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Conversations and stories that explore the way the world works.

Hosted by Doug Fabrizio, KUER's award-winning program features conversations with authors, politicians, artists and others. KUER 90.1  (9 a.m. and 7 p.m.); Streaming at

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Lots of states want to have the legal case that challenges Roe v. Wade in the newly conservative Supreme Court, and a Utah lawmaker has introduced a very strict bill that could be in the mix.

Coal's Deadly Dust

Jan 21, 2019
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Monday, Howard Berkes joins us to talk about his reporting of an epidemic of black lung disease that is suffocating and killing the country's coal miners. Federal regulators and the mining industry have done little to help.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Historian Joanne Freeman joins us with stories of the routine bullying, fist fights, canings, and duels in Congress before the Civil War. If you think our country is fractured now, you should tune in.

Is A Wall The Answer?

Jan 17, 2019
Tomas Castelazo

Thursday, we’re talking about the central sticking point in the ongoing federal shutdown: The wall. Hundreds of miles of physical barriers already separate the US and Mexico. Are more walls the answer to the humanitarian crisis at the border?

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Nadine Strossen says we should protect hate speech. She's former ACLU president, and she argues that censorship just doesn’t work. The way to resist hate speech, she says, is with more free speech.

Tuesday, we continue our Through the Lens series with director Robert Greene's compelling and original documentary Bisbee 17. It's about the former mining town of Bisbee, Arizona, and the century-old event that haunts it to this day.


A study shows that after some conversion therapy efforts, LGBTQ kids are 63% more likely to attempt suicide. Monday, we’re talking about it and about efforts to ban conversion therapy for youth in Utah.

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

The Real Lolita

Jan 10, 2019

Behind Vladimir Nabokov's brilliant and disturbing novel Lolita is a true story of a girl who was kidnapped and abused by a middle-aged man. Journalist Sarah Weinman's book is about The Real Lolita.

Wit's End

Jan 9, 2019
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Wednesday, a conversation about wit and wittiness. Author James Geary says wit is more than just a knack for snappy comebacks. He calls it a “fundamental operating system of human creativity.”