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Conversation and stories that explore the way the world works. Produced by KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City and hosted by Doug Fabrizio. Find archived episodes at

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000

Monday, we’re talking about dystopias. Which means we’re talking about utopias. You can’t have one without the other. Dystopias are what you get when our ideas of societal perfection crash into reality and collapse on the flaws of human nature.

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The Real-life Laura Ingalls Wilder

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000

Friday, we’re talking about the real-life Laura Ingalls Wilder and how her story compares to the mythic American history many of us absorbed through her wildly popular series The Little House books.

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The Value of Teachers

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000

Thursday, we’re talking about the money teachers make, and what that tells us about how the profession is valued. We’ll also ask how Utah stacks up and what the state is doing about it.

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An Odyssey

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000

The Odyssey is the epic tale of a hero's return home. It's also about a man's journey through life, from youth to old age. That reading, and a Mediterranean cruise, helped classicist Daniel Mendelsohn develop a deeper relationship with his aging father.

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Dream Hoarders

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000

Scholar Richard Reeves describes a growing chasm between the upper middle class and the 80% of Americans whose opportunities have stagnated. He says it's that 20% that are hoarding the American dream.

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The Story in Our Genes

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000

Monday, we’re going to try to give A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived. It’s actually the title of geneticist Adam Rutherford’s new book. It describes the history of humankind through genetics.

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How to Be a Stoic

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000

How do you live a good life? It's a central question to the human experience, and one the ancient Stoic philosophers sought to answer by focusing on virtue, mindfulness, and the things that are and are not within our control.

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Col. Lawrence Wilkerson on the Coming War with Iran

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000

As chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson helped lead America to war with Iraq under false pretenses. He’s worried history may be repeating itself, and that we’re on the road to an unjustified war with Iran.

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Hot Rod

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000

Wednesday, we’re talking about the great Hot Rod Hundley. Jazz fans know the cry of “You gotta love it, baby,” but Hundley was a more complicated figure than you might guess from his vocal acrobatics.

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Political Tribes

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000

Legal scholar Amy Chua says tribalism is tearing the U.S. apart, and in order to build unity, we need to understand how identity politics have hijacked the left and the right.

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Ryan Zinke's Agenda

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000

As a congressional representative from Montana, Ryan Zinke drove a Prius, spoke out about climate change, and fought the takeover of public lands. How has his tune changed since becoming US Secretary of the Interior more than a year ago?

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Maximum Fun with Jesse Thorn

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000

Friday, we’re talking about radio with wunderkind-podcaster-turned-NPR-personality Jesse Thorn. We'll talk about the evolution of his show Bullseye, and about dressing like a grownup.

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A Conversation with Ken Sanders

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000

Ken Sanders is something a legend in the state of Utah. He raised hell with radical environmentalists, roamed the desert and ran rivers with Ed Abbey, and established himself as a noted antiquarian bookseller. He’s also a great storyteller.

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Sinclair Broadcasting's "Fake News" Promo

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000

The nation's largest broadcaster, Sinclair, is forcing hundreds of its news stations to air a commentary about the "fake news" produced by other outlets. It's showing here in Utah, angering many journalists, including some Sinclair employees.

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Through the Lens: Llama Nation

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000

Tuesday, we're talking about llamas. Turns out they’re pretty fascinating. And a lot has changed for them over the years. Once persecuted by the Conquistadors, these days they're kept as pets, used for therapy, and dressed in costume for competition.

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The Most Dangerous Man in America

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000

Richard Nixon was obsessed with the Timothy Leary, and for 28 months, conducted a global manhunt for the “Fugitive King of LSD.” Monday, author Bill Minutaglio joins us to tell their story.

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The Science of Swearing

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 15:00:00 +0000

Friday, cognitive scientist Benjamin Bergen explains why we use swear words, why they’re so powerful, and how they work in our language and on our minds. (And we've bleeped the really bad ones.)

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Thu, 29 Mar 2018 15:00:00 +0000

Born into a survivalist family, Tara Westover's home-school education taught her to scrap metal, can peaches, and avoid doctors. Her new memoir recounts the journey from junkyard to Cambridge Ph.D.

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In Pursuit of Memory

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 15:00:00 +0000

Neuroscientist Joseph Jebelli became interested in Alzheimer’s disease as he watched his own grandfather go through it. There’s a good chance it’s touched someone in your life too; Jebelli calls it the next global pandemic.

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Authority, Abuse, and the LDS Church

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 15:00:00 +0000

Last week, MormonLeaks released a recording of a woman confronting an LDS missionary leader she said tried to rape her. We’re talking about what the Church is or isn’t doing to protect its own.

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