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How the Other Half Banks

In a new book, legal scholar Mehrsa Baradaran argues that America has two systems for personal banking. The rich have personal bank accounts at brick-and-mortar businesses, while the poor either don’t bank at all or rely on payday lenders and check cashers that charge exorbitant rates and fees. The result, Baradaran says, is a sadly ironic situation where “the less money you have, the more you pay to use it.” She joins us Tuesday to explain how we got into this mess, and how we might get out of it.
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  The poet Katharine Coles considers herself a typical Utahn, though maybe a different “typical” than what might spring to mind. She was born and raised in Salt Lake City, and her parents gave the family a life of adventure in the red rock desert and the mountains. They were also intellectuals and social activists, so Coles was encouraged to explore and to make her voice heard. Monday, Katharine Coles joins Doug to talk about Utah and other lenses that shape her poetic view of the world.

Jim Harrison was a literary legend. In his bountiful works of fiction, essays, and poetry he displayed an insatiable zest for life and unending passion for the natural world. He passed away last weekend at age 78. Friday, we’re rebroadcasting a conversation he had with independent radio producer Scott Carrier back in 2007. Harrison was in Salt Lake City, and he spoke with Carrier about art, writing, the pleasures of life, and the nature of death. (Rebroadcast)

Saving Alex

Mar 31, 2016

  Alex Cooper was 15 when she told her Mormon parents she was gay. She knew that it would be difficult, but she couldn’t have expected what happened next. They sent her stay with a couple in St. George who promised to “save” Alex from homosexuality. What the “treatment program” relied on though was verbal, psychological and physical abuse. Thursday, our guest is scholar Joanna Brooks. She co-authored Alex’s memoir, and joins us to talk about how this happened and what it really took to save Alex.

Questions surrounding suicide have been with us for at least as long as we’ve had written record, and the answers are as varied as the times and places where they were discussed. Wednesday, Doug sits down with philosophy scholar Margaret Battin. She’s spent her career collecting the works of religious and secular thinkers regarding suicide. It has been considered noble, immoral, heroic and cowardly, and we’ll talk about what all of those views teach us about end-of-life issues today.

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Tuesday, we’re broadcasting our conversation from a conference on religious liberty hosted by Claremont Graduate University over the weekend. Doug was joined by guests to tackle questions at the heart of the debate over the role of religion in the public square: what fears are driving both sides? What does the constitution guarantee? What does that mean in the public and private arenas? And finally, how do we find common ground for discussing faith and governance in a fractured society?

According to a recent poll, if the Republicans nominated Donald Trump as president, the unthinkable could happen. Utah could vote for a Democratic president for the first time in decades. So what is it about the business tycoon that rubs reliably-Republican Utahns the wrong way? Why does Bernie Sanders enjoy such popularity here? And has Mitt Romney actually stemmed Trump's tide? Monday, a panel of guests joins us to examine the state of the local electorate in the lead up to a pivotal election.

An Honest Liar

Mar 25, 2016

James "The Amazing" Randi is a renowned magician and escape artist, but he can’t abide charlatans. So he turned his energy to exposing psychics and con-artists with intricate investigations and hoaxes of his own. His story is the focus of a documentary by Utah filmmaker Tyler Measom. On Friday, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Measom about Randi's crusade for truth and about how all of us, even "The Amazing" Randi himself, are susceptible to deception. (Rebroadcast)

Climbing with Tigers

Mar 24, 2016

  Thursday, we’re talking about the role of art in the lives of critically ill children. Our jumping off point is the Red Fred Project. Local artist Dallas Graham partners with kids to bring a story they tell to life as a book. Utahn Nathan Glad was his first co-author, and CLIMBING WITH TIGERS is now a play at Salt Lake Acting Company. Doug is joined by Graham, actor Robert Scott Smith, and art therapist Tracy Councill to talk about how the creative process empowers children and teaches us all.

The Immortal Irishman

Mar 23, 2016

Wednesday, journalist Timothy Egan joins us to tell the story of Irish revolutionary Thomas Francis Meagher. Egan first encountered Meagher as a statue on the Montana Capitol grounds, but tracing his life took Egan from the brutal occupation of Ireland and the famine which killed a million people, to the fields of America’s civil war and to the American frontier. We’ll talk about Meagher’s transformation from romantic to rebel to leader, and what it revels about the journey of the Irish people.

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Tuesday, with Utahns headed to the caucuses to choose presidential nominees, we’re looking ahead to the national political conventions in July. That’s where the Democrats and Republicans will confirm their respective candidates. The national conventions are now seen mostly as coronation ceremonies, but in the past they featured quite a bit of drama and high-stakes competition. We’ll sift through the colorful history of the national political conventions and ask what we’re in store for later this year.

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