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43 years after his death, John Wayne is still among America’s most popular and revered movie stars. Today, we’re talking about his life, roles and legacy.
Gerda Saunders embarks on a journey of self-discovery and inquiry as the effects of dementia slowly unravels her identity. A teacher and scientist by trade and grounded in reality, Gerda invites us into her memory loss experience with nuance, poetry and vulnerability.

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  • Investigative reporter Michael Rezendes, in a recent article for The Associated Press, detailed how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints diverted reports of sexual abuse by its members away from law enforcement, sweeping them under a legal rug and “leaving victims in harm’s way.” It’s the kind of story Rezendes has seen before.
  • You’ve probably seen it on postcards, on bottles of gin or mounted on the wall in gas stations or quaint restaurants: The jackalope. Half jackrabbit, half antelope. A true icon of the American West. But why? And where does it come from?
  • People have known the earth is a globe for thousands of years. So, why do some contemporary conspiracy theorists still insist that our planet is flat?
  • American historian David McCullough passed away on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022.
  • As the West grows increasingly arid, Lake Powell, the nation’s second-largest reservoir, is dwindling. Its retreat has revealed glimpses of the storied red rock canyon submerged for decades under hundreds of feet of water. Environmental advocate Eric Balken says the facts of Lake Powell’s retreat and Glen Canyon’s return pose significant challenges, as well as exciting opportunities.
  • In 2013, researchers trained mice to fear a certain odor. Over time, the study revealed that the next generation of mice had a sensitivity to that odor. Something similar happens to humans, too.
  • In March 2020, a daguerreotype thought to be of Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of the LDS Church, was discovered in the effects of a direct descendant. If it is the genuine article it would be the first and only known photo of Smith in existence. Why does that matter?
  • In 1973, a group of Kentucky coal miners went on strike. Filmmaker Barbara Kopple witnessed their struggle, producing the landmark documentary “Harlan County, USA.”
  • It’s the 1970s. President Nixon has declared war on drugs and American society is still reeling from the social revolution of the ‘60s. Enter two published diaries, each written by a troubled teen — one an addict and the other a Satanist. The only problem? They weren’t diaries.
  • When he last joined us, water law expert Dan McCool argued that we’re going to need a new approach to managing water. But what if that new mindset isn't new at all? Michael Kotutwa Johnson, one of our guests, calls this mindset “indigenous ways of knowing,” and it has existed in the region for thousands of years.
Investigative reporter Michael Rezendes, in a recent article for The Associated Press, detailed how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints diverted reports of sexual abuse by its members away from law enforcement, sweeping them under a legal rug and “leaving victims in harm’s way.” It’s the kind of story Rezendes has seen before.
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