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Friday on RadioWest, a biography of cancer. In his Pulitzer Prize winning book, Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee explores the disease that will kill millions of humans around the world this year. Part of his book is history, but it’s also about human culture and imagination. Mukherjee is coming to Utah next week, so we’re rebroadcasting our conversation with him about what he calls the most elemental and magisterial disease of our species.  His book is called The Emperor of All Maladies.(Rebroadcast)

Carl Safina

 

Animals have deeply fascinated the writer Carl Safina since he was a little kid, and he’s always wondered what animals do and why they do it. More than anything, Safina wants to know what it’s like inside other animals’ minds and in their day to day lives. To try to find out, he traveled to Yellowstone to observe wolf packs, visited elephants in Africa, tracked orcas in Vancouver, and just hung out with his dog at home. Safina joins us Thursday to offer his insight into what animals think and feel. [Rebroadcast]

Psychologist Frederic Luskin says we live in a culture where holding onto grudges is normal. And he gets it. It was his own struggle with a painful relationship that led him to pioneering studies on forgiveness. What he learned is that there are not just emotional, but also physical benefits to the process of forgiveness like lowering blood pressure and reducing strain on the heart. Luskin is in Utah Monday, and so we're rebroadcasting our conversation with him about forgiveness and its power to heal. (Rebroadcast)

Noakes Foundation

 


Professor Tim Noakes is one of the most widely respected authorities on exercise and fitness, and he’s built his career by challenging conventional beliefs, including his own. The idea of carb-loading before endurance races: he came up with that. These days he promotes a high-fat low-carb diet, even for athletes. And he’s not a big fan of sports drinks. Noakes joins us Thursday to talk about eating better, drinking less, and running against the grain to achieve better athletic performance.

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Ask yourself this question: Am I conscious now? The answer is probably yes, but what does that really mean? What exactly is consciousness? Where does it come from? Are we always conscious, even when we don’t stop and recognize it? The quandary of consciousness has long puzzled scientists, psychiatrists, philosophers, and others, and numerous ways of explaining it have been proposed. The writer Susan Blackmore joins us to explore some those theories as we probe the nature of consciousness. (Rebroadcast)

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  Nearly every winter, Utah’s dense metropolitan area suffers from choking air pollution. You may want to blame others like industry or those neighbors who just moved into the state, but it’s a headache we all share, and it will take all of us to help change it. Wednesday, we’re asking how you get people to make personal, sometimes inconvenient changes for the greater good, and we’d like to hear from you. What would it take for you to adjust your own behavior to improve Utah’s air quality?

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The history of the domestic pig is a tale of both love and loathing. We cherish pigs for the delicious meat they supply. But, as an animals that eats and roots in filth, swine are often met with contempt. In a new book of porcine history, the writer Mark Essig follows the humble pig’s journey from Neolithic villages to modern industrial farms. Essig joins us Tuesday to explore the pig’s vast importance, the tragedy of its modern treatment, and its complicated relationship with humanity.  (Rebroadcast)

Life With Dementia

Jan 13, 2016

Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. That’s more than 5 million people and the number is growing. Add to that the fact Alzheimer’s is only one type of dementia, and it makes sense that journalist David Shenk calls this an epidemic. Wednesday, as we launch a new short documentary series profiling one Utah woman’s advancing dementia, Shenk joins us to talk about the disease and its impact on individuals and the community.

Headspace

Jan 7, 2016

When was the last time you stopped for a few minutes to reflect on the present moment? Not the thing you screwed up yesterday, or the meeting you’re worried about tomorrow, but the here and now. Meditation and mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe says those few minutes are key to decreased anxiety, better sleep, and improved focus. He’s the creator of a popular app that guides users through meditation, and he joins Doug to talk about finding “Headspace” in your life. (Rebroadcast)

Carl Safina

Animals have deeply fascinated the writer Carl Safina since he was a little kid, and he’s always wondered what animals do and why they do it. More than anything, Safina wants to know what it’s like inside other animals’ minds and in their day to day lives. To try to find out, he traveled to Yellowstone to observe wolf packs, visited elephants in Africa, tracked orcas in Vancouver, and just hung out with his dog at home. Safina joins us Wednesday to offer his insight into what animals think and feel.

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