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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says it’s hard to stealthily spy when you’re 7’2”. But to excel in the NBA he needed to understand his opponents, so he took a page from Sherlock Holmes. He watched players’ habits and listened to ball boys to catch gossip that revealed weaknesses. Abdul-Jabbar started reading Holmes stories in 1969, and they influenced his life and career. Now he’s written his own novel from the perspective of Mycroft Holmes. Abdul-Jabbar joins us Monday to talk about his life as a Holmesian.

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Witch weighing, African swallows, a bloodthirsty bunny, God himself… We’re talking of course about Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Sure, the movie is epically silly, but behind the humor lay countless cultural and historical references. According to BYU film studies professor Darl Larsen, in crafting their 1975 cult-classic film the Pythons drew from Arthurian legend, the Medieval period, and the hard times of 1970s Great Britain. Larsen joins us Friday for something completely different. (Rebroadcast)

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We continue our series on local music Wednesday with the National Parks. No, we’re not talking about Zion, Arches, and Bryce Canyon. The National Parks are a Provo-based band whose debut album tilted to the folksy side of indie rock. Their newest release features a beefed-up indie-pop sound inspired by the energy of performing live. The band members say it took a leap of faith to explore new musical ground, leading them to discover what can happen when you pursue your passion without any limits.

Beethoven's Fifth

Sep 11, 2015

Even if you're not an aficionado of classical music, it's very likely you would recognize the first four notes of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. You know - it's the one that goes "DUH DUH DUH DUUUH." The Utah Symphony opens its 75th season tonight with the iconic work under the direction of Maestro Thierry Fischer. We're using it as an opportunity to talk to music scholar Thomas Forrest Kelly about the night in 1808 when Beethoven's Fifth was first performed and about why it has endured for more than 200 years. (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, Iranian-American author Azar Nafisi joins us to talk about the state of literature and the humanities in the US. Using the great American works Huck FinnBabbitt, and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, she argues the greatest danger to the literary arts is not a totalitarian regime, but the "intellectual indolence" of the public. Nafisi says it matters because literature is more than entertainment; it is a guide to a better society. Her book is called The Republic of Imagination. (Rebroadcast)

Go Set a Watchman

Jul 15, 2015

The popularity and influence of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird has transcended generations. For 55 years, fans of Lee’s writing had only that novel to go on, so it’s understandable that the release yesterday of her new book, Go Set a Watchman, has stirred up a lot of interest. It’s also generated intense debate. Wednesday, biographer Charles Shields joins us as we discuss Lee’s new novel and try to understand it through the lens of her life, her legacy, and America’s history of racial tension.

Gwendal Uguen via CC/Flickr, http://bit.ly/1f2IiYL

Witch weighing, African swallows, a bloodthirsty bunny, God himself… We’re talking of course about Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Sure, the movie is epically silly, but behind the humor lay countless cultural and historical references. According to BYU film studies professor Darl Larsen, in crafting their 1975 cult-classic film the Pythons drew from Arthurian legend, the Medieval period, and the hard times of 1970s Great Britain. Larsen joins us Thursday for something completely different.

The Utah Arts Festival is now underway, so #CreativeUtah No. 5 is the final challenge in our creativity series. We've partnered with the Festival to inspire you to see the art around you. This week, we're asking you to find "Unintentional Art." We were inspired by Davy Rothbart, creator of Found Magazine. The idea of the magazine is simple, they collect and publish stuff that readers have found and sent into them - notes, photos, cards, whatever. Rothbart says it's a way to connect to people we share the world with. RadioWest producer Elaine Clark spoke with him.

#CreativeUtah: Paper

Jun 26, 2015

Here's #CreativeUtah challenge no. 4. Take a piece of paper and ... do something with it. You can draw on it, write all over it, stain it, tear it, etc. It may seem like "just a piece of paper," but for Marnie Powers-Torrey of the University of Utah's Book Arts Program, it's much, much more. Doug sat down with her to ask what she loves about paper, and how you can create with it.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published 150 years ago, and though you may have never read the book, you probably know the story. But what about the stories behind the story? Tuesday, we’re talking about the real lives that led to Alice’s adventures. Just who was Charles Dodgson, also known as Lewis Carroll, the man who wrote the books? And who was Alice Liddell, the young girl who inspired the tales? Oxford lecturer Robert Douglas-Fairhurst will be our guide to the secret history of Wonderland.

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