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Freeing Yourself From Social Media

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.

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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.

Robin

Jul 17, 2018
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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)

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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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)

Since life first evolved on earth more than four billion years ago, it has passed in and out of existence five times. Make that six. An extinction event is happening right now. So what can we learn about the previous ones? (Rebroadcast)

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We think of the Revolutionary War as brave patriots fighting for a noble cause, which is true. But as the historian Holger Hoock reminds us, it was also a bloody and brutal conflict, and its outcome was shaped by its cruelty.

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Thursday's Show

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The History and Power of the Swastika

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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From the Archive

Believer

On July 18, Sundance Institute presents a free screening of Believer. It's about Mormon musician Dan Reynolds and his efforts to find middle ground between his church and the LGBT community.

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.

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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