Curiousities

Culture, ideas and society.

Hail Satan?

May 10, 2019
Courtesy Sundance Institute

Friday, we’re talking about a documentary about Satanists. It’s both a political and a religious movement. They don’t believe in a Satan, just the idea that he was the ultimate rebel.

Courtesy Dustin Lance Black

Writer Dustin Lance Black is gay and grew up Mormon. In his new memoir he uses the lessons about getting along with his conservative, LDS mom as a template for healing America's ugly divide.

On Immunity

May 3, 2019
Public domain

Friday, we're talking about immunization with the essayist Eula Biss. When she was pregnant with her first child, Biss wondered what vaccination would mean for her baby and the world at large.

iStock.com / Sylverarts

Activist Ashton Applewhite says aging is mostly framed as a disease that can be cured. But the process begins the moment we’re born and she joins us to explain why being older is something to embrace.

Andrew Dallos / CC via Flickr

Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi has new a book that he describes as an “insider’s guide to the pressures at work in media." He says we’re exploiting people’s desire to root for their own team and hate the rest. (Rebroadcast)

Dawn Paley, CC/Flickr

Growing up in the American Southwest, the writer Francisco Cantu always had some idea of what happened along the US-Mexico border, but he wanted to know more. So, he joined the Border Patrol, hoping he could be a force for good.

Painting in Asian style depicting Lao Tzue and the discovery of a giant pearl.
Kristina Collantes / The Atlantic

Legend says the Pearl of Lao Tzu was found in 1934 after a diver drowned trying to pry it from the mouth of a giant clam. The writer Michael LaPointe has traced the pearl's unbelievable story through a tangled web of fact and fiction.

Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera's film The Infiltrators tells the true story of young immigrants who were arrested by Border Patrol and put in a detention center—on purpose. It’s about what happens to detained migrants, and what it takes to free them.

Quinn Dombrowski / CC via Flickr

The LDS Church has reversed its policy that called same-sex marriage an apostasy and denied baptism to children in LGBTQ families. Friday, we’re talking about the changes and what they mean.

Courtesy of Top Knot Films

Have you seen Abducted in Plain Sight? The true-crime doc has getting a lot of buzz because the story is just so crazy. If you haven’t watched it yet, you should before our conversation on Wednesday.

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