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.
What it’s really like to be incarcerated
48:24More than 2 million people are incarcerated in American prisons – and their lives go on even when they are out of sight from much of the population. Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods are co-hosts of the podcast “Ear Hustle,” and they join host Krys Boyd to talk about what they’ve learned about life on the inside from the inmates who share their stories both on the podcast and in their new book, “This Is Ear Hustle: Unflinching Stories of Everyday Prison Life.”
Who we build monuments to and why it matters
33:01Approximately half a million statues and monuments are maintained throughout America. And they honor some very different ideas. Paul M. Farber, co-director of the National Monument Audit, joins host Krys Boyd to discuss a recent study of 50,000 monuments across the U.S. and what the research shows about who we memorialize and who we leave out. The National Monument Audit was produced by Monument Lab in partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The science of your dreams
33:20Each night when we sleep, we dream. Have you ever wondered why? Sidarta Ribeiro is founder and vice director of the Brain Institute at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil, where he is also a professor of neuroscience. He joins host Krys Boyd to discuss how dreams are connected to how we learn and even how we understand our existence. His book is called “The Oracle of Night: The History and Science of Dreams.”
What qualifies you to be life coach?
30:29Traditional therapy focuses on clinical issues; life coaching is more about encouragement and motivation. Journalist Rachel Monroe joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the for-profit Life Coach School, the students who chose that path, and the pitfalls they encountered upon entering the profession. Her article “I’m a life coach, you’re a life coach: the rise of an unregulated industry” was published in The Guardian.
Think Again: The ghost in you
27:43On this week’s episode: exploring why seeing the ghosts of our loved ones might actually be a healthy and productive part of grief.
From the archives: How to become more open-minded
32:59Be honest: How often do you seek out information that challenges your view of the world? Wharton School organizational psychologist Adam Grant joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how sometimes growth comes through unlearning ideas we’ve always thought to be true. His new book is “Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know.” This podcast originally aired on February 25, 2021.
From the archives: What the world demands of deaf people
49:28When Jaipreet Virdi was a child, illness left her with severe hearing loss – leaving her in limbo between the deaf community and those who had no trouble hearing. She’s now an assistant history professor at the University of Delaware, and she joins host Krys Boyd to talk about her research into medicine’s long legacy of promised hearing cures and why science has yet to achieve a universal solution. Her book is called “Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History.”
One way to save our forests? Move them.
30:37Forests naturally migrate about 1,600 feet each year, but to outrun climate change, they’d need to pick up the pace to 9,000 feet annually. Journalist Lauren Markham joins host Krys Boyd to discuss “assisted species migration,” or moving tree populations to save them from extinction. Her article in Mother Jones is called “Can We Move Our Forests in Time to Save Them?”
Why we can’t stand humiliation
29:45We often talk about the damage caused by shame, but how often do we explore the virtues of humiliation? Essayist and author Vivian Gornick joins host Krys Boyd to discuss why humiliation can be an embarrassment or a weapon, and why we often bring it on ourselves. Her article, published in Harper’s Magazine, is called “Put on the Diamonds: Notes on humiliation.”
A behind-the-scenes look at the Mark Twain Prize
31:46Often the funniest person in the room was actually put there by another, even funnier person. Cappy McGarr is an Emmy-nominated co-creator of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. He’s one of the few people to be appointed by two different presidents to the Kennedy Center and he joins host Krys Boyd to discuss the creation of the Mark Twain Prize, share behind-the-scenes stories of comedy and politics, and chronicle a life spent in the arts. His book is called “The Man Who Made Mark Twain Famous: Stories from the Kennedy Center, the White House, and Other Comedy Venues.”