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Culture, Ideas, Religion

Writer and adventurer Craig Childs’s latest book is a unique kind of travelogue. It’s about his journeys across the country and back in time to the Ice Age to learn what life was like for the first people to arrive in North America.

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Robert Sutton is a Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford, and his book is a how-to for dealing with the jerks in your life. He says there’s really one word that fits them though: a--holes.

Chosen Country

Aug 8, 2018
Scott Carrier, homebrave.com

When Ammon Bundy led an armed takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in 2016, writer James Pogue found himself there among the occupiers. He sensed that something big was happening, and it had less to do with public lands than with a political reckoning.

In 1989, journalist Alice Tallmadge was dumbfounded when she heard that her niece had recovered memories of a Satanic cult torturing her in grotesque ways. It was part of a hysteria that gripped the nation, and it just wasn’t true.

The Last Cowboys

Aug 3, 2018
JOSH HANER / THE NEW YORK TIMES / REDUX / WW NORTON

Friday, we're talking about the Wright family of ranchers and rodeo cowboys in central Utah. They're the subject of a new book that explores the challenges of keeping a foot in the West’s past while trying to navigate its new realities.

From Decoloning Mormon Cover / University of Utah Press

Is the LDS Church really an international church? More than half of the world’s Mormons live outside the U.S., but the editors of a new book say decisions are made by white, mostly American men.

Black and white print of world's first factory.
Public Domain

Historian Joshua Freeman joins us to talk about the history of factories, which is really interesting when you consider the lives of the people who've worked in them and how they've shaped our world. (Rebroadcast)

Chart, Utah suicide deaths per 100,000, ages 10-17.  17 in 2011 to 44 in 2015, 32 in 2016, and 42 in 2017.
Elaine Clark / KUER

Utah has seen a staggering increase in youth suicide and some advocates blame LDS Church policies. Wednesday, we’re asking what the research shows and how religion can hurt or help kids in crisis.

Mary Todd Lincoln with Abraham Lincoln's "spirit" behind her.
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana

William Mumler was a 19th-century photographer who took portraits of people and the ghosts of their departed. And he made a good living at it until he was arrested for fraud. (Rebroadcast)

Ancient swastika symbol laid in mosaic tile
Public domain

The swastika evokes visceral reactions in the Western world, but for years it symbolized good fortune and well-being. We talk to designer Steven Heller about the swastika’s history, and ask if it can ever be seen in its original context again.

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