About The Detour

A show about people and ideas from Oregon Humanities

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The Detour is a new monthly show about people and ideas. Each 52-minute episode explores a single theme—such as democracy, land, war, climate change, vaccination, and marriage—through recordings from Oregon Humanities programs, articles from Oregon Humanities magazine, and new conversations with people working to address the challenges that face our communities and thinking about what it means to live together in this place. 

The show takes its name from a passage by Hans Jonas in his essay “Tool, Image, and Grave”: “It is not only our relationship to the world that is indirect, but also our relationship to ourselves. We arrive at our own being only via the detour of ideas about it. Knowing of our mortality, we must live as a human being with a self-image that is by no means self-evident, but is the tentative result of questioning and speculation.”

The Detour is hosted by Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities, and produced by Keiren Bond. Oregon Humanities connects people and communities through conversation, storytelling, and participatory programs to inspire understanding and collaborative change. We are an independent nonprofit organization affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities and a statewide partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

We are happy to offer this show entirely free of charge to nonprofit and community radio stations. If you’d like to air The Detour on your station, please get in touch at thedetour@oregonhumanities.org. The show has been featured on the following radio stations:

  • KBOG Bandon
  • KLCC Eugene
  • KMUZ Turner
  • KMWV Salem
  • KOCF Fern Ridge
  • KXCR Florence
  • KXCJ Cave Junction
  • KXRY Portland

The Detour is made possible by the support of Diana Tomseth and the Echo Fund and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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