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 http://radiowest.org

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Staff Picks: Natural Born Heroes

Jul 25, 2019 2991


When journalist Christopher McDougall wrote the book that kicked off the barefoot running movement, he got to thinking about what makes a hero. He joins us to explore how people can develop their natural skills to be ready in a crisis.

Staff Picks: Mouth Sounds With Fred Newman

Jul 9, 2019 2982


Voice artist Fred Newman is most famous for the voices and effects he improvised for the shows A Prairie Home Companion and Live From Here . He joined us to share secrets on making melodius, whimsical, and sometimes rude sounds with your mouth. This episode was picked by Elaine Clark.

Staff Pick: The Dangers Of Inactivity

Jul 4, 2019 2998


Chances are good you’re sitting down as you read these words. After hearing what Dr. James Levine has to say about the dangers of inactivity, you might find yourself standing a lot more. Listener survey

Through the Lens: The Great Hack

Jul 3, 2019 3113


In 2016, Cambridge Analytica took millions of Facebook users’ data and used it to sew dissension in the presidential campaign and aid Donald Trump. Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer’s film The Great Hack examines the Cambridge Analytica–Facebook scandal.

Staff Pick: Shut Up Little Man

Jul 2, 2019 2368


In the late 80s, neighbors in a San Francisco apartment building recorded the drunken squabbles between Peter and Raymond. Their relationship, and the pop culture phenomenon it spawned, is the subject of the documentary film “Shut Up Little Man.”

Staff Pick: The Art of Stradivari

Jun 27, 2019 3119


Antonio Stradivari created instruments that have given the world their unique and rich sounds for hundreds of years. Author Tony Faber joined us to talk about Stradivari’s enduring work. This episode was picked by KUER’s newsroom managing editor Elaine Clark.

Staff Picks: Filmmaker Albert Maysles

Jun 25, 2019 3066


Albert Maysles has created dozens of films. And many of them are landmarks in documentary filmmaking. In fact, he and his brother David were pioneers in non-fiction feature films. Albert Maysles joins us to talk about the world he sees through his lens. This episode was picked by Doug.

Staff Picks: The Genius Of Jad Abumrad

Jun 18, 2019 2487


Radiolab co-host Jad Abumrad is a genius. Back in 2011, he was certified when the MacArthur Foundation awarded him a “genius grant.” Jad thinks public radio should be more chaotic, more joyous and more lifelike. This episode was picked by Doug.

Through The Lens: I Want My MTV

Jun 14, 2019 3108


Few people were watching in August 1981 when MTV debuted on cable television. Filmmakers Patrick Waldrop and Tyler Measom have made a film about the birth and evolution of the television network that revolutionized the culture.

Staff Pick: Mary Magdalene

Jun 13, 2019 2821


The Gospel of Mary, written in the name of Mary Magdalene, didn’t make it into the canon of Christian texts. It taught believers to rethink the basis of authority, the nature of sin, and it also speaks of an inner journey to true spirituality. This episode was picked by Elaine Clark.

Staff Pick: We Refused To Die

Jun 11, 2019 3102


In 1942 the Japanese army forced 70,000 prisoners to march across the Bataan Peninsula. Gene Jacobsen was among them, and he tells his story of three and a half years as a prisoner of war. This episode picked by Doug Fabrizio.

Staff Pick: New York Doll

Jun 4, 2019 2404


With the show on summer break, we're sharing some memorable gems from our archives. Back in 2005, filmmaker Greg Whiteley joined us to talk about his debut documentary, a profile of Arthur "Killer" Kane, the bass player for the rock band New York Dolls who converted to Mormonism.

Turning Points For Nations In Crisis

May 21, 2019 3181


In his latest book, the scholar Jared Diamond looks at how nations deal with moments of crisis. He says that we can cope with these big national problems the same way we do with personal ones.

America's Obsession With Drugs

May 20, 2019 3126


In a new book, science writer Thomas Hager recounts the fascinating backstories of ten drugs that have changed the way we live. Behind the search for new and better medicines there’s always been this hope for an effective drug without any risk.

Wild Nights With Emily

May 17, 2019 3071


After today's show you might ditch everything you thought you knew about the poet Emily Dickinson. Madeleine Olnek’s new film tries to correct the idea that Dickinson was a sullen, distant recluse.

The Women Killed By Jack The Ripper

May 16, 2019 3110


Thursday, we’re talking about the five women brutally killed by Jack the Ripper. The historian Hallie Rubenhold says the women often come to us as empty shells, but in her new book, she’s fixing that.

The Lost Gutenberg

May 15, 2019 3031


Only 49 of original editions of the Gutenberg Bible are known to survive. Margaret Leslie Davis joins Wednesday to tell the 500-year odyssey of obsession and tragedy of one extremely rare and beautiful copy of a book that sparked a revolution.

Gay Rights And The Mormon Church

May 14, 2019 3095


Historian Greg Prince's new book traces half a century of the LDS Church’s policies and attitudes towards the LGBTQ community. He joins us to talk about their actions and the unintended consequences.

Hail Satan?

May 10, 2019 3051


Friday, we’re talking about a 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.

The Salt Lake Tribune's Nonprofit Future

May 9, 2019 3093


The Salt Lake Tribune has undergone lots of changes in the recent past, but nothing like what it plans next. The newspaper announced it plans last week to become a nonprofit. What does that mean for the future of journalism in Utah?

Sweetheart, Come

May 9, 2019 3080


In 1909, a young woman with schizophrenia wrote a letter to her husband repeating the plea, Sweetheart, Come. Utah playwright Melissa Leilani Larson has written a play to imagine the woman's journey.

Through The Lens: Union Pacific

May 8, 2019 3082


We’re marking the 150 th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad by showing Cecil B. DeMille’s epic Western Union Pacific . Film historian James D’Arc joins us to talk about the film and how the railroads united a divided country.

Ghosts Of Gold Mountain

May 7, 2019 3096


Historian Gordon Chang joins us to tell the story of Chinese workers on the transcontinental railroad. Some 20,000 of them laid hundreds of miles of track, yet they've been left out of the history.

Dustin Lance Black: Mama's Boy

May 6, 2019 3092


Writer Dustin Lance Black is gay and grew up Mormon. In his new memoir he uses the lessons about getting along with his conservative, LDS mom as a template for healing America's ugly divide.

Transforming American Justice

Apr 30, 2019 3064


Tuesday, New York Times writer Emily Bazelon joins us to talk about why American justice is often unjust. Her new book explores how it got so "out of kilter" and what we do it about it.

A Manifesto Against Ageism

Apr 29, 2019 3091


Activist Ashton Applewhite says aging is mostly framed as a disease that can be cured. But the process begins the moment we’re born and she joins us to explain why being older is something to embrace.

The Universal Laws Of Success

Apr 26, 2019 3104


Friday, we're talking about success. The network scientist Albert-Laszlo Barabasi says he has figured out a quantifiable formula that explains why some people are successful and others are not.