Monday's Show

A Conversation with Manoush Zomorodi

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.

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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.

Wild Horse Country

Mar 8, 2018

The wild horse is a majestic, beloved, and federally protected icon of the American frontier with a history as epic as the land it inhabits. It’s also the subject of heated controversy and dispute.

Economist Bryan Caplan calls higher education a waste of time and money. He says students aren’t learning skills or critical thinking. But they’re going into debt and still not finding great jobs.

Dolores Huerta co-founded the first farmers workers union alongside Cesar Chavez. But she's not as well known as Chavez, and the director Peter Bratt believes she left out of the history because she was a strong defiant woman. Bratt set out to change that.

Admit it: you're addicted to technology. But it's not entirely your fault. Tech designers use their knowledge of human behavior to get people hooked on devices and apps. It's not unlike being addicted to a drug. But you can kick the habit you really want to.


Tuesday's Show

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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.

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Meet ranch manager Maggie Schmidt. She may not look like a typical rancher, but there usually isn’t time to worry about that. There’s too much work to be done and always cows to be looked after.

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