Salt Lake City, UT – Writer and NPR commentator Sandra Tsing Loh has declared marriage obsolete. In an essay for The Atlantic, Loh revealed an affair and the end of her 20 year marriage. Critics have said she's just bitter, but Loh argues that the institution is out of date - that it doesn't fit today's couples who co-parent, co-housekeep and each have a career. Tuesday, Sandra Tsing Loh joins Doug to talk about passion, expectations and her advice to avoid marriage altogether.
Salt Lake City, UT – For the second consecutive weekend, about 100 people gathered to stage a "kiss-in" in downtown Salt Lake City. Not just anywhere downtown . the plaza next to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint's temple. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – It may sound like the plot of a children's fantasy story - but could the land of make-believe be disappearing? Harvard psychologist Susan Linn says that imagination is crucial for human development, but that the toys we buy for our kids and the media they consume have created an over-scripted world. Monday, Linn joins Doug to make the argument for make-believe, which she says is at the heart of a healthy childhood.
Salt Lake City, UT – For 20 years, composer Phillip Bimstein has been part of the rural community around Zion National Park. The park is marking its 100th anniversary this year, and for Bimstein, it's the perfect opportunity to celebrate not just the landscape, but also the history and the people who are part of it. Phillip Bimstein has set some of the stories of Zion to music, and he joins us - along with the musicians of Red Rock Rondo - to explore the people and the place. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1995, NPR reporter Barbara Bradley Hagerty had an intense religious experience. That's really not all that surprising - more than half of all Americans believe they have had an experience with God. But the journalist had to know more. She had to find out if it was genuine or just a figment of her imagination. Hagerty is in Utah, and she joins Doug to explain what science can teach us about God and spirituality.
Salt Lake City – Last week, a gay couple say they were detained by security when they kissed on property owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This of course comes after last year's Proposition 8 in California, where the Church was instrumental in defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Wednesday, we're talking about what the continued controversy means for the LDS Church's relationship with the gay community and non-Mormons and how it's playing out among the faithful.
Salt Lake City, UT – Efforts by students to improve environmental practices at the University of Utah led to the creation of the Office of Sustainability on campus in 2007. Myron Willson, an architect and planner who's taught at the U for years, is the new director of the office. He takes over seven months after Its first director, Craig Forster, was killed in a fall while hiking in Zion National Park. Willson told KUER's Dan Bammes that Forster will be hard to follow.