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Pioneer Theatre Company

Oslo

Playwright JT Rogers joins us to talk about his award-winning Oslo. It's about the 1993 negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. Rogers says theater, like diplomacy, works when it’s personal.

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There’s a price we pay to illuminate our cities. Light interferes with sleep and can have serious health consequences. There are a few remote places, though, where you can still find true darkness.

90s Bitch

Sep 24, 2018
Collage of famous women from the 1990s.
AllisonYarrow.com

Journalist Allison Yarrow says in the 90s a woman reaching for power or just in the public eye was often labeled a "bitch." And that word became a weapon used to hold women back.

2001: A Space Odyssey

Sep 21, 2018
Bill Lile via CC/Flickr, https://bit.ly/2KKPuNf

Friday, we're talking about the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. It's such a weird and mysterious film, and it's considered Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece. When it was released 50 years ago it drove the critics crazy, but audiences loved it.

Sculpture of a man in agony
Public domain

In a new book, the philosopher Scott Samuelson offers seven ways of looking at suffering. He pulls wisdom from the lessons of ancient Greek myth, the horrors of the Holocaust, and the beautiful pain of blues music.

Marijuana buds and a joint in a pill bottle
Public domain

Wednesday, proponents of medical cannabis in Utah join us to make their case. They say medical marijuana is a low-risk treatment for Utahns suffering serious illness, and that it will curb the use of narcotics.

Drawn poster detail of man as Macbeth.
Public Domain / Library of Congress

Tuesday, scholar Stephen Greenblatt joins us to talk about Shakespeare's tyrants. In many of his tragedies, he grappled with this question: why would anyone be drawn to a leader unsuited to govern?

Monday, we’re broadcasting the second conversation in our Realities of Diversity speaker series. Our guest is Negin Farsad. She uses comedy to confront the tough stuff, like racism, bigotry and ignorance.

Asking For A Friend

Sep 14, 2018
Woman reading newspaper.
Diego Sevilla Ruiz, CC via Flickr, https://bit.ly/2trHWEI

Friday, we're talking about what advice columnists have had to say over the years about life and love. Author Jessica Weisberg says our questions are the same, it’s the answers that have changed.

Stephen Groo has made hundreds of DIY movies in an oddball style that has earned him big-name fans and a crowd of haters. A new documentary film follows Groo’s efforts to make his dream project: an elf-human romance flick.

Mormon Temple partially obscured by tree with green leaves.
Lee Hale / KUER

Last month, the LDS Church joined a coalition against Utah's medical marijuana ballot initiative. They say they’re O.K. with medicinal use, but worry about unintended consequences of this initiative.

The Happiness Curve

Sep 11, 2018
National Gallery of Art / Public Domain

Around our 40s, there's a feeling of malaise and discontentment that can hit us all, even when we're at the top of our game. It turns out it is part of a natural cycle and life gets better after 50.

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