Curiousities

Culture, ideas and society.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Historian Joanne Freeman joins us with stories of the routine bullying, fist fights, canings, and duels in Congress before the Civil War. If you think our country is fractured now, you should tune in.

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Playwright Matthew Greene's Good Standing is about a gay man facing a Mormon church disciplinary council for getting married. It’s a one-man show - one actor playing one man facing 15 others.

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Investigative journalist Eric Peterson recently uncovered a cold case murder that panicked Utah’s emerging LGBTQ subculture in the ‘70s and dealt a chilling blow to the area's newly organizing gay rights movement.

From Here To Eternity

Oct 12, 2018

There are death rituals around the world you might find offensive, but mortician Caitlin Doughty says they give families space to mourn. She argues that's something missing in American culture today.

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You might not expect it from a 94-year-old, but LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson has been shaking things up. Monday, we’re talking about what happened at General Conference and what it means.

In a new book, the writer Kim Brooks investigates how a culture of fear and anxiety has shaped modern parenting. It’s also about her personal story of defending herself against a charge of child neglect.

How To Be A Stoic

Sep 28, 2018

How to live a good life is a central question to the human experience. Ancient Stoic philosophers sought to answer it by focusing on virtue, mindfulness, and what is or isn't in our control.

90s Bitch

Sep 24, 2018
Collage of famous women from the 1990s.
AllisonYarrow.com

Journalist Allison Yarrow says in the 90s a woman reaching for power or just in the public eye was often labeled a "bitch." And that word became a weapon used to hold women back.

Sculpture of a man in agony
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In a new book, the philosopher Scott Samuelson offers seven ways of looking at suffering. He pulls wisdom from the lessons of ancient Greek myth, the horrors of the Holocaust, and the beautiful pain of blues music.

Monday, we’re broadcasting the second conversation in our Realities of Diversity speaker series. Our guest is Negin Farsad. She uses comedy to confront the tough stuff, like racism, bigotry and ignorance.

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