Rank #1: The Most Prolific Serial Killer You've Never Heard Of
The ability for people to so easily switch from, say, devoted family man to serial killer is the crux of America’s continued fascination with true crime. That’s the subject of “American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century.” Author and investigative journalist Maureen Callahan joins guest host Courtney Collins to talk about the subject of the book, a man named Israel Keyes, who meticulously plotted and murdered victims undetected for 14 years.
Rank #2: 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 wraps up his tenure as president of the American Enterprise Institute, he’s been thinking about maintaining a sense of purpose in life when work is no longer part of your identity. He joins host Krys Boyd 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” appears in the July issue of The Atlantic.
Rank #3: George Will On The Origins Of Conservatism
Washington Post columnist George F. Will is an old-school conservative – as in all the way back to the Founding Fathers. He joins host Krys Boyd to make the case that America needs to re-engage with the nation’s founding principles, which he writes about in “The Conservative Sensibility” (Hachette).
Rank #4: Nature, Nurture And The Path To Personality
Teens take quizzes hoping to reveal what they like, adults take personality tests to find what career to pursue. The unending quest to unveil our best selves is not waning — but what does the science say about our efforts? Indiana University School of Medicine professor Bill Sullivan joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how our genetic information combines with outside forces to determine who we become, which he writes about in “Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are.”
Rank #5: Who’s A Good Dog?
According to the American Pet Products Association, we spend almost $70 billion on our dogs each year. It’s clear we love our dogs–but do we truly understand our relationship to our furry friends? Alexandra Horowitz, who runs Barnard College’s Dog Cognition Lab, joins host Krys Boyd to discuss our continued canine obsession, which she writes about in “Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond.”
Rank #6: Why Texas History is Outdated
There may be no state more in love with its mythical past than Texas. Sam Houston State history professor Ty Cashion joins guest host John McCaa to separate fact from fiction when it comes to Texas legends. Cashion’s new book is called “Lone Star Mind: Reimagining Texas History” (University of Oklahoma Press)
Rank #7: Why True Crime’s Biggest Fans are Women
Whether we want to admit it or not, audiences crave violence. Take the dominance of “true crime,” the New York Times called the genre a “gold rush.” Journalist Rachel Monroe joins host Krys Boyd to talk about murder, media, and the people obsessed with dark stories, which she writes about in book, “Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession.”
Rank #8: Chuck Klosterman Returns To Fiction
Chuck Klosterman is an essayist, New York Times best-selling nonfiction author and pop-culture critic. His joins host Krys Boyd to talk about his new book,“Raised in Captivity: Fictional Nonfiction” (Penguin), a collection of fictional stories featuring far-from-normal everyday scenarios, off-the-beaten path settings and characters that sometimes go off the rails.
Rank #9: White People Problems
Modern psychology has studied numerous social and racial groups. So it’s curious that a field mostly made up of white practitioners has yet to take a serious look at what it means to be white. Psychologist Natasha Stovall joins host Krys Boyd to talk about why it’s taboo to study how white patients worry, reckon, or rage about their place in the social system; her recent essay on the topic appears on the website Longreads.
Rank #10: The Deep Blue Sea: Life Under Water
More than 70 percent of the planet exists underwater. Today, we’ll take a deep breath and dive down to meet some of the animals who call our oceans home – including dolphins, whales and array of cephalopods. And later in the hour, we’ll learn how seahorses, lobsters and other sea creatures reproduce.
Rank #11: How Liars Take Advantage Of Your Search For Truth
If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is…but that old saying is growing old. Jennifer Schwartz joins host Krys Boyd to explain the scientific, social and mathematical reasons for why we’re choosing to believe misinformation as gospel truth, which she writes about for Scientific American.
Rank #12: Colorado After 5 Years Of Legal Weed
In 2014, Colorado became the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational use – leading to $1.5 billion in sales annually. Jack Healy joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how the state now has enough data to consider the effect pot is having on health, crime and kids. His story “Reefer Madness or Pot Paradise? The Surprising Legacy of the Place Where Legal Weed Began” appears in The New York Times.
Rank #13: Wild Stuff Happens When You Sleep
The benefits of a good night’s sleep are well documented, but what if a restful sleep isn’t mentally or physically possible? Neurologist Dr. Guy Leschziner joins host Krys Boyd to talk about night terrors, sleepwalking and all the maladies that keep us from sleeping like a baby, which he writes about in “The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep.”
Rank #14: The Dallas Pastor Who Has Trump’s Ear
Robert Jeffress, senior pastor at First Baptist Dallas church, is one of President Trump’s most reliable supporters. He told Fox News host Lou Dobbs that the president has a “God-given task of protecting this nation.” But how did the religious leader become such an ardent advocate for this administration, and what formed Jeffress to be the man he is today? Michael J. Mooney joins host Krys Boyd to talk about what he learned about Jeffress from the months he spent talking with him, which Mooney writes about in the current issue of Texas Monthly.
Rank #15: A History Of Fat Phobia
The body positive movement might be trending, but so is the lean body physique achieved by clean eating and CrossFit. Which one do we, collectively, ascribe to? University of Kansas professor Christopher E. Forth joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the persistent, centuries-long stereotypes about a much-maligned body type, which he writes about in “Fat: A Cultural History of the Stuff of Life.”
Rank #16: Why Don’t We Talk About Menopause
For girls, getting your period is seen as the beginning of a transition into womanhood. So when menopause hits decades later, what does that transition signify? Darcey Steinke joins host Krys Boyd to talk about this part of a woman’s life that’s rarely discussed, which she writes about in “Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life” (Sarah Crichton Books).
Rank #17: Blame Europe And The U.S. For The Immigration Crisis
In 2018, the International Organization for Migration reported that one out of every 108 people in the world is displaced and forced to migrate. The reasons for immigration, though, are actually quite diverse. Suketu Mehta – an immigrant himself – joins host Krys Boyd to pick apart anti-immigration policies, which he writes about in “This Land is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto.”
Rank #18: Politics And The Birth Of The Blockbuster
Let’s see if you know this quote, “Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads!” Or “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” The iconic lines from “Back to the Future” and “Apocalypse Now” are linked in film critic J. Hoberman’s newest cultural anthology, a book that takes its title from another famous line, “Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan.” Hoberman joins guest host Courtney Collins to talk about movies and politics in the late 1970s and ’80s – and how those films dive into the themes American audiences yearned for.
Rank #19: The Two Questions Every Doctor Should Ask
Mental illnesses can easily fall through the cracks – even when someone sees a doctor. UT Southwestern’s Dr. Madhukar Trivedi joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how primary care physicians can be an effective front-line resource in detecting mental illness –the topic of a study he recently conducted. Also joining the conversation is Dr. Namrata Babaria, who works in a low-income clinic and is now onboard with the study’s suggestions after initial apprehension.