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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.


Provo, UT


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


Charity Tillemann-Dick: Singing with Another's Lungs (rebroadcast)

Charity Tillemann-Dick, opera singer and recipient of two separate double-lung transplants, joins the show to discuss her life, career, family, and new memoir, The Encore. —Original Airdate: 12/28/2017 8:00:00 PM


Kathryn Tempest: Retelling the Story of Brutus (rebroadcast)

Kathryn Tempest, senior lecturer on Roman history at the University of Roehampton London and author of "Brutus: The Noble Conspirator," joins the show to talk about how we know what we know about Marcus Junius Brutus and his infamous assassination of Julius Caesar. —Original Airdate: 5/24/2018 8:00:00 PM


Stephen Nash: Grand Canyon for Sale (rebroadcast)

Using the Grand Canyon as a case study, Marcus Smith talks with a journalist about the competing interests of public and private lands, as well as the effects climate change could have on our treasured national parks. —Original Airdate: 12/27/2017 8:00:00 PM


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


Laura Jefferies: Crickets--A Great New Source of Protein to Help Feed the World (rebroadcast)

Our guests on Thinking Aloud today are two food and nutrition scientists who have researched the ways in which crickets are actually a terrific source of protein. It turns out that crickets are easy to grow, much cheaper to raise than cows, produce far less environmental waste, and, this is the kicker, contain protein that is of the same nutritional quality as beef. —Original Airdate: 5/29/2017 8:00:00 PM


Dava Sobel: The Ladies of the Harvard Observatory (rebroadcast)

Tonight on Thinking Aloud, host Marcus Smith will visit with acclaimed science writer Dava Sobel about her new book, The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars. Learn about how these incredible women took astronomy by storm on tonight's Thinking Aloud. —Original Airdate: 5/18/2017 8:00:00 PM


Leo Braudy: Haunted (rebroadcast)

Marcus Smith visits with Leo Braudy, exploring the history of monsters like witches, vampires, and zombies and trying to understand what these monsters have to say about the fears of the culture who created them. —Original Airdate: 6/21/2017 8:00:00 PM


Kyle Harper: Climate, Disease, and the End of the Roman Empire (rebroadcast)

Classicist Kyle Harper joins the show to discuss his new book, "The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire," which introduces two new characters in the narrative of Rome's decline: climate change and infectious disease. —Original Airdate: 1/29/2018 8:00:00 PM


Alan 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.


Trebbe Johnson: Encountering the Environment (rebroadcast)

Trebbe Johnson, writer and founder of Radical Joy for Hard Times, discusses our fractured relationship with the environment and how to find joy and connection in damaged places. —Original Airdate: 4/23/2018 8:00:00 PM


Benjamin Madley: An American Genocide (rebroadcast)

Historian Benjamin Madley joins us to tell the chilling story of the government-sanctioned genocide of California's Indians in the nineteenth century. —Original Airdate: 9/27/2017 8:00:00 PM


Wallace Best: Langston's Salvation—The Bard of Harlem and Religion (rebroadcast)

Langston Hughes is often erroneously accused of being an opponent of religion, but an understanding of the religious culture of Hughes's Harlem and his religious poetry shows otherwise. Wallace Best, author of "Langston's Salvation: American Religion and the Bard of Harlem," joins the show. —Original Airdate: 12/7/2017 8:00:00 PM


Kori Schake: The Transition from British to American Hegemony (rebroadcast)

Kori Schake discusses why the transition from British toAmerican hegemony was so peaceful, and why we probably can't expect thenext transition to follow that example. —Original Airdate: 2/22/2018 8:00:00 PM


Secret Lives of Color: The Histories of Hues (rebroadcast)

We rarely think about how every man-made objects, from our cars to our phones to our clothing, is colored with a pigment that had to be invented or manipulated by someone at some point. Color is made. We’re joined by Kassia St Clair, author of "The Secret Lives of Color." St Clair’s surveys 75 shades that range all over the color wheel, unlocking their unique histories and stories. —Original Airdate: 2/16/2018 8:00:00 PM


Nathan Devir: Emerging Jewish Communities Around the World (rebroadcast)

Marcus Smith visits with an expert in Judaism about new Jewish communities sprouting up around the world in places like Cameroon, Ghana and India. —Original Airdate: 4/16/2018 8:00:00 PM


Priya Satia: Guns and the Making of the Industrial Revolution (rebroadcast)

Stanford history professor Priya Satia discusses how war, imperialism, and Britian's thriving gun trade acted as the real engine of the Industrial Revolution. —Original Airdate: 6/20/2018 8:00:00 PM


Amaranth Borsuk: The Past and Future of the Book (rebroadcast)

Whether you think it's on its way out or a permanent fixture in our culture, there's no denying that we're fascinated with books. Poet and scholar Amaranth Borsuk joins the show to explore the limits and possibilities of the book as object, as content, and as idea. —Original Airdate: 6/8/2018 8:00:00 PM


Randall Stephens: How Christians Came to Embrace Rock & Roll (rebroadcast)

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. —Original Airdate: 6/15/2018 8:00:00 PM


Joseph Crespino: The Evolution of Atticus Finch (rebroadcast)

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. —Original Airdate: 6/18/2018 8:00:00 PM


Abigail Williams: The Social Life of Books (rebroadcast)

Marcus Smith visits with a literature expert to explore the phenomenon of reading aloud as a social activity in the eighteenth-century home. —Original Airdate: 1/25/2018 8:00:00 PM