Culture, ideas and society.

Missionary Phone Home

Feb 19, 2019
Used with permission.

Instead of twice a year, LDS missionaries can now call, video chat, message or text once a week. Tuesday, we’re talking about it and we want to hear from you. Do you think the change is good?

The Last Cowboys

Feb 15, 2019

Friday, we're talking about the Wright family of ranchers and championship buckle-winning bronc riders in central Utah. They're working to keep a foot in the West’s past while trying to navigate its new realities.

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How much can a photograph tell us about our past? Historian Martha Sandweiss says images like the one of the railroads meeting at Promontory Summit “can describe, but they rarely explain.”

Why We Kill Ourselves

Feb 12, 2019
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Why we do we kill ourselves? It's a tough question, but the science writer Jesse Bering says that if we can answer it, we stand a better chance of thwarting a tragic act.

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Young people these days are having less and less sex. It’s actually kind of a problem, and the reasons behind the so-called sex recession aren’t all that wholesome.


Adventurer Craig Childs' latest book is a unique travelogue. It’s about his journeys across the country and back in time to the Ice Age to learn about the lives of the first people in North America.

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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.

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Monday, we’re talking about the roots of the white power movement. Historian Kathleen Belew traces it back to the 1970s, when some soldiers returned from Vietnam feeling betrayed by their government.

Courtesy Sundance Institute

Wednesday we’re talking about a Sundance 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.

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In her film ALWAYS IN SEASON, director Jacqueline Olive investigates a modern-day lynching, and she explores where that story intersects with America’s appalling history of racial violence against African-Americans.