Culture, ideas and society.

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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.

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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.

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Friday, we're talking about Scientology with the journalist Janet Reitman. To its adherents, Scientology is the "fastest growing religion in the world." Its critics though call it a "cult" and even a "mafia" pointing to the hundreds of thousands of dollars that believers can pay for salvation. Reitman spent five years investigating the group and joins us to discuss her book "Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion." (Rebroadcast)

Life in a Day

Oct 17, 2011

Tuesday we continue our Through the Lens film series with the documentary "Life in a Day." In a partnership with Youtube, director Kevin MacDonald invited people from around the globe to record their lives on July 24, 2010. The film's editor Joe Walker says they never anticipated the overwhelming response. Some 30,000 people submitted video equaling more than 4,500 hours of footage. Walker joins us to talk about the process of creating a portrait of our planet from so many points of view.

Dave Madden has never gone hunting. He's never mounted an elk hide on a plaster cast of a trophy bull. And yet, he's fascinated by taxidermy. His fascination began with his love of museum habitat dioramas, those fake frozen scenes of "nature," and it grew into a new book about taxidermy that explores the obscure subculture, as well as human relationships with animals, hunting, death and, in a sense, the after-life. Madden joins Doug on Wednesday to talk about his book, The Authentic Animal.

Thursday, Doug is joined by StoryCorps' David Isay for a conversation about the art and the techniques of oral history. StoryCorps is a project that records stories from Americans of walks of life - funny stories, heart-wrenching stories. Isay says that listening is the central element. In fact, he calls listening "an act of love." We'll talk about some of his favorite StoryCorps moments - and about how you can go about collecting your own stories from the people that matter most to you.

Wednesday, we're talking about the landmark film "Thelma & Louise." When it was released in 1991, it broke new ground by telling a story about women, with two strong female leads and a woman screenwriter. But 20 years later, Atlantic Magazine has dubbed it "The Last Great Film About Women", suggesting little has changed for women since. Star Geena Davis is in Utah and joins Doug and others for a look at "Thelma & Louise" and why it's still unique on the silver screen.

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College sports have become big business. Some schools earn $40 to $80 million from their football programs. In a recent article in The Atlantic, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch says it's a tragedy that student-athletes who attract that money don't get any of it. And he derides the NCAA's concepts of "amateurism" and the "student-athlete" as cynical hoaxes. Branch joins Doug on Monday to talk about the shame of college sports, and Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis offers a rebuttal.