Salt Lake City, UT – The film Who Killed the Electric Car? traces the life of the EV1 from GM, a sleek automobile which emerged in 1996 full of promise. It was said to be efficient, fast and best of all it produced no emissions. The car was completely electric and in ten years, it was completely gone. But just who was responsible? Technology? Consumers? Corporate America? Among Doug's guests, the film's director Chris Paine, who says this allegory for failure can be a symbol of human potential.
Salt Lake City, UT – In a country where pop tarts and microwave dinners are the norm, few have developed an appreciation for gourmet cuisine. But for some, like Lance Duffin, food is an art form, a passion to be cultivated. Duffin is the creator of a new photographic exhibit called "Foodie, SLC that opens this Friday at the new Art Access gallery in Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City, UT – When the plane carrying a Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the Andes in 1972, Nando Parrado lay unconscious for three days. He woke only to find his mother dead, his sister dying, and the survivors trapped on a 12,000 foot glacier. After two months in this lifeless terrain, Parrado led the 45-mile expedition to find help - and to find home. Parrado joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about his remarkable story of friendship, tragedy and perseverance. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – An announcement yesterday from London that an alleged terrorist plot to bomb airplanes had been foiled caused delays for air travelers across the United States. The effects were felt here in Utah. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report:
Salt Lake City, UT – As divided as the American public may be on the important issues of the day, both red and blue can agree that something is wrong in Washington. Politics has become less about ideology and more about how to gain and keep power. Doug's guest is Joe Klein, author of "Politics Lost: How American Democracy Was Trivialized by People Who Think You're Stupid." They'll talk about the decline of courage and leadership, and about what can be done to get us out of this mess. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – August in Utah brings warm nights and the chorusing calls of tree crickets. Jeff Rice has this Utah Soundscapes audio postcard from a backyard in Salt Lake City. Want to know the outside temperature? Consult the chirpometer.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tim O'Brien has said that creating music is as simple as making something new out of something old. This philosophy, along with his talent and versatility, has resulted in over 30 years of music well-grounded in the traditions of the American South and Ireland. In his hands though, the rhythms and themes morph into modern expressions. This 2006 Grammy Award Winner is in Salt Lake this week, and visits us in studio with his instruments.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Outdoor Retailer Expo at the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City has been an annual part of summer in Utah for the past decade. It attracts about twenty five thousand visitors, most of them are outdoor equipment vendors and retailers from around the country. But this year there's a controversy about one of the show's new sponsors. University of Utah graduate Jay Rogers has this report.
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: