Monday's Show

Dystopia

Monday, we’re talking about dystopias. Which means we’re talking about utopias. You can’t have one without the other. Dystopias are what you get when our ideas of societal perfection crash into reality and collapse on the flaws of human nature.

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Is there life on other planets? Physicist Jim Al-Khalili joins us to discuss scientific theories of where it could be, what it might be like, and what would happen if we found it—or it found us.

The Story of Pain

Mar 22, 2018

What is pain? You know it when you feel it, but it’s almost impossible to describe. And it turns out, our idea of what that suffering is and means has changed significantly over the centuries. 

Dina

Mar 21, 2018

Dina Buno is an outspoken, eccentric, and independent woman on the autism spectrum. A new documentary film captures the endearing cadences and candid conversations of her topsy-turvy romantic relationship and passionate pursuit of real intimacy.

Sanctuary

Mar 20, 2018
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Salt Lake City’s First Unitarian Church is giving sanctuary to a young Honduran mother facing deportation. Tuesday, we’re talking about sanctuary and the tension between moral conscience and the law.

Are you bored enough? Because it turns out that boredom and creative thinking go hand in hand. Manoush Zomorodi says that by redefining our relationship with digital gadgets, we can rediscover boredom’s hidden benefits and unlock our creativity.

Cannibalism

Mar 16, 2018

Cannibalism is bad, right? Well, zoologist Bill Schutt says there are examples of it throughout the animal kingdom, and that it's perfectly natural.

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In recent years, authoritarians have seized power in democracies around the world, riding waves of populist fervor. The scholar Yascha Mounk has studied this trend. He says democracy itself may in danger, and there isn’t much time left to save it.

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John Leshy is an expert on public lands, and he spearheaded the creation of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. He joins us to talk about what he learned from that process, and what happens now that the monument has been cut in half.

The First Love Story

Mar 13, 2018

Tuesday, we’re talking about the oldest relationship in the Christian world: Adam and Eve. Writer Bruce Feiler says they confronted the ultimate human fear - loneliness - and defeated it with love.

Heavens on Earth

Mar 12, 2018

Why do so many cultures and faiths teach some version of an afterlife? Monday, skeptic Michael Shermer joins us to talk about our obsession with immortality and what it means for life here and now.

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Films

It’s tough to keep qualified teachers in remote, Native American schools in San Juan County, but consistency and trust really matter for kids’ success. So the tribes set out to find a solution …

Radio Hour with Plan-B Theatre

What if the Pledge of Allegiance ended with "liberty and justice for all ... citizens"? Tune in April 26th for our 12th radio drama with Plan-B Theatre Company

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