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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:34 am
Tue August 8, 2006

8/9/06: Mormonism and Pop Culture

South Park's \"All About the Mormons?\" originally aired on November 19, 2003.
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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:00 am
Mon August 7, 2006

8/8/06: Free Speech 101

Salt Lake City, UT – When the student government of Utah Valley State College decided to bring Michael Moore to their campus in 2004, they thought they would stir up controversy - but they didn't imagine the tremendous back-lash they would receive. Demonstrations on both sides, political pressure and bribery divided the community. Then Student Body Vice President of Academics Joseph Vogel has written a book on the Utah Valley uproar, and talks to Doug about the state of free speech in the United States.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
10:15 pm
Thu August 3, 2006

8/7/06: On the Ridge Between Life and Death

Author and Climber David Roberts

Salt Lake City, UT – Despite witnessing three fatal mountain climbing accidents before the age of 22, David Roberts insists that his greatest pleasure comes from the mountains. Doug Fabrizio talks to Roberts about the passion he describes in his new book, "On the Ridge Between Life and Death: A Climbing Life Reexamined." (Repeat)

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
9:20 am
Thu August 3, 2006

8/4/06: Why We Curse

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KUER Local News
5:48 am
Thu August 3, 2006

Utah Soundscapes: Amphibian Extinction

Columbian Spotted Frog photo courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
Krissy Wilson

Salt Lake City, UT – Scientists report a growing silence among the world's frog and toad populations. A new report says that nearly a third of the planet's amphibians are threatened with extinction. Jeff Rice reports for Utah Soundscapes.

Click here to link to the archives of Utah Soundscapes by Jeff Rice.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:54 am
Wed August 2, 2006

8/3/06: Rocky Anderson and Salt Lake Politics

Salt Lake City, UT – Last Friday, Rocky Anderson announced that he would not seek a third term as Salt Lake City's mayor. The announcement leaves past contenders and newcomers alike throwing their hats into the ring, while Anderson crosses party lines to endorse Republican Keith Christensen. Doug talks to observers about Salt Lake politics and what Anderson's decision means for the city. Later in the program, Doug's joined by Mayor Anderson for a look at his plans for his final 17 months in office.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
5:16 am
Tue August 1, 2006

8/2/06: Author Calvin Trillin

KUER Local News
1:17 am
Tue August 1, 2006

Christensen Wins Mayor's Endorsement

Salt Lake City, UT – Three days after announcing that he wasn't seeking a third term, Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson named his choice for his heir apparent -- Republican Keith Christensen. Anderson was standing next to him as Christensen, a former city council member, announced his intentions to run for mayor at a downtown news conference yesterday. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports on the two men's similarities -- and differences.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
5:03 am
Mon July 31, 2006

8/1/06: Dog Days of Summer Reading List

Salt Lake City, UT – With the hottest days of the summer here, it's time to find a cool spot and enjoy a great read. Doug gets the details on favorite books from Ken Sanders of Ken Sanders Rare Books, Catherine Weller of Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore and The King's English owner Betsy Burton and children's book manager Margaret Brennan-Neville.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:31 am
Fri July 28, 2006

7/31/06: Can't Stop the Music

Author and Radio Producer Eric Nuzum

Salt Lake City, UT – Songs that reference sexuality and vulgarity, music that leads to risque dancing -- if you think that contemporary music has gone beyond the pale, consider "Can't Stop Rag-Time." The year was 1913, and the song mocked laws that applied morality codes at dancehalls and attempted to institutionalize people who were "jazzily intoxicated." Eric Nuzum, author of "Parental Advisory," joins Doug for a look at the history of music censorship in America, from the early days of jazz and rock to the post-9/11 world.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:40 am
Thu July 27, 2006

7/28/06: The Omnivore's Dilemma

New York Times Magazine food writer Michael Pollan

Salt Lake City, UT – Michael Pollan says America is suffering from a national eating disorder. Pollan, author of the new book The Omnivore's Dilemma, has spent the last five years following the food chains that sustain humans. He was trying to answer the most straightforward of questions - What should I eat? - but he realized he couldn't get at that without understanding these two others: Just what am I eating? And Where in the world did it come from? (Repeat)

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KUER Local News
12:51 am
Thu July 27, 2006

Utah Soundscapes: Ultrasonics

Northern Grasshopper Mouse photo courtesy of enature.com
Roger W. Barbour

Salt Lake City, UT – Human hearing ranges from about 20 hertz to 20,000 hertz. But many animals-- from bats to moths to mice-- communicate and hear at pitches well above this. Jeff Rice has this audio postcard for the Utah Soundscapes series about the hidden world of ultrasonics.

Click here to link to the archives of Utah Soundscapes by Jeff Rice.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:50 am
Wed July 26, 2006

7/27/06: Selected Shorts

Isaiah Sheffer, host of Symphony Space's Selected Shorts

Salt Lake City, UT – A well-told story has a power to transport the listener - to a different time, to a different place, to a different way of seeing the world. Today on RadioWest, we're exploring the craft of the short story, as celebrated on Symphony Space's "Selected Shorts." Doug talks to Isaiah Sheffer, the host of the now 21-year-old series, and with local writers about the genre.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:34 am
Tue July 25, 2006

7/26/06: Road Trips

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:53 am
Fri July 21, 2006

7/25/06: North Korea Takes on the World

RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:19 am
Fri July 21, 2006

7/24/06: The Donner Party at Alder Creek

A monument at California's Donner Memorial State Park commemorates the plight of the ill-fated group.
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KUER Local News
5:20 am
Thu July 20, 2006

Utah Soundscapes: Rattlesnakes

Western Massasauga
Rattlesnake photo courtesy of: Sophro

Salt Lake City, UT – The rattle of a rattlesnake is one of the most iconic sounds of the west. Jeff Rice reports for Utah Soundscapes about the effects of summer temperatures on this startling sound. He has this audio postcard.

Click here to link to the archives of Utah Soundscapes by Jeff Rice.

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KUER Local News
1:04 am
Thu July 20, 2006

Diplomacy & Deal-Making: Utah & ASEAN

ASEAN Conference in Salt Lake City/Tasha Cook

Salt Lake City, UT – Visiting Salt Lake City this week are members of a powerful political and economic organization representing southeast Asia. Governor Jon Huntsman hosted the ambassadors, trade representatives and local business leaders at a conference yesterday. KUER's Tasha Cook has more on this story:

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
12:18 am
Thu July 20, 2006

7/21/06: No god but God

Author Reza Aslan

Salt Lake City, UT – The scholar Reza Aslan joins Doug Fabrizio to explain just how it is that the ancient ideals of Islam have come to be the creed of jihadists and terrorists. Aslan's book No god but God explores the origins of the faith of Mohammed and the way it has evolved over time. (Repeat)

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KUER Local News
11:38 pm
Wed July 19, 2006

Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Culture trays containing human embryonic stem cells/Jeff Miller

Salt Lake City – The Senate voted Tuesday to greatly expand funding for embryonic stem cell research. The vote is a direct challenge to President Bush, who ordered restricted funding in 2001 because the research destroys human embryos. But both of Utah's pro-life senators voted for the bill. Todd Zwillich reports from our Capitol Hill bureau:

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
5:39 am
Wed July 19, 2006

7/20/06: Parody and the News

Salt Lake's own Saliva Sisters perform the works of winners in the KUER/Salt Lake Tribune song parody contest.
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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:22 am
Tue July 18, 2006

7/19/06: Disputing the Water of Snake Valley

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KUER Local News
10:46 pm
Mon July 17, 2006

New Book Celebrates Grand Canyon's "Lasting Light"

The cover of Trimble's new book: Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography.
Stephen Trimble

Park City, UT – The light that illuminates the spires and ridges of the Grand Canyon sometimes lasts only a few seconds, but when a patient photographer captures that fleeting moment, it becomes what Stephen Trimble calls lasting light. That's the title of his new book celebrating those who've been taking pictures of the canyon for the past 125 years. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
5:49 am
Mon July 17, 2006

7/18/06: Israel, Hezbollah and a Region in Chaos

Salt Lake City, UT – More than 225 people have already died in six days of fighting between Israel and the Hezbollah militia based in Southern Lebanon. Doug Fabrizio is joined by local Middle East experts Ibrahim Karawan of the University of Utah, Joshua Aaronson - Rabbi for Temple Har Shalom in Park City, and BYU's Donna Lee Bowan. They'll look at what the conflict means, and at the choices that Israelis, Palestinians and both parties' supporters face in the region.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
5:46 am
Fri July 14, 2006

7/17/06: Fight Club Politics

Author and Journalist Juliet Eilperin
Craig Cola, washingtonpost.com
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KUER Local News
10:34 pm
Wed July 12, 2006

Utah Soundscapes: Ants

Photo of Formica coloradensis Creighton courtesy of Gary Alpert, Harvard University.
Gary Alpert

Salt Lake City, UT – Just about everything makes sound. That could be the motto of nature sound recordist Bernie Krause. He tells producer Jeff Rice how he recorded the surprising sound of ants on a camping trip in northern Arizona. Here's this week's Utah Soundscapes audio postcard.

Click here to link to the archives of Utah Soundscapes by Jeff Rice.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
10:17 pm
Wed July 12, 2006

7/14/06: The Wal-Mart Effect

Author Charles Fishman

Salt Lake City, UT – Even if you've never shopped at Wal-Mart, the ubiquitous store has influenced the products you buy and the economy in your town. Charles Fishman, author of "The Wal-Mart Effect," joins Doug Fabrizio and local business advocates Tony Weller and David Nimkin for a look at how the retail giant has changed American consumerism at its most basic levels. (Repeat)

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:52 am
Wed July 12, 2006

7/13/06: The Perfect Moment

Salt Lake City, UT – For people from all walks of life, there lingers in our memory the moment where circumstances converged - where everything was just right. It might be a phrase of music that could not be improved, the way that light and shadow were captured in a photograph, the instant when a problem's solution became crystal clear, or something as simple as the sun streaming into the living room. RadioWest is collecting your perfect moments, and begins sharing them Thursday on the program.

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KUER Local News
11:40 pm
Tue July 11, 2006

Reprocessing Won't Make Nuclear Waste Go Away

Salt Lake City, UT – Some members of Utah's Congressional delegation see reprocessing of spent fuel rods from nuclear reactors as a way to avoid any need to store high-level radioactive waste on the Skull Valley reservation or at other repositories in the West. The reality is more complex, and the experts agree there will always be a need to keep dangerous radioactive waste stored safely. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
5:35 am
Tue July 11, 2006

7/11/06: Convicting Polygamy

Salt Lake City, UT – Last week a jury in Kingman, Arizona convicted Kelly Fischer of having sex with a 16 year old girl. Fischer is a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he had taken the girl as one of his multiple wives. Tuesday on RadioWest, we are exploring the significance of the case, and asking what the conviction reveals about the difference between the way Arizona is dealing with the enduring issue of polygamy and the way Utah is approaching it.

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