Salt Lake City, UT – Next week marks the start of Utah's 2008 Legislative session. Wednesday on the program, Doug is joined by observers and members of Senate and House leadership for a look at what to expect from the next six and a half weeks of lawmaking.
Washington, DC – The political debate in the media has been dominated by Iowa and New Hampshire in the early months of the presidential campaign, and we've heard a lot about the concerns of the people who live in those states. But what about the West? The issues are somewhat different, and they could get a little more attention as the campaign moves in this direction. Jodi Breisler reports from our Capital News Connection.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday on RadioWest, we're asking whether the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney has revealed a form of religious bigotry in this country. Harvard professor Noah Feldman has been writing about the issue. He joins Doug to talk about how Mormon culture and religion are perceived by mainstream America - and what it means for the LDS Church's relationship with the Republican Party.
Salt Lake City, UT – Geriatric specialist Dr. Harry Lodge says that we humans have achieved staggering longevity. If you take care of yourself, you have a very good chance of living until you're 90, and it's the Boomer generation that's redefining aging in America. Lodge joins Doug in studio to talk about the social and biological influences on aging, and what it means to "grow old" in the 21st century.
Salt Lake City, UT – Have you ever been looking for just the right word, only to realize it doesn't exist in the English language? The early 20th century humorist Gelett Burgess created so many words he published his own dictionary. Families regularly use special vocabulary to explain things like that noise Aunt Zelda makes when eating. Today, we're talking with the author Paul Dickson about words and what they reveal about the way we see the world. We're hoping you'll join us too with your own "familisms." (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake City's new mayor Ralph Becker was inaugurated this week, and he has some large shoes to fill. His predecessor was the most engaged, most controversial politician in these parts in years. But Becker is bringing his own political experience to the post - he served in Gov. Scott Matheson's administration and as Utah's House Minority Leader. Doug talks to Becker about his "blueprint" for the city, and about his personal vision for his new office.
Salt Lake City, UT – Kids from Salt Lake City's Open Classroom sang as the new mayor of Salt Lake City planted a tree on the grounds of the City-County building yesterday. Ralph Becker was sworn in at noon with plans to get busy right away on his agenda for the city. Later, Mayor Becker said there was one thing that surprised him between the election and taking office. He spoke to KUER's Dan Bammes.
Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday on RadioWest, Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen will be in studio with Doug. Aside from being a public radio personality, Andersen is also a critic, a columnist and a novelist. His latest book is an historical novel set in 19-century America. It's called Heyday - and it's the story of four people chasing their dreams at a time when America herself is still being dreamed-up.
Salt Lake City, UT – This weekend, Pioneer Theatre Company opens David Hare's topical and provocative play "The Vertical Hour." The play centers on a debate between the American Nadia Blye, a former war correspondent, and her boyfriend's father - a doctor living in rural England. Tuesday on RadioWest, we're talking about the work, and about the political, but also deeply personal questions in an age of war and terrorism.
Salt Lake City, UT – One of the nation's most outspoken and most liberal Democratic mayors is leaving office next Monday. KUER's Jenny Brundin brings us the second part in a 2-part series on the eight-year legacy of Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson.
Salt Lake City, UT – More than 6 million children in the United States are taking powerful psychiatric drugs. In evaluating the risks and benefits of treating children with serious disorders - parents and doctors are confronted with potential side effects and with the little understood long-term impact. A new Frontline documentary explores these questions, and Monday, Doug talks to producer Will Cohen about "The Medicated Child."
Salt Lake City, UT – Friday on RadioWest we're telling stories about the life of a grand old building. After a remarkable renovation which took 4 years and more than 200 million dollars, the state capitol is officially reopening today. It will give us an opportunity to talk about the process of the restoration, the history of the structure and the way buildings always give a place an identity.
Salt Lake City, UT – One of the country's most outspoken and most liberal Democratic mayors is leaving office next Monday. He's known worldwide for his aggressive leadership on global warming... and his calls to impeach President Bush. KUER's Jenny Brundin brings us the first in a 2-part series on the eight-year legacy of Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah's state capitol got a late start. It was more than a decade after statehood before the state had enough money to even start the project. Today, it's ready to re-open after a seismic upgrade and extensive restoration that cost more than $200 million. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday on the program, Doug spoke with outgoing Salt Lake City Mayor Ross "Rocky" Anderson. Now it's your turn. We're joined by political observers and analysts for a look at what Anderson's 2 terms have meant for the city and the state - and we'll take your calls. What's your opinion of the last 8 years of city government?
In 2002, Doug Fabrizio talked to Desmond Tutu about his role in helping South Africa heal from the brutality of apartheid. Tutu and others were faced with various paths to take, they chose forgiveness -- something Tutu says is an essential element of African conscientiousness. But justice also had to be dealt with. How does one forgive without forgetting? (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – You've probably got your favorite songs, but what lessons have you learned from rock 'n' roll? For students at the Paul Green School of Rock in Salt Lake City and Sandy, it's about a lot more than sticking it to the man. School director Steve Auerbach says that it's about determination, reliability and team work - and what better way to do that than with a face melting guitar solo? Doug talks to Auerbach and to Paul Green about what rock has to teach its disciples. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Love him or hate him - and that seems to sum it up for most - Rocky Anderson has had a profound influence on Salt Lake City and on the political and social landscape of the entire state. Anderson is in the last days of his term as mayor, and today on the program he'll join us to talk about his time in office and the next phase in a life of activism.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on the show, we're offering two great holiday stories: Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" and Ron Carlson's "The H Street Sledding Record." It's become something of a tradition for us, and it's our gift to you. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Dr. Jane Goodall has revolutionized the world of science and the way we understand animals, and it is her empathy and spiritual connection to nature that inspired her work. Doug talks to Dr. Goodall about the life lessons she has learned in the forests of Gombe and her message of hope. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with EO Wilson. Regarded as one of the great scientific minds of our time, Wilson has become the preeminent defender of the Earth's fragile biodiversity. To prevent what he believes could be the most devastating mass extinction of life since the dinosaurs disappeared, Wilson is proposing a truce between the two most powerful forces in the world today: science and religion. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – This past weekend, Utah saw its first death of the avalanche season. It was just this sort of tragedy that led avalanche expert Jill Fredston to write "Snowstruck." Fredston has said she wanted to understand how her friend Todd died on Alaska's Tincan Mountain "when he had everything to live for." Fredston joined us in January to talk about the repercussions that follow living, working and playing in some of the world's most dangerous places. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – We're not the first ones to gripe about how commercial Christmas seems to have become. As long as there's been a Christmas there have been debates about how it should be properly celebrated. Today on RadioWest we're asking the question: How did it get this way? Doug explores the evolution of Christmas in America with the historian Penne Restad of the University of Texas at Austin. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest we're rebroadcasting our conversation with the late journalist George Crile. When the last Soviet soldier left Afghanistan in 1989, officials and operatives of the Central Intelligence Agency celebrated it as their victory. It was a maverick, liberal congressman from Texas - Charlie Wilson - who had got the US involved. We spoke with Crile in 2003 about the unintended consequences of a secret war. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on the program we're telling the story of John Wilkes Booth. Most everyone knows Booth as the man who killed Abraham Lincoln, but the historian Michael Kauffman says his plans were much larger than that. He planned to topple the entire Union government. Doug talks to Michael Kauffman about the background and motives of this "American Brutus."
South Jordan, UT – There are about 9,000 people of South Asian Indian descent in Utah. Just over half of them are Hindu. The Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple in South Jordan was built in 2003 as a central gathering place. Now they have plans to expand to meet the community's growing needs. Sheri Quinn has the story.
Salt Lake City, UT – Let's face it, 2000 years ago there was no such thing as Black Friday, inflatable lawn snow globes or even a Santa Claus. Whatever Christmas traditions - good and bad - have developed, the celebration is very different from its origins. In a new book, the scholars John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg strip away the sentimentality for a look at what the story means in the context of both the first and the twenty-first century. Crossan joins Doug Wednesday to talk about "The First Christmas."
Salt Lake City, UT – Millennials - the generation born from 1982 to 2002 - are described by some researchers as selfish and entitled, and by others as compassionate and self-assured. Tuesday, Doug talks to Neil Howe, co-author of Millennials Rising, and then to Jean Twenge, author of Generation Me about the Americans who are coming of age in a world very different from that of their parents and grandparents.
Salt Lake City, UT – In his article in the current issue of Foreign Policy, Professor Alasdair Roberts says that many Americans tell an oversimplified tale about the war in Iraq. They fault the president and his powerful cronies for everything gone wrong. The truth though, according to Roberts, is much more complicated, and the American public shares the blame. Monday, he joins Doug to discuss the unrealistic demands we place on our government and how little we are willing to sacrifice to make them happen.