What Is Thinking Aloud?



Thinking Aloud is a unique part of BYUradio. We’re not a news show like Top of Mind, we’re not a story-telling show like the Apple Seed, and we don’t have real-life advice for you like Matt Townsend. So what are we? 

 Well, according to our blurb on the station website, we take on the “life-long learning” goal of Brigham Young University. We interview authors, academics, ambassadors, and all kinds of experts in their respective fields.

Want to know the latest ideas in management or sociology? We’ve got you covered. Wondering what’s going on with ASEAN or the European Union? We’re talking to their ambassadors. Interested in music, art, or history? We often have something to say about the humanities and arts.

Learning doesn’t have to be a chore, and it doesn’t have to end when you get your diploma. That’s what Thinking Aloud is really about—learning through radio—free of charge and easy to access.

Thinking Aloud’s host, Marcus Smith, was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany and has a Master’s in German Literature. Mark Burns, our producer, is a former Humanities professor and has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard. These two certainly know their way around a classroom, but they also have experience in translating their knowledge to the real world—which is exactly what you’ll get on Thinking Aloud.

When you tune into Thinking Aloud, you’re almost guaranteed to learn something new. I know I always do.

By: Anna Forsyth, Student Producer for Thinking Aloud