Salt Lake City, UT – In the spring of 1857, President James Buchanan appointed a non-Mormon governor for the Utah Territory and sent off troops to enforce the order. Armed skirmishes between the Mormon militia and the U.S. Army followed, and the roughly year-long conflict is now known as the "Utah War." On Thursday, Doug speaks with independent historians Will Bagley and David Bigler as well as LDS Church Historian Richard Turley about this pivotal moment in Utah history.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug talks to Christine Rosen about technology, especially television, and its narrowing of our world view. Her article "The Age of Egocasting" appeared in the February 2005 edition of "The New Atlantis Monthly." (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – The forces of industry, immigration and sexual politics all converge in Eric Samuelsen's new play "Miasma." Originally created as part of Plan-B Theatre Company's overnight play-writing project SLAM, Samuelsen has now fleshed out his characters -- a rancher-turned-beef producer, his prodigal daughter, a gay foreman and Mexican laborers -- to create a tableau of a nation in flux. Wednesday on RadioWest, Doug talks with Samuelsen, along with director Adrianne Moore and "Miasma" cast members.
Salt Lake City, UT – The forces of industry, immigration and sexual politics all converge in Eric Samuelsen's new play "Miasma." Originally created as part of Plan-B Theatre Company's overnight play-writing project SLAM, Samuelsen has now fleshed out his characters -- a rancher-turned-beef producer, his prodigal daughter, a gay foreman and Mexican laborers -- to create a tableau of a nation in flux. Tuesday on RadioWest, Doug talks Samuelsen, along with director Adrianne Moore and Miasma cast members.
New York, NY – In the weeks and months after 9/11, The Kitchen Sisters, NPR's Lost and Found sound and the public broadcasting community collected audio traces of the World Trade Center, its neighborhood and the events of September 11, 2001. Listen to this surprisingly intimate portrait produced from voicemails, archival tape, on-site recordings, oral histories, remembrances and stories.
Salt Lake City, UT – A study by the non-partisan Utah Foundation determined that this year's increase in education funding in Utah was the first in many years to exceed what would be expected with the normal growth of the economy and state government. How to keep that up was the subject of a conference in Salt Lake City on September 7th. KUER's Dan Bammes was there.
Salt Lake City, UT – The annual Greek Festival opens Friday, and we're taking the opportunity to rebroadcast our conversation from last year's centennial of the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake City. Doug Fabrizio was joined by Manoli Sargetakis, historian Constantine Skedros, and Craig Miller of the Utah Arts Council Folk Arts Program for a look at the history of this unique community, and at how ethnicity is preserved in the "melting-pot" of America. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1945, the sacred text of one of the world's earliest Christian sects was uncovered in Upper Egypt. The discovery of the Gnostic Gospels -- including the Gospel of Thomas -- has fascinated scholars and ignited imaginations since. Preeminent theologian Elaine Pagels joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about how Christianity may have been different had these teachings of Jesus been a part of church canon from the earliest days. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – State lawmakers yesterday tentatively agreed to what Governor Jon Huntsman has been asking them for, for months: a special legislative session to consider tax reform for Utah. But it looks like Utah's top politician will have to do more lobbying on another key goal - allowing voters to consider raising sales tax to pay for transit. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
St. George, UT – The followers of captured polygamist Warren Jeffs believe he's the prophet who holds the keys to heaven. Jeffs is in a Las Vegas jail cell awaiting extradition to Utah. And when he comes here, he'll be sent to Purgatory, literally. And if not for a quirk of history, he'd be going straight to "hell." NPR's Howard Berkes explains. (Howard Berkes is a reporter for National Public Radio who lives in Salt Lake City.)
Salt Lake City, UT – Just a day after thousands of Utahns rallied to both applaud and protest President George W. Bush, he dfended his war strategy before a cheering crowd of veterans at the American Legion's national convention. KUER's Jenny Brundin has this report:
Salt Lake City, UT – The ability to assist one another - to make sacrifices for one another - is a characteristic that makes us human. But "help" isn't an overly simple concept. We all need it from time to time, but how do we know that the aid we are offering is actually wanted or effective? What does it mean to help? Author Garret Keizer joins Doug for a look at the necessity, the limits and the contradictions of helping our fellow man. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – President George W. Bush arrived in Utah last night to cheering crowds at the Air National Guard base. Earlier in the day, however, thousands rallied to protest the war in Iraq and the President, while others gathered in support of the troops. Here's our report, beginning with KUER's Tasha Cook, followed by Dan Bammes and Jenny Brundin.
Salt Lake City, UT – U.S. Secretary of State Condolezza Rice and U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld visited Salt Lake City yesterday. President Bush's top advisors addressed thousands of veterans at their annual convention at the Salt Palace. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – With the rallies surrounding George W. Bush's visit to Salt Lake City in full swing, Doug talks to Brookings Institution scholar Charles O Jones about Bush's presidency. Then, he turns to Monday's arrest of Warren Steed Jeffs, and asks FLDS historian Ken Driggs what it means for Jeffs' polygamous community.
Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake City will be dominated by protests and rallies in anticipation of President George W. Bush's third visit to Utah. Bush will address veterans at the 88th American Legion convention on Thursday, August 31st. But on Wednesday, Utahns will have the chance to participate in one of at least six rallies. So far, they include anti-war, pro-Bush, pro-immigration reform, pro-troop and anti-Israel rallies, among others. As KUER's Jenny Brundin reports, the day is expected to be an emotional one for many Utahns.
Salt Lake City, UT – The University of Utah held a ceremony last Friday for 102 new students in its School of Medicine. They put on their white lab coats for the first time. Along with that, they were given a charge by a well-known expert in the ethics and spirituality of medicine to be aware of the obligations they're taking on with the study of healing.
Salt Lake City, UT – If you had only 10 minutes to dash into your house as flood waters rose - or as flames threatened to consume your possessions - what would you grab? Do you know immediately? What do those things that you would prioritize mean to you? It was a very literal decision people had to make in Louisiana and in Mississippi. As the nation looks back at last year's devastating losses, we're asking you to talk about the "stuff" that means the most to you.
Salt Lake City, UT – It may sound a little bit like a small insect flying overhead. Or a faint chirping. But in parts of southern Utah, that sound may be coming from a bat. Jeff Rice has this week's Utah Soundscapes audio postcard.