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Conversations and stories that explore the way the world works. From KUER, NPR Utah hosted by Doug Fabrizio.
6 hours ago
The Life And Music Of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
You could say that Mozart is the gateway drug to a love of classical music. But who was the person behind the music? Author-composer Jan Swafford joins us to help us better understand the most famous name in classical music .
6 days ago
Writer Craig Childs On The Beauty Of Dry Places
In his latest book, the writer and adventurer Craig Childs writes that he dreams of canyons and was born to deserts — deserts ruled by a god of drought who leaves them dry on purpose.
Apr 29, 2021
Carl Zimmer On Life’s Biggest Question
It seems an obvious question: What is life? But science writer Carl Zimmer says the answer to it is far more complicated than it appears at first glance.
Apr 24, 2021
2021 Oscar Nominated Film Scores
It’s Oscars season again, which means it’s time for RadioWest to talk about the films nominated for one of our favorite awards — best original score.
Apr 22, 2021
The Sexual History Of The LDS Church
Natasha Helfer, a sex therapist and now-former member of the LDS church, has lost her church membership for, in part, being outspoken about her professional stance on sex.
Apr 15, 2021
How Interior Secretary Deb Haaland Could Shape Western Lands
The writer David Treuer notes in a new article in The Atlantic that before Columbus arrived in North America, Native people controlled one hundred percent of the land that would become the United States. Today, they control just about two percent of it.
Apr 15, 2021
Through The Lens: ‘Youth V Gov’
The planet’s youngest generations will bear the weight of climate change. So some young people are fighting back — by suing the United States government.
Apr 9, 2021
The Parenting Journey Of NPR’s Michaeleen Doucleff
As a new mom, NPR science reporter Michaeleen Doucleff was overwhelmed by motherhood and underwhelmed by the parenting advice she found in American parenting guidebooks. So, she set off to see what other cultures could teach her.
Apr 8, 2021
Mark Hofmann Part Three: The Art Of Forgery
Besides being important figures in American history and letters, what do Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln and many others have in common? All had documents forged in their name by Utah’s Mark Hofmann.
Apr 6, 2021
Web Extra: Derek Kitchen On Exploring Polyamory
Before he was a Utah State Senator, Derek Kitchen was part of an important lawsuit that challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. But while he was open about his homosexuality, he chose not to talk about the polyamorous part of his life, because…it’s complicated.
Apr 1, 2021
Heather McGhee On The Hidden Cost of Racism
We know that racism is dangerous to a healthy society — physically dangerous, morally dangerous and also, Heather McGhee argues, economically dangerous for everyone in the country.
Apr 1, 2021
Polygamy, Polyamory And The Changing American Family
When the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, many conservatives worried that the law opened the door for polgamists and polyamorists to also have their unions sanctioned by law.
Mar 26, 2021
Avi Loeb And The Search For Extraterrestrials
In 2017, a telescope on Maui spotted … something hurtling through our solar system. While much of the scientific community offered various explanations, astrophysicist Avi Loeb’s stood out: This, he asserted, was a piece of alien technology.
Mar 25, 2021
Bari Weiss On Cancel Culture
Journalist and author Bari Weiss believes that cancel culture is damaging cherished American ideals like free speech and thought, pluralism and the presumption of innocence.
Mar 18, 2021
George Takei On America’s Anti-Asian History
With the enactment of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, roughly 120,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned by their own government during the Second World War. The actor and activist George Takei was one of them.
Mar 18, 2021
Through The Lens: ‘Rebel Hearts’
As protests and calls for social reforms swept through the country in the 1960s, a group of nuns in Los Angeles saw the need for change in their own conservative, cloistered world.
Mar 12, 2021
Mark Hofmann Part Two: The LDS Church
For the second part of our Mark Hofmann coverage, we take a closer look at one aspect of Hofmann’s strange story: his dealings with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mar 11, 2021
Brian Greene: ‘Until The End Of Time’
Theoretical physicist Brian Greene has a special talent: He can explain complicated scientific principles in a way that makes them comprehensible to the layperson.
Mar 5, 2021
Mark Hofmann Part One: Jared Hess And Tyler Measom
October 15, 1985 was one of those idyllic Salt Lake City fall days: deep blue skies, trees covered in red and gold leaves. And then, two pipe bombs exploded in different parts of the city, killing two people.
Mar 5, 2021
John Colapinto: ‘This Is The Voice’
How much can you know about someone just from hearing their voice? According to journalist John Colapinto, more than you might think.
1 hr 7 min
Feb 26, 2021
Steve Urquhart’s Spiritual Trip
In 2020, former Utah State legislator Steve Urquhart founded a religion. Their sacrament? Magic mushrooms.