Rank #1: The Bloody History Of Thanksgiving
In 1621, the chief of the Wampanoag tribe and the governor of Plymouth agreed to a truce. And that fall, their respective people actually did gather to celebrate a successful harvest. George Washington University professor David J. Silverman joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how the peace finally dissolved – and about how we should look at the time period through the eyes of the indigenous people involved. His new book is called “This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving.”
Nov 15 2019
Rank #2: It’s Not What You Eat But When
The fad diet right now is “intermittent fasting.” That is, waiting hours longer than you normally would before you consume your next meal. But is there any science to backup this strategy? Dr. Satchin Panda, professor at The Salk Institute in San Diego, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about why when you eat can be as important as what you eat. His book is called “The Circadian Code: Lose Weight, Supercharge Your Energy, and Transform Your Health from Morning to Midnight.”
Feb 11 2020
Rank #3: Best Of Think: You’ve Made It. Now Time to Step Back.
At some point, the ascent of our professional lives levels off – and the next turn is a gentle descent into retirement. As Arthur C. Brooks wrapped up his tenure as president of the American Enterprise Institute, he thought about maintaining a sense of purpose in life when work is no longer part of your identity. He joined host Krys Boyd in July to talk about how we can prepare for this part of our lives – his essay “Your Professional Decline is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think” appeared in the July issue of The Atlantic.
Dec 31 2019
Rank #4: How Saudi Arabia And Iran Weaponized Religion
Iran and Saudi Arabia are currently locked in a battle for Middle East supremacy. Kim Ghattas, Emmy-winning journalist and a writer who covered the Middle East for 20 years for the BBC and the Financial Times, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the source of their animosity – including differing views of Islam. Her new book is “Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East.”
Feb 13 2020
Rank #5: Does Your Horoscope Add Up? The Math Of Astrology
Astrology is *en vogue *right now. Trading Instagram posts about the characteristics of a Virgo or a Taurus is today’s personality pop quiz. So is it all just fun pseudoscience or is there actually something to it? Data scientist Alexander Boxer joins guest host Courtney Collins to talk about the ancient applied mathematics of astrology conceived by some of history’s most brilliant minds. His new book is called “A Scheme Of Heaven: The History Of Astrology And The Search For Our Destiny In Data.”
Jan 24 2020
Rank #6: LGBTQ And Christian? How One Church Decided
Same-sex marriage was legalized by the Supreme Court in 2015, but that decision didn’t settle ongoing questions of how churches incorporate LGBTQ members. Mark Wingfield, associate pastor of Dallas’ Wilshire Baptist Church, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the tough and meaningful work a group of his congregants and clergy did to reach answers his church needed to address the question. His book is called “Why Churches Need to Talk About Sexuality.”
Nov 26 2019
Rank #7: Junk: The Billion Dollar Industry
When we donate clothing and other goods to a charity, do we really know where they go? Turns out, our decluttering fuels a global, billion-dollar, second-hand trade system. Adam Minter joins host Krys Boyd to talk about people who find treasure in our trash — and why, with all our stuff, we continue to buy new things. His new book is called “Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale.”
Dec 03 2019
Rank #8: George Washington: America’s Reluctant Father
By now we know that the nation’s first president didn’t have wooden teeth and, by all accounts, could, in fact, tell a lie. But George Washington’s legend is still full of many wonderful quirks. Alexis Coe, host of the Audible series “Presidents Are People Too!” and “No Man’s Land” podcasts, joins host Krys Boyd to take a 21st Century look at a figure we all think we know. Her new book is called “You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington.”
Feb 12 2020
Rank #9: What It Was Like To Be Mr. Rogers’ Friend
Journalist Tom Junod had lost confidence in himself. He was known as cynical, hardened journalist. So it was an inside-joke that he’d be assigned to interview the nicest man in America: Fred Rogers. Junod joins host Krys Boyd to talk about what turned into an unlikely, lifelong friendship with a quiet man who possessed a special power to deeply empathize with children and adults alike. The new movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”– starring Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers – is based on a 1998 article Junod wrote for Esquire.
Nov 22 2019
Rank #10: How Obama Led To Trump
American politics is mired in historically ugly divisions approaching the 2020 elections. But this atmosphere didn’t just appear overnight. Michael Kirk joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the factors that got us to this point and what the future could hold for our democracy. His Frontline documentary “America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump” debuts tonight on PBS stations.
Jan 13 2020
Rank #11: Lindy West Takes On The Patriarchy
Lindy West made a name for herself with her critically acclaimed memoir “Shrill,” which was developed into a series for Hulu. The New York Times columnist joins host Krys Boyd about to talk about her follow-up, “The Witches Are Coming,” which looks the deep ways that misogyny and male privilege are baked into American society.
Nov 14 2019
Rank #12: Opium's Long Spell on Humankind
To truly understand today’s synthetic opioid crisis we have to go back thousands of years and examine the world of pure opium. Dr. John H. Halpern, a psychiatrist and former medical director of the Boston Center for Addiction Treatment, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how the power of the drug, first detected in Mesopotamia, has built to a crisis today. His new book, co-written with David Blistein, is called “Opium: How an Ancient Flower Shaped and Poisoned Our World.”
Dec 20 2019
Rank #13: Best Of Think: Life Lessons From A Black Academic
The modern feminist movement, with Gloria Steinem as its face, could be said was focused primarily on white women’s rights. Black feminist author and assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University Tressie McMillan Cottom, who was a finalist for a 2019 National Book Award, joined host Krys Boyd in October to talk about her exploration of black women’s space in culture, affluence, beauty and power. Her book is called “Thick: And Other Essays.”
Dec 30 2019
Rank #14: It’s Gonna Be OK: You Can Survive Grief
Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are the five stages of grief. But life doesn’t always move in a straight line. George A. Bonanno, professor of clinical psychology and chair of the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University’s Teachers College, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about research that shows a complex pattern of grieving and new insights into resilience. His book “The Other Side of Sadness: What The New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss” is now out in paperback.
Dec 16 2019
Rank #15: The Challenges Of Texas’ Population Boom
In 2036, Texas will commemorate its bicentennial – a celebration that will be joined by 10 million more Texans than today. That has the state planning for how it will accommodate its growing population and the challenges that accompany it. Former Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings is president and CEO of Texas 2036, and she talks to host Krys Boyd about how the nonprofit organization is taking a nonpartisan approach to assessing state data to prepare for the next 16 years and beyond.
Jan 08 2020
Rank #16: Why Debutantes Are Still A Thing
The tradition of young women “debuting” began 600 years ago in the court of Elizabeth 1. And since that time, the practice has crossed back and forth across the Atlantic. Kristen Richardson joins host Krys Boyd to talk about what it is to become a debutante – and if the ritual still has a place in the 21stCentury, which she writes about in her book, “The Season: A History of the Debutante.”
Nov 11 2019
Rank #17: How We Set Ourselves Up To Be Cheated
America is full of cheaters – from the executive who goes to jail for a white collar crimes to the child who steals the answers to the test. J.M. Fenster joins host Krys Boyd to talk about a system of fibs, infidelities and fraud that permeates every corner of our society and why, big or small, they matter. Her new book is called “Cheaters Always Win: The Story of America.”
Dec 19 2019
Rank #18: Can Moms Who Stay Home Catch Up On Careers?
When women leave the workforce to raise children, they often find that picking up their career where they left off is tough. Pamela Stone, professor of sociology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the struggles of highly-educated, well-connected women with résumé gaps. Her new book – written with Meg Lovejoy – is called “Opting Back In: What Really Happens When Mothers Go Back to Work.”
Jan 07 2020
Rank #19: How Boys Learn About Sex
We tell boys, “no means no. “But to foster safer, healthier lessons about sex and sexuality, it’s time to expand beyond that. Peggy Orenstein joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the ways boys and young men struggle with mixed messages about sex – and about how they, like girls, need help building relationships that move beyond the physical. Her new book is called “Boys and Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity.”
Jan 30 2020
Rank #20: Why The Civil War Was Bloodiest At Its End
We can acknowledge that in many, myriad ways the Civil War still defines America. We know how it started — but what did it look like when the war was winding down? S.C. Gwynne joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how an increase in violence in the war’s final year actually helped bring it to a close. His new book “Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War.”
Dec 19 2019