Salt Lake City, UT – Thursday on RadioWest, we're talking about yoga and how it has been practiced throughout its 6,000 year history. A new piece of musical theater by SB Dance Company satirizes the way yoga has come to be practiced in American popular culture. This isn't a new criticism though. For centuries people have disputed the motives of practitioners. Doug is joined by choreographer Stephen Brown and religion scholar Stuart Sarbacker for a conversation about the history and purpose of yoga as a philosophy and a way of life.
Salt Lake City, UT – There's always been a mystique surrounding the most famous of Italian violins, those crafted by Antonio Stradivari 300 years ago. For centuries, scientists and violin makers have tried to duplicate the excellence of his craftsmanship, without success. Some of the finest young classical violinists in the world are gathering in Utah this week to play these violins.
Salt Lake City, UT – The nozzle at your local gas station doesn't just connect you to the pump - it connects you to the world at the other end of the pipe. Journalist Lisa Margonelli set out to explore that world, and it led to interviews with gas station owners, truckers, drillers, oil billionaires, Venezuelan villagers and Chinese automobile designers. Margonelli joins Doug to explain how Utah's $3.21 gasoline may actually be ridiculously cheap given the impacts of this complicated, global industry.
If you knew you might one day go blind, would you become a photographer? Indeed, a photographer who voyages to the Antarctic? That describes David C. Schultz, one of Utah's most accomplished nature photographers. The Heber City resident's latest exhibit features photographs from his recent expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, where he captured the elegant beauty of massive icebergs and the rich wildlife of the poles. KUER's Jenny Brundin has this profile.
Salt Lake City, UT – Energy comes in many forms, among them heat, sound and electricity. Research at the University of Utah is demonstrating how to make use of sound to convert waste heat from smokestacks or even computer chips into electricity. KUER's Dan Bammes explains how it could become part of a more efficient energy future.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Fred Newman. Fred does sound effects for Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. But he's no foley artist - no old shoes or creaky doors or coconuts for him. Newman does it all - the plops, the sizzles, the clicks - with his voice. He explained to Doug how he came to understand how the voice works and how sounds connect us to the world we live in. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – It's spring, and that has Marcela Torres out walking, even when everybody else isn't. Torres is a former KUER intern who shares her thoughts with us about an activity that she says is good for her body, mind and soul.
Salt Lake City, UT – Monday on RadioWest, we're talking to Joe Firmage, an internet wunderkind who says the World Wide Web is getting out of hand. While it may indeed have democratized how information is published and shared, the he says the internet has also become significantly cluttered. So Firmage has created ManyOne.net, which he hopes will deliver a trust-worthy guide to the body of human knowledge found on-line. Firmage joins Doug in studio to look at just how it is he plans to untangle the web.
Washington D.C. – Gasoline prices in Utah and across the country are well above three dollars a gallon now and show no sign of declining. Members of Utah's Congressional delegation have mixed reactions when it comes to tackling soaring gas prices. Matt Laslo reports from Capitol Hill.
Orem, UT – The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has declared an insect infestation emergency covering much of the west side of Orem. It's about to begin a spraying program, hoping to eradicate Japanese beetles, which were found in the area last year. The state is also imposing a three-year ban on home gardens in the area. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Farmington, UT – Learning about physics concepts such as velocity and acceleration has usually meant classroom experiments like watching a marble roll down an inclined plane. No wonder interest in science classes has been lagging among American teens -- and the percentage of undergraduates in science and engineering majors remains below that of many other countries. But what if kids were exposed to physics concepts while, say, careening down a roller coaster? Producer Robin Sussingham reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – The cemetery at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City includes graves going back to the Civil War. Those American soldiers and others, including some who have died in Iraq, were remembered in services held by the U.S. Army Reserve's 96th Regional Readiness Command on Memorial Day. KUER's Tasha Cook attended the remembrance and brought back this audio postcard.
Salt Lake City, UT – Monday on RadioWest, we're exploring the way religion - in particular the Mormon religion - is portrayed in popular culture. We're using as a kind of case study an episode from the animated program South Park called "All About the Mormons?" which takes on the most sacred accounts of the church's origins. Our guests will explain why there's more here then just satire. It's also about belief, faith and the view outsiders have of the fantastic stories that are part of most religions. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Whether or not Utahns will actually be voting on school vouchers in this November's election sunk deeper into already murky water yesterday. Governor Jon Huntsman announced he would not hold a special legislative session to help clarify the issue. Voucher proponents meantime - petitioned the courts to step in and sort the matter out. KUER's Jenny Brundin has the story.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act, creating one of the greatest public works projects in history and a significant development in American culture. As you prepare for your Memorial Day weekend - Whether your journey takes you on the highway or down a meandering side-road -- we're rebroadcasting our conversation about some unforgettable trips and about the appeal of the open road. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – More than 8,500 students a year in Utah miss out on graduating from high school. For many of them, the Clearfield Job Corps Center provides a second chance. KUER's Tasha Cook interviews the center's director.
Spring City, UT – The town of Spring City, Utah was added to the National Historic Register in 1978, and the town boasts some splendid examples of architecture from the mid to late 19th and early 20th centuries. As Spring City prepares for its annual Heritage Day home tours, we're asking questions about historic preservation. What is it about these buildings that make them worth saving? What does "preservation" mean in a living community? Join us for a live broadcast from Spring City Hall.
Spring City, UT – This week, RadioWest is live in Spring City, Utah. On Tuesday, we begin our conversations with a portrait of the town. Settled by Mormon pioneers in 1852, Spring City remains uniquely well-preserved in architecture and charm. In 1978, the entire town was listed as a National Historic District, and throughout the years has become home to many regionally and nationally recognized artists. Join Doug for a look at the history, economy and character of this rural Utah town.
Salt Lake City, UT – In January, a couple from Salt Lake City made an unprecedented offer to Utah's creative community, something that dozens of visual artists found irrestistible. This weekend, the public is invited to see the results. KUER"s Jennifer Napier-Pearce reports.
The 3-3-7 Project is free and open to the public this weekend and next at 337 South 400 East in Salt Lake City. More information is available online at 337project.org.