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Thoughtful, educated voices from BYU and abroad. Marcus Smith dives into the minds of experts on religion, the arts, mathematics, space, medicine, music, and just about everything else.
||CleanAndrew Lawler: The Lost Colony of Roanoke||Writer Andrew Lawler speaks with Marcus Smith about the enduring mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, one of America's oldest legends.||12/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChristian Miller: The Character Gap||Philosopher Christian Miller discusses the nature of character with Marcus Smith.||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKen Krimstein: Hannah Arendt||Cartoonist Ken Krimstein delves into his comic biography about philosopher Hannah Arendt.||11/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLars Gert Lose: Denmark and the Transatlantic Alliance||Lars Gert Lose, the ambassador from Denmark to the United States, discusses Denmark's social and economic relationship to the United States and the future of the alliance between the EU and the US.||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFiona Sampson: Mary Shelley, Author of Frankenstein||Writer Fiona Sampson speaks about Mary Shelley's life of loss and love and the gender inequity Shelley faced as the woman who wrote "Frankenstein."||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHeather Curtis: The Birth of Humanitarianism||Heather Curtis tells the story of a newspaper that gave birth to the ways in which we think about humanitarianism. Dr. Curtis is an Associate Professor of Religion at Tufts University.||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmanda Lotz: The Past and Future of Television||Amanda Lotz, renowned media analyst and Professor of Media Studies at the University of Michigan, rolls through the history of television and offers some predictions as to its future.||9/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnna Zeide: Canned||Anna Zeide walks Marcus Smith through the history of the canning industry and tells the story of how consumers came to trust in food that came from a little opaque can.||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKatherine Benton-Cohen: Inventing the Immigration Problem||Guest Katherine Benton-Cohen visits with Marcus Smith about the Dillingham Commission and how its legacy is affecting U.S. immigration law today.||8/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVera Tobin: How Surprises Make a Story||Marcus talks about surprise with Dr. Vera Tobin: how it salts our stories, sometimes to great effect, sometimes leaving a bitter taste in our mouths. Vera Tobin is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Science at Case Western University. Before that, she||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSamuel Moyn: Are Human Rights Enough?||Samuel Moyn, professor of law and history at Yale, joins the show to discuss the relationship between the human rights movement and material inequality.||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPhil Windley: What is Blockchain?||Marcus and Phil Windley dissect Blockchain: what is it, how does it already affect the infrastructure of our lives, and what will it become? Phil Windley works as an adjunct professor and Enterprise Architect for BYU. Prior to that he worked for two yea||8/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStephen Brusatte: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs||Paleontologist Stephen Brusatte joins Marcus Smith for a lively conversation about the history of dinosaurs.||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiam Heneghan: The Ecology of Bedtime Stories||Marcus talks the ecological side of bedtime stories with Liam Heneghan. Dr. Heneghan is a professor of environmental science at DePaul University where he serves as co-director of the university's Institute for Nature and Culture.||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlan Manning: The Mormon in Mark Twain's Heart||BYU linguistics professor Alan Manning joins guest host Lisa Valentine Clark to discuss his research into evidence pointing to a Mormon girlfriend in Mark Twain's past.||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrian Regal & Frank Esposito: The Birth of the Jersey Devil||Brian Regal and Frank Esposito from Kean University explore the genesis of one of America's oldest monster legends: the Jersey Devil.||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPriya Satia: Guns and the Making of the Industrial Revolution||Stanford history professor Priya Satia discusses how war, imperialism, and Britian's thriving gun trade acted as the real engine of the Industrial Revolution.||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJoseph Crespino: The Evolution of Atticus Finch||Joseph Crespino, the Jimmy Carter Professor of History at Emory University, traces the origins and evolution of Atticus Finch, the iconic patriarch from Harper Lee's seminal novel.||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRandall Stephens: How Christians Came to Embrace Rock & Roll||Randall Stephens, professor of history and American studies, traces the history of Christian rock from its beginning as "the devil's music" to a billion dollar industry.||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNeda Maghbouleh: Iranian Americans and the Politics of Race||Sociologist Neda Maghbouleh joins the show to discuss her research into how second-generation Iranian Americans navigate the paradox between being legally classified as white and socially perceived as nonwhite.||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeslie Anthony: The Aliens Among Us||Adventure and science journalist Leslie Anthony discusses his research into invasive species and the effect they're having on the planet.||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJeremy Teigen: The History of Veterans as Presidents||Political scientist Jeremy Teigen explores the history of military service and the U.S. presidency and discusses how the status of being a veteran has helped or hindered presidential hopefuls.||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmaranth Borsuk: The Past and Future of the Book||Poet and scholar Amaranth Borsuk joins the show to explore the limits and possibilities of the book as object, as content, and as idea.||6/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdam Winkler: How Corporations Won Their Civil Rights||UCLA law professor Adam Winkler talks through the characters and cases that helped business corporations gain rights under the Constitution.||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDaniel Levitin: Critical Thinking in the Information Age||As technological advancement leads us to confront an ever-larger bombardment of information, we have to ask ourselves: which of all this information is true or accurate? Today's guest believes we can tell the difference between solid data and media jun||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
addicted to this radio show
Every time I turn on the radio in the car and this show is on I find myself driving more slowly so as to be able to hear the whole thing! I finally found them online and subscribed to this podcast. Broad range of fascinating relevant topics and I love the subtle, multi-faceted, intellectual, non-sensational style. The host is masterful ... takes any topic and asks thoughtful, insightful questions and gently gives structure to the discussion without overshadowing the visiting expert... rather than blasting around and changing the subject abruptly with bare-faced and insensitive taunts as in many talk shows. He's a great storyteller and the experts are fabulous. The topics are modern and relevant but the experts keep them grounded, intelligent, complex -- not political, angry, and oversimplified. Fascinating! I'm hooked every time I turn it on!!! Thank you for making this a podcast!
A smart podcast on topics you didn't know you were interested in
A very intelligent interview program featuring notable authorities from all across academia, politics, and more. As good as anything you'll find on NPR, and while the topics tend to lean a bit toward academic areas, I am always surprised by the variety of areas covered. A solid program that will always make you think.
Note: though this is a production of Brigham Young University, it is not a religion-driven program, and the subject of faith comes up only now and then and not at all intrusively. It will appeal to people of any faith (or none at all).
I have been listening for about 3 years. Marcus Smith asks good questions of the guests and gets out of their way. Though different views are discussed, the interaction is not contentious but more like a search for facts and truth. The varied, interesting, and current topics keep me coming back for more. The show helps me get little packets of new insights to continue my education in life. It is well produced. Thank you to all who make the show possible!