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Hosted by Doug Fabrizio, KUER's award-winning program features conversations with authors, politicians, artists and others. Listeners can join live at (801) 585-WEST or radiowest@kuer.org. The conversation continues on our on-line discussion board at www.kuer.org. RadioWest is broadcast live on KUER 90.1 and on XM Public Radio at 11:00 a.m. Mountain/1:00 p.m. Eastern.


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2016 Holiday Book Show

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Wed, Dec 07, 2016


Whether the holidays mean sitting at home next to a fireplace or travelling in a cramped airplane, our guests on Wednesday have the perfect literary companion for anyone on your gift list. Catherine Weller of Weller Book Works, Betsy Burton of The King's English, and Ken Sanders of Ken Sanders Rare Books join Doug to suggest fiction and nonfiction that will fit neatly under the tree for both children and adults.

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Through the Lens: Bluespace

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Tue, Dec 06, 2016


Tuesday, we continue our Through the Lens series with a poetic and provocative documentary film about terraforming. That’s the idea of altering another planet and making it suitable for life. Director Ian Cheney’s film “Bluespace” is a kind of thought experiment, asking what it would take to reshape Mars in Earth’s image. In the end, it’s less about the red planet than it is about our own very blue planet. As Cheney says, “The more you study other worlds, the more we come to understand our own.”

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Religion and the Brain

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Mon, Dec 05, 2016


Researcher Jeffrey Anderson says Karl Marx wasn’t far off when he likened religion to opium. Anderson is a neuroradiologist at the University of Utah, and he’s been studying how the brain reacts to religious experiences. What he’s found is that religion works like love, gambling, drugs, and music: they all light up the brain’s reward center. He’ll join us Monday. We’ll also talk to science journalist Erik Vance, whose cover article for this month’s National Geographic looks at faith and healing.

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The Nutcracker

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Fri, Dec 02, 2016


The dance scholar Jennifer Fisher says that The Nutcracker, at least in North America, has become as "regular as clockwork." Some may find it cliche and for some it may be obligatory. But Fisher argues that Tchaikovsky's piece is one of the most powerful traditions in the world of ballet and that it tells us a lot about the values we share. Friday, Doug talks to Fisher and Ballet West CEO and Artistic Director Adam Sklute about The Nutcracker and the place it holds in our culture. (Rebroadcast)

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A Conversation with Pierre-Richard Prosper

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Thu, Dec 01, 2016


Salt Lake City resident Pierre-Richard Prosper is the son of Haitian immigrants, a former district attorney in Los Angeles at the height of the gang violence there, and he was the lead prosecutor in the first trial for genocide and rape as war crimes. Those are just a few of his stories, but in many ways they’ve shaped his view of the world. Prosper believes deeply in the law’s ability to right wrongs that we could have prevented in the first place. He joins us Thursday to talk about his fascinating life.

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Casanova

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Wed, Nov 30, 2016


The name Casanova is synonymous with seduction and sexuality. And while biographer Laurence Bergreen says that Giacomo Casanova’s favorite place was a brothel, it might surprise you that his second favorite was a library. The 18th century Venetian was born in poverty. He was intent on working up the social ladder though and saw sex as both pleasure and a “weapon of class destruction.” Thursday, Bergreen joins Doug to talk about Casanova’s writing and philosophy … as well as his 120+ lovers.

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American Heiress

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Tue, Nov 29, 2016


Tuesday, our guest is author Jeffrey Toobin, who’s written a book about the 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst. Hearst was 19 and heir to her family’s fortune when the “Symbionese Liberation Army” took her, and it soon seemed that she had adopted their incoherent, revolutionary cause. We’ll explore the controversy over Hearst’s involvement in their crimes, the atmosphere that gave birth to the SLA, and why Toobin says the story sheds light on a time when America was on the brink of a nervous breakdown. (Rebroadcast)

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The Lion in the Living Room

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Mon, Nov 28, 2016


Lions were once feared as the king of jungle. But their influence on the world and in nature now pales in comparison to the diminutive, purring, and demanding house cat. In a new book, the journalist Abigail Tucker, investigates the natural and cultural history of house cats. Despite their ubiquity in modern life, she says, we know very little about what cats are, how they came to live among us, and why we love these furry freeloaders. Tucker joins us Monday to talk about the lions in our living rooms.

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Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That?

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Fri, Nov 25, 2016


Modern American manners leave much to be desired. People answer their cell phones in the middle of meals, they shush loudly in movie theaters and even clip their toenails on the train. Henry Alford wanted to learn a little more about 21st century etiquette, so he went to Japan, AKA the Fort Knox of good manners, interviewed etiquette experts and even played a game called "Touch the Waiter." Friday, Doug talks with Alford about how we behave and how we could behave better. (Rebroadcast)

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The Real Story of the Pilgrims

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Thu, Nov 24, 2016


In a documentary for the PBS series American Experience, filmmaker Ric Burns tells the tale of a small group of extreme people whom history and myth record as the founders of a new nation. The Pilgrims faced countless challenges when they came to the New World in 1620. The fact of their survival and success is not only commemorated every November, it also exists in the very myth of America’s origins. Thanksgiving Day, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Burns to winnow fact from fiction about the Pilgrims. (Rebroadcast)

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The Lost Art of Natural Navigation

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Wed, Nov 23, 2016


Nowadays, there are all kinds of devices to help us find our way through the world. But before all that stuff, before even cartography, humankind was navigating with nature as the guide. The adventurer Tristan Gooley is committed to recovering and teaching the lost arts natural navigation. Rocks, trees, grass, ducks, puddles, clouds, and the wind are all compass hands to him. Gooley joins us Wednesday to share what he’s learned about natural navigation and the joys of learning nature’s subtle signs.

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The Erotic Mormon Image

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Tue, Nov 22, 2016


19th century Utah photographer Charles Ellis Johnson was a son-in-law of Brigham Young with access to the state’s elite. He trained his camera on the LDS Temple and leaders like the prophet Wilford Woodruff. So what should we make of his brisk mail-order business of “spicy girls”? Art historian Mary Campbell says at a time when most Americans thought of the Saints in terms of the “barbarity” of polygamy, Johnson’s erotic photography helped make Mormons mainstream. Tuesday, she joins us to explain.

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Helping Children Succeed

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Mon, Nov 21, 2016


A few years ago, Paul Tough wrote a book about research showing that character traits like grit, self-control, and optimism are critical to a child’s success. Tough’s latest book builds on that research by explaining how to put it into practice. He argues that a child’s home and school environments are the principle barriers to his or her success. Improve the environment, Tough says, and you can improve the child. He joins us Monday to explain his theory of helping children succeed. (Rebroadcast)

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The Gene

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Fri, Nov 18, 2016


Friday, the writer and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee is our guest. He’s written a book that tells the epic tale of our quest to unravel the human genome. It’s the story of a long lineage of scientists—from Mendel, to Darwin, Watson, Crick, and countless others—and their efforts to understand the workings of the very threads of our existence. But how, Mukherjee wonders, can we best apply that knowledge? And what does it mean to be human when we can read and write our own genetic information? (Rebroadcast)

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The Debate Over the Electoral College

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Thu, Nov 17, 2016


Last week’s presidential election marked the fifth time that there was a split on the popular and electoral college vote. Of course, it wasn’t the first time it’s happened in the early years of 21st century, and that’s got a lot of people are asking: why do we have an electoral college? How’d we end up with this obscure voting method? Defenders argue it’s a cornerstone of the American republic, while opponents counter that it doesn’t value each vote equally. Thursday, we’ll hear from both sides of the debate.

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Justice Clarence Thomas and the Future of the Supreme Court

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Wed, Nov 16, 2016


President-elect Donald Trump could potentially appoint enough Supreme Court justices to create a conservative majority unmatched in 80 years. Law professor RonNell Andersen Jones says that leaves Justice Clarence Thomas poised to be the “granddaddy of the conservative wing of the court.” So Wednesday, Jones joins us, along with scholar Amy Wildermuth, to talk about Thomas’ personality, his jurisprudence, and the contradictions Jones says make him one of the most interesting justices in generations.

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One Big Union

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Tue, Nov 15, 2016


Tuesday, we’re talking about a new play that explores the trial and execution of labor activist Joe Hill. Playwright and legal scholar Debora Threedy says whether Hill was guilty or not, he didn’t get a fair trial. Her play looks at what went wrong, the efforts to save him, the complicated politics of his case, and how Hill’s words live on in music more than a century after his death. Threedy and researcher Jeremy Harmon join us to talk about the production. It’s called ONE BIG UNION.

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The Attention Merchants

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Mon, Nov 14, 2016


Wherever you turn these days, commercials, sponsored social media, and other advertising efforts await your attention. The influential thinker Tim Wu says we have the “attention merchants” to thank for that. In a new book, Wu argues that the concerted efforts of advertisers to attract our attention at every opportunity has made us more distracted and less focused than ever before. Wu joins us Monday to explore the rise of the attention merchants and the human costs of their efforts.

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Transcending Partisanship

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Thu, Nov 10, 2016


In Donald Trump’s Presidential victory speech, he struck a tone that some found hard to believe after the vitriolic race. He called on Republicans, Democrats, and independents to “come together as one united people.” But if you’ve been on social media recently, you know that’s a tall order. So Thursday, we’re looking at the state of polarization in the country and the internet’s effect on our political views. We’ll also talk to activists who are imagining a “Reunited” America.

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Utah and the 2016 Election

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Wed, Nov 09, 2016


It’s finally arrived: November 9th, the day after Election Day 2016. Wednesday, we’ll examine all that happened in Utah during this tumultuous election cycle and ask where we go from here and what a Donald Trump presidency could mean for the Beehive State. A panel of pundits will join Doug to talk about the rise of a third-party presidential candidate, the results of down-ballot races, and much more.

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