Staff Pick: The Big Fat Surprise

Since the 1950s, a war has been waged in America against an accused dietary culprit: fat. However, as the investigative journalist Nina Teicholz discovered, there isn’t solid evidence for the benefits of a low-fat diet, nor of the dangers of fat. This episode was picked by producer Benjamin Bombard.

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In 2003, U.S. Army Specialist Alyssa Peterson died by suicide in Tal Afar, Iraq. It took time before her brother Mitch was ready to look into her death. Now he says he owes it to her.

Photo of Jad Abumrad.
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Radiolab co-host Jad Abumrad is a genius. Back in 2011, he was certified when the MacArthur Foundation awarded him a “genius grant.” Jad thinks public radio should be more chaotic, more joyous and more lifelike. This episode was picked by Doug.

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CREDIT: CANDY KUGEL

Few people were watching in August 1981 when MTV debuted on cable television. Filmmakers Patrick Waldrop and Tyler Measom have made a film about the birth and evolution of the television network that revolutionized the culture.

Painting of Mary Magdalene.
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The Gospel of Mary, written in the name of Mary Magdalene, didn’t make it into the canon of Christian texts. It taught believers to rethink the basis of authority, the nature of sin, and it also speaks of an inner journey to true spirituality. This episode was picked by Elaine Clark.

  In 1942 the Japanese army forced 70,000 prisoners to march across the Bataan Peninsula. Gene Jacobsen was among them, and he tells his story of three and a half years as a prisoner of war. This episode picked by Doug Fabrizio.

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A lot of people these days are wondering how they should eat, how they should exericse, how they should use their bodies. To answer those questions, it helps to toss in another one: What is the human body adapted for? Today's pick comes from producer Benjamin Bombard.

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With the show on summer break, we're sharing some memorable gems from our archives. Back in 2005, filmmaker Greg Whiteley joined us to talk about his debut documentary, a profile of Arthur "Killer" Kane, the bass player for the rock band New York Dolls who converted to Mormonism. This episode picked by Doug.

This summer, KUER’s signature show RadioWest will be taking a short hiatus from our broadcast schedule. Doug Fabrizio and his team will be stepping back from the program they’ve aired each weekday for 18 years to rethink and retool. The break will begin on May 27 and last a few months. In the meantime, here’s how to stay connected to Doug and the show before their return at the end of the summer.

How To Do Nothing

May 24, 2019

Time is money, and increasingly so is our attention. The artist Jenny Odell wants people to spend less time worrying about their productivity. Instead of doing something, she says, try doing nothing.

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Thursday, we're talking about a documentary about a farm. John and Molly Chester wanted to create a place that followed the way a natural ecosystem works. But getting there, wasn’t easy.

2019 Summer Reading

May 22, 2019
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Did you really think we'd go on hiatus without giving you a summer book show?

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