Friday's Show

The Hunt for D.B. Cooper

For more than four decades, one of America's most astonishing whodunits has gone unsolved. "D.B. Cooper" was on a flight from Portland to Seattle when he handed over a bomb threat. The airline gave him $200,000 and the hijacker parachuted from the plane, never to be seen again. Cooper evaded one of the most extensive manhunts of the 20th century and has become the stuff of legend. Investigative journalist Geoffrey Gray joins Doug to separate myth from fact in the case of D.B. Cooper. (Rebroadcast)

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New Music of 2011

Aug 17, 2011
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What new music has grabbed your attention this summer? Wednesday, Doug is joined by Bob Boilen, host of NPR's All Songs Considered. Boilen's bringing along his favorite music (so far) of 2011. There are a few names you've heard and a few that might be new to you. There's alternative music, indie rock and some R&B influence. Of course, there's at least a song or two that's just really hard to put into a category.

Rebirth

Aug 16, 2011

We're continuing our documentary film series "Through the Lens" with director and producer Jim Whitaker. Whitaker is the creator of Rebirth, a film that captures a "living history" of September 11. It follows the journey of five people directly affected by the tragedy - a sort of time lapse of their grief, their memories and their path to recovery. Whitaker joins Doug on Tuesday and we'll screen the film Thursday night.

Monday, we're talking about the controversy surrounding Salt Lake City's proposal for a new 2,500 seat theater on Main Street. Proponents say it's another step in the revitalization of downtown and that the venue will serve Utahns with a better selection of Broadway touring shows. The price tag is between $100 and $120 million though and some people are asking what it will mean for other arts organizations in the city.

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What do financier Charles Schwab, writer John Irving and actor Orlando Bloom have in common? They all have dyslexia, an oft-misunderstood and chronic condition. Now research into how the brain works is revealing the root causes of reading problems and offering strategies for overcoming them. On Friday, dyslexia expert Dr. Sally Shaywitz joins Jennifer Napier-Pearce for a look into the dyslexic mind.

Area 51

Aug 11, 2011
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Doug talks to journalist Annie Jacobsen about the mysterious Area 51. As Jacobsen reports it, you don't really need aliens to make the story of cold war experiments sound very strange. Based on interviews and declassified documents, Jacobsen explores how the government has pushed the boundaries of science with nuclear testing, top secret supersonic jets and other technology still being used today. Don't worry though - there's still a flying disc, a crash landing and bizarre pilots. (Rebroadcast)

Better This World

Aug 10, 2011

At the 2008 Republican National Convention, two young Texas men were arrested on domestic terrorism charges. They were caught with homemade bombs and the FBI stepped in to prevent the threat they saw to lives and property. A new film follows the case, and asks these questions: were the men misled by a role model turned FBI informant or were they making their own wrong choices all along? "Better This World" will screen in Salt Lake next week and Wednesday the directors join Doug for a look at our post-9/11 America.

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Tuesday, we're talking about the complicated and sometimes contradictory relationships we have with animals. Take rodents for example. Some people may keep them as pets. Some may set out spring traps to catch them. What about eating a rat? We wouldn't think of it here in the US, but why not? It's eaten elsewhere in the world. Our guest for the hour is Psychology Professor Hal Herzog and he joins us to explain why it's so hard for us to think straight about animals.

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Much is being made of the crisis in journalism today. Circulation is down, newsrooms are cutting back and established papers have had to end publication. But a report from Stanford is showing that rural and small-town newspapers are relatively healthy. Monday, we're talking about community journalism and the portrait it paints of American life. Our guests are Stanford's Geoff McGhee and Judy Muller author of a new book that looks at what she calls "big stories from small towns ."

Asleep

Aug 5, 2011

A century ago, a mysterious epidemic emerged. Patients could not move, yet they were fully aware of everything going on around them. This so-called "sleeping sickness" claimed over a million lives, then disappeared as quickly as it had arrived. On Friday, a look at the pandemic which doctors are still trying to understand.

Secrets & Wives

Aug 4, 2011

Thursday, we're joined by the author of a new book on polygamy in America. The British journalist Sanjiv Bhattacharya says he's long been obsessed with religion but when he moved to the United States he knew very little about polygamy. He set out to learn about the 40,000 some fundamentalists that are associated with the practice. We'll talk to him about that journey and about the very complex world that he discovered.

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Monday's Show

A History of Mormons and Homosexuality

Monday, we’re talking about the complicated relationship between the Mormon Church and homosexuality. Our guest is historian Gregory Prince who is working on a history that includes the public and not-so-public campaigns against same-sex marriage and their attempt at punishing and curing same-sex attraction. He also examines whether the LDS theology of an afterlife will ever have room for gay people. Prince is coming to Utah, and joins us to talk about Mormons and Gays .

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