Culture

Culture, Ideas, Religion

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.

Wheeler Copperthwaite via CC/Flickr, http://bit.ly/2szlOWg

Journalist Sam Quinones says to understand the opiate epidemic, you have to look at the cultural baggage underpinning it. Poor people in Mexico are looking for a leg up, and disaffected people in the U.S. just want to check out.

Ghostland

May 4, 2018
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is said to be haunted, and inspired Stephen King's novel "The Shining." William Andrus, CC via Flickr, http://bit.ly/2e8rrFw

Friday, we’re taking a haunted tour of America with writer Colin Dickey. We'll talk about why we tell these stories and how they help us make sense of our world.

Between 1880 and 1940, more than 4,000 African Americas were lynched in the U.S. And Scholar Amy Wood says they were mostly committed in public, with huge crowds celebrating with photos and souvenirs. 

Dystopia

Apr 23, 2018

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.

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