Friday's Show

Exercise Less, Move More

In an online video, biomechanist Katy Bowman guides a tour of her home. It’s a lot of the usual stuff, but what’s missing is all the furniture. Katy and her family don’t have a couch or recliners or even chairs at the kitchen table. That’s so they have every possible opportunity for physical movement, which is a central idea of Bowman’s philosophy. She wants people to improve their health and their well being by exercising less and moving more and better. She joins us to explain how and why. (Rebroadcast)
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Thursday, our guest is local attorney Ron Yengich. He’s argued before the bench as a defense lawyer for four decades and the Utah State Bar recently named him lawyer of the year. Yengich is a devout Catholic and he traces his journey into law to his religious upbringing and parochial education—and then there was that one time he got arrested. He’ll share with Doug his stories of a career defending people society is quick to cast aside. He’s also a huge baseball fan, so we’ll talk about that, too.

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In a new documentary short, investigative journalist Michael Isikoff explores a dark and little-known chapter in America’s recent political history. For decades, the federal government ran what was known as its “sex deviates program.” The program targeted gays and lesbians and collected intelligence in order to purge them from the federal ranks. This went on for decades, and its painful legacy lives on to this day. Isikoff joins us Wednesday to discuss the U.S. government’s war on gays.


Oct 6, 2015

In the early 1930s, American filmmakers were looking for a new monster. Instead of a European legend, they turned to the zombie, a creature from African lore brought by slaves to Haiti. Utah scholar Kyle Bishop says there’s now a “Zombie Renaissance,” where the undead populate not just film and television, but toys, fun runs, and even a CDC youth education campaign. Tuesday, Bishop joins Doug to talk about why we’re so intrigued by zombies and what they reveal about life in the 21st century.

Peace Officer

Oct 5, 2015

William “Dub” Lawrence was Sheriff of Davis County and founder of Utah’s first SWAT team. He would have never imagined that 30 years later, that Davis County SWAT team would kill his son-in-law in a controversial stand-off. In their new documentary, Utah filmmakers Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson follow Dub on his mission to figure out what went wrong with the system he once served. They’ll join us Monday to talk about their film and about how policing is changing nationwide.

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Witch weighing, African swallows, a bloodthirsty bunny, God himself… We’re talking of course about Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Sure, the movie is epically silly, but behind the humor lay countless cultural and historical references. According to BYU film studies professor Darl Larsen, in crafting their 1975 cult-classic film the Pythons drew from Arthurian legend, the Medieval period, and the hard times of 1970s Great Britain. Larsen joins us Friday for something completely different. (Rebroadcast)


Oct 1, 2015

Thursday, we’re talking about your “stuff” and whether it makes you happy. The writer and futurist James Wallman says that over the 20th century we moved from a problem of scarcity to a problem of “stuffocation.” It’s that overwhelmed feeling when you open your bursting closet or walk into a room stacked with belongings. Wallman argues that we’re reaching a tipping point though, and he joins Doug to explain how more people are focusing on what they do rather than what they have to bring them joy.

When Ben Masters and three of his friends graduated from college they decided to postpone entering the “real world” and instead head out on the trail with some horses. Their ride started at the Mexican border and ended five months and 3,000 miles later when they reached Canada. The trials and travails of their epic adventure are the subject the new documentary film Unbranded. Masters masterminded the film and the journey, and he joins us Wednesday as we continue our Through the Lens film series.

Why Hunt?

Sep 29, 2015
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Tuesday, we’re asking this question: why do people hunt? In the wake of the killing of a treasured lion in Zimbabwe earlier this year, hunters around the world – especially trophy hunters – were forced to justify themselves. Some hunters argue that hunting is an effective conservation tool. Others say hunting yields a deep connection to both nature and millions of years of human history, not to mention delicious meat. A panel of guests will join us to explore the issue and we hope to hear from you, too.

Sunday night and Monday morning, a total lunar eclipse will give the moon a blood red appearance, a sign some say heralds the apocalypse. September 28th is also the anniversary of Julie Rowe’s near death experience. She’s a Mormon who’s gotten a lot of attention for her personal visions of the end times. So Monday, we’re talking about end of the world predictions: what inspires them, how different Christian groups imagine Jesus’ return, and how these ideas have played out among Latter-day Saints.

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The history of the domestic pig is a tale of both love and loathing. We cherish pigs for the delicious meat they supply. But, as animals that eat and root in filth, swine are often met with contempt. In a new book of porcine history, the writer Mark Essig follows the humble pig’s journey from Neolithic villages to modern industrial farms. Essig joins us Friday to explore the pig’s vast importance, the tragedy of its modern treatment, and its complicated relationship with humanity.



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