Profiles

Poet Jacqueline Osherow says Hebrew school taught her that words really matter. But it was Utah where she came to understand the Psalm, “I will lift my eyes to the mountains, where help will come.”

How-To Heretic

Dec 28, 2017

Doug is joined by Dan and Mark, hosts of a podcast called The How-To Heretic. We’ll talk about where atheists fit in American society, and about teaching people skills for a post-religion lifestyle.

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Thursday, 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.


Tuesday, we're talking to Blake Spalding and Jen Castle, chef-owners of one of Utah's most notable restaurants. Their cuisine draws inspiration and ingredients from their desert surroundings, but will recent decisions by President Trump change that?

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Thursday, Doug talks to Christine Durham, who has just retired after 35 years as Utah’s first female Supreme Court justice. But Durham has also been called the person who has done more for Utah’s judicial branch than anyone else - man or woman.

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Genghis Khan was the greatest conqueror in human history. He was a ruthless warrior known for his scorched earth tactics. So it may surprise you to learn that he was a deeply principled and passionate man, and a champion of religious freedom.

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Friday, we’re talking to historian Richard Francis about Samuel Sewell. He was one of the judges during the Salem Witch Hunt in 1692. There were actually 9 judges who sent 20 people to their deaths, but only Sewell came forward to say he was sorry.

15 years ago Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell, and a new film tells the story of her months in captivity. Friday, we’re rebroadcasting our conversation with Smart about the ordeal and faith, family, and survival. (Rebroadcast)

Mr. Gaga

Nov 3, 2017

Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin is one of the dance world’s most important figures. He can be demanding and intimidating, but professional dancers have pushed beyond their personal limits to express his unique movement language. It’s called “gaga.” Naharin says it’s about listening to the body before telling it what to do. Director Tomer Heymann joins us to tell the fascinating story of Naharin's life and how his unique artistic vision has influenced modern dance.

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Becca Heller likes to say that she leads an army. But her soldiers don’t battle with guns. They’re lawyers and law students. They use the law to protect the legal and human rights of refugees seeking shelter and assistance, and their work has never been easy. It only got more difficult with the election of Donald Trump and his efforts to enact a travel ban. Heller is in Utah this week, and she joins us Thursday to talk about America’s immigration policies and the challenges of refugee resettlement.

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