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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.

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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.

    From the archives: Ronald Reagan’s daughter on Alzheimer’s and caregiving

    From the archives: Ronald Reagan’s daughter on Alzheimer’s and caregiving

    When her father, President Ronald Reagan, announced he had Alzheimer’s, Patti Davis and her family began a very public journey to cope with the disease. Davis joins host Krys Boyd to discuss the support group she founded and the struggle with prolonged grief that comes with the illness. Her book is “Floating in the Deep End: How Caregivers can See Beyond Alzheimer’s.”

    This episode originally aired Dec. 2, 2021.

    • 29 min
    Our hobbies, ourselves

    Our hobbies, ourselves

    If you picked up baking sourdough during the pandemic, 59-percent of Americans joined you in a hobby, too. Julie Beck, senior editor at The Atlantic, joins guest host Courtney Collins to discuss why our free time is often seen as a hole to fill with activity and productivity, and why that might be more a reflection on capitalism rather than personal goals. Her recent article is “How Hobbies Infiltrated American Life.”

    • 46 min
    The life-changing prospects of prom night

    The life-changing prospects of prom night

    Prom is a rite of passage for American teens, and the stories that emerge from that night can shape the rest of a life. Author Navdeep Singh Dhillon joins guest host Courtney Collins to discuss his YA novel set at a high school prom, where a young Sikh boy wants to radically change his identity – and along with a similarly dispositioned girl – sets off for a night of adventure and hard lessons. The book is called “Sunny G’s Series of Rash Decisions.”

    • 30 min
    From the archives: When our bodies attack us

    From the archives: When our bodies attack us

    One of medicine’s great mysteries is: Why does the body’s immune system sometimes attack itself? Scientific American senior editor Josh Fischman joins guest host Courtney Collins to talk about rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases and the progress being made to fight them. “The Body Against Itself” appears in the September issue of Scientific American.

    This episode originally aired on Sept. 21, 2021

    • 43 min
    How trauma is etched onto our brains

    How trauma is etched onto our brains

    Even the smallest stressors can imprint significant traumas on our bodies and brains. Rutgers University professor Tracey Shors joins guest host Courtney Collins to discuss how the body processes trauma and the therapeutic approaches to help mitigate the negative effects it has on our lives. Her book is called “Everyday Trauma: Remapping the Brain’s Response to Stress, Anxiety, and Painful Memories for a Better Life.”

    • 32 min
    From the archives: Animals sometimes don’t follow the rules

    From the archives: Animals sometimes don’t follow the rules

    When bears attack, there’s probably an animal conflict resolution specialist standing by to take on the case. Mary Roach joins guest host Courtney Collins to talk about when humans and wildlife are in conflict – from errant elephants to rule-breaking moose and life-threatening trees. Her book is called “Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law.”

    This episode originally aired on Sept. 24, 2021.

    • 45 min

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