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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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:
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)
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:
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.