Culture, Ideas, Religion

Secrets & Wives

Nov 22, 2011

Wednesday, Doug talks to a British journalist about his look at polygamy in America. Sanjiv Bhattacharya says he's long been obsessed with religion but when he moved to the United States he knew very little about polygamy. He set out to learn about the 40,000 some fundamentalists that are associated with the practice. We'll talk to him about that journey and about the very complex world that he discovered. (Rebroadcast)

Courtesy Michael Krondl

Fact: Dessert is a frivolous indulgence that can even be harmful in excess. But that's what makes it interesting, says the writer Michael Krondl. As he tells it, dessert's nutritional irrelevance means it's a cultural phenomenon, one rooted in basically the same human desire for sweetness that built the Taj Mahal or brought us Chanel and Mickey Mouse. On Monday, Krondl chats with Doug about the pleasures of dessert around the globe and how the most unnecessary meal course reflects our humanity.

11/18/11: Annoying

Nov 17, 2011

Friday, NPR science correspondent Joe Palca is Doug’s guest and he’s talking about the science of being annoyed. Why do certain sounds or certain smells or certain people just really, really bug us? Palca has written a book that explores how it all works. You should know there’s sort of a recipe to bugging someone, but the book also provides some insight into how we ourselves can become less annoying … which is nice. (Rebroadcast)

Susan Matt, a professor at Weber State University, laughed when she first read of someone actually dying of homesickness. Nowadays, homesickness is regarded as a childish affliction that Americans, with our penchant for frequent relocation, are immune from. But as Matt writes, nostalgia has long distressed Americans--when we leave to college, move for a new job, or migrate to a new country. She'll join us on Wednesday to talk about homesickness and how we've managed to cope with it.

11/9/11: Two Spirits

Nov 8, 2011

Wednesday, filmmaker Lydia Nibley joins us to tell the story of Fred Martinez, a Navajo teen who was brutally murdered in Colorado ten years ago. Martinez described himself as "two-spirit," a male with a feminine nature. Though this was once an honored role in Native society, Martinez endured bullying at school and harassment from adults throughout his short life. We'll talk about traditional concepts of gender and about the climate that led to Martinez's death.

<i>Image by <a href="">Rachel</a>/<a href="" target="_blank">Creative Commons</a> via flickr</i>

Friday, we're talking about the complicated and sometimes contradictory relationships we have with animals. Take rodents for example. Some people may keep them as pets. Some may set out spring traps to catch them. What about eating a rat? We wouldn't think of it here in the US, but why not? It's eaten elsewhere in the world. Our guest for the hour is Psychology Professor Hal Herzog and he joins us to explain why it's so hard for us to think straight about animals. (Rebroadcast)

<i>Image by <a href="">Christopher Woo</a>/<a href="" target="_blank">Creative Commons</a> via flickr</i>

New technologies allow anybody to record history's first draft. As legacy media outlets strain to employ these tools, a new class of bloggers and "citizen journalists" are using them to carve their niche outside of the mainstream media. But what do these changes mean for the audience? Have they changed our expectations for what news should be and how it should be delivered? A panel of guests joins Doug on Thursday to wrap up our Future of Journalism series at the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

Wednesday as part of our series on the future of journalism, Doug sits down with Martin Tolchin. Tolchin is a founder of Politico, a news outlet best known for its constantly updated on-line edition. In a time when many news organizations were cutting back, Politico took the opposite tack, investing in their product and hiring veteran reporters away from The Washington Post and Time magazine. Tolchin joins us to talk about their model and about whether that investment is paying off.

<i>Image by <a href=" ">Thomas Churchill</a>/<a href="" target="_blank">Creative Commons</a> via flickr</i>

Tuesday, we're live at the Hinckley Institute of Politics for our "Future of Journalism" series. There's been a lot of talk about the death of newspapers, but Salt Lake Tribune editor Nancy Conway argues that's a myth. Conway says people still want news they can trust and that in-print and on-line, papers are reaching more readers than ever. Conway joins Doug, along with Mark Jurkowitz of the Pew Research Center and Clark Gilbert of Deseret News Publishing, to discuss how journalism leaders are adapting to a changing industry.

10/24/11: Page One

Oct 24, 2011

Monday, we begin a week-long series of conversations on the future of journalism. It's a partnership with the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics and we start with a look at the documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times. Our guest is director Andrew Rossi, who spent a year in the Times newsroom chronicling how reporters, editors and publishers are dealing with an industry in the throes of change.