Art

Esteemed painter Randall Lake traveled to Europe to hone his art and it was in France that he discovered Mormonism. He eventually settled in Utah, which has been his home since 1973. Over time, his paintings have reflected Lake's own journey -- from traditional landscapes as a dedicated Mormon to more daring works as an openly gay man. Lake has a new exhibit opening next week in Salt Lake City, so we're rebroadcasting our conversation about his life and art. (Rebroadcast)

Pilot Program

Apr 14, 2015

It was a late-night, philosophical conversation that got playwright Melissa Leilani Larson thinking about polygamy. Larson is a member of the LDS Church, where polygamy is an awkward, historic fact. And Larson is single, so it comes up sometimes when people suggest she could marry in the hereafter. Larson’s not interested, but she says “no” doesn’t make good drama. So what if polygamy were restored in Mormonism? Tuesday, Larson and others join Doug to talk about her new play Pilot Program.

In C

Apr 10, 2015

In 1964, composer Terry Riley crafted "In C" and singlehandedly changed the rules of classical music. The score is only one page long and it lays out 53 phrases for musicians to explore independently, making each performance unique. We talked about “In C” in 2010 with Salt Lake Electric Ensemble, who released a recording of the piece. They’re performing Riley’s masterpiece this weekend as part of a collaboration with a Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, so Friday we're rebroadcasting our conversation about “In C.” [Rebroadcast]

We continue our Through the Lens film series with a look at renowned director Jean-Luc Godard. Godard was part of the French New Wave movement of the 1960s. Now in his 80s, he’s still experimenting with the form. Film scholar David Sterritt says Godard’s most recent work is an astonishing audio-visual experience. There’s sort of story, but the adventure is the collage of language and images - including layers created in 3D. Sterritt joins us Tuesday to talk about Godard and Goodbye to Language.

The Arabian Nights

Mar 26, 2015

Perhaps you know the tale. In order to save her life, Sheherazade starts spinning stories for the vengeful King Shahriyar. One story leads to another that leads to another, on and on for 1,001 nights. For the scholar Robert Irwin, Sheherazade's plight is our own, for what are our lives but stories related to countless other stories, all told under the shadow of death, the terminator of all stories? Irwin joins us Thursday as we explore the world of the Arabian Nights and ask what they can offer us today.

  Wednesday, literary historian Leslie Klinger is with us to talk about an early master of science fiction and horror. H.P. Lovecraft’s writing was a departure from his gothic predecessors. He created a strange mythos in which aliens and unspeakable creatures shared our world. And that world was shaped by Lovecraft’s own troubling realities: he was terrified of going insane and he was a deeply racist man. We’ll talk about Lovecraft’s rise from obscurity and his influence on writers today.

The Bishop's Wife

Mar 4, 2015

Utah novelist Mette Ivie Harrison had already written YA novels and a memoir, but she was still trying to work through her thoughts about Mormonism, women’s roles, motherhood and grief. Her ideas eventually coalesced around a female detective in Draper, Utah. The result is a crime novel that’s been getting attention around the country. Wednesday, Harrison joins Doug to talk about the real stories that influenced the book, her faith, and her observations on Mormon culture.

Thursday, we're wrapping up our coverage on US-Latin American relations with novelist Cristina Henriquez. Her latest book, The Book of Unknown Americans, is about immigrants who have come here from various Latin-American countries and have settled in one apartment building in Delaware. It's not the typical setting for immigrants maybe, but Henriquez says immigration is a story that's everywhere ... it's an American story. (Rebroadcast)

  Wednesday, we continue our series on local music with the band Great Interstate. It’s the brainchild of 22-year-old singer-songwriter Andrew Goldring, who started Great Interstate as a solo project to help him find his own creative path. Many of the tracks on the band’s debut record, “Inversion Songs,” draw inspiration from the Wasatch Front’s periods of crappy air, when you wonder if the smog will ever lift. But it’s not downer music. Goldring says the album is ultimately a cry of hope for fresh beginnings.

The Crucible

Feb 17, 2015
Alexander Weisman

Tuesday, we're profiling Pioneer Theatre Company's latest production, which director Charles Morey says may be the great American tragedy. But when Arthur Miller premiered his play about the Salem witch trials, he didn't realize he was, as he put it, writing himself into a political wilderness. It was the Cold War, and there was a witch-hunt for communists underway. Morey will join us, along with scholar Christopher Bigsby, to talk about the history of The Crucible and why it remains relevant today.

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