became so disenfranchised and polarized – and about how we can address these issues. His book is“Democracy In One Book or Less: How It Works, Why It Doesn’t, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think.”


Madame Speaker: The Political Life Of Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi elicits strong opinions from the left and the right. But who is she* really? *Molly Ball, Time magazine’s national political correspondent and a political analyst for CNN, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about Pelosi’s journey to becoming arguably the most influential woman in American political history. Her new biography is called“Pelosi.”


Working From Home Can Be Better — Here’s How

Millions of Americans have embraced a new reality centered around Zoom calls and working at the kitchen table. Georgetown University professor Cal Newport joins host Krys Boyd to talk about face-to-face communication vs. computer interfacing and how we can master working from home. His article published in The New Yorker is“Why Remote Work Is So Hard—and How It Can Be Fixed.”


The Link Between Policing And Segregation

Changing policing methods requires changing a department’s internal culture. There are, however, additional changes that need to happen to the places being policed. Monica Bell of the Yale School of Law joins host Krys Boyd to argue that “segregation rots community life at the root” and that police reform is empty until we examine how people live in proximity to one another. Her article “Anti-Segregation Policing” will be published in the NYU Law Review.


Meet The Formerly Enslaved Woman Who Secured Reparations

Henrietta Wood was a free black woman who won her freedom in 1848, only to be re-enslaved five years later. Rice University historian W. Caleb McDaniel joins host Krys Boyd to tell the story of how Wood ultimately sued and won the largest amount given in restitution for slavery. His book “Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America” was awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in history.


An Urbanite’s Journey To Understand The Heartland

Broadly speaking, an ideological gap exists between the more liberal coasts and the more conservative “fly-over” states. So why does that divide exist? Marie Mutsuki Mockett, a fiction and nonfiction teacher at Rainier Writing Workshop and visiting writer in the MFA program at Saint Mary’s College, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about her exploration of her family’s heritage in rural Nebraska to understand a more conservative way of life. Her book is “American Harvest: God, Country, and...