Wednesday's Show

Extreme Altruists

How far do you go to honor the Golden Rule, to “do unto others”? Chances are you don’t go nearly as far as the people profiled in journalist Larissa MacFarquhar’s new book. The donor who offers up his kidney to a complete stranger; the activist who abandons his normal life to care for lepers; the couple that gives most of their income to charity. These people truly live to help others. MacFarquhar joins us Wednesday to explore what extreme altruists can teach us about what it means to be human.
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Oct 27, 2015

When was the last time you stopped for a few minutes to reflect on the present moment? Not the thing you screwed up yesterday, or the meeting you’re worried about tomorrow, but the here and now. Meditation and mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe says those few minutes are key to decreased anxiety, better sleep, and improved focus. He’s the creator of a popular app that guides users through meditation, and Tuesday he joins Doug to talk about finding “Headspace” in your life.

The Gift of Failure

Oct 26, 2015
Photo by Chiara Stevani, CC via Flickr


Educator, writer, and parent Jessica Lahey understands the impulse to step in and try to make things easier for our kids. We want to protect them and provide for them, but when we smooth out every uncomfortable bump and obstacle, she says we also take away their chance to successfully navigate life’s “pointy bits” for themselves. Lahey has written a new book called The Gift of Failure and Monday she joins Doug to discuss how parents can learn to let go so their children can succeed. (Rebroadcast)

New York Doll

Oct 23, 2015

Friday, we’re telling the story of Arthur “Killer” Kane. In the 1970s, Kane was the bass player for the influential glam-punk band The New York Dolls. Thirty years after the band breaks up, filmmaker Greg Whitely finds Kane in the Mormon Church’s Family History Library. He’s quit drugs, found God, and has a dream of getting the band back together. It’s the 10th anniversary of the film, and it’s screening in Provo. We’ll check in with Whitely and rebroadcast our conversation about his extraordinary documentary.

The Kreutzer Sonata

Oct 22, 2015

Thursday, we’re talking about a new production by Plan-B Theatre Company that adapts a passionate sonata by Beethoven and a banned novella by Tolstoy. In 1889, Tolstoy used the sonata as the driving force behind a husband’s jealousy and murderous rage. Playwright Eric Samuelsen says his goal was for the audience to hear Beethoven the way Tolstoy’s character heard him. Samuelsen joins us, along with pianist Jason Hardink and others, to discuss the art and emotion of The Kreutzer Sonata.

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For years, science has told us that intelligence originates in the brain and that the body is just a vehicle to be controlled and piloted. But what if we’ve got it wrong? The cognitive scientist Guy Claxton thinks we do. The mind, he says, is more like a chat room, where the body’s systems share information and debate the best actions. So it’s the really the body, not the mind, that constitutes the core of our intelligent life. Claxton joins us Wednesday to explore the intelligence in our flesh.


Oct 20, 2015


Journalist Kate Bolick likes the word "spinster," though she wants to redefine it. She says that until recently there have been two stereotypes of unmarried women: fabulous and frivolous or pathetic and desperate. But today, there are more than 100 million American women who are single, and Bolick says it’s a choice to live life on your own terms. Tuesday, she joins Doug to talk about her single life, and the lives of 19th- and 20th-century “spinsters” who emboldened her. [Rebroadcast]

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says it’s hard to stealthily spy when you’re 7’2”. But to excel in the NBA he needed to understand his opponents, so he took a page from Sherlock Holmes. He watched players’ habits and listened to ball boys to catch gossip that revealed weaknesses. Abdul-Jabbar started reading Holmes stories in 1969, and they influenced his life and career. Now he’s written his own novel from the perspective of Mycroft Holmes. Abdul-Jabbar joins us Monday to talk about his life as a Holmesian.

Social media has made a judge and jury out of everybody. A poorly worded tweet, post or comment can upend our lives, ruin our careers, and fill us with regret. Journalist Jon Ronson says that we are reducing people to the worst thing they’ve ever done, and losing our own moral compass in the process. He joins Doug to give voice to the shamed and to explain why we all so easily become the shamers. (Rebroadcast)


Oct 15, 2015

Thursday, we’re talking about the effects of nuclear weapons on people who lived near uranium mines and downwind from testing sites during and after the Cold War. Historian Sarah Alisabeth Fox says that all wars happen where people live, grow their food and raise their children. So to understand what happened, she talked to ranchers, farmers, and housewives who suffered from cancer and economic ruin. Fox is coming to Utah, and joins Doug to talk about “A People’s History of the Nuclear West.”

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After Governor Gary Herbert’s plan for expanding Medicaid coverage died in the Utah state legislature this spring, six Republican leaders were tasked with devising a compromise plan. They met behind closed doors for months. The plan they recently unveiled, Utah Access Plus, called on health care providers to contribute $50 million in subsidies. That plan died Tuesday afternoon in a GOP meeting. Wednesday, we’ll discuss how the plan was crafted, why it failed, and ask what comes next Medicaid in Utah.


Thursday's Show

The Table Comes First

As you're putting together your Thanksgiving meal, we're talking to The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik about his latest book, The Table Comes First. Gopnik says that every human group that's ever been ritualizes its food. Indeed, the way we approach the table defines who we are. The book is a journey from eighteenth-century France to our modern-day obsession with gastronomy. Gopnik joins us to answer this question: what is the true meaning of food in our lives? (Rebroadcast)
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Edward Snowden, Live from Russia

Dec 5th at 7:30 p.m. Join Doug Fabrizio as he talks with Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked highly classified documents and ignited an intense debate about government surveillance.


Come Closer

Jeff Metcalf is an essayist, playwright, poet, and teacher living in Salt Lake City. After he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, Metcalf turned to writing and fishing to help him heal.

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