Sounds For Social Distancing

The RadioWest team digs into the archives to find past shows that touch on things we're all thinking about right now, during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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If you live in the Salt Lake area, you may have noticed that the air is a little clearer these days, with so few cars on the road due to the COVID-19 shutdown.

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Judge Memorial Catholic High School recently forfeited a football game due to their high number of injured players. When is the risk too high for young, developing brains? We look at parents’ and coaches’ responsibilities to young kids who want to play tackle football, and what drives America’s continuing love affair with the game.

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Does college still work like it's supposed to? That's the question at the heart of journalist Paul Tough's latest book, The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us

How To Do Nothing

May 24, 2019

Time is money, and increasingly so is our attention. The artist Jenny Odell wants people to spend less time worrying about their productivity. Instead of doing something, she says, try doing nothing.

A blurred crowd of people
Sergio Boscaino, via Flickr/ CC 2.0

The journalist Johann Hari traveled around the world to find out why people are so depressed these days. He found evidence for nine causes of depression and anxiety, and he says he has some ideas for fixing them.

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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.

Atlantic Magazine. Used with permission.

What do we expect from our virtual assistants and what happens when we let them be teacher, therapist, and friend? Journalist Judith Shulevitz joins us to talk about how much we should trust Alexa.

Quackery

Jan 30, 2018
Photo by Wayne S. Grazio, CC via Flickr, http://bit.ly/2DVg7uK

Tuesday, we’re talking about some of the weirdest ways we’ve tried to cure our bodies and minds through the ages. Doctor and author Lydia Kang is our guide and she says we still need to be saved from quacks.

Josué Menjivar via CC/Flickr http://bit.ly/2zqVOnr


Changing people’s minds is hard. And it’s a problem a lot of people encounter on Thanksgiving. Neuroscientist Tali Sharot studies decision-making. She says we can better influence people by understanding how the brain is wired.

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The devastation wrought in Mexico City by a recent massive earthquake may have rattled more than a few nerves along the Wasatch Front. Salt Lake City is, of course, overdue for a significant seismic event. So are other places in the United States, such as Los Angeles, the Pacific Northwest, even New York City. In a new book, science writer Kathryn Miles tours the country in search of the latest research on America’s next big earthquake and what’s being done to address the threat. She joins us Wednesday to talk about it.

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