Salt Lake City, Utah – Much of the polarization in America today seems to center around a debate between science and religion, but are the two really incompatible? Scientists and the faithful are all in search of answers - what Einstein called the "order deeply hidden behind everything." Krista Tippett, host of the program "On Being," has collected some of her interviews on science and the human spirit in a book called " Einstein's God." Friday, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with her. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, Utah – When the journalist Philip Connors got the chance to pack up his desk in New York and head for a fire tower in New Mexico, it didn't take much to convince him. In fact, Connors says he fell in love at first sight. He's now spent nine summers keeping watch over one of the most fire-prone landscapes in the country. He's also been filling notebooks with his reflections on solitude, patience and our place in the wild. Thursday, he joins us to talk about his debut book, Fire Season.
Salt Lake City, Utah – What does it take to light the spark of creativity? For more than a decade, Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen and producer Julie Burstein have been getting at that question with artists, scientists and other thinkers. Themes have emerged in those conversations. The most creative minds are excited about the work they do and they're willing to reach beyond their comfort zone. Burstein and Andersen join Doug to talk about the lessons they've collected in a new book called "Spark: How Creativity Works."
Salt Lake City, Utah – The culinary writer M.F.K. Fisher pioneered a radical idea about food. She suggested that however complicated or simple - from a five-course meal to an egg sandwich - food was meant to be a sensual experience. In a new biography, Utah native Anne Zimmerman traces Fisher's passion for food as well as her other "lifelong hungers." Tuesday, Doug talks to Zimmerman about M.F.K. Fisher's writing and about her professional and private appetites.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Monday, Doug talks to journalist Gayle Lemmon about the lives of Afghani women during the 5 years of Taliban rule. Lemmon's new book is the story of Kamila Sadiqi, who had to provide for her family despite the Taliban's restrictions that kept women out of public. Sadiqi set up a thriving business at home, saving not only her family, but also the families of the women she employed. It's a story of resilience, entrepreneurship and sisterhood - one that Lemmon says is universal in times of war.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Friday, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Jad Abumrad, co-host of WNYC's Radiolab. The easiest way to explain Radiolab is to say it's a series on science, but that only scratches the surface. The show is highly regarded for its rich layers of sound and music and for making what could be rather dense topics accessible to the average listener. Abumrad joins us to talk about the craft of really good radio and to share some of the stories from the series.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Do you remember your first kiss? It's very likely you do. Psychologists report that it is one of the most vivid memories a human can have. The science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum explains that a kiss engages all of your senses - your pupils dilate, your pulse quickens, your breathing becomes irregular. Kissing is the subject of Kirshenbaum's latest book, and Thursday, she joins Doug to talk about its evolutionary history, chemistry and even the future of this most intimate of behaviors.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Wednesday, we're talking about the epic films and the epic life of director Cecil B. DeMille. DeMille is best known for his spectacular works like "The Ten Commandments" and "King of Kings." Biographer Scott Eyman says that DeMille saw these films as a kind of ministry but he knew that to be effective, he had to give people something they couldn't see anywhere else. Doug is joined by Eyman, actor Lisa Mitchell and by James D'Arc, curator of the Cecil B. DeMille Archives at BYU.
Salt Lake City, Utah – How do you write a play about coming out when the only gay character in the script is already out? The Mormon playwright Eric Samuelsen says he had personal experiences to draw from - his daughter marrying outside of the faith, his oldest son deciding not to go on a mission. Samuelsen explores the idea of admitting uncomfortable truths in his newest work. It's called "Borderlands," and it premieres this week. Tuesday, Samuelsen and others join us to talk about it.