Salt Lake City, UT – This year, the Sufi branch of Islam is celebrating the 800th anni8versary of the death of its founder, the 13th century poet, scholar and mystic Rumi. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports on the ancient ritual that features classic Sufi and Turkish music and intriguing and mysterious whirling dervishes.
Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday on RadioWest we continue our series on Salt Lake City's mayoral candidates from the Hinckley Institute of Politics. We'll talk with Meghan Holbrook, former state Democratic Party Chairperson, and with Nancy Saxton who is serving her second term as Salt Lake City Council Member for District 4.
Salt Lake City, UT – What do you learn about people after you've done literally 1000s of interviews? Doug spoke with NPR's Terry Gross about the essence of a good interview. Terry's learned it's about preparation and trust, that you learn more about their lives from their weaknesses than their strengths, and that to get it right you may have to break a few of the rules of polite behavior. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – The Seventh Day. Ever since God rested on it and sanctified it, the Sabbath has held a unique place in Western culture. Think about your Sunday memories. Are they of dressing up for church or dinner with your family? Maybe Sunday conjures up images of the newspaper or football games. Historian Craig Harline has traced Sunday from Babylonia to the Superbowl, and joins Doug in studio to talk about the rituals and habits that set the day apart.
Salt Lake City, UT – Honor is a curious concept, and until the mid-19th century, it was entirely proper for a gentleman to risk his life to defend it. In his new book, "The Last Duel," BBC political correspondent James Landale recounts the true story of a Scottish merchant who fatally shot his banker in a duel in 1826. Landale joins Doug from London to reconstruct the social and cultural circumstances of dueling, and to explain why "honor" drove so many young men to an early death.
Washington, DC – A poison pill amendment kept a bill to give Utah and the District of Columbia new seats in the U.S. House of Representatives from coming to a vote yesterday. That gives at least one member of Utah's delegation, Congressman Rob Bishop, more time to think about a tough decision -- backing a process he disagrees with to achieve a goal that would benefit his home state. Chad Pergram picks up the story from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – Thursday night, the television version of Ira Glass' This American Life premiered on Showtime. During this year's Sundance Film Festival, Ira was in Utah promoting the new series. He joined Doug - along with Director Chris Wilcha and Director of Photography Adam Beckman - to talk about how you translate compelling radio into good TV. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – How well do you think you know your sister, your spouse or your best friend? Everyone has secrets. They may be painful or funny, but sometimes they just have to be told. Frank Warren has become a confessor of sorts. He collects anonymous postcards that reveal something about their creators and makes them public on his blog, PostSecret. Thursday on RadioWest, Warren joins Doug for a look at the things we conceal and what those things can teach us about the human experience.
Salt Lake City, UT – Bert Loper met his first love when he was 24 years old. He had lived a hard life - abused, orphaned, roaming from one backbreaking job to another. But when he came upon the Colorado River, his life would ever after follow its flow. Biographer Brad Dimock has written a new book about Loper. Tuesday, he joins Doug to tell the story of early river running in the West and of a man that encapsulated the spirit of the Colorado.
Salt Lake City, UT – Beth Hoffman continues her series called Bite Sized with a visit to a farm in Woods Cross, just north of Salt Lake City. Hoffman wants us to stop for a moment and think about food in a deeper way -- at the environmental, cultural and artistic connections we have to cooking and eating in Utah. Today, Hoffman brings us to East Farms, one of five farms in the Salt Lake Valley participating in a community-supported agriculture or CSA program this year.
Salt Lake City, UT – The "perfect mother" June Cleaver had it easy. She didn't have to live up to the ideals of motherhood in the 21st century. If you judge moms by today's media standards, they are meant to be power-house career women, Martha Stewart-like home-makers, and passionate lovers. Susan Douglas, author of The Mommy Myth, says it's impossible. She joins Doug on Monday to uncover the myths and the realities of motherhood.
Salt Lake City, UT – This week was "Women's Week" on the University of Utah campus and the topic was motherhood. There were panel discussion, a film, an art exhibit and the recounting of personal experiences in The Mommy Monologues. This morning we'll air one more of the monologues -- this one is from a man, Norm Elliott. It's called "Motherhood and Masculinity."
Salt Lake City, UT – A local business group is releasing the results of a survey handed out to the 10 Salt Lake City mayoral candidates. Nine of them responded to the Vest Pocket Business Coalition's set of questions about promoting small, independent, locally-owned businesses. From the high cost of rent and health care to how they feel about "buying local," this year's crop of candidates is quite knowledgeable about the challenges facing the city's small businesses. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Next week, Salt Lake City will play host to the 2006-2007 Wheelchair Rugby Mountain Sectionals. It's an intense, extremely physical sport played by over twenty countries in the Paralympics. Friday on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our profile of an award-winning documentary. "Murderball" paints an unsentimental portrait of a ferocious sub-culture - and the quadriplegic athletes who have imperfect bodies, but a complete drive to win. (Rebroadcast)
St. George, UT – A bill that would have designated new wilderness and allowed for the sale of 25-thousand acres of public land in Washington County failed in the closing days of the last Congress. Members of Utah's Congressional delegation say they hope to try again, but this time they'll have input from a new public process that could guide the future of Utah's fastest-growing communities. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Thursday on RadioWest, conservative pundit William Kristol is with us. We're looking at the war in Iraq and asking what it is meant to accomplish and whether it is succeeding at those goals. A recent study in Mother Jones Magazine found an alarming increase in terrorist attacks worldwide since the start of the war. Later in the program, Doug is joined by the study's co-author to break down the details and to explain what they mean about the success and failure of George W. Bush's war on terror.
Salt Lake City, UT – A national translators group met this week in Utah, a state where much of the population speaks foreign languages. But the group says the United States is falling behind because of a lack of people trained to do the detailed work of translation. KUER's Tasha Cook reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – In his memoir "No One Makes It Alone," Judge Andrew Valdez traces his journey from poor, fatherless paperboy to respected judge in Utah's Third District Juvenile Court, and honors his mentor, businessman Jack Keller, along the way. On Tuesday, Doug talks with Judge Valdez about his life, his accomplishments and his on-going commitment to helping troubled youth. (Repeat)