Wednesday's Show

Marijuana buds and a joint in a pill bottle
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Medical Marijuana In Utah: Proponents Make Their Case

Wednesday, proponents of medical cannabis in Utah join us to make their case. They say medical marijuana is a low-risk treatment for Utahns suffering serious illness, and that it will curb the use of narcotics.

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RadioWest | Films

There’s a price we pay to illuminate our cities. Light interferes with sleep and can have serious health consequences. There are a few remote places, though, where you can still find true darkness.

The writer Alexandra Fuller joins us to talk about her latest book, a novel about two Native American cousins on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (Rebroadcast)

Collage, pictures of Stephen Miller and examples of his statements
The Atlantic

Monday, we’re talking about Trump adviser Stephen Miller with The Atlantic's McKay Coppins. Miller whips up crowds at Trump rallies and chastises the White House press corps. Basically, he’s a troll.

Mary Todd Lincoln with Abraham Lincoln's "spirit" behind her.
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana

William Mumler was a 19th-century photographer who took portraits of people and the ghosts of their departed. And he made a good living at it until he was arrested for fraud. (Rebroadcast)

Ancient swastika symbol laid in mosaic tile
Public domain

The swastika evokes visceral reactions in the Western world, but for years it symbolized good fortune and well-being. We talk to designer Steven Heller about the swastika’s history, and ask if it can ever be seen in its original context again.

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Jaron Lanier, one of Silicon Valley's most influential figures, wants to convince you to delete your social media accounts. He has ten arguments for why you should do that. One of them: Social media is turning us all into jerks.

Robin

Jul 17, 2018
Robin Williams covering mouth with hand.
From Book Cover/Pan Macmillan

Tuesday, we're talking about Robin Williams’ life and inspirations, and what his public persona can tell us about the inner life he mostly kept to himself. Our guest is biographer Dave Itzkoff.

America's birthrate is tanking. People who study fertility and families say there are lots of reasons for that: college debt, political uncertainty, climate change, rising home prices, delayed marriage. We’ll talk about what all this means for the future, and what can be done to reverse the trend.

Friday, we're talking about our massive food waste problem. A full forty percent of food in America ends up in the trash. Activist Tristram Stuart joins us to talk about why we waste so much food and what we can and should do about it. (Rebroadcast)

Newspaper ad with headline Mesmin's French Female Pills.
Utah Digital Newspapers

Part of the battle in the confirmation process of the Supreme Court nominee is going to be Roe v Wade. So Thursday, we’re asking what life was like for women before abortion was legal in this country.

2001: A Space Odyssey

Jul 11, 2018
Bill Lile via CC/Flickr, https://bit.ly/2KKPuNf

Wednesday, we're talking about the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. It's such a weird and mysterious film, and it's considered Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece. When it was released 50 years ago it drove the critics crazy, but audiences loved it.

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Thursday's Show

Sculpture of a man in agony
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The Problem Of Pointless Suffering

In a new book, the philosopher Scott Samuelson offers seven ways of looking at suffering. He pulls wisdom from the lessons of ancient Greek myth, the horrors of the holocaust, and the beautiful pain of blues music.

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Through The Lens Free Screening

Through The Lens: The Insufferable Groo

Join us for a free screening of Scott Christopherson's documentary. It follows a Provo-base DIY filmmaker Stephen Groo's effort to make his dream project: an elf-human romance flick.

Live On Stage

Oslo

The Tony-Award winning play "Oslo" is premiering at Pioneer Theatre this weekend, and RadioWest will be taping a live show with playwright J.T. Rogers following their Saturday matinee on September 22.

On Topic

On Topic: Medical Marijuana

RadioWest and KUER News have been covering the debate around medical marijuana and Utah Proposition 2. Follow us as you prepare to vote in November.

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