Tuesday's Show

Drawn poster detail of man as Macbeth.
Public Domain / Library of Congress

Shakespeare On Politics

Tuesday, scholar Stephen Greenblatt joins us to talk about Shakespeare's tyrants. In many of his tragedies, he grappled with this question: why would anyone be drawn to a leader unsuited to govern?

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We're continuing our Habitat series with retired designer Bob Bliss, whose home is full of the paintings - and memories - of his late wife Anna Campbell Bliss.

Public Domain

Monday, we’re talking to historian Richard Francis about Samuel Sewell. He was the only one of the judges during the Salem Witch trials who apologized for his role in the execution of 20 people.

Painting in Asian style depicting Lao Tzue and the discovery of a giant pearl.
Kristina Collantes / The Atlantic

Legend says the Pearl of Lao Tzu was found in 1934 after a diver drowned trying to pry it from the mouth of a giant clam. The writer Michael LaPointe has traced the pearl's unbelievable story through a tangled web of fact and fiction.

New Yorker staff writer Jelani Cobb writes about the problems we have in this country with race and injustice. He says that race may just be a mythology, but it’s also a useful way of looking at our checkered history, and talking about it isn’t easy.

Sea turtle ensnared in plastic netting.
Photograph by Jordi Chias / National Geographic

Plastics. They’ve changed medicine, transportation, and food and water safety. But they've also become a global headache. There's more than six billion tons of plastic trash in the world. What can be done about the problem of plastics?

Office building with sign The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Elaine Clark / KUER

How should people outside of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints respond to the request to dump nicknames like Mormon or LDS? How are you thinking about it?

Dopesick

Aug 27, 2018
160 mg tablets of oxycontin from Purdue Pharma
Opiate Addiction Treatment via Flickr

What does it mean to be dopesick? When you're addicted and have run out of pills, it means misery and desperation. Journalist Beth Macy joins us with chilling stories from America's opioid crisis.

Far From The Tree

Aug 24, 2018
Nick Kenrick via CC/Flickr

In his book Far From the Tree, the writer Andrew Solomon tells the stories of children whose profound differences—dwarfism, schizophrenia, Down syndrome, genius, and others—have made them the subjects of prejudice and changed their parents’ lives.

In A Day's Work

Aug 23, 2018
Women of color in maid and other service uniforms.
From Cover/The New Press

Thursday, we’re talking about sexual violence against undocumented laborers. Journalist Bernice Yeung joins Andrew Becker to explain their struggle for justice in the age of the #metoo movement.

Everything Is Alive

Aug 22, 2018
PRX/Radiotopia

Have you ever wondered how inanimate objects feel? Radio producer Ian Chillag's new podcast puts actors in the roles of everyday objects, like a can of off-brand cola. It's silly, yes, but it's full of very real, very human feelings.

Larry Smith via CC/Flickr

Tuesday, we're talking about beavers. Nature writer Ben Goldfarb says beavers were crucial in shaping America's landscape and its human history. Then we killed them by the score. He joins us to explain why we should learn to love beavers.

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Through the Lens Free Screening

Through the Lens: The Insufferable Groo

Join us for a free screening of Scott Christopherson's documentary. It follows a Provo-base DIY filmmaker Stephen Groo's effort to make his dream project: an elf-human romance flick.

Live On Stage

Oslo

The Tony-Award winning play "Oslo" is premiering at Pioneer Theatre this weekend, and RadioWest will be taping a live show with playwright J.T. Rogers following their Saturday matinee on September 22.

On Topic

On Topic: Medical Marijuana

RadioWest and KUER News have been covering the debate around medical marijuana and Utah Proposition 2. Follow us as you prepare to vote in November.

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