Following their silly romp through Arthurian legend, Monty Python took on something completely different for their second film. In it, the Pythons satirized the similarities between ancient Jerusalem and 1970s England: the terrorism, the authoritarians, the waning empires. And, oh yeah, they told a “shadow” version of the Christ story. Monty Python’s Life of Brian was a critical and commercial smash, and the subject of protests over its perceived blasphemy. Film scholar Darl Larsen joins us Tuesday to unpack one of the greatest comedies of all time.
Wednesday, Doug is live with reporter Rachel Monroe for a look at the world of essential oils and multi-level marketing. Monroe came to Utah to figure out how it is that essential oils became “the cure for our age of anxiety.” She says that using them and selling them isn’t just about money; these networks offer community, friendship, and an alternative to what many see as a failing medical system. But is it all it’s cracked up to be? Her article appears in the current issue of The New Yorker.