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Friday, June 06, 2014
When Mormon pioneers rolled into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, they brought with them a new theology, a short but intense history of persecution, and dreams of a new kind of society. 166 years later, Salt Lake City remains deeply influenced by Mormon culture, but defies easy categorization. With a large and politically active gay scene, one of the biggest Polynesian populations in the country, and a steady stream of new migrants, the city is full of vibrant contradiction—and sometimes conflict.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
For many Americans, Hawai'i is a tropical playground, the place of surf, sun and dream vacations. Behind the tourist façade, though, is one of the most unique multicultural states in the nation, one still dealing with the complicated legacy of the circumstances under which it become part of this country.
Friday, May 23, 2014
The U.S. has always been a country shaped by migration, dating back to the days of the pioneers making their way West. But recently, this country has been seeing a different kind of migration: one motivated not by economic necessity, but by lifestyle choices. More and more, people are moving to places where they're surrounded by others like themselves.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Millennials have found themselves to be quite the popular subject in modern media. The world is changing quickly, and the millennial generation has seemed to keep up with the pace better than other age groups. The divide between younger and older is becoming apparent in all facets of life -- and this change has not always been met with open arms.
Friday, May 09, 2014
The Pentagon has announced plans to shrink the U.S. military to pre-World War II levels following the end of the war in Iraq and the continued withdrawal from Afghanistan. On this edition of America Abroad, hear reactions to a smaller U.S. military from allies in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East about whether America's ability to advance its interests is compromised.
Thursday, May 08, 2014
For a moment, the Polaroid looked like it was on its way out, forever to be forgotten. But in recent years, it has become clear inspiration for digital photography apps and memes, reigniting a nostalgic devotion across the world.
Saturday, May 03, 2014
The topic of death carries immense weight and affects every one of us in a different way. Some find the prospect of moving on from this life to be a scary, unwelcome feeling. Others feel at peace knowing there is an end, and that encourages them to live in a different way. On this episode of The Really Big Questions, we explore the idea of what a “good death” means.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Harvey Fierstein is back with his first new play in nearly 30 years. "Casa Valentina" is the story of a group of heterosexual men who gather in an inconspicuous bungalow colony in the 1960s to discreetly and safely dress and act as women.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Music is one of the most ubiquitous forces in the world, permeating every culture without explanation as to why we are so affected by its touch. There's a reason why humans create music and why it's so heavily embedded into our lives -- but that reason isn't too clear. In this episode of "The Really Big Questions," musicians and researchers will attempt to explain the impact of music on the human brain.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
The debate of gun control in the United States has never been so prevalent than now. Local tragedies more frequently turn into major national news stories, and American culture has become inundated with images of violence. There's two distinct sides to the conversation on gun control. In this special from the BBC World Service, hear from individuals and experts addressing the issue both from deeply personal and factual viewpoints.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Larry Josephson, a secular Jew who now wants to know more about the religion of his grandparents, asks Rabbi Ismar Schorsch to explain the meaning of Passover. Dr. Schorsch tells Larry the story of Passover -- its history, rituals and foods, and the origins and structure of the Seder. The music of Passover, sung by some of the best cantors and choirs in the world, is woven in and out of the conversation.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
The springtime Jewish holiday of Passover is about liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. In this one-hour special from WQXR, violinist Itzhak Perlman shares Passover music from many traditions, plus songs and memories from his childhood in Israel. The program draws its shape from the Passover seder and, like that ancient family ritual, the music gets progressively giddier as the show moves along.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Afghanistan has been led for the past decade by President Hamid Karzai. Once his second, five-year term ends, many are left wondering what the future will be for US-Afghan relations, women's rights and education, reconciliation with the Taliban, and the overall progress of peace and stability in the region.
Monday, April 07, 2014
No matter what you believe about climate change, there seems to be many more extreme weather events occurring more frequently. These natural disasters upset lives and destroy property, leading to escalating clean-up and reconstruction costs. "Adapting To Climate Change" explores the plans that engineers, scientists, government officials, business leaders, NGOs, and community groups around the world are making to deal with future catastrophic events and shifting weather patterns.
Saturday, April 05, 2014
Russia has long been considered a world power despite ongoing economic, social and political strife. And in recent years, the country has continued to place itself in the international spotlight under less-than-favorable conditions. Some have started to wonder if Russia is really as influential as they used to be.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
It's the great American debate: should you live in a red state or a blue state for a better quality life? There are many factors which go into making this decision: economic growth, education, health care, environment, ideological values, and more. Never before has this conversation been so prevalent in modern political discourse.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Edward Snowden has managed to establish himself as one of the most polarizing names in the world. Beginning in June of 2013, the former CIA employee and NSA contractor leaked classified material that revealed a slew of secret US surveillance programs. Since then, he's been simultaneously championed as a patriot and traitor.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
The Kitchen Sisters invite you on a journey around the world to experience the secret lives of girls and the women they become with host Tina Fey.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Governments around the world are struggling with how to promote entrepreneurship, considered critical to global competitiveness. And in the United States, there's nothing more politically contentious than the role of government in the economy.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Are humans basically selfish, or basically giving? That's the question up for debate in this second episode of the six-part series The Really Big Questions. Host Dean Olsher explores how and why humans gravitate towards doing good deeds. He'll also get answers on why some people believe we have been shaped by evolution to care about each other, to share, and to cooperate.