Curiousities

Culture, ideas and society.

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.

Intelligent Lives

Apr 1, 2019
Dan Habib / Intelligent Lives

IQ tests have been around for a while, but what do they really tell us? In a new documentary, director Dan Habib explores whether any attempt to measure intelligence can really predict a person’s true value.

Wit's End

Mar 26, 2019
Alan Levine via CC/Flickr

Tuesday, a conversation about wit and wittiness. Author James Geary says wit is more than just a knack for snappy comebacks. He calls it a “fundamental operating system of human creativity.”

Faith And Activism

Mar 25, 2019
Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

For faithful Latter-day Saints, there isn’t really a way to petition the Church for change. Activists who make a ruckus run the risk of discipline or excommunication. So, when does activism work?

2001: A Space Odyssey

Mar 22, 2019
Bill Lile via CC/Flickr, https://bit.ly/2KKPuNf

Friday, we're talking about the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. It's such a weird and mysterious film, and it's considered Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece. When it was released in 1968, it drove the critics crazy, but audiences loved it.

All You Can Ever Know

Mar 12, 2019

Writer Nicole Chung joins us to talk about being a transracial adoptee. When she was going to have a child of her own, Chung set out to learn about her culture and her birth parents.

The Next Mormons

Mar 6, 2019
Oxford University Press

Scholar Jana Riess joins us to explain what she’s learned about millennial Mormons. In a new book she says that while they believe, they’re often more flexible about the rules than previous generations.

Heavens On Earth

Feb 27, 2019
Stained glass window with angel.
dun_deagh, CC via Flickr, http://bit.ly/2p1nKqb

  Why do so many cultures and faiths teach some version of an afterlife? Wednesday at 7 p.m., skeptic Michael Shermer joins us to talk about our obsession with immortality and what it means for life here and now.

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