Salt Lake City, UT – Last week, 2.6 million viewers tuned in to watch a new kind of political debate. CNN and YouTube received some 3,000 questions from video bloggers for the Democratic presidential candidates. Conventional wisdom says that the internet is revolutionizing politics and the public's access to their representatives. Guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce is joined by Mother Jones reporters Josh Harkinson and Daniel Schulman for a look at the truths and the myths of "Politics 2.0."
Salt Lake City, UT – Teens aging out of Utah's foster care system numbered more than three hundred last year alone. When these children leave foster care at age 18, they face daunting obstacles. They lack family support. They have no place to live. They have almost no money. Most are poorly-prepared to live on their own. This year's "Kids Count" report looks at the unique challenges facing these young adults. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – When you get them or give them, it's hard to think of flowers as a commodity or a product. Amy Stewart says they may be emotional and impractical, but we Americans buy more flowers than we do Big Macs. In her book Flower Confidential Stewart explores the business of cut flowers. It's a big business by the way. In the process she wonders whether flowers are losing their identity if not just their scent along the way. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Trying to parse the differences between men and women has always been dicey territory. This is why Dr. Louann Brizendine's book is so controversial. Brizendine says the thing that makes a woman different from a man isn't culture or the environment, it's her brain. Girls, she writes, arrive in the world hard-wired as girls. Today on RadioWest we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Dr. Brizendine, talking about her book called The Female Brain. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – The Pentagon stands with the White House as one of the most recognizable symbols of the United States government. It was constructed in a mere seventeen months, and has been the headquarters of the Department of Defense from World War II through September 11th and its aftermath. Washington Post military reporter Steve Vogel joins Doug to tell the story of this enigmatic building, and the history of modern America that it embodies.
Salt Lake City, UT – Here are the key working questions for the latest report from the Utah Foundation: Why do teachers stop teaching in Utah and what will encourage them to stay? Teachers in the state are leaving the profession in alarming numbers at a time when a tidal wave-like surge of students are about to rush into the system. Today on RadioWest, we're examining the report's conclusions and recommendations. We'll also talk about the political environment under which this discussion will play out.
Kanosh, UT – The Milford Flat fire in central Utah continues to burn, and it's covered more than 360-thousand acres. It's so big it would take at least six hours to drive around the perimeter of the fire. Wildfires are common in this area, but changing weather patterns and the spread of cheat grass are making them more frequent and more intense. It's a desolate landscape, but it's what allows hundreds of rural Utahns to survive. Sheri Quinn has the story.
Salt Lake City, UT – In his landmark book Huck's Raft, the historian Steven Mintz offers the first comprehensive history of American childhood. He traces the transformation of the way we have perceived children - from the sinful creatures of the Puritan era to today. Mintz argues hovering parents now impose too many demands on kids, and have stripped from them the freedom to discover the world, as well as themselves. Steven Mintz joins Doug to explain the history and direction of American childhood. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, Utah – Are you happy with your political party? Not everyone is. Salt Lake City mayoral candidate Keith Christensen had been a life-long Republican until a few days ago when he announced he wanted out. He didn't switch parties; he now sees himself as an independent. Thursday on RadioWest, we're talking about the two-party political system ... well, the two major parties. Does it still work? Do people still feel connected to their party? What brings them into the fold in the first place?
Salt Lake City, UT – As more than 300,000 acres burn in central Utah, we're talking about the nature of wildfire. The Milford Flat Fire is the largest in Utah's recorded history, and lives and homes remain at risk with only some 10% of it contained. Doug talks to author George Wuerthner and to former fire fighter and poet C.L. Rawlins about the the role these fires play in the natural - and in the developed - world.
Salt Lake City, UT – The lessons of non-violence and social justice attributed to Jesus Christ were born in the context of Roman hegemony. They were aimed at ordinary people, powerless against a great empire. In his most recent book, New Testament scholar John Dominic Crossan poses a critical ethical question for today's lone superpower: Is the United States the new Rome? Crossan talks to Doug about the parallels he sees, and about winning peace not through military victory, but through equal treatment of all people.
Salt Lake City, UT – Antonio Stradivari created instruments that gave the world their rich and unique sound for hundreds of years. Doug Fabrizio talks with author Toby Faber about Stradivari's enduring work, and we're joined by Utah Symphony Concert Master Ralph Matson playing a 1702 Lord Borwick Stradivarius - courtesy of Peter Prier and Sons Violins. (Rebroadcast)
Chicago, IL – In suburban Chicago, an outdoor concert space was faced with a unique challenge this summer -- the arrival of millions of cicadas. Many performances were moved indoors or rescheduled, but one musical group would not be moved. Sandy Hausman reports on what happened when the Mormon Tabernacle Choir came to town.
Salt Lake City, UT – Whatever you think about President Bush's decision to commute the sentence of Lewis Scooter Libby yesterday, he was within his rights to do it. Today on RadioWest, we're exploring the history and reach of the presidential pardon power. The question isn't just whether he could do it, but whether he should. Is it a presidential prerogative or an abuse of power?
Salt Lake City, UT – If the winds and tides are just right next week, British rower Roz Savage will launch from the San Francisco harbor, bidding to be the first woman to row across the Pacific Ocean alone - a two year journey. She wants to prove that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. And it won't be the first time - last year she rowed the Atlantic alone. KUER'S Jenny Brundin caught up with Savage in Utah on her way to California, and filed this profile.
Salt Lake City, UT – Just in time for your 4th of July, we've gathered up Salt Lake's local, independent booksellers for a look at the summer's best reads. Doug is joined by Ken Sanders of Ken Sanders Rare Books, Catherine Weller of Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore and Betsy Burton and Margaret Brennan-Neville of The King's English Bookshop.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tomorrow at the Topaz Internment Site, there will be a ceremony to recognize its designation as a National Historic Landmark. It's one of ten camps that were constructed throughout the United States.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah hosts one of the world's premier independent film festivals. The Sundance Film Festival not only adds cachet to Utah's image, it also brings in millions of dollars in hard cash to the state. KUER's Tasha Cook has more.