Culture

Culture, Ideas, Religion

America's birthrate is tanking. People who study fertility and families say there are lots of reasons for that: college debt, political uncertainty, climate change, rising home prices, delayed marriage. We’ll talk about what all this means for the future, and what can be done to reverse the trend.

Friday, we're talking about our massive food waste problem. A full forty percent of food in America ends up in the trash. Activist Tristram Stuart joins us to talk about why we waste so much food and what we can and should do about it. (Rebroadcast)

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Part of the battle in the confirmation process of the Supreme Court nominee is going to be Roe v Wade. So Thursday, we’re asking what life was like for women before abortion was legal in this country.

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We think of the Revolutionary War as brave patriots fighting for a noble cause, which is true. But as the historian Holger Hoock reminds us, it was also a bloody and brutal conflict, and its outcome was shaped by its cruelty.

Heavens On Earth

Jun 29, 2018
Stained glass window with angel.
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Why do so many cultures and faiths teach some version of an afterlife? Friday, skeptic Michael Shermer joins us to talk about our obsession with immortality and what it means for life here and now. (Rebroadcast)

Asking For A Friend

Jun 26, 2018
Woman reading newspaper.
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Tuesday, we're talking about what advice columnists have had to say over the years about life and love. Author Jessica Weisberg says our questions are the same, it’s the answers that have changed.

2018 Summer Reading

Jun 21, 2018

Get ready to jot down some notes, because you're going to hear about a book (or two, or ten) that you'll want to read. Salt Lake booksellers join us with their annual list of recommendations.

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Legend says the Pearl of Lao Tzu was found in 1934 after a diver drowned trying to pry it from the mouth of a giant clam. The writer Michael LaPointe has traced the pearl's unbelievable story through a tangled web of fact and fiction.

Summer’s here, and for a lot of people that means it’s time to get to a river and fly fish. A panel of guests joins us to explore the joys, challenges, and the art of fly fishing.

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Monday, we’re talking about the roots of the resurgent white power movement. In a new book, historian Kathleen Belew traces the movement’s consolidation back to the 1970s, when some soldiers returned from Vietnam feeling betrayed by their government.

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