Culture

Culture, Ideas, Religion

Office building with sign The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Elaine Clark / KUER

How should people outside of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints respond to the request to dump nicknames like Mormon or LDS? How are you thinking about it?

Dopesick

Aug 27, 2018
160 mg tablets of oxycontin from Purdue Pharma
Opiate Addiction Treatment via Flickr

What does it mean to be dopesick? When you're addicted and have run out of pills, it means misery and desperation. Journalist Beth Macy joins us with chilling stories from America's opioid crisis.

Far From The Tree

Aug 24, 2018
Nick Kenrick via CC/Flickr

In his book Far From the Tree, the writer Andrew Solomon tells the stories of children whose profound differences—dwarfism, schizophrenia, Down syndrome, genius, and others—have made them the subjects of prejudice and changed their parents’ lives.

In A Day's Work

Aug 23, 2018
Women of color in maid and other service uniforms.
From Cover/The New Press

Thursday, we’re talking about sexual violence against undocumented laborers. Journalist Bernice Yeung joins Andrew Becker to explain their struggle for justice in the age of the #metoo movement.

Everything Is Alive

Aug 22, 2018
PRX/Radiotopia

Have you ever wondered how inanimate objects feel? Radio producer Ian Chillag's new podcast puts actors in the roles of everyday objects, like a can of off-brand cola. It's silly, yes, but it's full of very real, very human feelings.

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.

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