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Conversations and stories that explore the way the world works. From KUER, NPR Utah hosted by Doug Fabrizio.
3 days ago
Robert Stickgold and Antonio Zadra On Dreams
Why do we dream? That’s one of the questions that Antonio Zadra and Robert Stickgold are trying to answer in their book, When Brains Dream: Exploring the Science and Mystery of Sleep .
3 days ago
How Can We Heal America?
This week, newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden told the country that restoring the soul of America will require more than words; it "requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity."
Jan 15, 2021
How Ammon Bundy Influenced Far Right Extremism
In recent months, Ammon Bundy has made a name for himself as the de-facto leader of the anti-mask, health-freedom movement in Idaho. But it's his past actions that are giving some additional cause for concern in the waning days of the Trump presidency.
Jan 14, 2021
Through The Lens: ‘76 Days’
In January 2020, the majority of the world was unaware that a health crisis had hit Wuhan, China. Medical professionals and patients there quickly found themselves in a desperate situation, while their government worked to keep the story from spreading.
Jan 8, 2021
Utah Governor Spencer Cox
This week, Spencer Cox became Utah’s 18th governor. He takes office during a deep political divide, a global pandemic and an economic crisis. So, what are his plans to see Utah safely through this difficult time?
Jan 7, 2021
Daniel Lieberman On Why We Avoid Exercise
The new year means a lot of us are committing to new exercise routines — routines we’re going to “get right” this time. Only, what if we didn’t evolve to exercise at all?
Jan 1, 2021
Good Habits, Bad Habits
For the new year, we’re sharing our conversation with psychologist Wendy Wood, who told us that changing habits and keeping goals isn’t about willpower — it’s about tapping into our unconscious selves.
Dec 31, 2020
The Lost Art Of Scripture
On this New Year’s Day, we’re revisiting our 2019 conversation with religious scholar Karen Armstrong about the history of sacred text.
Dec 23, 2020
The Story Of Handel’s 'Messiah'
Handel’s Messiah is likely the world’s most famous oratorio – it’s certainly the most performed. But what's the story behind it?
Dec 23, 2020
Two Classic Christmas Stories
On this 2020 Christmas, we know the holiday will look different than it has in years past, distanced as many of us are from family and loved ones. RadioWest’s gift to you is something familiar – two of our favorite holiday stories.
Dec 18, 2020
McKay Coppins On The LDS Church’s Identity Crisis
In a new article for The Atlantic , staff writer McKay Coppins, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, writes that members of the LDS Church spent 200 years assimilating to the American ideal, only to have the country leave them behind.
Dec 18, 2020
Through The Lens: ‘Jingle Bell Rocks!’
Humbugs may sneer, but filmmaker Mitchell Kezin is obsessed with Christmas music, and he isn’t alone.
Dec 17, 2020
RadioWest Book Club: 'Just Mercy'
On Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, the RadioWest Book Club met via Zoom with Jennifer Springer to discuss "Just Mercy," by Bryan Stevenson. GUEST Jennifer Springer is the Managing Attorny for the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center . RadioWest excutive producer Cristy Meiners led this disucssion.
Dec 11, 2020
Rebecca Wragg Sykes On Why Neanderthals Matter
The pop culture stereotype of a Neanderthal – even the word itself – conjures the image of a stumbling buffoon, dressed in a loincloth, banging some rocks together. But who actually were our ancient relatives?
Dec 10, 2020
Fareed Zakaria’s Post-Pandemic Lessons
What have you learned in the pandemic? Go ahead, make a list. Maybe you learned how to bake sourdough bread, took up knitting or perhaps you learned how our current system of government hasn’t been working for everyone.
Dec 4, 2020
Land Art, ‘2001’ And Utah’s Mysterious Obelisk
How can a simple column of metal capture the world’s imagination? Easy: Put it in Utah’s Red Rock Country and suggest it’s the work of extraterrestrial beings.
Dec 3, 2020
The Power Of Touch
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a world where we humans don’t touch each other nearly as much as we used to. How will a touchless world change us? Neuroscientist David Linden told us that touch is crucial to early human development, even more so than being able to see or hear. And touch is key to life satisfaction and happiness when we’re older, too. (Even basketball teams have more wins when team members positively touch each other.) But after the pandemic ends, will people even want to touch each other again? If not, Linden worries we may find ourselves living in a colder, less trusting world. We’ll talk with Linden this Friday at noon, and check in with writer Terry Tempest Williams and therapist Kristin Hodson to hear how they are thinking about our less touchy world. GUESTS David Linden, professor of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, author of Touch: The Science of the Hand, Heart and Mind [ IndieBound | Amazon | Bookshop | Audible ] and most rec…
Nov 27, 2020
RadioWest's 2020 Holiday Books Show
The holidays aren’t the holidays around here if we don’t check in with our three local booksellers for gift ideas and cozy winter reads, even if we have to do it via Zoom this year.
Nov 26, 2020
Historian John Turner On The Plymouth Pilgrims
400 years ago this month, a group of separatists from the Church of England landed in the New World looking for religious freedoms. But what did freedom really mean to this small band? Many of us grew up hearing an idealistic tale of the Mayflower and its cargo of “spiritual pilgrims” that in recent years, scholars have largely overturned with a darker, more violent story. In his new book They Knew They Were Pilgrims, historian John Turner offers a more nuanced look at the Plymouth Colony and the Native people who were there when the English arrived. We’ll talk with Turner about his research and the history of the Plymouth Pilgrims this Friday at noon. John G. Turner’s book is They Knew They Were Pilgrims: Plymouth Colony and the Contest for American Liberty . [ Bookshop | Amazon | Audible ]
Nov 20, 2020
The History of Vaccines
With the news this week that a COVID-19 vaccine is well underway, we’re taking a look at the historic origins of immunizations.