Salt Lake City, UT – In a world where religion is increasingly a driving force for politics, culture and community discourse, what is the role of secularism? Next week, the University of Utah's Vincent Pecora will deliver the third annual Gordon B Hinckley Lecture in British Studies entitled "Religion and Culture: Secularism and its Discontents," and joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about what meaning and value there may be in ethics that are not driven by religious doctrine.
Salt Lake City – With major immigrant-rights rallies raging across the country- and descending on the nation's Capitol- the Senate Judiciary Committee finally reached agreement on an immigration reform bill. The legislation is expected to hit the Senate Floor as early as Wednesday. Utah's Senators say there is more work to be done on the bill, which includes a controversial guest worker program. From our Capitol Hill bureau, Jill Morrison reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Thirty years after the glam-rock band The New York Dolls had flamed out and broken up, film maker Greg Whitely found bassist Arthur "Killer" Kane in the Mormon Church's Family History Library in Los Angeles. He had quit drugs and found God but he had this beautiful dream to get the band back together. RadioWest looks at the making of the film and the remarkable influence of the New York Dolls. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Part 2 looks at Jennifer Lee Jackson new life as a woman, how it has affected her relations with family and friends and her bid for political office in one of the most conservative states in the country.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday and Wednesday, KUER's Jenny Brundin has brought you the extraordinary story of Jenni Jackson, a man who became a woman and is now running for the Utah State Senate. Wednesday on RadioWest, Doug is joined by Brundin and Jackson, as well as others from Utah's transgendered community, for a look at their journey of transformation - the choices they've made, the lives they live, and their honesty about who they are.
Salt Lake City, UT – In part 1 of "Jenni's Story," we go back to her early years as a young boy named Ken Prince who felt he was born with the body of a male, but who had the mind and soul of a female. Later in life, Ken Prince was a successful salesman, church leader and father of six. But he endured years of anguish, overwhelmed by his desire to be a woman.
Salt Lake City, UT – When a herd of cows is gunned down on a lonely dirt road in the Grand Staircase National Monument, an investigative journalist, a U.S. Ranger and a Dineh Indian elder set out to to find out who's responsible and head-off a full scale land war. Mark Taylor's new novel "Patriots: the Redrock Land War" has been named a finalist for the 2005 Utah Book Award for fiction, and Taylor joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about misguided patriotism, violent confrontation, political conspiracy and sacred Native American belief.
Salt Lake City, UT – Andrew Carroll traveled throughout the US and 35 countries to collect the personal correspondence of troops and civilians in times of war. The result was 200 letters that portray the realities of conflict and sacrifice from the American Revolution to Iraq. He's collected them into the new book "Behind the Lines," and joins Doug Fabrizio in studio to talk about his search ... and about what he found. (Repeat)
Washington, DC – Republican Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and all three of Utah's House members stand for re-election this fall. President Bush's flagging poll numbers on Iraq are exciting Democrats as the midterm elections creep closer. Experts believe Democrats could make gains in both the House and the Senate, but it's doubtful the president's vulnerability could have much of an impact here in Utah. Chad Pergram examines the influence of the war at the ballot box.
Washington, DC – Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and all three of the state's house members stand for re-election this fall. President Bush's flagging poll numbers on Iraq are exciting Democrats as the mid-term elections creep closer. Experts believe Democrats could make gains in both the House and the Senate. But it's doubtful the president's vunerability could have much of an impact in Utah. From our Capitol Hill Bureau, Chad Pergram examines the influence of the war at the ballot box.
Salt Lake City, UT – Next month marks the 40th anniversary of the University of Utah Seismograph Stations and the 100th anniversary of the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Mary Lou Zoback's lecture tonight at the Salt Lake City Library will highlight the disaster of the California quake, and what we, in Utah, can learn from earthquake science. In an interview, Zoback shares her research findings about the great Wasatch Fault with KUER's Tasha Cook.
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 is in Salt Lake City, and 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.
Salt Lake City, UT – Roger Ball has been appointed the new president of the Utah HealthCare Coalition. Ball was the former executive director of the Committee of Consumer Services, who led the effort to roll back Questar Gas rate hikes. KUER's Tasha Cook sat down with Roger Ball to discuss his vision as the coalition's new leader.
Salt Lake City, UT – Clara Bingham is the author of Class Action, a book that chronicles the landmark sexual harassment case brought by Lois Jenson against the Eveleth Mines in Minnesota in 1988. Her victory marked the end of a 25 year personal struggle and a dramatic shift for women in the workplace across America. Later in the program, we'll present an excerpt from our conversation with Utah Poet Laureate Ken Brewer, who died Wednesday at the age of 64.
Washington, D.C. – Utah Republican Senator Bob Bennett is back again with a proposal for Social Security reform that he says will actually solve the problems of dealing with millions of retiring baby boomers in the coming years. But he's not optimistic about its prospects. Chad Pergram reports from our Capitol Hill bureau.
Washington, D.C. – President Bush named Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne to be the new Secretary of the Interior Thursday. Utah lawmakers had praise for the nominee, who is a former U.S. Senator. Benjamin Shaw reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday, Governor Jon Huntsman made Utah the 12th state in the country to pass comprehensive anti-smoking legislation. He signed a bill that bans smoking in private clubs and bars. But the owners of those private clubs say their businesses are unique and they're asking the state to look at them in a different way. KUER's Mikenna Clokey reports.
Washington, DC – The Utah legislature has passed and Governor Jon Huntsman has signed a bill that bans smoking in private clubs and taverns as well as many other indoor areas of Utah. There's one part of America where the movement to ban smoking doesn't seem to have taken hold, and that's in the halls of Congress. Laura Strickler reports from our Capitol Hill bureau.
Salt Lake City, UT – Host Doug Fabrizio takes RadioWest to the stage of Plan B Theatre Company's new production, Amerika. The play, created by Utahn Aden Ross, is an examination of the relationship between money and power, lies and "terrorism." Doug talks to Ross, along with the cast and director, Jerry Rapier. Listeners may join the conversation by e-mail during the special 7:00 p.m. broadcast.
The Night of February 13th, a Monday night Jazz At The Sheraton Concert became a Spanish invasion. Pianist Legend Chick Corea brought his Spanish Band " Touchstone " with three key members from Spain, bassist Carles Benavent, flute and saxman Jorge Pardo and percussionist Rubem Dantas.
Salt Lake City, UT – A recent poll asked American troops in Iraq this question: How long should troops stay in Iraq? An overwhelming 72 percent surveyed think the U.S. should exit the war-torn nation within the next year. More than one in four say the troops should leave immediately. Commentators this past week have debated the accuracy of the poll. But on Saturday, producer Sara Buhr checked in with Utah Guardsmen who've just returned from Iraq, to get their opinions on the matter.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug Fabrizio looks at the document which serves as the basis for the country's law with constitutional law scholar and author Akhil Reed Amar. His new book is called "America's Constitution: A Biography." (Repeat)
America's Constitution will air Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m.
Salt Lake City, UT – The relationship between food and religion is part of tradition around the globe - from keeping Kosher to the Mormon Word of Wisdom founded in religious principles of the 1830s. Today on RadioWest, Doug is joined by Daniel Sack of the Material History of American Religion Project and others to discuss what practices like avoiding hot drinks tells us about obedience and identity.
Salt Lake City, UT – HBO's new series Big Love premiered Sunday night, and the controversy of a television program about polygamy in Utah filled the week's newspapers. Today on RadioWest, we talk to television critics Scott Pierce of the Deseret News and Rob Owen of the Pittsburg Post-Gazette about the writing and the characters of the series. Doug is also joined by Holly Mullen of the Salt Lake Tribune and Soctt Beck of the Salt Lake Conventions and Visitors bureau to discuss the bigger question of how outsiders see Utah.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today, March 10th, is a special day for Tibetans around the world. It's the day commemorating the Tibetan uprising against the Chinese in 1959. Tashi Pelton, a Tibetan woman living in Salt Lake City, experienced first hand the terror of Chinese rule. She spent fifteen years in prison in Tibet for her family's resistance to the Chinese.
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.
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest takes a look at the art of burlesque with Utah native Dee Milo from the Golden Days of Burlesque Historical Society, international burlesque performer Miss Dirty Martini, and Jane Briggeman, author of "Burlesque: Legendary Stars of the Stage." (Repeat)