KERA's Think

KERA's Think

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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 entertainme
A Better Approach To Bringing Up Boys
Apr 23 • 47 min
Traditional parental philosophy says we need to raise our boys to become men. But what does that even mean in 2019? Michael Reichert, founding director of the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives at the University of Pennsylvania, joins guest…
Why We’ve Got The Suburbs Wrong
Apr 23 • 47 min
Suburbia has historically presented urban planners with a blank slate and an opportunity to rethink how we live alongside one another. Amanda Kolson Hurley joins guest host Courtney Collins to talk about planned communities that have bucked conventional…
Expanding Our Moral Circle
Apr 22 • 47 min
As our understanding of sentience has developed, our understanding of who or what is included in what’s known as the “moral circle” has evolved. Sigal Samuel joins guest host Courtney Collins to talk through which other beings we should be thinking about…
Bobbie Wygant On 70 Years In TV
Apr 22 • 47 min
As a reporter for KXAS television, Bobbie Wygant witnessed many of the most important events of the 20th Century that happened in North Texas. She joins guest host Courtney Collins to talk about everything from covering the Kennedy assassination to…
The Psychological Effects Of Art
Apr 22 • 48 min
Art has a way of provoking an emotional and physiological response from us – whether it’s laughing at a movie or crying during a sad song. This hour, we’re exploring the effect art has on our brains. We’ll talk with an art educator about how art promotes…
Big Tech Needs Big Government
Apr 18 • 48 min
Paradigm-shifting technologies such as the jet engine, radar and even the internet are a result of the public investment in science and technology that began in 1940. MIT professor Simon Johnson – a former chief economist at the International Monetary…
Cities, Not Sprawl: The Future Of Urban Development
Apr 17 • 47 min
As the world’s largest cities grow exponentially, urban planners are urgently thinking through how to handle large populations living in close quarters. Architect and urban planner Peter Calthorpe joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the traits shared by…
You Can Take The Girl Out Of The South…
Apr 17 • 48 min
Helen Ellis left Alabama for New York when she got married. And every day she’s proving once again that you can take the girl out of the South, but you can’t take the South out of the girl. She joins host Krys Boyd to tell some hilarious stories about…
Does Trade Really Prevent War?
Apr 16 • 34 min
International trade agreements might not sound that exciting. But they’re actually vital to maintaining peace among global powers. Daniel Drezner, professor of international politics at Tufts University, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how the current…
Should We Stop Taking Your Huddled Masses?
Apr 16 • 48 min
Most Americans are in favor of at least some immigration. The question that divides us is: how much? David Frum joins host Krys Boyd to walk through the many issues at play in this complicated question. His essay“How Much Immigration Is Too Much?”appears…
How We Put A Man On The Moon
Apr 15 • 48 min
In 1961, President Kennedy announced his goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Rice University history professor Douglas Brinkley joins host Krys Boyd to chart how just eight years later, Neil Armstrong made JFK’s dream a reality.…
A Vice-President’s Dream (Or Nightmare)
Apr 15 • 35 min
Eight Americans have suddenly be thrust into the most powerful job on Earth when the president they were serving under dies. Jared Cohen, adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the vice-presidents who…
Are We Safer Since 9/11?
Apr 12 • 48 min
For the first four years of the Obama administration, Janet Napolitano guided the Department of Homeland Security with the mission of keeping the country safe. She joins host Krys Boyd to take stock of our post-9/11 efforts to root out terrorism without…
Electronic Health Records: The $36 Billion Dollar Fiasco?
Apr 11 • 34 min
The U.S. government has spent $36 billion over the last decade in an effort to turn handwritten medical charts into electronic records. Fred Schulte joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how all of that time and money has somehow made healthcare record…
Black Motherhood Is A Political Act
Apr 11 • 48 min
As a black woman, Dani McClain knows America to be hostile territory. And after becoming a mother, she now must figure out how to guide her daughter through the same experience that she’s still figuring out how to navigate. McClain joins host Krys Boyd to…
Robot M.D.
Apr 10 • 49 min
What if every time you visited a doctor, a robot could take your blood pressure, listen to your deep breaths and record your vital signs? Cardiologist Dr. Eric Topol joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how A.I. could free human doctors up for the personal…
It’s Deeply Human To Love Animals
Apr 10 • 33 min
Since the days of the cavemen, humans have lived alongside domesticated animals. Jacky Colliss Harvey joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how the furry, feathered and scaly friends we’ve shared our homes with have shaped us for thousands of years. Her new…
The Power Of Paying Attention
Apr 9 • 48 min
In a digital world that becomes more fractured by the day, our personal attention span is the currency we have to spend. Jenny Odell joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how we should consider the pieces of ourselves we share – and about rethinking what it…
Defending The New York Times In Court
Apr 9 • 35 min
When a newspaper has a scoop that could ruffle some feathers, it’s a safe bet that the paper’s lawyer will want to take a look. David E. McCraw is deputy general counsel for The New York Times, and he joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the delicate line…
Living In Society Is Making Us Better People
Apr 8 • 36 min
In such a polarized world, it’s easy to see how people have grown so far apart. Nicholas A. Christakis, director of the Human Nature Lab at Yale University, joins Krys Boyd to explain how for thousands of years we’ve actually evolved to co-exist in…
Redefining Black Protest
Apr 5 • 48 min
Black protests can take many forms – from art, to organized marches to sermons at the pulpit. We’ll talk about the many ways black Americans resist the forces working against them every day with Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin, editors of the collection…
Reproductive Care: The Third Rail Of Health Policy
Apr 4 • 34 min
With Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment, the Supreme Court now features a reliably conservative majority. And with liberals Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Stephen Breyer also being its two oldest, it’s reasonable that the court could shift even further to the right…
A Chicana Thinker On Her Family History
Apr 4 • 48 min
Cherríe Moraga is an influential Chicana activist, artist and writer whose work focuses on rethinking our ideas of gender, race and sexuality. She joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how her life turned out much different than her mother’s – a farm worker…
An Economist’s Guide To Risk
Apr 3 • 33 min
To be successful in the business world, it helps to have a solid understanding of risk. Economist Allison Schrager joins host Krys Boyd to talk about real-life examples of when a gamble is worth taking – and when it’s better to stay away. Her new book is…
The Price Of Uncontrolled Diabetes
Apr 3 • 48 min
The rate of diabetic amputations for people living in the Rio Grande Valley is about 50 percent higher than the rest of Texas and more than four times the national average. Sophie Novack joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how diabetes hits poor…
Could You Be Friends With A Robot?
Apr 2 • 47 min
Researchers at Apple, Google and Amazon are in a race to develop computers that can speak and think like humans. Tech journalist James Vlahos joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the many ways these chatbots will affect business, privacy and even our…
How Unqualified Men Get Hired Over Qualified Women
Apr 2 • 48 min
Qualities that land people leadership roles – overconfidence, narcissism – are often the same qualities that stand in the way of leadership. And it’s worth pointing out that the majority of our leaders are men. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, professor of…
Involuntary Racism
Apr 1 • 48 min
Unconscious bias affects everything from education to employment to the criminal justice system. Stanford psychology professor Jennifer Eberhardt joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the consequences of bias and how it infiltrates all levels of society. Her…
The Strange Rights Of Passage For Black Men
Apr 1 • 47 min
As a teen, Damon Young wished a white person would call him a racial slur just to have a good fight story. The cofounder of VerySmartBrothas.com joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the shifting definition of black masculinity – and about what it’s like to…
Millennials Come Of Age In A One-Child China
Mar 29 • 48 min
As a millennial, Karoline Kan was born into a China quickly building a prosperous middle class. She joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how her experiences differed from older family members – including her mother, who defied the country’s one-child policy…
Do These Meerkats Have Deep Emotions? Yeah, Probably.
Mar 28 • 48 min
Emory University psychologist Frans de Waal’s previous research delved deeply into animal intelligence. He joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the natural evolution of that research, which looks into how animals feel. His new book is called“Mama’s Last…
Terrorism Is The Least Of Our Problems
Mar 28 • 47 min
President Trump has declared a national emergency at our southern border. North Korea may soon resuscitate it nuclear program. And ISIS seems to be expanding into Asia. Still, political scientist Micah Zenko joins host Krys Boyd to talk about why –…
We Can’t Stop Climate Change: Here Is What We Can Do
Mar 27 • 48 min
In 2007, Roger Sedjo shared the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on climate change. He joins host Krys Boyd to talk about thinking about the problem on parallel tracks: One focused on slowing global warming and another planning for its inevitability. His…
A Million US Latinos Turn 18 This Year And They Are Ready To Vote
Mar 27 • 47 min
Twice as many Latino voters turned out for the 2018 midterms than did for the 2014 election. As the political landscape heats up for 2020, Maria Teresa Kumar, president and CEO of Voto Latino joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the issues that drive Latinx…
Why We Think We’re Ready for Natural Disasters And Why We’re Wrong
Mar 26 • 48 min
Hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters cause enormous physical damage. Seismologist Lucy Jones joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the damage that’s harder to see – the long-term psychological toll these events have on the people who…
Sandra Day O’Connor Blazed A Trail
Mar 26 • 47 min
Sandra Day O’Connor’s rise from life on an El Paso cattle ranch to Stanford Law School and ultimately the Supreme Court is a story that’s inspired generations of Americans. Evan Thomas joins us to talk about the many paths she blazed, which he writes…
White Women Weren’t Bystanders To Slavery
Mar 25 • 48 min
Before the Civil War, white women were more likely to inherit slaves than land. UC-Berkeley history professor Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how this source of wealth for white women drove their participation in the slave…
The Pros And Cons Of Being Super Smart
Mar 22 • 48 min
What’s the relationship between IQ and well-being? Columbia psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman joins host Krys Boyd to talk about if smarter people are also more content. His essay“Are Intellectuals Suffering a Crisis of Meaning?” appears in Scientific…
The Crazy Ideas With Potential To Change The World
Mar 21 • 48 min
One of the most frustrating experiences in the workplace is coming up with a bold idea and having it immediately subjected to the conventional groupthink of the office. Physicist and entrepreneur Safi Bahcall joins host Krys Boyd to talk about strategies…
Behind The Mic With The Voice Of The Texas Rangers
Mar 21 • 47 min
Since 1979, Texas Rangers fans have leapt from their seats upon hearing Eric Nadel’s signature, “That ball is history!” The radio stalwart joins host Krys Boyd to talk about his approach to calling the action over the course of a 162-game season – and…
You’re Not Who You Think: The Secrets Of Ancient DNA
Mar 20 • 47 min
For researchers, the human genome is akin to an archeologist discovering a hidden tomb. Harvard genetics professor David Reich joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how studying our ancestor’s DNA has opened the door to understanding how humans have evolved.…
A Former U.S. Diplomat On Trump’s Foreign Policy
Mar 20 • 48 min
William J. Burns’ 33 years as a diplomat included stints as ambassador to Russia and deputy secretary of state. He joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the continued importance of “soft power” in the wake of President Trump’s call for a 23 percent cut in…
No Refuge: An Asylum Story Gone Wrong
Mar 19 • 48 min
Life in Central America presents an almost impossible choice: Stay and live under constant fear of violence or leave and put your family’s life in the hands of smugglers. Texas Tribune reporter Jay Root followed a father and his daughter as they navigated…
Americans Are Retiring With Almost Nothing
Mar 19 • 46 min
Nearly half of households with people aged 55 and older have no retirement savings. UMass-Boston sociology professor Katherine S. Newman joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the likely return of old-age poverty – and about how the country can renew its…
Your City Lost Out On Amazon? You May Have Dodged A Bullet
Mar 18 • 46 min
Every year, taxpayers subsidize everything from sports stadiums to movie productions. Pat Garofalo of the Center for American Progress joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how the economic promise of these subsidies often fails to materialize, which he…
Why Your Friends Think Like You
Mar 18 • 48 min
If you’ve ever wondered why you think and feel a certain way about the world, the answers can likely be found in your social network. Matthew O. Jackson, William D. Eberle professor of economics at Stanford, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how these…
LGBT In A Small Town Is Not What You Imagined
Mar 15 • 48 min
Vibrant LGBT communities are not only found in reliably blue states. Daily Beast reporter Samantha Allen joins host Krys Boyd to talk about her cross-country trip meeting queer people thriving in conservative strongholds, which she writes about in“Real…
Let Them Eat Dirt!
Mar 14 • 46 min
This month, doctors in London announced they had eradicated HIV from a patient’s body – only the second time that has been accomplished. New York Times reporter Matt Richtel joins host Krys Boyd to talk about our complicated immune system, which is…
The College Admissions Scandal
Mar 14 • 48 min
The federal indictments this week of dozens of parents, coaches and an admissions consultant laid bare the shady lengths some will go to in order to place students in prestigious schools. Kevin Carey, vice president of education policy and knowledge…
Who’s The Master Of A.I.?
Mar 13 • 48 min
A lot of the artificial intelligence we use in everyday life is controlled by Amazon, Google, Facebook and other tech giants. Amy Webb, professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and founder of the Future Today Institute, joins…
Manifest Destiny Ends With The Wall
Mar 13 • 47 min
For the majority of American history, the feeling that this was an exceptional nation became part of our identity and fueled manifest destiny. Yale historian Greg Grandin joins host Krys Boyd to talk about why it’s time to rethink these notions now that…
What We Owe the Global Village
Mar 12 • 48 min
Nationalism has been a buzz word the last few years. Kwame Anthony Appiah joins host Krys Boyd to make the case that patriotism and cosmopolitanism are not mutually exclusive ideas. His essay “The Importance of Elsewhere” appears in the current issue of…
Demography Is Destiny
Mar 12 • 47 min
For all of recorded history, people have migrated around the world searching for a better place to live. Paul Morland, associate research fellow at the University of London, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how shifting populations have brought on…
Where You Live Determines How You Live
Mar 11 • 46 min
As the nation grapples with the issue of income inequality, that economic gap is increasing regionally. Jay Shambaugh, director of the Hamilton Project and senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about…
The Perils Of Worshiping Work
Mar 11 • 48 min
For many of us, our jobs are more than just a paycheck. They’ve become a part of who we are. Derek Thompson joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how work often fills the voids left by relationships, religion and other forms of human connection – and about…
The Life – And Afterlife – Of Our Bones
Mar 8 • 48 min
Humans have always had a certain fascination with bones – from archeologists studying the remains of our ancestors to religious pilgrims praying before relics. Brian Switek joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the many ways bones have assumed identities…
The Upside Of Processed, Packaged Food
Mar 7 • 48 min
Ever wonder how avocados from Mexico, apples from Washington and cheese from Italy can all arrive at your local grocery store just as they are ready to be consumed? UT-Austin food scholar Robyn Metcalfe joins host Krys Boyd for an around-the-world tour of…
How Much Of The Mueller Report Will We See?
Mar 7 • 46 min
In May 2017, Robert Mueller was appointed head of the Department of Justice’s Special Counsel’s Office. And since then, the public has speculated just what his buttoned-down investigation of the president might uncover. University of Arizona law professor…
Why We Don’t Acknowledge American Imperialism
Mar 6 • 48 min
The United States has largely been able to avoid being labeled a colonial empire by historically acting less imperial than our friends across the Atlantic. Still, Guam, the Philippines, Puerto Rico and many other places might disagree. Northwestern…
As Algorithms Get Smarter, Do We Get Dumber?
Mar 6 • 46 min
We’ve turned over so much of our lives to algorithms and artificial intelligence, all in an effort to become more efficient. Edward Tenner, distinguished scholar at the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, joins host…
Overhauling The V.A.
Mar 5 • 48 min
As a candidate, Donald Trump made the case to veterans that he was the person best equipped to improve the care they received through the V.A. Isaac Arnsdorf joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the degree to which President Trump has made good on that…
Caring Without Curing
Mar 4 • 48 min
As a palliative care specialist, Dr. Sunita Puri weighs every day the benefits of aggressive treatment vs. a dying patient’s comfort. She joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the push-pull of this type of care – and about what she learned from her…
Public Lands In Peril
Mar 4 • 46 min
Last week, the Senate passed a wide-ranging conservation bill that will protect millions of acres of land and miles of rivers. Stephen Nash joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the need to protect wildlife habitats from mining, drilling and other…
The Tech Path To Making Contact
Mar 1 • 48 min
Researchers are currently at work on a tiny spacecraft that will be propelled by a laser beam more powerful than a million suns. Jamie Shreeve joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how that technology and next generation telescopes have scientists closer…
A Pragmatist’s Take On Equality
Feb 28 • 48 min
Equality sounds like a noble cause – but it’s proved to be elusive. American University law professor Robert L. Tsai joins host Krys Boyd to talk about legal maneuvers that might help the country at least get closer to becoming a more equitable society.…
A Former U.S. Ambassador On The Iran Deal
Feb 28 • 48 min
When President Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran Nuclear Deal last year, the move isolated the country from NATO allies that still support the pact. Ambassador Thomas Pickering, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, joins host…
How The Supreme Court Got So Powerful
Feb 27 • 48 min
In his two years in office, President Trump has seen two of his nominees confirmed to the Supreme Court – an accomplishment that will influence American life for decades. David Kaplan, former legal affairs editor of Newsweek, joins host Krys Boyd to take…
The Promise Of VR For PTSD
Feb 26 • 48 min
Medical professionals treating PTSD have traditionally relied on patients to tap into their memories in order to work through trauma. Skip Rizzo, research professor with the USC Davis School of Gerontology, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how virtual…
A Bipartisan Take On Russian Interference
Feb 26 • 46 min
As preparations ramp up for the 2020 presidential election, the intelligence community will be on hyper alert for signs of Russian tampering. Laura Rosenberger and Jamie Fly, co-directors of the German Marshall Fund’s Alliance for Securing Democracy, join…
Yes, Animals Are Conscious
Feb 25 • 46 min
Biologists have long understood that dolphins and other large-brained animals are capable of sophisticated cognition. Ross Andersen joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how researchers are now operating from an assumption that all animals are conscious…
Crossing The Border Was Just The Beginning
Feb 25 • 48 min
When Reyna Grande was 9, she was smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border to reunite with her parents in America. She told that story in her first memoir, “The Distance Between Us,” and she joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the rest of her journey from…
The Past, Present And Future Of Impeachment
Feb 22 • 48 min
Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton each served as President of the United States. And each faced impeachment while in office. Host Krys Boyd hosts a panel discussion about the use of impeachment with the authors of“Impeachment: An American…
Why Juries Don’t Follow Judges’ Instructions
Feb 21 • 48 min
Defendants who see their cases go to trial know a lots at risk considering their fates will be decided by 12 people who would rather be anywhere else. Drury Sherrod is a social psychologist and jury consultant, and he joins host Krys Boyd to talk about…
The Woman Writing Black Panther
Feb 21 • 46 min
Nigerian-American writer Nnedi Okorafor is best known for her novella “Binti” and novel “Who Fears Death,” which will be adapted into a television series for HBO. She joins host Krys Boyd to talk about writing black characters into popular culture –…
The Excuse For Racism In Hollywood? Money
Feb 20 • 45 min
With the#OscarsSoWhite campaign and increased calls for inclusion riders, Hollywood is beginning to more closely consider how people of color are represented in the industry. University of Georgia assistant professor of sociology and African American…
The Unseen Creatures We Live With
Feb 20 • 48 min
Sterilize your kitchen counters all you want: You’ll never be rid of the thousands of tiny organisms who live alongside us. Biologist Rob Dunn joins us to introduce us to the creatures small and smaller who inhabit the same spaces we do. His new book is…
Wildlife, The Environment And The Casualties Of War
Feb 19 • 46 min
For decades, Afghanistan has been one of the most war-torn places on Earth. Evolutionary biologist Alex Dehgan has dedicated his career to protecting the country’s unique environment and wildlife population from human destruction, and he joins host Krys…
Talking About A Woman’s Gender Won’t Get Her Elected
Feb 19 • 46 min
Democratic candidates are already positioning themselves as challengers to President Trump in 2020. And the field is led by a number of high-profile women, including senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar. Linda…
For A Better Life, Think About Dying
Feb 18 • 48 min
Most of us plan for the ends of our lives by just putting the idea out of our minds. Katy Butler joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how we can better manage our later years and maintain a high quality of living even at the end. Her new book is called “The…
To Fix The House, Add More Reps
Feb 18 • 47 min
One thing every American can agree on is that we’re living in a particularly divided political landscape. Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky joins host Krys Boyd to talk about ideas that might bridge the gap – from ranked-choice voting to at-large…
What You Don’t Know About Marie Kondo
Feb 15 • 46 min
Marie Kondo has been equal parts sensation and curiosity with her book on organizing and subsequent Netflix series. Margaret Dilloway grew up with one Asian parent and one white parent, and she joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how Shinto beliefs…
A Century Of Protest Songs
Feb 14 • 48 min
Protest songs are arguably most closely associated with the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War. James Sullivan joins host Krys Boyd to trace the evolution of these songs – from the early days of World War I to the present, which he writes about…
The General And The Hurricane
Feb 14 • 46 min
Lt. General Russel Honoré served as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, leading his home state of Louisiana’s effort to rise above the devastation. He joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how his military training prepared him to tackle a natural…
The Roadblock To Medicare-for-All
Feb 13 • 48 min
Medicare-For-All has turned into a litmus test for Democrats throwing their hats into the 2020 presidential election. Dylan Scott joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the biggest roadblock to expanding Medicare: the 160 million Americans who receive…
Are Facebook Friends Really Friends?
Feb 13 • 46 min
This month, Facebook marks its 15th anniversary. Julie Beck joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how the social network has changed the way we view friendship – and about how we now hold onto friendships long past their expiration date. Her essay “Facebook:…
The Evolution Of Human Violence
Feb 12 • 48 min
Over the past 250 million years, humans have actually become nicer to one another on an individual level. At the same time, we’ve gotten a lot better at fighting on a grand scale. Harvard anthropologist Richard Wrangham joins host Krys Boyd to talk about…
What The Ganges Means To India
Feb 12 • 45 min
The Ganges River flows more than 1,500 miles – from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. University of California, Davis history professor Sudipta Sen joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the religious significance the river holds for Hindus – and the…
The Marijauna Smoke Screen
Feb 11 • 48 min
Recreational marijuana is legal in nine states and the District of Columbia. As more states debate its availability, Alex Berenson joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the pluses and minuses of ending the prohibition on pot. His new book is called“Tell Your…
Why Kids Draw – And Why They Stop
Feb 11 • 46 min
Drawing is one of the first artistic experiences that many children will have. Arts educator Marilyn JS Goodman joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how drawing evolves as kids develop mentally and physically, which she writes about in“Children Draw: A…
‘Everyone Thinks I’m A Girl, Mama – And I’m Not’
Feb 8 • 48 min
When Jodie Patterson began to understand that the child she named Penelope actually identified as a boy, she was forced to rethink everything she thought she knew about gender and identity. She joins host Krys Boyd to talk about what it took for her…
Women Couldn’t Fight (But Went To War Anyway)
Feb 7 • 46 min
Beginning in World War I, the American military began sending young women overseas to boost the morale of personnel on the frontlines. Kara Dixon Vuic, professor of war, conflict and society in 20th Century America at TCU, joins guest host Courtney…
A Conversation With Judy Woodruff
Feb 7 • 48 min
For more than 20 years, Judy Woodruff has anchored PBS Newshour, public television’s signature news program. She joins host Krys Boyd to talk about her more than 40 years in the business – and about Newshour’s place in an increasingly fractured media…
America Was Built By Black Labor
Feb 6 • 48 min
African Americans have been an economic force for 400 years – first working on plantations and later as part of the paid workforce. Joe William Trotter, Jr., director of the Center forAfricanamerican Urban Studies and the Economyat Carnegie Mellon…
How Much Do You Need To Know To Vote?
Feb 6 • 46 min
More than 130 million votes were cast in the 2016 election – a number so large that some Americans feel their individual vote doesn’t really matter. George Mason University law professor Ilya Somin studies voter participation, and he joins host Krys Boyd…
Should We Negotiate With Terrorists
Feb 5 • 48 min
In 2012, ISIS began capturing journalists and aid workers in Syria. The governments of Germany, Denmark, France and Italy negotiated to free their hostages. The U.S. and U.K. did not, and theirs were executed. Joel Simon, executive director of the…
Stereotypes As Keepsakes
Feb 4 • 48 min
From Aunt Jemima to Bugs Bunny in blackface, Americans have been exposed to racist depictions of African Americans since the advent of popular culture. Chico Colvard joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the physical embodiments of these stereotypes, the…
Known Unknowns: Learning When You’re Wrong
Feb 4 • 46 min
One of the trickiest elements of learning – the thing no one wants to confront – is the realization that sometimes what we think we know is actually incorrect. Brian Resnick joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how stubbornness stands in the way of…
Fat Shaming Hurts Men, Too
Feb 1 • 48 min
When he was 50 years old, Tommy Tomlinson weighed 460 pounds, putting him at risk for heart disease, diabetes and plenty of other ailments. He joins host Krys Boyd to talk about his lifelong battle with weight – and about what it’s like to move through…
Your Housekeeper Knows Your Secrets
Jan 31 • 48 min
Housekeepers get to know the intimate details of the people they serve – even when those same people barely know the names of those who clean their homes. Stephanie Land turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and she joins host Krys Boyd to talk about…
Making Sense Of ‘Mercy’ Killings
Jan 31 • 46 min
Assisted suicide administered by a spouse is a gut-wrenching choice that some senior citizens feel is their only option. Ann Neumann joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how some people view the act as merciful while others see it as the ultimate…