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Dystopia

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Monday, we’re talking about dystopias. Which means we’re talking about utopias. You can’t have one without the other. Dystopias are what you get when our ideas of societal perfection crash into reality and collapse on the flaws of human nature.

The Value of Teachers

Apr 19, 2018
Kelsie Moore / KUER

Thursday, we’re talking about the money teachers make, and what that tells us about how the profession is valued. We’ll also ask how Utah stacks up and what the state is doing about it.

An Odyssey

Apr 18, 2018
Ulysse et Télémaque Massacrent les Prétendants de Pénélope by Thomas Degeorge (1812)

The Odyssey is the epic tale of a hero's return home. It's also about a man's journey through life, from youth to old age. That reading, and a Mediterranean cruise, helped classicist Daniel Mendelsohn develop a deeper relationship with his aging father.

Dream Hoarders

Apr 17, 2018

Scholar Richard Reeves describes a growing chasm between the upper middle class and the 80% of Americans whose opportunities have stagnated. He says it's that 20% that are hoarding the American dream.

How to Be a Stoic

Apr 13, 2018

How do you live a good life? It's a central question to the human experience, and one the ancient Stoic philosophers sought to answer by focusing on virtue, mindfulness, and the things that are and are not within our control.

Deadspin, https://bit.ly/2GpUK2E

The nation's largest broadcaster, Sinclair, is forcing hundreds of its news stations to air a commentary about the "fake news" produced by other outlets. It's showing here in Utah, angering many journalists, including some Sinclair employees.

Tuesday, we're talking about llamas. Turns out they’re pretty fascinating. And a lot has changed for them over the years. Once persecuted by the Conquistadors, these days they're kept as pets, used for therapy, and dressed in costume for competition.

Last week, MormonLeaks released a recording of a woman confronting an LDS missionary leader she said tried to rape her. We’re talking about what the Church is or isn’t doing to protect its own.

Sanctuary

Mar 20, 2018
Kelsie Moore/KUER

Salt Lake City’s First Unitarian Church is giving sanctuary to a young Honduran mother facing deportation. Tuesday, we’re talking about sanctuary and the tension between moral conscience and the law.

Are you bored enough? Because it turns out that boredom and creative thinking go hand in hand. Manoush Zomorodi says that by redefining our relationship with digital gadgets, we can rediscover boredom’s hidden benefits and unlock our creativity.

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