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  1. When We Talk Ourselves Out Of The Truth2019/01/14
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  2. Rethinking How We Treat Depression2019/01/10

    More than 250 million people worldwide suffer from depression – and yet treatment has changed very little in the last few decades. University of Cambridge psychiatry professor Edward Bullmore joins host Krys Boyd to talk about possible links between depression, stress and inflammation. His new book is called “The Inflamed Mind: A Radical New Approach to Depression” (Picador).
  3. How Middle School Grades Boys2019/01/10

    The preteen years for kids can be a juncture point in which some will continue a path toward maturity while others will leave their once-sweet selves behind. Ellen McCarthy joins host Krys Boyd to talk specifically about how middle school affects boys. Her story,“Being a Boy: Ages 11 and 12” – written with Amy Joyce – appeared recently in the Washington Post.
  4. For Polite Conversation, Try The Internet2019/01/09

    Between Twitter and the comments section, the Internet can seem like a place where polite discussion goes to die. Antonio García Martínez joins host Krys Boyd to turn that narrative on its head. His story “Used Wisely, the Internet Can Actually Help Public Discourse” appears in Wired magazine.
  5. The Other O’Keeffe Sister2019/01/09
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  6. The High Cost Of Misdemeanors2019/01/08

    Misdemeanors by definition are relatively minor crimes. UC-Irvine law professor Alexandra Natapoff joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how these infractions often tip vulnerable populations into poverty once the legal machine kicks in. Her new book is called “Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal” (Basic Books).
  7. He Came For The Coffee (And Stayed For The War)2019/01/08

    As a 24-year-old, Mokhtar Alkhanshali left his life in San Francisco to explore the rich history of coffee farming in his ancestral home of Yemen. And it wasn’t until he arrived that he learned just how difficult it is to leave a country at war. Dave Eggers tells the story in“The Monk of Mokha” (Vintage Books), and Alkhanshali joins host Krys Boyd to talk about his experiences.
  8. How Cancer Doctors Are Tailoring Treatment2019/01/07
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  9. Losing My Religion2019/01/07

    Jessica Wilbanks grew up in the Pentecostal church – a life she left behind at 16. She joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how her decision alienated her from her fundamentalist parents – and about the difficult process of charting her own spiritual path, which she writes about in“When I Spoke in Tongues: A Story of Faith and its Loss” (Beacon Press).
  10. A Lesson In Texas Mythology2019/01/04

    W.F. Strong is beloved by public radio listeners for his popular “Stories from Texas” segment that airs on The Texas Standard. He joins guest host John McCaa to tell some tales – some tall, some not – and to talk about the mythology that surrounds the Lone Star State. His new book is called “Stories from Texas: Some of Them Are True” (Great Texas Line Press).
  11. How We’re Still Funding The Civil War2019/01/02
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  12. Texans Of The Year2019/01/02

    Each year, The Dallas Morning News looks back at the previous 12 months to determine the Texan of the Year. Elizabeth Souder and Brendan Miniter of the paper’s editorial board join guest host John McCaa to talk about the finalists, which include Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall, the Austin bombing investigators, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and this year’s winner, Laura Bush.
  13. A Playwright Remembers His Border Childhood2018/12/20

    Octavio Solis grew up in El Paso before becoming one of America’s most accomplished Latino playwrights. He joins host Krys Boyd to tell stories of his younger days along the Rio Grande – and how they influenced his life and work. He gathers these vignettes in his new memoir, “Retablos: Stories From a Live Lived Along the Border ” (City Lights Publishers).
  14. When Slavery Uproots Your Family Tree2018/12/20
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  15. How We’ve Used Anne Frank2018/12/20

    Anne Frank is the most well-known of the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust because of the diary she kept during her young life. Dara Horn joins us to talk about what Frank’s writings say about the person she would have become – and to introduce us to another Holocaust writer with a very different perspective. Horn’s story “Becoming Anne Frank ” appears in Smithsonian magazine.
  16. Estrangement As Salvation2018/12/19

    Estrangement is a situation that touches parents and their children, siblings and even lifelong friends. Harriet Brown joins us to talk about the building blocks that eventually create walls between loved ones – and about her fractured relationship with her own mother. Brown’s new book is called “Shadow Daughter: A Memoir of Estrangement ” (Da Capo Press).
  17. Gene Editing As A Cure For Deafness2018/12/19

    Researchers are currently testing a form of gene editing on mice that could hold the cure for many people born deaf. Science writer Dina Fine Maron joins host Krys Boyd to explain a fascinating procedure in which edited genes are attached to a virus and snuck by the immune system, which she writes about in the December issue of Scientific American.
  18. The Many Ways Presidents Leave The White House2018/12/18
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  19. The Surprising Future Of American Jews2018/12/18
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  20. Rethinking Recycling2018/12/17

    The United States recycles about 34 percent of its waste – a number that hasn’t increased much in decades. Beth Porter, climate and recycling director for Green America, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about recycling strategies for both individuals and municipalities, which she writes about in “Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine: Sorting Out the Recycling System ” (Rowman & Littlefield).
  21. Want To Kill The Middle Class? Try Tariffs2018/12/17
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  22. Why Your Grandma Says That2018/12/14

    Every weekend, Martha Barnett and Grant Barrett take a deep dive into the nuances of how we communicate with each other on their public radio show “A Way With Words .” They join us to talk about what they’ve learned about the regional and generational differences in how we talk – and to talk with listeners about their own language curiosities.
  23. Erasing The Link Between Art And Architecture2018/12/13

    Daniel Libeskind designed New York’s World Trade Center Redevelopment and many, many other significant projects around the world. He joins us to talk about his approach to architecture – and why he says anyone can do it. His new book on his life’s work is called “Edge of Order ” (Clarkson Porter).
  24. Who Or Whom? Who Cares.2018/12/13

    As much as our English teachers would like us to follow the laws of grammar, language has a way of developing organically. Lane Greene joins us to talk about how language evolves despite all those rules, which he writes about in “Talk on the Wild Side: Why Language Can’t Be Tamed ” (Economist Books).
  25. The Ethics Of Editing Babies2018/12/12

    Late last month, Chinese researcher He Jiankui opened a Pandora’s Box with his announcement that he’s edited the genes of twin girls. Science writer Ed Yong joins us to talk about how the prospect of designer babies has rocked the scientific community, which he writes about for The Atlantic .
  26. How White Gatekeepers Restrain Black Thinkers2018/12/11
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  27. Trading A C-Suite For A Cop’s Beat2018/12/11
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  28. Why We Should Be Talking About Rape2018/12/10

    As a 17-year-old living in Mumbai, Sohaila Abdulali survived a gang rape. And in the decades since, she’s worked to chart a new path to healing. Abdulali joins us to talk about whether or not rape is a life-defining moment – and if we can create a world without these kinds of assaults. Her new book is called “What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape ” (The New Press).
  29. What Happens After Exoneration2018/12/10
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  30. George Saunders’ Fable For Adults2018/12/07

    George Saunders received critical acclaim – and a Man Booker Prize – for his 2017 novel “Lincoln in the Bardo .” He joins us to talk about his latest work, “Fox 8 ” (Random House), a darkly comedic short story of a fox who learns to speak.
  31. Sons Of The Founding Fathers2018/12/06
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  32. Your Brain On Art2018/12/06

    A visit to a museum can provoke a long list of questions: How does this piece make me feel? Is what I’m looking at any good? And who gets to decide what makes something a work of art? Ellen Winner, director of the Arts and Mind Lab at Boston College, joins us to walk through these questions and many others, which she tackles in “How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration ” (Oxford).
  33. The World’s Most Violent Places Are Not At War2018/12/06
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  34. You Love It When People Fail – Here’s Why2018/12/06

    When that jerk at work spills coffee all over his shirt, we laugh, right? Turns out that’s a natural – and common – response. Tiffany Watt Smith joins us to talk about why we find perverse pleasure in the pain of others. Her new book is called “Schadenfreude: The Joy Of Another’s Misfortune ” (Little, Brown Spark)
  35. Meet The Women Who Fought The Taliban2018/12/04
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  36. Swimming With Cephalopods2018/12/04
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  37. Being Amy Sedaris2018/12/03

    Amy Sedaris began making us laugh with her television series “Strangers with Candy ” and is still cracking us up with her role on “BoJack Horseman .” She joins us to talk about her career in the funny business. Sedaris is the recipient of this year’s Ernie Kovacs award from Dallas VideoFest.
  38. In Defense Of Puns2018/11/30
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  39. Examining America’s Founding Truths2018/11/29

    Thomas Jefferson said that the American experiment depended on three truths. Harvard historian Jill Lepore joins host Krys Boyd to talk about political equality, natural rights and the sovereignty of the people through a 21stCentury lens. Her new book is called “These Truths: A History of the United States ” (W.W. Norton and Co).
  40. Surprise: Placebos Are Effective2018/11/29

    Clinical trials include a placebo to guard against misleading results. So what should we make of cases when placebo groups also improve? Gary Greenberg joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the possibility that the placebo effect might actually provide real results, which he wrote about recently for The New York Times magazine .
  41. Growing Up Queer: What Kids Need To Know2018/11/28

    Kids questioning their sexual identity have more resources than ever. Still, the road to clarity can be arduous. Kelly Madrone joins host Krys Boyd to talk about ways to help struggling children and their parents along that path. Madrone’s book is called “LGBTQ: The Survival Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens ” (Free Spirit Publishing).
  42. Rape Cases Are Being Closed – Not Solved2018/11/28

    The criminal justice system has many ways of clearing rape cases. But a case being closed isn’t the same as justice served. Newsy reporter Mark Greenblatt joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how police departments across the country are using a federal guideline to bury these criminal cases,which he writes about for ProPublica .
  43. The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Identity Politics2018/11/27
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  44. Who Says You Can’t Have More Than One Religion?2018/11/27

    When someone has, say, a Jewish father and Christian mother, it’s common to inherit spiritual practices from each. Duane R. Bidwell of the Claremont School of Theology joins host Krys Boyd to talk about people who find it limiting to practice just one faith. His new book is called “When One Religion Isn’t Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People ” (Beacon Press).
  45. Waiting In The Age Of Instant Gratification2018/11/26
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  46. The Many Facades Of Philip Johnson2018/11/26
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  47. To Infinity … And Beyond!2018/11/21

    Space is a subject that fascinates kids and adults alike. This hour, we’re revisiting some of our favorite conversations about the cosmos, talking about the significance of discovering liquid water on Mars, what we know about the origins of the sun and what researchers have learned from sending a satellite on a mission 3 billion miles from Earth.
  48. Thanksgiving Is A Made-Up Holiday (And That’s OK)2018/11/21

    By now, most adults know the first Thanksgiving didn’t quite go down the way we were taught in school. Anthropologist Jack David Eller joins us to talk about how American holidays and customs are largely borrowed from other cultures or created from myths. His new book is called “Inventing American Tradition: From the Mayflower to Cinco de Mayo ” (Reaktion Books).
  49. How Travel Apps Can Steer You Wrong2018/11/20

    As the New York Times Frugal Traveler columnist, Seth Kugel visited more than 50 countries in search of rich experiences for the less-than-rich. He joins us to talk about why sticking to a limited budged can actually produce a more rewarding trip, which he writes about in “Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious ” (Liveright).
  50. Why Working Mothers Can’t Win2018/11/20

    Parenting can be particularly difficult for working mothers, seeing as that working fathers are usually just known as “fathers.” Amy Westervelt joins us to talk about her experiences balancing work and parenting, which included checking in with her boss from the maternity ward. Her new book is called “Forget Having It All: How America Messed Up Motherhood – and How to Fix It ” (Seal).
  51. Americans Are Scared Of The Wrong Things2018/11/19

    With nuclear threats, natural disasters and social unrest, it feels like scary times, doesn’t it? Sociologist Barry Glassner joins us to talk about why our perception of these threats doesn’t line up with the reality of trouble striking. His best-selling book “The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things ” (Basic Books) has just been updated and re-released.
  52. Alone At The South Pole2018/11/19

    Two men – one American, one Brit – are each attempting to become the first person to cross Antarctica on foot unassisted. New Yorker staff writer David Grann joins us to talk about Henry Worsley, a British special forces officer who gave it a shot in 2015 (spoiler alert: he didn’t succeed). Grann tells the story in his new book, “The White Darkness ” (Doubleday).
  53. Haunted By Mental Illness2018/11/16
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  54. How Eggplants Have Sex2018/11/15
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  55. Bring Back The Trust-Busters2018/11/15

    Some of our most important industries – banking, technology, pharmaceuticals – are controlled by just a handful of companies. Columbia University professor Tim Wu joins us to talk about the link between concentrated industrial influence and concentrated wealth, which he writes about in “The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age ” (Columbia Global Reports).
  56. Fresh From The Lab: It’s Your Dinner2018/11/14

    Humanity approaches pets and even endangered species with kindness. Jacy Reese joins us to talk about how the next step in expanding our morality is to extend that same compassion to animals we raise for food. His new book is called “The End of Animal Farming: How Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Activists are Building an Animal-Free Food System ” (Beacon Press).
  57. Greed is Not Good – Here’s Why2018/11/13
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  58. The Best School Is Out There2018/11/12

    We all want our kids to receive a good education. But what constitutes a “good education?” Ken Robinson joins us to talk about how parents can guide their children to the right school and see that they make the most of their time in the classroom. His most recent book is called “You, Your Child, and School: Navigate Your Way to the Best Education ” (Viking).
  59. The Unseen Creatures We Live With2018/11/09
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  60. Developing Health Care In The Developing World2018/11/08
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  61. Throwing Shade — The Shakespearean Way2018/11/08
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  62. The Balancing Act Of Black Women2018/11/07
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  63. The Midterm Elections: What The Results Mean2018/11/07
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  64. The Founding Fathers Weigh In On Politics Today2018/11/06
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  65. The Literary Foundation Of Black Lives Matter2018/11/06
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  66. Why Learning To Read Is Still So Hard2018/11/05

    Reading is one of the most studied aspects of human learning. And yet, students are rarely taught to read using scientifically proven methods. Emily Hanford, senior education correspondent for APM Reports, joins us to talk about why educators are failing kids when it comes to reading, the subject of her audio documentary “Hard Words: Why Aren’t Kids Being Taught to Read? ”
  67. An Hour Of Running With Peter Sagal2018/11/05

    Every Saturday, public radio listeners tune into “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me” to catch up on the week that was and have a few laughs. Host Peter Sagal travels the country with the show, and the one thing he never forgets to pack is his running shoes. He joins us to talk all things running, the subject of his new book “The Incomplete Book of Running” (Simon & Schuster).
  68. When American Politics Was Really Divisive2018/11/02
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  69. A Conversation With Ireland’s Ambassador To The U.S.2018/11/01

    As Great Britain continues its Brexit negotiations with the E.U., one of the sticking points is the necessity for a physical border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Daniel Mulhall, Ireland’s ambassador to the United States, joins us to talk about how Brexit will affect the country – and about the state of U.S.-Irish relation
  70. What Single-Payer Health Care Might Really Look Like2018/11/01
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  71. Gun Ownership: Why It’s Different For Black People2018/10/31

    About a quarter of all African-Americans own a gun – and that number is on the rise. RJ Young is one of them, and he joins us to talk about his experience as an NRA-certified pistol instructor and about the differences between white and black gun culture. His new book is called “Let It Bang: A Young Black Man’s Reluctant Odyssey Into Guns ” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
  72. Have This Talk Before It’s Too Late2018/10/31

    Death may be the one topic that nobody likes to talk about. Michael Hebb joins us to talk about why it’s important to engage with friends and loved ones about end-of-life wishes – and to offer practical tips for getting the conversation started. His new book is called “Let’s Talk About Death (Over Dinner): An Invitation and Guide to Life’s Most Important Conversation ” (Da Capo).
  73. The Ups And Downs Of Facebook2018/10/30
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  74. Why Safe Spaces Make Students Less Resilient2018/10/30
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  75. A Novel Of The Modern Native American2018/10/29

    In Tommy Orange’s debut novel, “There, There ” (Knopf), 12 Native Americans living in Oakland intersect at the Big Oakland Powwow. The book has been hailed by readers and critics alike, and we talk with Orange about creating native characters who participate in the modern world while holding tightly to their identities.
  76. The Greatest Battle The Marines Didn’t Win2018/10/29
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  77. What Makes People Vote2018/10/25
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  78. How Presidents Make War2018/10/25

    The most trying time for any inhabitant of the Oval Office is when the nation is at war. Historian Michael Beschloss joins us to talk about how presidents have navigated Congress, the press and the American people in guiding the country through armed conflict – and about what future presidents can learn from history. His new book is called “Presidents of War ” (Crown).
  79. When The Brain Rebels2018/10/25

    People who suffer from epilepsy can find it difficult to move forward in life while under the constant threat of experiencing an episode. That was Kurt Eichenwald’s experience, and he joins us to talk about this often misunderstood condition – and how he’s learned to navigate it. His new book is called “A Mind Unraveled ” (Ballantine Books).
  80. A Rape Survivor On Justice And Mercy2018/10/24
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  81. The Modern World Closes In On The Amazon2018/10/24

    Logging operations are tempted by the Amazon and its vast forestland. Scott Wallace joins us to talk about how that thirst for lumber and other natural resources is threatening indigenous groups in Brazil and Peru. His story “Isolated Nomads Are Under Siege in the Amazon Jungle ” appears in National Geographic magazine.
  82. The Evolution Of Empathy2018/10/23

    The concept of empathy is only a little more than a century old. And yet how we define empathy has changed many times and in subtle ways. Historian Susan Lanzoni joins us to talk about how we’ve wrestled with the intersection of our own experience and the realities of others, which she writes about in “Empathy: A History ” (Yale University Press).
  83. The Roots Of Black Lives Matter2018/10/22
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  84. Mobs vs. Mexicans In Texas History2018/10/22
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  85. Computer Scientists Are Obsessed With Termites2018/10/19

    Termites gobble up $40 billion worth of our stuff annually. Lisa Margonelli joins host joins to talk about these largely misunderstood insects, whose collective power may one day actually be harnessed for good. Her new book is called “Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology ” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
  86. The Forgotten Poverty Of Rural Whites2018/10/18

    Sarah Smarsh grew up in a long line of poor wheat farmers in rural Kansas. She joins us to talk about how working-class poverty stretches across generations – and about our troubling tendency as a nation to judge people based on their wealth. Her new book is called “Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth ” (Scribner).
  87. Why America Should Take Care Of The World2018/10/18

    As part of his “America First” policy, President Trump has pushed for a reduction in our involvement in global affairs. Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution joins us to make the case that this strategy leaves a leadership void that will likely make the world a more unstable place. His new book is called “The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World ” (Knopf).
  88. Can A Carbon Tax Curb Climate Change?2018/10/17
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  89. The Risk Of Government Brain Drain2018/10/17

    Much of our attention to government focuses on the Senate confirmation of judges and senior officials. Michael Lewis joins us to talk about the grunts who keep the federal government machine moving — and about how that machine is in danger of grinding to a halt, which he writes about in “The Fifth Risk ” (W.W. Norton & Company).
  90. A Soldier, A Ghost, Shared Love And Betrayal2018/10/16

    Eden Malcolm spends each day in his hospital bed, unable to communicate with his wife and young daughter. That is until the day he wakes up alone and rediscovers the spark of life. Eden is the creation of Elliot Ackerman, who joins us to tell the story of a soldier coming to grips with his life both before and after war. Ackerman’s new novel is called “Waiting for Eden ” (Knopf).
  91. Us Vs. Them (And Everyone Else In The Middle)2018/10/16
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  92. The History of Impeachment2018/10/15
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  93. Gaslighting: The Abuse Is Real2018/10/15

    “Gaslighting” is the manipulative technique sociopaths, narcissists and others use to control people. Family counselor Stephanie Moulton Sarkis joins us to talk about how we can spot this pattern of lies, distractions and distortions of the truth, which she writes about in “Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People – And Break Free ” (Lifelong Books).
  94. Why We Can’t Get No Satisfaction2018/10/12

    The self-help industry exists to make us think we could be living our best lives if only we tried a little harder and spent a little more. Heather Havrilesky joins us to make the case that we should embrace our imperfections and come to peace with the idea that maybe we are who we are for a reason. Her new collection of essays is called “What If This Were Enough? ” (Doubleday).
  95. How Trump Is Winning At Foreign Policy2018/10/11

    Since his election, President Trump has been at odds with the United Nations, NATO and many of our traditional allies. Ohio State political scientist Randall Schweller joins us to explain how the president’s foreign policy strategy has bolstered the nation, which he writes about forForeign Affairs magazine .
  96. You Might Not Be Alone In The Voting Booth2018/10/11
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  97. A Korean Kid, Her White Parents, And Why That Matters2018/10/10

    Nicole Chung was raised by white parents in Oregon after her biological Korean parents placed her up for adoption. Chung joins us to tell the story of her search for her birth parents – and what that process taught her about her own identity – which she writes about in “All You Can Ever Know ” (Catapult).
  98. Democracy: Always Up For Debate2018/10/10
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  99. Nanny State Parenting2018/10/09

    Parental decisions are often made not out of a sense of what’s best for the child, but instead out of fear of making a choice others will see as wrong. Kim Brooks has experiences that parental blowback, and she joins us to talk about raising kids in a judgmental world. Her new book is called “Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear ” (Flatiron Books).
  100. Cardiologists Get Heart Disease, Too2018/10/09
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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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