Salt Lake City, UT – What do you learn about people after you've done literally 1000s of interviews? Doug spoke with NPR's Terry Gross about the essence of a good interview. Terry's learned it's about preparation and trust, that you learn more about their lives from their weaknesses than their strengths, and that to get it right you may have to break a few of the rules of polite behavior. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – The Seventh Day. Ever since God rested on it and sanctified it, the Sabbath has held a unique place in Western culture. Think about your Sunday memories. Are they of dressing up for church or dinner with your family? Maybe Sunday conjures up images of the newspaper or football games. Historian Craig Harline has traced Sunday from Babylonia to the Superbowl, and joins Doug in studio to talk about the rituals and habits that set the day apart.
Salt Lake City, UT – Honor is a curious concept, and until the mid-19th century, it was entirely proper for a gentleman to risk his life to defend it. In his new book, "The Last Duel," BBC political correspondent James Landale recounts the true story of a Scottish merchant who fatally shot his banker in a duel in 1826. Landale joins Doug from London to reconstruct the social and cultural circumstances of dueling, and to explain why "honor" drove so many young men to an early death.
Washington, DC – A poison pill amendment kept a bill to give Utah and the District of Columbia new seats in the U.S. House of Representatives from coming to a vote yesterday. That gives at least one member of Utah's delegation, Congressman Rob Bishop, more time to think about a tough decision -- backing a process he disagrees with to achieve a goal that would benefit his home state. Chad Pergram picks up the story from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – Thursday night, the television version of Ira Glass' This American Life premiered on Showtime. During this year's Sundance Film Festival, Ira was in Utah promoting the new series. He joined Doug - along with Director Chris Wilcha and Director of Photography Adam Beckman - to talk about how you translate compelling radio into good TV. (Rebroadcast)