Orson Welles is regarded as the greatest film director and one of the greatest actors of all time. On screen and off, his personality was as grand as the accolades he received, and as intricate as his films. In a new book edited by the film historian Peter Biskind, Welles’ complexity, intellect and biting humor are revealed in transcribed conversations he had with the director Henry Jaglom in the years before Welles’ death. Biskind joins us Friday to explore those dialogues and profile the genius of Orson Welles. (Rebroadcast)
Thursday, we’re broadcasting live from the Utah Symposium in Science and Literature to explore the way humans make decisions. Turns out, there's a lot more that goes into our choices than we might recognize and we're not as good at making those decisions as we'd like to believe. Doug sits down with a novelist, an economist, a choreographer and a biologist for a look at how individuals and communities could be making better judgments.
This week, the Utah Symposium in Science and Literature is focusing on how humans make decisions. Among their guests is the animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley, who specializes in honeybees. And what can these insects teach humans about making choices? Over millions of years, honeybees have evolved to act as a collective. Together, they identify and deliberate new nest locations and then navigate there as a swarm. Wednesday, Seeley joins us in studio to talk about the lives of bees and their democracy.
Pulitzer-prize nominated author Chang-rae Lee's latest novel is a subtle, dystopian tale, set in a future in which class divisions are as literal as they are figurative. It's a departure from the realism of his other writing, but at its heart, the book is about the question that has always concerned Lee: how does the individual fit into the human collective? Lee will be here later this week as part of the Utah Symposium in Science and Literature. He joins us Tuesday to talk about On Such a Full Sea.
In 1975, author Edward Abbey published "The Monkey Wrench Gang." The novel – along with Abbey's anarchist environmentalism philosophies – served as a blueprint for direct action and civil disobedience in the 1970s, ‘80s and even today. A new documentary called Wrenched looks at how Abbey inspired eco-activist groups like EarthFirst! and more recently the Occupy Movement. We’re joined Monday by the filmmaker ML Lincoln, who directed Wrenched, and by two of Abbey’s close friends, Jack Loeffler and Ken Sanders, to talk about his continuing influence.
Let’s face it: sometimes not much work done gets done at work. Software developer Jason Fried thinks he knows why that is. He says the modern office is tailor made for interruptions, and interruptions are the bane of good work. Fried also says people are much more efficient when they’re working in their kitchens, or at a coffee shop or the library—basically anywhere but at the office. Fried joins us Friday to make the case for redesigning the workplace for better collaboration, creativity and productivity. (Rebroadcast)
Thursday, our guest is journalist Colin Woodard, whose book "The Republic of Pirates" is the basis for a forthcoming TV series starring John Malkovich. Woodard tells the story of the Flying Gang, an 18th century coalition of men like Blackbeard and "Black Sam" Bellamy who were more than just criminals on the high seas. In age of oppressive governments and influential commercial interests, they had their sights set on social and political upheaval. We'll talk about the "golden age" of piracy and the mark it left on our world.
Wednesday we’re exploring what’s at stake in the debate over two contrasting attempts to reform Utah’s unique political caucuses. One of those efforts, Count My Vote, is a ballot measure that would replace the caucuses with a direct primary to “increase voter participation and broaden engagement.” On the other hand, a Utah state senator proposes caucus reforms that he says will balance the caucus and primary systems. A panel of guests will join us to explore how the state’s electoral system can best serve its citizens.
Philosopher Alain de Botton gets his news the way many of us do these days: in bed, in the bath, in the car, at a desk. "News" is a force so powerful that de Botton says it's like a religion. It shapes our worldview, forms our ideas of right and wrong, and when we ignore it, we risk a sort of heresy. De Botton has written a book he calls a user's manual for the news and Tuesday, he joins Doug for a conversation about what the news is, how it affects our lives and what it could one day be.
Cancer is a devastating disease, and treating it often means ravaging the body with toxic drugs and radiation. Renowned oncologist David Agus knows how difficult it is to remedy this and other common afflictions, like heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. So instead of simply treating disease, he wants people to take steps to prevent themselves getting sick in the first place. Agus has written a guidebook to healthful habits and he'll join us Monday to talk about what we all can do to live long, illness-free lives.