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Classical 89 is pleased to bring you thoughtful, educated voices in our radio interview program Thinking Aloud. As a service to the community at large, we offer regular interviews with scholars, students, and campus guests, on a broad range of topics.

Classical 89 is pleased to bring you thoughtful, educated voices in our radio interview program Thinking Aloud. As a service to the community at large, we offer regular interviews with scholars, students, and campus guests, on a broad range of topics.
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Classical 89 is pleased to bring you thoughtful, educated voices in our radio interview program Thinking Aloud. As a service to the community at large, we offer regular interviews with scholars, students, and campus guests, on a broad range of topics.




BYU Broadcasting Brigham Young University Provo, UT 84602 800-298-5298


Con Men: The Psychology of the Hustlers of New York City

Pickpockets and hustlers can be found anywhere in the world, but one place they’re particularly common is New York City. Apparently, if you can fake it there, you’ll fake it anywhere. Terry Williams and Trevor B Milton, authors of a new volume out titled “The Con Men: Hustling in New York City” join us in this episode to help us navigate the psychology and methods of the big apple’s tricksters, who in their own way might just be people trying to survive against the odds, and of course,...

Duration: 00:28:35

Ross King: Mad Enchantment--Monet's Water Lilies (rebroadcast)

Ross King, author of Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies, joins Marcus Smith to discuss Monet's later life and the psychological turmoil he experienced while painting his famous water lilies. —Original Airdate: 8/9/2017 8:00:00 PM

Duration: 00:28:29

Adam Bradley: Exploring the Poetry of Pop Music (rebroadcast)

Adam Bradley, author of The Poetry of Pop, joins us to discuss the lyrical power of popular music and the mechanics of its appeal. —Original Airdate: 7/20/2017 8:00:00 PM

Duration: 00:28:29

Carrie Tirado Bramen: American Niceness

Marcus Smith speaks with Carrie Tirado Bramen, a professor of English who's written a cultural history of American niceness. Join them as they discuss the often contradictory nature of national stereotypes.

Duration: 00:29:09

John Eason: Big House on the Prairie (rebroadcast)

John Eason, author of Big House on the Prairie: Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation, joins us to explain the politics and economics of the prison boom and why so many small towns in the American Midwest want massive new prisons built near them. —Original Airdate: 7/13/2017 8:00:00 PM

Duration: 00:27:56

Daniel Bender: Searching for Wildness at the American Zoo (rebroadcast)

Daniel Bender discusses his book The Animal Game: Searching for Wildness at the American Zoo and examines the role zoos have played in shaping our relationship with faraway places and people. —Original Airdate: 6/16/2017 8:00:00 PM

Duration: 00:28:29

Gary Cross: Consumed Nostalgia

Marcus Smith visits with historian Gary Cross about our obsession with holding onto things from the past in the age of capitalism.

Duration: 00:29:06

Ralph Young: Dissent—The History of an American Idea

Ralph Young joins the show to discuss the role that the act of dissent has played in shaping American history and its value in propelling social progress.

Duration: 00:28:34

Dan Gearino: Comic Shops—The Quiet Cornerstone of Geek Culture

You know who Captain America, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Snoopy and Superman are, but have you ever visited the place all these characters got their start, a comic store? Comic shops are quirky businesses that defy the odds to stay afloat. Tune in to hear us discuss them with Dan Gearino, author of "Comic Shop: The Retail Mavericks that Gave us a New Geek Culture."

Duration: 00:28:29

Devoney Looser: The Making of Jane Austen

Jane Austen expert Devoney Looser joins Marcus Smith to discuss the creation and phenomenon of the Jane Austen "brand."

Duration: 00:28:34

Benjamin Madley: An American Genocide

Historian Benjamin Madley joins us to tell the chilling story of the government-sanctioned genocide of California's Indians in the nineteenth century.

Duration: 00:28:32

Darrin Lunde: Theodore Roosevelt, The Naturalist (rebroadcast)

Marcus Smith speaks with Smithsonian naturalist Darrin Lunde about Theodore Roosevelt's lesser-known passion for the science of naturalism. —Original Airdate: 6/28/2017 8:00:00 PM

Duration: 00:28:35

Robert Costanza: Ecological Economics--A New Take on Prosperity (rebroadcast)

Robert Costanza, one of the foremost proponents of ecological economics, discusses how his field broadens and nuances our understanding of human prosperity and well-being. —Original Airdate: 7/7/2017 8:00:00 PM

Duration: 00:28:29

Linda Civitello: Baking Powder Wars

Join host Marcus Smith and food expert Linda Civitello as they discuss the history and significance of baking powder.

Duration: 00:28:24

Jeff Nichols: Mountain Studies (rebroadcast)

Mountains breed legends, folklore, meanings and memories. They draw geologists and naturalists, poets and tourists, photographers and hikers, scouts and scholars. Our guest today on Thinking Aloud inhabits a fairly new field of academic study—a discipline called Mountain Studies. Jeff Nichols, a social and cultural historian, is director of the Institute for Mountain Research at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. How have mountains played a part in your life? Join host Marcus Smith as...

Duration: 00:28:29

Steven Sloman & Philip Fernbach: The Knowledge Illusion--Why We Never Think Alone (rebroadcast)

Steven Sloman & Philip Fernbach, authors of The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone, share their insights about how humans create intelligence within communities. —Original Airdate: 6/15/2017 8:00:00 PM

Duration: 00:28:23

K. Anders Ericsson: Peak--Secrets from the New Science of Expertise (rebroadcast)

Almost everything you think you know about how to become really good at something is mostly wrong. That, in part, is the message of today’s guest on Thinking Aloud--Anders Ericsson, the world expert in how to become an expert … in just about anything. —Original Airdate: 4/6/2016 8:00:00 PM

Duration: 00:28:43

Making Peace with the Land--Agrarianism as a Way to Eat and Live (rebroadcast)

Norman Wirzba is a philosopher, environmentalist, and theologian whose ideas are much read and cited. He talks to host Marcus Smith today about what we can gain by becoming more aware of the land--including even the dirt itself--that gives us sustenance and life. —Original Airdate: 3/6/2017 8:00:00 PM

Duration: 00:28:59

Randall Smith: Adjunct Faculty in America's Universities--Hard Work, Little Pay (rebroadcast)

Tonight on Thinking Aloud, host Marcus Smith talks with Professor Randall B. Smith about the issue of adjunct faculty, the hard-working, underpaid teachers who now teach the majority of undergraduate classes at U.S. universities. How American higher education came to gradually embrace this problematic, unethical state of affairs is the topic of today's discussion. —Original Airdate: 5/19/2017 8:00:00 PM

Duration: 00:28:38

Johan Norberg: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future (rebroadcast)

Today’s guest on Thinking Aloud, Johan Norberg, is an optimist. He has the unique ability to read past gloomy headlines, equipped with what he deems to be more than enough reason and data for hope. Humankind has actually made extraordinary progress, he maintains, on multiple fronts and in countless domains--progress by leaps and bounds in healthcare, the eradication of poverty, literacy, social justice, and technology. In spite of all those foreboding headlines, things just aren’t as bad...

Duration: 00:28:19

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