Friday's Show

Mary Todd Lincoln with Abraham Lincoln's "spirit" behind her.
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana

The Man Who Captured Lincoln's Ghost

William Mumler was a 19th-century photographer who took portraits of people and the ghosts of their departed. And he made a good living at it until he was arrested for fraud. (Rebroadcast)

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Vicky Chavez fled domestic abuse from her native Honduras and entered sanctuary in a church to avoid deportation. Monday, she learned that her asylum case would not be reopened.

Ancient swastika symbol laid in mosaic tile
Public domain

The swastika evokes visceral reactions in the Western world, but for years it symbolized good fortune and well-being. We talk to designer Steven Heller about the swastika’s history, and ask if it can ever be seen in its original context again.

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Public domain

Jaron Lanier, one of Silicon Valley's most influential figures, wants to convince you to delete your social media accounts. He has ten arguments for why you should do that. One of them: Social media is turning us all into jerks.

Robin

Jul 17, 2018
Robin Williams covering mouth with hand.
From Book Cover/Pan Macmillan

Tuesday, we're talking about Robin Williams’ life and inspirations, and what his public persona can tell us about the inner life he mostly kept to himself. Our guest is biographer Dave Itzkoff.

America's birthrate is tanking. People who study fertility and families say there are lots of reasons for that: college debt, political uncertainty, climate change, rising home prices, delayed marriage. We’ll talk about what all this means for the future, and what can be done to reverse the trend.

Friday, we're talking about our massive food waste problem. A full forty percent of food in America ends up in the trash. Activist Tristram Stuart joins us to talk about why we waste so much food and what we can and should do about it. (Rebroadcast)

Newspaper ad with headline Mesmin's French Female Pills.
Utah Digital Newspapers

Part of the battle in the confirmation process of the Supreme Court nominee is going to be Roe v Wade. So Thursday, we’re asking what life was like for women before abortion was legal in this country.

2001: A Space Odyssey

Jul 11, 2018
Bill Lile via CC/Flickr, https://bit.ly/2KKPuNf

Wednesday, 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.

Allie Jones via CC/Flickr, https://bit.ly/2JmHz3R

Tuesday, we're talking about jellyfish. Chances are you've never given them a second thought. The science writer Juli Berwald gets it, but she loves them. She's written a new book about how complicated and beautiful they are.

Church & State

Jul 9, 2018
Activist Mark Lawrence at rally
Blue Fox Entertainment

Monday, we’re talking about a new documentary that chronicles the fight over same-sex marriage in Utah. Directors Holly Tuckett and Kendall Wilcox join us.

Cat sitting like human on sofa.
Vszybala via CC/Flickr, http://bit.ly/2fCvqsa

Despite their ubiquity in modern life, science journalist Abigail Tucker says we know very little about what cats are, how they came to live among us, and why we love these furry freeloaders. (Rebroadcast)

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Monday's Show

Collage, pictures of Stephen Miller and examples of his statements
The Atlantic

Trump's Right-Hand Troll

Monday, we’re talking about Trump adviser Stephen Miller with The Atlantic's McKay Coppins. Miller whips up crowds at Trump rallies and chastises the White House press corps. Basically, he’s a troll.

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Films

Cancer patients in rural Price, Utah, are far from treatment providers, but they’re not facing the journey by themselves. An annual pie auction helps those patients get where they need to be.

Live on Stage

The Realities of Diversity

Join Doug Fabrizio August 29 as we begin a series of conversations about race and diversity in America. Our first guest is journalist Jelani Cobb. Presented in partnership with United Way of Salt Lake

Utah Profiles

Conversations with passionate and thoughtful people that make Utah unique.

Race and the Mormon Church

The LDS Church has a complicated history with race. On the 40th anniversary of the lifting of the black priesthood ban, KUER offers this collection of conversations and stories on race and Mormonism.

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