Many in the West (and everywhere really) are worried about the future of wildlife and environment as we grow and alter the landscape. Recently, a dissenting voice has emerged in the conservation movement asking whether the strategies of the past are outdated. Today, we're live in Montana, at the University of Utah's Taft-Nicholson Center for Environmental Humanities. We'll talk about what's working and not working in conservation today, and what better paths there may be for moving forward.
You probably know the story of Noah and the ark from the Bible, but that’s not the only place the myth of a global flood appears. According to the archeologist Irving Finkel, a very similar flood myth circulated among the Babylonians, long before Hebrew existed, and versions of the story are told in cultures around the world. Finkel joins Doug to explore the roots of the flood myth and to help us understand why we’ve told and retold it for millennia. (Rebroadcast)
Writer Nikil Saval has written a book that uncovers a fascinating history in the most banal place: the office. Whether it’s the “dismal little cell” of Scrooge’s counting-house or the tricked-out, sprawling campuses of Google, Saval says the office holds the promise of respectability, utopian possibility and upward mobility. It can also be a place of soul-crushing tedium and conformity. Saval joins us to explain where the office comes from, why it’s the way it is, and how it could be better. (Rebroadcast)
Tuesday, our guest is novelist Cristina Henríquez, whose new book centers around Latino immigrant families living in the US. Her work isn’t an argument for or against our immigration system, which Henríquez says everyone knows is broken. Instead, it’s the story of the ordinary lives that get lost in the news headlines of border patrols and political battles. Henríquez set out to give voice to people she says are often denied a chance to speak. It’s called The Book of Unknown Americans.
In a world that tends to separate people into defined groups, it’s not easy to be bisexual. Psychologist Lisa Diamond says the stereotype is that people who claim to be attracted to both sexes just haven’t come out yet. Of course, it’s much more complicated. In 2008, Diamond wrote a book about how flexible sexuality is for women. These days, she’s learning men are, as she puts it, “pretty darn sexually fluid, too.” Monday, Lisa Diamond joins Doug to talk about the spectrum of human sexuality.
Investigative journalist Radley Balko says that American police forces have become more like armies than keepers of the peace. He traces it back to the creation of SWAT teams in the 60s, which led to increased use of military tactics and weapons. These days, there are some 50,000 raids each year as part of "wars" declared on drugs and crime. Balko joins Doug to talk about how law enforcement has changed throughout history and what militarized police forces mean for citizens. (Rebroadcast)
Thursday, we’re talking about the fight to force Alta Ski Area to open its slopes to snowboarders. Once banned at ski resorts across the country, snowboarding is now outlawed at just three, two of them in Utah. A suit filed earlier this year against Alta claims the resort discriminates against snowboarders. As both sides wait for a U.S. District Court judge to rule, we’ll explore the differences between skiing and snowboarding, and we want to hear from you. Is there a good reason to restrict a resort to skiers only?
We’re launching a series on how creativity works, and Wednesday, we begin with filmmaker Kirby Ferguson. Ferguson says there was a time when we thought of creativity as something divine and even today, we still have a tendency to fetishize originality. But Ferguson argues that art, technology and more can’t be made without building on the work of others. He’s the creator of a web series called “Everything is a Remix,” and he joins Doug to talk about why he set out to demystify creativity.
Tuesday our guest is former Deseret News editor John Hughes. His recently published memoir details his distinguished career as a journalist. Born under the German blitz of London, he witnessed the fall of colonial rule in Africa as a cub reporter. He went on to cover the Vietnam War, earn a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of governmental collapse in Indonesia, and edit publications across the country. Hughes has said he wrote a book because he thought he had a love story to tell, and it’s about journalism.
Laurel Braitman was very worried about her dog’s mental health. Oliver was an anxious animal, especially when left home alone. And he was alone when he moved an air conditioner, chewed through a screen, and jumped out of a 3rd story window. Braitman is a science historian, and her new book explores seemingly human mental disorders in the animal kingdom. Monday, she joins Doug to explain why every animal with a mind has the capacity to lose it from time to time.