Wednesday's Show

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Utah's Shared Air Pollution Problem

Nearly every winter, Utah’s dense metropolitan area suffers from choking air pollution. You may want to blame others like industry or those neighbors who just moved into the state, but it’s a headache we all share, and it will take all of us to help change it. Wednesday, we’re asking how you get people to make personal, sometimes inconvenient changes for the greater good, and we’d like to hear from you. What would it take for you to adjust your own behavior to improve Utah’s air quality?
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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 an animals that eats and roots 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 Tuesday to explore the pig’s vast importance, the tragedy of its modern treatment, and its complicated relationship with humanity.  (Rebroadcast)

Extreme Altruists

Feb 8, 2016

How far do you go to honor the Golden Rule, to “do unto others”? Chances are you don’t go nearly as far as the people profiled in journalist Larissa MacFarquhar’s book. The donor who offers up his kidney to a complete stranger; the activist who abandons his normal life to care for lepers; the couple that gives most of their income to charity. These people truly live to help others. MacFarquhar joins us to explore what extreme altruists can teach us about what it means to be human. (Rebroadcast)

The Road Not Taken

Feb 5, 2016

 

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood . . .” Those are the first words to Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken." One hundred years after their publication, Frost’s immortal lines remain unbelievably popular. The poem seems straightforward enough: it's about boldly living outside conformity, right? Wrong, says poetry columnist David Orr. He says nearly everyone hopelessly misreads Frost's poem. Orr joins us Friday as we explore the meaning of "The Road Not Taken" and the history behind it. [Rebroadcast]

  Thursday, we continue our Through the Lens series with Matt Fuller and Carolina Groppa's documentary film about the challenges of finding love. Finding and managing a romantic relationship can be hard for just about anyone, but for those on the autism spectrum, it’s exceptionally difficult. Fuller and Groppa's film offers a deeply personal look into the lives of four people with autism as they struggle to overcome their troubles with communication and personal interaction to find true romance.

The Gift of Failure

Feb 3, 2016
Photo by Chiara Stevani, CC via Flickr

Educator, writer, and parent Jessica Lahey understands the impulse to step in and try to make things easier for our kids. We want to protect them and provide for them, but when we smooth out every uncomfortable bump and obstacle, she says we also take away their chance to successfully navigate life’s “pointy bits” for themselves. Lahey has written a new book called The Gift of Failure and Wednesday she joins Doug to discuss how parents can learn to let go so their children can succeed. (Rebroadcast)

Last week, an advocacy group made headlines when they said there’s been a startling increase in suicides among LGBT Mormon youth. They blamed LDS Church policy which labels members in same-sex marriages as apostates. It’s hard to get a line on those statistics though, and while the anecdotal numbers are problematic, they still raise serious concerns. Tuesday, we’re asking what we know about depression and suicide in gay Mormons and whether the Church’s vocal stance contributes to that risk.

Spinster

Feb 1, 2016

 

Journalist Kate Bolick likes the word "spinster," though she wants to redefine it. She says that until recently there have been two stereotypes of unmarried women: fabulous and frivolous or pathetic and desperate. But today, there are more than 100 million American women who are single, and Bolick says it’s a choice to live life on your own terms. Monday, she joins Doug to talk about her single life, and the lives of 19th- and 20th-century “spinsters” who emboldened her. [Rebroadcast]

Sundance 2016: Nuts!

Jan 29, 2016

Friday, we wrap up our coverage of the Sundance Film Festival with a true story of desperation, scams, and goat testicles. Director Penny Lane joins us to talk about John Romulus Brinkley, a man who claimed to have a cure for impotence and many other ailments in 1920s Kansas. He took to newfangled radio to tout his unorthodox treatments, but soon found his nemesis in one Morris Fishbein, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Lane’s film is called NUTS!

Frank Zappa wasn’t just a musician, bandleader, and self-taught composer who released more than 60 albums in less than three decades. He was also a passionate and outspoken proponent of free expression. Filmmaker Thorsten Schutte has made a new documentary that draws from Zappa’s numerous interviews and TV appearances, using the iconic musician’s own words to explore his unique career and provocative opinions. Schutte joins us Thursday as we continue our coverage of the Sundance Film Festival.

  Filmmaker Will Allen was 22 when he joined a community of people led by a man named Michel. Allen says at first he seemed elegant and smart and he promised them enlightenment. But it became clear Michel was a megalomaniac and he was soon leading by manipulation, paranoia, and abuse. As the group fell apart, Allen knew he had to find a way out of what he came to realize was a cult. Wednesday, he and former member Christopher Johnston join Doug to talk about the Sundance documentary HOLY HELL.

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Through the Lens Free Screening

Autism in Love

Matt Fuller and Carolina Groppa's film explores the challenges faced by autistic people as they pursue and manage romance. Join us Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. for a free screening.

VideoWest

Street Portraits: Sundance 2016

VideoWest hits the streets of Utah to ask people about their style choices. Often the conversation ends up being about much more than fashion.

LDS Topics

Conversations on LDS faith, history and culture

Sundance Film Festival 2016

RadioWest @Sundance

In-depth conversations with filmmakers and producers, live from Park City.

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