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Educated

Born into a survivalist family, Tara Westover's home-school education taught her to scrap metal, can peaches, and avoid doctors. Her new memoir recounts the journey from junkyard to Cambridge Ph.D.

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A Mission Isn't For Everyone

Stand-up comedian Aaron Woodall says the audiences at BYU can be easy to please. But not always. What if you could tell a joke that was so good and so funny, it would make someone change their mind?

The population in St. George, Utah could triple in the next 40 years, so leaders are planning a 140-mile pipeline to deliver water from the Colorado River. But is that the best plan for a desert city?

Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

This month marks 40 years since the LDS Church extended the priesthood to black men of their faith. Friday, we’re talking about what it’s like to be black and Mormon in 2018.

The Carry Home

May 31, 2018

Nature writer Gary Ferguson was canoeing with his wife when they capsized, and she died in the accident. He joins us to talk about spreading her ashes across 5 wild places and finding grace in nature.

In about 30 years there will be 10 billion people on the planet. Most of them will probably be middle class and want things like cars, homes, and Toblerone bars. How do you provide for that many people? Well, there are basically two answers.

Tuesday, we continue our documentary film series with the story of the Five Browns. Five siblings, all piano prodigies, who rose to international stardom. Then came the devastating revelation that their father had sexually abused the three daughters.

We Refused to Die

May 28, 2018

In 1942 the Japanese army forced 70,000 prisoners to march across the Bataan Peninsula. Gene Jacobsen was among them, and he tells his story of three and a half years as a prisoner of war.

Henry David Thoreau went to Walden Pond to “to front only the essential facts of life.” But as the scholar Laura Dassow Walls shows in her biography of Thoreau, there was much more to his life and work than his brief experiment at living in the woods.

Officer in Distress

May 24, 2018
Scott Sommersdorf/Salt Lake Tribune

The story of a West Jordan narcotics detective dealing with years of grief, guilt, and trauma from the job, and the fear that kept him from getting help. Matt Canham of the Salt Lake Tribune joins us.

Chosen Country

May 23, 2018
Scott Carrier, homebrave.com

When Ammon Bundy led an armed takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in 2016, writer James Pogue found himself there among the occupiers. He sensed that something big was happening, and it had less to do with public lands than with a political reckoning.


What does it take to get a clean air bill through the Utah legislature? Tuesday, we’re looking back at the 2018 legislative session and asking what politicians did or didn’t do to address the state’s chronic bad air. 

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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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