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.

Allie Jones via CC/Flickr, https://bit.ly/2JmHz3R

Tuesday, we're talking about jellyfish. Chances are you've never given them a second thought. The science writer Juli Berwald gets it, but she loves them. She's written a new book about how complicated and beautiful they are.

Church & State

Jul 9, 2018
Activist Mark Lawrence at rally
Blue Fox Entertainment

Monday, we’re talking about a new documentary that chronicles the fight over same-sex marriage in Utah. Directors Holly Tuckett and Kendall Wilcox join us.

Cat sitting like human on sofa.
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Despite their ubiquity in modern life, science journalist Abigail Tucker says we know very little about what cats are, how they came to live among us, and why we love these furry freeloaders. (Rebroadcast)

Since life first evolved on earth more than four billion years ago, it has passed in and out of existence five times. Make that six. An extinction event is happening right now. So what can we learn about the previous ones? (Rebroadcast)

by H. Charles McBarron, Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

We think of the Revolutionary War as brave patriots fighting for a noble cause, which is true. But as the historian Holger Hoock reminds us, it was also a bloody and brutal conflict, and its outcome was shaped by its cruelty.

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Tuesday, we continue our Through the Lens series with director Kimberly Reed’s documentary DARK MONEY. It follows an intrepid journalist fighting to expose the real-life impacts of the Citizens United ruling on Montana’s politics.

Anthony Kennedy official SCOTUS portrait
Supreme Court of the United States

Monday, we’re talking about what happened in the Supreme Court this term. There are a lot of decisions to discuss. And of course, Justice Kennedy announced his retirement. So, what does it all mean?

Heavens On Earth

Jun 29, 2018
Stained glass window with angel.
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Why do so many cultures and faiths teach some version of an afterlife? Friday, skeptic Michael Shermer joins us to talk about our obsession with immortality and what it means for life here and now. (Rebroadcast)

Psychedelic flax landscape.
AK Rockefeller / CC via Flickr

The writer Michael Pollan is with us to talk about his new book on psychedelics. It’s about their potential to heal mental illnesses, and to explore the subject, Pollan took a few trips himself.

A tightly-packed crowd of people.
Photo by Espen Sundve, CC via Flickr, https://bit.ly/2ITAqrs

Wednesday, we’re going to try to give A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived. It’s actually the title of geneticist Adam Rutherford’s new book. It describes the history of humankind through genetics.

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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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