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.
Tuesday, November 30, 2004 – Doug talks to Ken Verdoia about KUED's new documentary "Shadow of Hope." The work looks at the world of undocumented immigration and the challenges and opportunities it creates. "Shadow of Hope" premieres Tuesday, November 30th at 8:00 p.m. on Channel 7.
Monday, November 29, 2004 – Dan Bammes looks at Governor Olene Walker's tax reform proposals. His guests will be Professor Gary Cornia, a tax policy expert from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University and Utah State Representatives Pat Jones and Steve Mascaro.
Friday, November 26, 2004 – RadioWest features Part II of the Third Coast International Audio Festival from Public Radio International. The festival is is a celebration of the best feature and documentary work heard worldwide on the radio and the Internet.
Thursday, November 25, 2004 – RadioWest features the Third Coast International Audio Festival from Public Radio International. The festival is is a celebration of the best feature and documentary work heard worldwide on the radio and the Internet.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004 – Dr. Gene Jacobsen recounts his three-and-a-half year experience as a prisoner of war during World War II. Captured at the age of 20 in 1941, he survived the Bataan Death March and imprisonment in Japan and the Phillipines. Jacobsen was one of only sixty-five men of his Army Air Corps squadron to return home.
Tuesday, November 23 – Director Morgan Spurlock joins Doug to talk about the process of creating the film "Super Size Me." Spurlock lived on nothing but McDonald's while travelling the country to talk with experts on America's "ever-expanding girth." (Repeat)
Monday, November 22, 2004 – One World Cafe in Salt Lake City exemplifies business with a conscience. Owner Denise Cerreta has down away with menus and pricing, allowing customers to take as much as they can eat and pay what they feel it was worth. Doug talks to Cerreta about her business philosophy, and with "Faith and Fortune" author Marc Gunther.
Friday, November 19, 2004 – Jenny Brundin examines the phenomenon of "Peak Oil." How soon will we really run out of oil, what does it mean for an economy fuelled by oil and is there any resource waiting in the wings to replace it? Guests Paul Roberts, author of "End of Oil," and University of Utah Geoscientist Dr. Rasoul Sorkhabi join Jenny for the conversation.
Thursday, November 18, 2004 – Doug talks with Young Adult Author and Environmentalist Phillip Hoose about his book "The Race to Save the Lord God Bird." It's the story of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (last sighted in 1987) and of American economics, development and environmental law.
Wednesday, November 17, 2004 – Harvard Economist Richard Freeman joins Doug to discuss his research on "The Effects of Globalization on Workers Around the World." Freeman will speak at the eighth Siciliano Forum, Thursday, November 18, 2004 at noon in the Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke, Jr. Auditorium in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.
Tuesday, November 16, 2004 – Alan Lightman is a novelist, essayist, physicist, and educator. His most recent book, "Reunion," reflects on how we shape our identity through memory. Lightman will speak Tuesday, November 16 at the Salt Lake City Public Library at 7:00 p.m.
Salt Lake City, UT – It's 75 miles long, 35 miles wide and at its deepest point, 33 feet. It can be murky and smelly...but also beautiful and inspiring. We're talking, of course, about the Great Salt Lake. Beginning tonight at the Jeanne Wagner Theatre...Brolly Arts presents a unique performance - an evening of music, dance, and landscape - all centered around Utah's Great Salt Lake. Kuer's Jenny Brundin reports.
Friday, November 12, 2004 – David Shenk is a journalist and NPR commentator who was drawn to studying Alzheimer's disease by its destructive power. Shenk's book, "The Forgetting: Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic" looks at the mysteries of Alzheimer's, how it seems to reverse the brain's development, and why it is a booming epidemic in industrialized nations. (Repeat)
Thursday, November 11, 2004 – Utah's Amendment 3 passed by 66% and creates a constitutional definition of marriage. What does that mean for Utah's family law and for the state's gay population? Doug is joined by Amendment co-sponsor Senator Chris Buttars, family attorney Mary Corporan, Scott McCoy of Equality Utah and Chad Beyer of the GLBT Center of Utah.
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 – Geneticist Dean Hamer's book "The God Gene" explores how our inclination towards faith is influenced by our genes. Dr. Hamer joins Doug Fabrizio for a conversation that explores an intersection of science and religion.
Tuesday, November 9, 2004 – Edward Larson joins Doug for a conversation about his book "Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory." Dr. Larson is a professor of both Law and American History at the University of Georgia.
Salt Lake City, UT – Amendment Three would add a legal definition of marriage to Utah's state constitution, limiting marriage to a man and a woman. It would also prohibit the state from giving any other relationship equivalent legal status. KUER's Jenny Brundin talks to her neighbors in Salt Lake City about their views of Amendment Three and finds a diverse spectrum of views.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday's election was as important to disabled voters as it was to other citizens, but there are obstacles that keep many of them from making their choice at the polls. Producer Beth Hoffman accompanied two disabled voters to the polls and talks about changes that could make the process easier in the future.