Friday's Show

The Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Is there life on other planets? Physicist Jim Al-Khalili joins us to discuss scientific theories of where it could be, what it might be like, and what would happen if we found it—or it found us.

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The Story of Pain

Mar 22, 2018

What is pain? You know it when you feel it, but it’s almost impossible to describe. And it turns out, our idea of what that suffering is and means has changed significantly over the centuries. 


Mar 21, 2018

Dina Buno is an outspoken, eccentric, and independent woman on the autism spectrum. A new documentary film captures the endearing cadences and candid conversations of her topsy-turvy romantic relationship and passionate pursuit of real intimacy.


Mar 20, 2018
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Salt Lake City’s First Unitarian Church is giving sanctuary to a young Honduran mother facing deportation. Tuesday, we’re talking about sanctuary and the tension between moral conscience and the law.

Are you bored enough? Because it turns out that boredom and creative thinking go hand in hand. Manoush Zomorodi says that by redefining our relationship with digital gadgets, we can rediscover boredom’s hidden benefits and unlock our creativity.


Mar 16, 2018

Cannibalism is bad, right? Well, zoologist Bill Schutt says there are examples of it throughout the animal kingdom, and that it's perfectly natural.

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In recent years, authoritarians have seized power in democracies around the world, riding waves of populist fervor. The scholar Yascha Mounk has studied this trend. He says democracy itself may in danger, and there isn’t much time left to save it.

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John Leshy is an expert on public lands, and he spearheaded the creation of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. He joins us to talk about what he learned from that process, and what happens now that the monument has been cut in half.

The First Love Story

Mar 13, 2018

Tuesday, we’re talking about the oldest relationship in the Christian world: Adam and Eve. Writer Bruce Feiler says they confronted the ultimate human fear - loneliness - and defeated it with love.

Heavens on Earth

Mar 12, 2018

Why do so many cultures and faiths teach some version of an afterlife? Monday, skeptic Michael Shermer joins us to talk about our obsession with immortality and what it means for life here and now.

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Members of the Utah Legislature had a lot of work to do in the 45 days of the 2018 session. Friday, we're reviewing what they said they'd do, what they accomplished, what they left undone, and what that means for Utahns.



Vicky Chavez fled domestic abuse and violence in Honduras to seek asylum in the U.S. With her appeals exhausted and facing deportation, she asked a community of faith in Salt Lake City for sanctuary.

Monday's Show

Doug McLaughlin

American Wolf

The reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone was controversial when it happened in 1995, and it added more fuel to the blazing feud between conservationists and the ranchers and hunters who wish wolves had never returned to the Rockies.

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