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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:02 am
Tue July 17, 2007

7/17/07: Remedies for the Teacher Shortage

Photo by Judy Baxter

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.

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KUER Local News
9:31 am
Mon July 16, 2007

Splitting School Districts

KUER Local News
9:27 am
Fri July 13, 2007

Milford Flat Wildfire

Rancher Newell Chlarson
Sheri Quinn

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
11:19 pm
Thu July 12, 2007

7/16/07: King Lear

Dan Kremer plays the part of King Lear in the Utah Shakespearean Festival production.
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4:48 am
Thu July 12, 2007

7/13/07: Huck's Raft

Photo by Phil Schatz

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)

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:29 am
Thu July 12, 2007

7/12/07: Identifying with the Party

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?

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KUER Local News
9:06 am
Wed July 11, 2007

Bear River Dam Opponents Turn to Poetry

RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
1:13 am
Tue July 10, 2007

7/11/07: The Nature of Wildfire

Wildfire Near Saratoga Springs, June 2007. Photo by JP Stanley

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
5:44 am
Mon July 9, 2007

7/10/07: God and Empire

John Dominic Crossan

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
11:13 pm
Sun July 8, 2007

7/9/07: Stradivari's Genius

Ralph Matson was appointed Utah Symphony Concertmaster in 1985.

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)

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KUER Local News
10:53 pm
Sun July 8, 2007

Tabernacle Choir Out-Sings Cicadas

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
8:36 am
Tue July 3, 2007

7/6/07: Starving for Time

Lots of Clocks! Photo by G Kaufman
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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
11:32 pm
Mon July 2, 2007

7/5/07: Brian Kershisnik - Painting from Life

Painter Brian Kershisnik
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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
5:00 am
Mon July 2, 2007

7/4/2007: Presidential Courage

Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss
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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:56 am
Mon July 2, 2007

7/3/2007: Presidential Pardons

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?

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KUER Local News
9:57 am
Sun July 1, 2007

Woman Bids to be First to Solo Row Across Pacific

Roz Savage on her Atlantic voyage. Courtesy of www.rozsavage.com.
Roz Savage

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
5:59 am
Fri June 29, 2007

7/2/07: What to Read This Summer

Enjoying a Novel by Stefan Jansson

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.

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KUER Local News
4:43 am
Fri June 29, 2007

Journey to an Internment Camp

Amache Internment Camp from water tower.
Denver Public Library, Western History Department

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.

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KUER Local News
9:58 am
Thu June 28, 2007

Bite Sized - Sushi

Chef Toshio Sekikawa

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KUER Local News
6:12 am
Thu June 28, 2007

Sundance Economic Impact

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:14 am
Thu June 28, 2007

6/29/07: Your Personal Economy - Making Money with Your Hobby

Photo by Brendan Riley

Salt Lake City, UT – Some things we do for fun and others we do for money. But many people have hobbies that pay, although it's rarely enough to support a family. On this edition of Your Personal Economy, we'll hear from some people who make money from their passions and talk about how to do it without interfering with your day job. John Bird from the Albion Financial Group joins KUER's Dan Bammes in the studio to talk about hobbies that make money on Radio West.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:35 am
Wed June 27, 2007

6/28/07: Sicko

RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:47 am
Tue June 26, 2007

6/27/07: Japanese Film Festival

Akira Kurosawa, 1910-1998

Salt Lake City, UT – This week, the Salt Lake City Film Center is hosting a Japanese Film Festival, and we're taking the opportunity to talk about the Japanese experience in film and Japanese film making. Doug talks to producer and local filmmaker Barry Rosenbush about American Pastime, which deals with a family interned in Topaz Camp during World War II. Then, we profile the extraordinary 50 year career of Akira Kurosawa, whose masterpieces include the 1954 classic, Seven Samurai.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:07 am
Mon June 25, 2007

6/26/07: The Whole World Over

Author Julia Glass

Salt Lake City, UT – Julia Glass published her first novel at the age of 44 and with it won the National Book Award. So where does a sophomore writer go next? Glass told the Detroit Free Press that she set out to find a new point of view - to create something "consciously different." Julia Glass will be in Salt Lake city this weekend, and Tuesday she joins Doug to talk about her book The Whole World Over. It's a story of the accidents - and the choices - that define the loves in life.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
6:36 am
Fri June 22, 2007

6/25/07: Muses, Madmen and Prophets

Salt Lake City, UT – For much of our history, those who heard voices were thought of as having a connection to the supernatural world: Socrates, Moses and Joan of Arc to name just a few. 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. Monday, Smith joins Doug to talk about the extraordinary, strange and sometimes frightening aspects of auditory hallucinations.

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KUER Local News
4:43 am
Fri June 22, 2007

Childhood Asthma and Genomics

Salt Lake City, UT – Asthma is one of Utah's most persistent and troubling health problems, especially for children. Air pollution is widely blamed for this respiratory ailmnent. But it's more complicated than that. Health researchers are now looking at the complex interplay between genetics and the environment. KUER's Tasha Cook reports.

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KUER Local News
4:42 am
Fri June 22, 2007

Childhood Asthma and Genomics

Salt Lake City, UT – Asthma is one of Utah's most persistent and troubling health problems, especially for children. Air pollution is widely blamed for this respiratory ailmnent. But it's more complicated than that. Health researchers are now looking at the complex interplay between genetics and the environment. KUER's Tasha Cook reports.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
11:33 pm
Wed June 20, 2007

6/22/07: EO Wilson

Biologist, Theorist and Naturalist Edward O. Wilson

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)

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
5:30 am
Wed June 20, 2007

6/21/07: The Battle for Peace

General Tony Zinni, USMC Retired

Salt Lake City, UT – In 2003, as General Tony Zinni waited to speak to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he recounts listening to the "planners" from the Defense Department testify. What horrified him was that there was no plan - no answer to the complexities that America faced in Iraq. In Zinni's book "The Battle for Peace," the former Commander in Chief of CENTCOM lays out his approach to stabilizing the Middle East. Thursday, he joins Doug to talk about that vision, and about America's role in world politics.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:58 am
Tue June 19, 2007

6/20/07: US Business and Immigration

\"Bienvenidos\" Photo by Josh Johnson
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