Salt Lake City, UT – We've all heard the nuggets of wisdom that would guide the listener to a happier life: "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you" or "Life is what you make of it." Award-winning psychologist Jonathan Haidt has applied the scrutiny of science to your grandmother's sayings to see just how true they are. He joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about his book "The Happiness Hypothesis," where he finds fresh insight on the age-old quest for contentment. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Today's RadioWest is going to be a little weird. Did you know there is a pyramid on 7th West built by a guy named Corky who is trying to communicate with advanced beings? In a Huntsville saloon you can find the stuffed head of what may be the world's largest dog. And many of you have heard of or seen the Joseph Smith sphinx in the Gilgal Garden. Today on RadioWest we're talking about Utah's strange places, and our tour guide is none other than the filmmaker Trent Harris, the curator of Utah weird. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – By today's standards, George Mallory and Sandy Irvine were ill-equipped to scale Mount Everest in 1924. But their tragic story of determination and exploration remains a model for climbers today. It's a story that took Conrad Anker to Everest 75 years later, and he describes finding Mallory's preserved body in a catchment basin with "a deep sense of awe and inspiration." Anker is in Salt Lake City, and Thursday talks to Doug about the humility of knowing that the peaks are always stronger.
Salt Lake City, UT – In his new book The Holy Vote, veteran journalist Ray Suarez concedes that it is too late to completely separate religion and politics. "It would be like trying to get the sugar out of a cup coffee," he quips. For Suarez, the right question is how do we find a way for the two to coexist? Wednesday on RadioWest, he joins Doug for a conversation about the beliefs and attitudes that have created America's political divide.
Salt Lake City – What's the journey like from anonymous computer programmer to nerd folk icon? Ask Ken Jennings. After 75 games and 2,642 correct answers on Jeopardy!, Jennings has chronicled his minutiae-mad obsession in his new book Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs. Ken Jennings will be in Utah next week as part of the Great Salt Lake Book Festival, and joins Doug Tuesday to determine if trivia serves some not-so-trivial purpose after all.
Salt Lake City, UT – When Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic in 1492, Spain was in the midst of the Inquisition and the battle for Islamic Grenada. Historian James Reston, Jr. has written a new book Dogs of God. In it, he deals with the complex interplay of government, religion and popular opinion of the 15th century. Thursday, he joins Doug to explain what that meant for the "Great Age of Discovery."
Washington, DC – Utah Congressman Chris Cannon is defending comments he made in an interview last night regarding resigned Congressman Mark Foley. Cannon suggested to a local commercial talk radio station that congressional pages may have goaded Foley into sending them sexually explicit instant messages. Today, Cannon says he didn't mean to put the responsibility for the messages on the kids. Todd Zwillich has more from our Capitol Hill Bureau.
Salt Lake City, UT – When a herd of cows is gunned down on a lonely dirt road in the Grand Staircase National Monument, an investigative journalist, a U.S. Ranger and a Dineh Indian elder set out to find out who's responsible and head-off a full scale land war. Mark Taylor's novel "Patriots: the Redrock Land War" was a finalist for the 2005 Utah Book Award for fiction, and Taylor joined Doug Fabrizio in March to talk about misguided patriotism, violent confrontation, political conspiracy and sacred Native American belief. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Dr. Ben Bova has been studying - and re-imagining space - since the earliest days of its exploration. He is the author of more than 100 futuristic novels and nonfiction books, and his tales are so well hypothesized, that many have accurately predicted scientific milestones. Bova will be in Salt Lake City later this week, and joins Doug for a look at the current state of the space age, and the plausibility of manned missions to the planets.
Salt Lake City, UT – In recent weeks, KUER listeners have been hearing a lot from an old friend. Dianna Douglas is a graduate of Brigham Young University who worked at KUER as an intern several years ago. She's now assigned to Baghdad as a producer for NPR News, and she is, at least temporarily, its Baghdad bureau chief. KUER's Dan Bammes spoke to Dianna Douglas about what it's like to live and work in Iraq.
Salt Lake City, UT – Monday evening, the Salt Lake City Film Center will present Ninos de la Calle, a powerful documentary focusing on a few of the 20,000 children who live and sleep on Mexico City streets. Jenny Brundin talks with filmmaker Eva Aridjis, who took her camera inside the plastic tarps where the children live. Aridjis interviews them about their harsh, drug-addicted lives and why they left home for the streets.
Salt Lake City, UT – Working wives now contribute more than a third of the typical family's income. In a third of married households, they're the bigger breadwinner. But national recognized financial advisor Jean Chatzky says many women feel insecure about money. Jean Chatzky, the author of Make Money, Not Excuses talks with KUER's Jenny Brundin about women taking a central role in family financial planning.
Salt Lake City, UT – Our parents look to us for two kinds of care as they - and we - get older. The first is physical care. What help will they need with day-to-day living as well as for serious medical problems? And when they're no longer able or interested in taking care of their own financial needs, how can we help with that in a way that's comfortable for them and us? John Bird joins Dan Bammes for another edition of Your Personal Economy along with care consultant and financial planner Margy Campbell and attorney Laura Milliken Gray.
Salt Lake City, UT – This week all across the Wasatch Front, rattlesnakes are headed back to their dens for the winter. They're more likely to bite this time of year because if they don't reach their dens, they'll freeze to death. The Great Basin Rattlesnake is the only species of rattler that lives on the Wasatch Front. But, as Sheri Quinn reports, their populations are steadily decreasing.
Salt Lake City, UT – Squatters, the popular brew-pub in downtown Salt Lake City, lets patrons read the story of its origins inside a little booklet that lies on each of its tables. The restaurant, like its owners, is constantly changing, adopting new ideas, practices and philosophies. That's made it one of downtown Salt Lake's most impressive and unique success stories. Producer Benjamin Bombard starts this business profile with a sketch from Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in the characters of Derek and Clive.
Salt Lake City, UT – In an age that is in natural historian David Petersen's words "increasingly urbanized, denatured, domesticated, and virtualized," why do so many people still engage in the ancient ritual of hunting? For Petersen, it is a love - a sacred game that places the human animal squarely at the heart of nature. As the West enters the Fall hunting season, Petersen talks to Doug Fabrizio about the ethics and responsibilities of the modern hunter.
Salt Lake City, UT – Nevada is the driest state in the nation. Utah, the second driest. It's a story as old as the West itself. Individuals and communities need water to survive, and who has access to how much is always a question. KUED's new documentary Desert Wars: Water and the West looks at the case of the Snake Valley aquifer, and the competition between a growing urban landscape and the ranches and resources of the desert. Doug talks to producer John Howe and others about the culture of water in our region.
Salt Lake City, UT – Last December marked the 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith's birth. As the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Smith's life and theology has had a profound effect on American religion, and on the culture of Utah. Nevertheless, he remains an enigmatic and controversial figure. Historian Richard Bushman, author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, will be in Utah next Monday, and we're taking this opportunity to rebroadcast Doug's conversation with him. (Repeat)