Profiles

Henry David Thoreau went to Walden Pond to “to front only the essential facts of life.” But as the scholar Laura Dassow Walls shows in her biography of Thoreau, there was much more to his life and work than his brief experiment at living in the woods.

Officer in Distress

May 24, 2018
Scott Sommersdorf/Salt Lake Tribune

The story of a West Jordan narcotics detective dealing with years of grief, guilt, and trauma from the job, and the fear that kept him from getting help. Matt Canham of the Salt Lake Tribune joins us.

RBG

May 18, 2018
Courtesy of CNN Films.

We’re talking RBG, aka Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen. Their new documentary opens Friday in Salt Lake City theaters.

Friday, we're profiling a new documentary about the first woman judge on Palestine's court of Islamic law. Utah filmmaker Erika Cohn joins us to talk about women, Sharia law and The Judge.

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.

Public Domain, Wikipedia

Friday, we’re talking about the real-life Laura Ingalls Wilder and how her story compares to the mythic American history many of us absorbed through her wildly popular series The Little House books.

Hot Rod

Apr 11, 2018

Wednesday, we’re talking about the great Hot Rod Hundley. Jazz fans know the cry of “You gotta love it, baby,” but Hundley was a more complicated figure than you might guess from his vocal acrobatics.

Friday, we’re talking about radio with wunderkind-podcaster-turned-NPR-personality Jesse Thorn. We'll talk about the evolution of his show Bullseye, and about dressing like a grownup.

Benjamin Bomnbard

Ken Sanders is something a legend in the state of Utah. He raised hell with radical environmentalists, roamed the desert and ran rivers with Ed Abbey, and established himself as a noted antiquarian bookseller. He’s also a great storyteller.

Richard Nixon was obsessed with the Timothy Leary, and for 28 months, conducted a global manhunt for the “Fugitive King of LSD.” Monday, author Bill Minutaglio joins us to tell their story.

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