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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 entertainment.

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Recent Episodes of KERA's Think


The unfair hierarchy of eating disorders

The unfair hierarchy of eating disorders

Emmeline Clein joins host Krys Boyd to discuss her own struggles with an eating disorder, how she didn’t meet the weight requirements to be considered anorexic, and how we judge people based on their relationship with food

Episode 10 June 2024 46m and 27s


The straight story about posture panic

The straight story about posture panic

Chances are you’re slumped over in your chair reading this — a constant in our modern world. Historian Beth Linker is the Samuel H. Preston Endowed Term Professor in the Social Sciences in the Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She joins host Krys Boyd to discuss how posture ignited public health panics and race hierarchies of previous generations and why we should examine our previous beliefs to better understand fitness today. Her book is “Slouch: Posture Panic in Modern America.”





Episode 7 June 2024 46m and 8s


The author of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ on race, social satire and beach reads

The author of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ on race, social satire and beach reads

After the blockbuster success of his novel “Crazy Rich Asians,” Kevin Kwan is back with a new summer read. The author joins host Krys Boyd to discuss his new novel – which again dives into themes of class, race, and money. It’s also a fun romp through the tropes of 19th Century marriage plots with true love on the line. The book is “Lies and Weddings.”





Episode 6 June 2024 46m and 37s


Are you too good at delaying gratification?

Are you too good at delaying gratification?

Are you too good at delaying gratification?

Episode 5 June 2024 45m and 34s


Decoding your dreams

Decoding your dreams

After a long day when we lay down to rest, that’s when our brains really fire up to help us dream. Dr. Rahul Jandial is a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who oversees the Jandial Lab at City of Hope Cancer Center in Los Angeles. He joins host Krys Boyd to discuss how dreams help or brains function, why they are essential to memory and why dreams across cultures are remarkably similar. His book is “This Is Why You Dream: What Your Sleeping Brain Reveals About Your Waking Life.”






Episode 4 June 2024 46m and 37s


Sexism in sports

Sexism in sports

With Caitlin Clark making headlines in the WNBA, money in women’s sports is currently a hot topic. Macaela MacKenzie is a journalist who covers women’s equality and a contributor to Glamour magazine. She joins host Krys Boyd to discuss Title IX, the formation of professional women’s leagues, and their fight for equality on and off the playing field. Her book is “Money, Power, Respect: How Women in Sports Are Shaping the Future of Feminism.”





Episode 3 June 2024 45m and 37s


Cancer is becoming a younger person’s disease

Cancer is becoming a younger person’s disease

Bad news: more young people are getting cancer. The good news? Better drugs are targeting the disease. Dylan Scott, a reporter for Vox’s Future Perfect, and science journalist Jyoti Madhusoodanan, join host Krys Boyd to discuss the reasons why cancer is hitting earlier and earlier, and the scientific breakthroughs using the body’s own immune system to combat it.




Episode 31 May 2024 47m and 1s


How Nicholas Kristof still has hope for the world

How Nicholas Kristof still has hope for the world

In his work as a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Nicholas Kristof has seen the best and worst of humanity. The op-ed columnist for The New York Times joins host Krys Boyd to discuss his memoir, which details the danger of war zones and oppressive regimes – and the exhilaration of telling the stories of unsung heroes. The book is “Chasing Hope: A Reporter’s Life.”





Episode 30 May 2024 45m and 54s


A.I could drive most languages to extinction

A.I could drive most languages to extinction

The ease of A.I. translating for us via apps is also speeding the erasure of lesser-used languages. Matteo Wong is a staff writer for The Atlantic, and he joins host Krys Boyd to discuss the looming extinction of some 7,000 languages since A.I. is only using about 10 to learn from. Plus, we’ll ask the question: In this new landscape, what will it take for a language to exist? His article is “The A.I. Revolution Is Crushing Thousands of Languages.”





Episode 29 May 2024 45m and 22s


You can love your kids but still regret having them

You can love your kids but still regret having them

It’s possible to both love your children and regret having them – though very few parents would actually admit to those dual feelings. R.O. Kwon, author of the novel “Exhibit,” joins host Krys Boyd to discuss her interviews with parents who are made to feel like monsters because they wish their lives had taken different paths, how love for offspring doesn’t play into the conversation, and her own certainty that she never wants to be a mother. Her article “The Parents Who Regret Having Children” was published in Time.

Episode 28 May 2024 46m and 8s

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