Salt Lake City, UT – The Sarvodaya Shramadana community development movement is well-established in Sri Lanka and is now helping with disaster relief after the devastating tsunami. Richard Brooks, representing Friends of Sarvodaya, talks about the group and what it can do to help with the recovery in its homeland.
More information is available from the Buddhist Peace Fellowship web site (www.bpf.org) or from www.sarvodaya.lk
Thursday, December 30, 2004 – Charles Bowden is a hard hitting journalist and author who writes fearlessly and passionately about the American south-west. He takes on difficult topics ... killers, drug traffickers, the destruction of nature and the predicament of modern civilization. Bowden joins Doug for a conversation about his writing and his work. (Repeat)
Monday, December 27, 2004 – Gifford Pinchot believes in socially responsible business. In other words, one can run a successful enterprise with sustainable values. James Soares, Manager for Squatters here in SLC, describes how he has applied that philosophy in his work. Pinchot is co-founder of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute which provides MBAs with corporate and social responsibility. (Repeat)
Wednesday, December 29, 2004 – John-Charles Duffy is a writing instructor for the University of Utah. He coordinated the university's Mormon studies brown bag series for three years. Duffy will begin his doctoral work in religious studies this fall. His article "Defending the kingdom, rethinking the faith: how apologetics is reshaping Mormon orthodoxy" appears in the May 2004 issue of Sunstone Magazine (Repeat)
Thursday, December 23, 2004 – Christmas as a religious event is inexorably linked to Christmas a secular holiday. Author and Professor Penne L. Restad looks at the evolution of Christmas in her book "Christmas in America." (Repeat)
Wednesday, December 22, 2004 – Author Stanley Weintraub joins Doug to talk about his book "Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce." French, English and German troops honored the first Christmas of "the Great War" by taking a pause from fighting. A few stray bullets brought the peace to an end, and with it a war that lasted nearly four more Christmases.
Tuesday, December 21, 2004 – Doug investigates the extraordinary history of the Roman alphabet with author David Sacks. From Semitic-speaking mercenaries in Egypt through standarizations in the 19th century, Sacks' book "Letter Perfect" is an entertaining account of what makes our language today.
Monday, December 20, 2004 – Ellen Meloy was an artist, writer, naturalist and frequent contributor to KUER. Her book The Anthropology of Turquoise, which explores connections between human perception, geography and the natural world, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Ellen died last month at her home in Bluff, Utah. Today's program is a rebroadcast of an interview from Summer of 2002. (Repeat)
Salt Lake CIty, UT – The One World Gallery in Salt Lake City's Gateway Center showcases the work of Utah artists. But it's not able to compete with chain stores and it's being forced to move. Independent producer Beth Hoffman looks at the tension between showcasing local products and the push for profit in the world of retailing.
Thursday, December 16, 2004 – Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is perennial holiday classic. Doug talks with Dickens scholar Dr. Elliot Engel about the writer's life and work. We're also joined by Peter Sham, creator of The Utah Shakespearean Festival's "A Christmas Carol - On the Air."
Wednesday, December 15, 2004 – Recent data show that Utah leads the nation in generosity. A large portion of this charity goes toward tithing, though. What do the giving patterns mean for Utah's non-profit sector, and what motivates a person to donate their time and money?
Tuesday, December 14, 2004 – Doug talks to Stephanie Coontz about her book "The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostaglia Trap." How historically accurate are our notions of "traditional family values" and how does the family of today measure up? (Repeat)
Salt Lake City – THIS WEEKEND, RADIO STATION KRCL CELEBRATES 25 YEARS ON THE AIR IN UTAH. THE STATION HAS COME A LONG WAY FROM ITS HUMBLE AND - TINY - STUDIOS ABOVE THE BLUE MOUSE THEATRE. NOW - THE STATION BROADCASTS FROM NEW DIGITAL STUDIOS ON THE CITY'S WEST SIDE TO MORE THAN 40,000 LISTENERS ACROSS THE STATE. AS KUER'S JENNY BRUNDIN REPORTS, ECCLECTICISM IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT WHEN IT COMES TO SALT LAKE CITY'S ONLY TRUE COMMUNITY RADIO STATION.
Salt Lake City, UT – It was just over a year ago that former governor Mike Leavitt left Utah to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Now President Bush has appointed him to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Supporters say his experience as a governor will help him in that new position, but critics worry his advocacy of block-grant funding and policy waivers could hurt families who might otherwise be entitled to federal assistance.
Tuesday, December 14, 2004 – Doug investigates the extraordinary history of the Roman alphabet with author David Sacks. From Semitic-speaking mercenaries in Egypt through standarizations in the 19th century, Sacks' book "Letter Perfect" is an entertaining account of what makes our language today.
Friday, December 10, 2004 – What does the news of Urban Meyer's move reveal about the state of college athletics? Doug talks with Salt Lake Tribune sports writer Gordon Monson and Ithaca University sports management professor Ellen Staurowsky about the coaches and the student athletes that make up the industry.
Salt Lake City, UT – White-crowned sparrows taken from their nests in the Wasatch Mountains as babies learned how to sing their distinctive song even though they had never heard it in nature. University of Utah Biology Professor Gary Rose and doctoral student Stephanie Plamondron presented them with segments of the song out of order, and the birds were able to put it together. Their results have implications for the way humans learn language as well.
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 – Author Austin Phelps suggested "Wear the old coat and buy the new book." Doug talks to local experts about the books that should be on your holiday list this season. He's joined by Catherine Weller of Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore, Ken Sanders of Ken Sanders Rare Books, and Betsy Burton and Janet Lund of The King's English Bookshop.
Thursday, December 9, 2004 – Have you ever picked up a piece of paper only to discover that it's a lost letter from someone you have never heard of? Have you ever bought a used book and found a picture from a stranger's birthday party? Davy Rothbart collects these items and has published them in his new book "Found : The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World."
University of Utah – The Hinckley Institute of Politics presents a discussion on why transatlantic relationships are worsening. What can be done? Originally aired on Dec. 07, 2004 from a Nov. 19 recording.
Tuesday, December 7, 2004 – The Utah Department of Transportation has released a new Environmental Impact Statement for the Legacy Parkway project. The new proposal calls for a 14-mile freeway from central Davis County to northern Salt Lake County. A federal court stopped construction on the Legacy Highway three years ago, and the new EIS is intended to meet the court's objections. Critics of the plan have proposed their own alternative that focuses on transit development rather than building a new freeway.
Monday, December 6, 2004 – In 1986, nautical archaeologist Shelley Wachsmann excavated a fishing boat in the Sea of Galilee. Radio-carbon dated to about 15 B.C., the find is a unique look into life at the time of Christ. Wachsmann will be in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, December 7 at the Salt Lake City Public Libary at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 581-6927 or visit the Utah Museum of Natural Historyweb site.
Friday, December 3, 2004 – Dan Bammes and John Bird of Albion Financial will be joined by Jean Lown of Utah State University, attorney Joel Marker, and Steve Kroes of the Utah Foundation. The Utah Foundation recently published a report on bankruptcy in the state of Utah.