Salt Lake City, UT – Guest host Robert Kirby talks with screenwriter and stand-up comedian John Moyer about humor in religion -- herding sacred cows without causing a stampede. It's been said that the test of a good religion is whether you can joke about it. Kirby and Moyer test that notion today on RadioWest.
Salt Lake City, UT – Guest host Teresa Jordan talks to Zen teacher Daniel Doen Silberberg Sensei. He's the Vice-Abbott of the Kanzeon Zen Center here in Salt Lake, the main temple for Kanzeon International. RadioWest looks at Utah Zen. Why Utah? Is Zen changing our state? Is Utah changing Zen?
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest looks at the debate surrounding No Child Left Behind. Utah lawmakers will look at implementation of the federal education program in a special session April 19th and 20th. KUER's Jenny Brundin is joined by Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction Patti Harrington, State Representative Margaret Dayton and others.
Salt Lake City, UT – The University of Utah will inaugurate its 14th president tomorrow. KUER's Dan Bammes talks to Michael Young about his time in Utah thus far, and about his plans for Utah's first and largest public institution of higher education.
Salt Lake City, UT – Guest host Hal Cannon talks to Richard Menzies about his new book "Passing Through: An Existential Journey Across America's Outback." While life for most of us has become a matter of Point A and Point B, Menzies put over a quarter million miles on a Volkswagen bus discovering the places and people in between.
Salt Lake City, UT – Amy Goodman, journalist and radio host, talks to Doug about her book "The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and The Media That Love Them." (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Arthur "Killer" Kane was the bass player for the legendary band The New York Dolls. Although the group was short lived, their work influenced the music of the Pretenders, The Sex Pistols and The Clash to name a few. Thirty years later, filmmaker Greg Whiteley finds Arthur Kane working in the Mormon family history library. He had given up drugs and found God. He also had a dream ... of reuniting the band one last time. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah playwright Julie Jensen has created another original work for Salt Lake Acting Company. "Dust Eaters" looks at the 140 year struggle of the Goshute Native American tribe and white immigrants who came to the "promised land." It looks at Utah history in intimate human detail, and brings the audience to modern day conflict over questions of power and privilege.
Salt Lake City, UT – As KUER celebrates its 45th anniversary, we take a look at Harper Lee's 1960 novel "To Kill a Mockingbird." Doug is joined by scholar Claudia Durst Johnson, and by Mary Badham, who portrayed Scout in the 1962 movie.
Salt Lake City, UT – From parks to playgrounds to fire stations and food banks, cuts proposed by the Bush Administration in Community Development Block Grants and Community Services Block Grants will have real impacts on cities and social service agencies in Utah. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Martha Beck is the author of "Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith." The daughter of Mormon intellectual Hugh Nibley, her controversial memoir chronicles her account of her life in the church, in the Nibley family, and her personal journey of recovery.
Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday on RadioWest, Doug spoke with Martha Beck, author of the controversial book "Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith." Today we are joined by Beck's siblings Alex Nibley and Christina Nibley Mincek who will respond to their sister's allegations. We'll also take a look at memory, its reliability and authenticity.
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest continues its Audio Club with Dmae Roberts Peabody award-winning documentary "Mei Mei, A Daughter's Song." The 1990 piece has been called "a kind of aural poetry." It is the personal story of cross-cultural and cross-generational conflict as a mother and daughter travel to Taiwan together. Interviews, dramatizations, original music and sounds of Taiwan weave in and out to tell the story of Chu-Yin, who was sold to work as a bonded servant, suffered abuse, starvation and the horrors of World War Two.
Moab, UT – The first thing tourists see as they enter Moab in southeastern Utah is a huge pile of uranium mill tailings. Material from the pile is now leaching into the Colorado River. It dates back to the 1950's when the nation was using uranium mined in southern Utah to make atomic bombs. Whether to move the pile or leave it be has confounded the community for the past decade. Some water officials say keeping it where it is won't hurt the river -- others disagree. Producer Sheri Quinn brings us up to date.
Salt Lake City, UT – We're hoping to hear from you today. How have you been thinking about Terri Schiavo? RadioWest looks at the many dimensions of her emotional story: the role of government, the role of the media, quality of life and what it means to be alive.
Salt Lake City, UT – Early Christians interpreted Jesus' ministry in a variety of ways which were quite different from today's views of theology. Author Elaine Pagels' book "Beyond Belief" looks at 1st century writings that challenge current churches teachings on divinity, miracles and revelation. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Author Jim Harrison's was described by the Boston Globe as "as close as one can come in contemporary fiction to experiencing the abundant pleasures of living." He is perhaps best known for his novella "Legends of the Fall," but his body of work includes novels, novellas, poetry and non-fiction. He will be in town this week celebrating the Wallace Stegner Center's 10th Anniversary, and joins RadioWest this morning to talk about his passion for art.
Salt Lake City, UT – Novelist Leslie Forbes and artist Rachel Berwick talk about restoring the past through their art forms. They are in town, along with paleontoligst Michael Novacek, for the University of Utah's Science and Literature Symposium entitled "Some Assembly Required: Restoration and Human Production in Images, Words and Bones."
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1951, Edward R Murrows asked Americans about their fundamental beliefs. The result was an extraordinary collection of essays that profiled people from all walks of life. Producers Jay Allison and Dan Gediman have recreated the project, and will join Doug to discuss what they are learning about Americans then and now.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug talks to NPR's Bob Mondello about "American Stages." It's a series that looks at the rise of regional theater around the country. Then RadioWest turns to one of Salt Lake's own Plan B Theatre Company and it's production of "Tragedy, A Tragedy."
Friday, March 18: The Fate of the Utah Symphony and Opera
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest considers the condition of the Utah Symphony and Opera after their 2002 merger. As ticket sales and donations decline, Doug talks with Anne Ewers, Keith Lockhart, Gerald Elias and Kevin McCarthy of the Rand Corporation about the Symphony and Opera's organization, and about the state of the performing arts across the country.
Salt Lake City, UT – Author Laura L. Bush talks to Doug about her book "Faithful Transgressions in the American West." The book looks at six twentieth-century Mormon women's autobiographies, and the conflict they found between their own writing and the ideas and authority of the Mormon church. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug explores the University of Utah's new Accommodations Policy with U Professors Katharine Coles and John Morris. He is also joined by Professor Todd Gitlin of Columbia University to look at the broader questions raised about belief and thought on American campuses.