RadioWest en Creating the Koch Dynasty <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;">Along with the Rockefellers and Kennedys, the Kochs are among America's most influential dynasties. Fred Koch built a business empire and helped create the ultraconservative John Birch Society. When he died in 1967, his four sons waged war over their inheritance. But that legacy allowed controversial brothers Charles and David to become two of the world's wealthiest men and a powerful force in American politics. Thursday, biographer Daniel Schulman joins Doug to talk about the dynamics that created the Koch family. [Rebroadcast]</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;"> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:50:26 +0000 Doug Fabrizio 956 at Creating the Koch Dynasty Radio Hour Episode 9: Grimm <p>RadioWest and <a href="">Plan-B Theatre&nbsp;Company</a> return our radio drama series to the Halloween season with this year's Radio Hour Episode 9: Grimm. Playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett has adapted three beloved Grimm Brother stories to their original, dark tellings: Little Snow-White, Rapunzel, and The Juniper Tree.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:10:24 +0000 Elaine Clark 954 at Radio Hour Episode 9: Grimm The Quest to Live Forever <p>There may be but two certainties in life—death and taxes—but of those two, death is most frightening. Humans hate the fact of death, and so we constantly tell ourselves stories to avoid its inevitability. According to the philosopher Stephen Cave, these stories about a god, a nation, a family, or an art help us manage the terror of our own demise. They’ve also fueled the expansion of civilization for eons. Wednesday, Cave joins us to explain how our unique and implacable yearning for immortality makes us human.</p><p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:07:56 +0000 Doug Fabrizio 953 at The Quest to Live Forever Building a Better Teacher <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Think about that one teacher who had the biggest impact on your education. What skills or qualities did that person have that other teachers didn’t? What would it mean for America’s future if we could impart the expertise of all those best teachers to every other classroom instructor? In a new book, the journalist Elizabeth Green sets out to define a concrete set of best practices any teacher can learn and apply in the classroom. Green joins us Tuesday to make her case for building a better teacher.</span></p><p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:42:07 +0000 Doug Fabrizio 952 at Building a Better Teacher The Life of Margaret Fuller <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Even if you've never heard of Margaret Fuller, you know the people of her circle. She was Thoreau's first editor, Horace Greeley made her a front-page columnist, and she was an intimate of Emerson. Fuller was an exceptional writer and a ground-breaking advocate for gender equality, but her untimely death in 1850 led to a legacy of scandal and tragedy that overshadowed her remarkable work. Monday, Pulitzer-prize winning biographer Megan Marshall joins us to talk about the life and passions of Margaret Fuller.</p><p> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 23:25:23 +0000 Doug Fabrizio 951 at The Life of Margaret Fuller Reimagining Conservation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many in the West (and everywhere really) are worried about the future of wildlife and environment as we grow and alter the landscape. Recently, a dissenting voice has emerged in the conservation movement asking whether the strategies of the past are outdated. Today, we're live in Montana, at the University of Utah's </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Taft-Nicholson Center for Environmental Humanities</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. We'll talk about what's working and not working in conservation today, and what better paths there may be for moving forward.</span></p><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:54:58 +0000 Doug Fabrizio 950 at Reimagining Conservation The Ark Before Noah <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">You probably know the story of Noah and the ark from the Bible, but that’s not the only place the myth of a global flood appears. According to the archeologist Irving Finkel, a very similar flood myth circulated among the Babylonians, long before Hebrew existed, and versions of the story are told in cultures around the world. Finkel joins Doug to explore the roots of the flood myth and to help us understand why we’ve told and retold it for millennia. (Rebroadcast)</span></p><p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:31:16 +0000 Doug Fabrizio 949 at The Ark Before Noah The Secret History of the Office <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Writer Nikil Saval&nbsp;has written a book that uncovers a fascinating history in the most banal place: the office. Whether it’s the “dismal little cell” of Scrooge’s counting-house or the tricked-out, sprawling campuses of Google, Saval says the office holds the promise of respectability, utopian possibility and upward mobility. It can also be a place of soul-crushing tedium and conformity. Saval joins us to explain where the office comes from, why it’s the way it is, and how it could be better. (Rebroadcast)</span></p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:45:54 +0000 Doug Fabrizio 948 at The Secret History of the Office The Book of Unknown Americans <p>Tuesday, our guest is novelist Cristina Henríquez, whose new book centers around Latino immigrant families living in the US. Her work isn’t an argument for or against our immigration system, which Henríquez says everyone knows is broken. Instead, it’s the story of the ordinary lives that get lost in the news headlines of border patrols and political battles. Henríquez set out to give voice to people she says are often denied a chance to speak. It’s called <em>The Book of Unknown Americans</em>.</p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:04:34 +0000 Doug Fabrizio 947 at The Book of Unknown Americans Sexual Fluidity <p>In a world that tends to separate people into defined groups, it’s not easy to be bisexual. Psychologist Lisa Diamond says the stereotype is that people who claim to be attracted to both sexes just haven’t come out yet. Of course, it’s much more complicated. In 2008, Diamond wrote a book about how flexible sexuality is for women. These days, she’s learning men are, as she puts it, “pretty darn sexually fluid, too.” Monday, Lisa Diamond joins Doug to talk about the spectrum of human sexuality.</p><p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 01:58:46 +0000 Doug Fabrizio 946 at Sexual Fluidity