Goblin Valley State Park, UT – When police in Utah get a missing person's report, someone lost on a camping trip or back country hike, they often call the Salt Lake City-based group Rocky Mountain Rescue Dogs. The rescue dogs and their volunteer handlers are highly trained, participating in group exercises or "workouts" each month. Goblin Valley State Park was the scene of a recent workout. Lee Austin traveled there and has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Hillary Rodham Clinton has already helped to define one presidency. The Yale Law School graduate was instrumental in the triumphs and trials of her husband's political career in Arkansas and in the White House. Now Senator Clinton may be poised to shape another presidency, but this time it would be her own. Wednesday Doug is joined by Carl Bernstein, author of the new biography A Woman in Charge.
Salt Lake City, UT – What is it like to be one of the small percentage of minority students represending diversity at the University of Utah? Today we hear from Jessica Solyom, who's finishing her master's degree in interpersonal communication and planning to continue working toward a PhD.
Salt Lake City, UT – Between 1951 and 1992, the US Government tested 928 nuclear bombs in the Nevada desert, and Utah and its unsuspecting residents were downwind. Over time, scientists started to make connections between incidents of cancer and contamination from the fallout of those tests. Utah writer Mary Dickson has created a new play that looks at the human consequence of nuclear testing, and it's a very personal story. Mary Dickson joins Doug to talk about her own family's experience and about being "Exposed."
Salt Lake City, UT – Dick Cheney has been in Washington for some 34 years, and in that time, he says he's seen administrations "[trade] away the authority of the president to do his job." In a new Frontline documentary, producer Michael Kirk looks at Vice President Cheney's efforts to expand the power of the presidency. It's an effort that some view as the most ambitious in American history. Monday, Kirk joins Doug for a conversation on "Cheney's Law."
Salt Lake City, UT – For much of history, those who heard voices were thought of as having a connection to the supernatural world: Socrates, Moses & Joan of Arc. People still hear voices today, but now it's explained as a trick of the human psyche or as a disease. After his own father struggled with voices, the journalist Daniel Smith set-out to understand the phenomenon. Smith joined Doug earlier this summer to talk about the history, the science and the meaning of auditory hallucinations. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – As part of our Waterwise Utah series, we explore how consumers are cutting their water consumption by investing in drought-tolerant plants. KUER's Tasha Cook looks at the business of garden centers and nurseries.
Salt Lake City, UT – While residents of Utah's urban areas are constantly reminded to "Slow the Flow" and conserve water, many of Utah's farmers are finding few reasons to change their water-using habits. Those who are conserving do it to increase crop yields, minimize labor costs or for reasons other than public policy. As KUER's Dan Bammes reports, there's just not much incentive under current law to encourage them to use less.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Bear River is the main source for the Great Salt Lake, and on its journey from the high Uinta Mountains through three Western States, the water is used for habitat, farms, electricity, recreation, lawns and homes. Craig Denton has written a new book, and in it, he describes how Urban Utah's thirst for water will chart the course of the river. Thursday on the program, Denton joins Doug as part of Water Wise Utah.
Salt Lake City, UT – Mario Capecchi is persistent. He learned the trait early in life surviving as an orphan on the streets of war-torn Italy. He practiced it in the mid-80s when the National Institutes of Health told him his research was "not worthy of pursuit." But his persistence has paid off. This week, Capecchi and two others were awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for their work in genetics. Wednesday, Mario Capecchi joins us for a conversation about science, his research and the determination to succeed.
Salt Lake City, UT – So far, more than 4,000 Utahns have pledged to rip their strip, according to a local water conservation group - the Utah River's Council. In the first of a special series for Water-Wise week - KUER's Jenny Brundin profiles a couple of rippers to see how they fared.
Salt Lake City, UT – The argument over the relationship between government and religion is as old as the country itself. From the presidency of George Washington to that of James Monroe - a battle waged between those who saw God as the legitimate ruler of men and those who valued liberty above all else. In his new book, historian and theologian Forrest Church looks at the beliefs of the earliest presidents, and Tuesday he talks to Doug about how those beliefs formed our nation.
Salt Lake City, UT – Davy Rothbart is a collector. As the creator of Found Magazine, he regularly brings to life items that have been tossed and forgotten. His acclaimed book "The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas," along with his pieces for This American Life, follows a similar vein. The collection of stories grew out of road trips and small towns, capturing the oddity, poetry and dignity of everyday life. (Rebroadcast)
Washington, DC – Families of miners and rescuers lost in the Crandall Canyon mine cave-in were on Capitol Hill Thursday. They were joined by Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, who came to the Capitol to tell lawmakers what went wrong before -- and after the accident. Todd Zwillich has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – When Paula Poundstone describes Joan of Arc as "called by God and driven to drink," there's a natural segue to the comedian's own battle with alcoholism. In her latest book, Poundstone faces her life head-on by looking at the lives of seven historical figures. Paula Poundstone will perform this weekend in Salt Lake City, and Thursday she joins Doug to talk about comedy, public radio and rebuilding a life.
Salt Lake City, UT – You know Peter Sagal as host of Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me, but would you have recognized him in a gambling hall or a strip club? Well, if you're about to protest that you wouldn't actually go to strip club - never fear: the Harvard-educated NPR host has written a book to take you there. It's called The Book of Vice, and Wednesday on RadioWest, he joins Doug to share what he learned about sinful behavior and the places it's practiced.
Salt Lake City, UT – It's the first Monday of October, the traditional date when the US Supreme Court goes back into session. Today on RadioWest, we're celebrating by playing back some of the arguments recorded in the country's most powerful courtroom -- among them the case that clinched the fate of Richard Nixon, Roe vs. Wade and the argument that decided the election in 2000.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1995, Brooke Gladstone took on a rare beat in broadcast journalism - she started reporting on the media itself. Now she is co-host and managing editor of NPR's On the Media, heard weekly on KUER. Brooke Gladstone is in Salt Lake City, and joins Doug in studio for a look at the media universe today.
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Salt Lake City, UT – Mark Strand has been described as a poet of simple words. But his body of acclaimed work is playful and mysterious - a voyage through the sound of language. The Pulitzer Prize winner and former US Poet Laureate is in Utah this week, and joins Doug Friday in studio.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah has a bit of a reputation for shall we say "unique" names. Collectors have come up with gems like LaVaughn for a girl and DeLoyal for a boy. But the author Lauren Wattenberg says that the country as a whole is following the trend. Parents are choosing monikers that help their children stand out from the crowd - for better or worse. Lauren Wattenberg is the author of "The Baby Name Wizard," and joins us today to help us kick off KUER's Fall Fund Drive.
Salt Lake City, UT – Polygamist-sect leader Warren Jeffs was relying on an argument made by his attorneys that his trial for arranging the marriage of an under-aged girl was really about religious persecution. Yesterday, a jury dismissed the idea and convicted him on two felony charges. The jurors said the case was really about the age of the bride: she was 14 at the time. We're talking about the case and about the fallout of the verdict. We're also looking at the history and the future of fundamentalist Mormonism.
Salt Lake City, UT – Veterans of World War II are dying at a rate of 1,000 a day. It was their first hand accounts, the deeply personal narratives of those who lived through the war that acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns set out to capture. It's not the story told by generals or historians, but by the men and women who were on the ground. Today on RadioWest, we're broadcasting Doug's interview with Burns about "The War."
Salt Lake City, UT – Responding to PBS stations' worries about language content in his new documentary "The War," Ken Burns created a version that expunged the twice used "f-word" and the few "s-words." KUED is running the edited version during prime-time, and the full version during the "safe harbor" after 11 p.m. Monday, Doug is joined by author Jeremy Lipschultz and others for a look at the FCC, its vague rules about indecency, and the careful balance between defining obscenity and protecting the First Amendment.
Salt Lake City, UT – On Friday evening, September 21st, KUER and RadioWest presented its third evening of silent film. This year, we took on the great Charlie Chaplin. If you weren't able to join us last night - go out and rent Charlie Chaplin's City Lights and watch it after listening to show. It won't be quite the same as watching it in an audience of some 1250 people, but it will be worth your time.
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest's Host Doug Fabrizio talks to NPR film critic Bob Mondello, Hunter Hale of The Organ Loft and organist Blaine Gale about the silent film era and the work of actor Charlie Chaplin.
Salt Lake City, UT – Guest host Teresa Jordan is joined by childhood development author Richard Louv to talk about his book Last Child in the Woods. Kids today have little hands on contact with the natural world, they learn in school about global warming and acid rain, but many have never seen a bunny hop through the woods. Does it matter? Saving our children from Nature Deficit Disorder, today on RadioWest. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – A legislative committee has taken up a controversial piece of legislation that would pave the path for a nuclear power plant in Utah. Testimony focused on the risky economics of the venture. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Washington D.C. – A bid to give Utah and the District of Columbia new voting representation in the House failed in the Senate today. As Todd Zwillick reports from our Capitol Hill Bureau, Utah may now have to wait several years to get another representative.