Salt Lake City, UT – Director Hank Rogerson talks to Doug about his work "Shakespeare Behind Bars." The film, which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, follows a Shakespeare Company working in a Kentucky prison on a production of "The Tempest." It's a look at how Shakespeare reaches across the centuries with themes of truth, change and forgiveness.
Salt Lake City, UT – Jim Wallis joins Doug to talk about his book "God's Politics." Wallis questions how the right has been able to co-opt the language of faith to further its political goals, and why the left tries to keep public policy and a discussion of morals separate. Faith, he argues, should be free to challenge both ends of the political spectrum from a consistent moral ground.
Salt Lake City, UT – As officials and residents look at ways to develop Salt Lake City's downtown, RadioWest looks at questions of renewal, growth and vision for the city. Doug is joined by Alex Marshall, author of "How Cities Work," Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, and Lane Beattie of the Salt Lake Chamber.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah Democrats are preparing for their state convention this Saturday. RadioWest talks to analysts and party leaders about outgoing chairman Donald Dunn's tenure, the direction the party is taking, and what it means to be a Democrat in a decidedly red state.
Salt Lake City, UT – In her book "Faith and Betrayal: A Pioneer Woman's Passage in the American West," author Sally Denton follows the journey and struggles of her great-great grandmother, Jean Rio. Rio, a widowed mother of seven, converted to the LDS faith and immigrated to the United States. But her initial enthusiam turns to disillusionment as her life transforms in Utah.
Salt Lake City, UT – The US Government Printing Office, the world's largest printing agency, is responsible for creating an archive and giving the public access to the record of the US government. RadioWest explores the GPO's role in government transparency and democracy, especially in an age of increasing digital expectations. RadioWest also talks to The Nature Conservancy's Phillip Hoose about today's discovery of the supposed extinct ivory-billed woodpecker.
Salt Lake City, UT – Saturday marks the 30 year anniversary of The Fall of Saigon. Doug talks to Robert Schulzinger, author of "The Time for War: The United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975." He's then joined by some of Utah's own veterans who remember the time they served.
Salt Lake City, UT – 30 year's of selling books in Salt Lake City has given Betsy Burton a special love affair with the printed word. "The King's English: Adventures of an Independent Bookseller" chronicles her tales of author visits, attempts at censorship and the business of bookselling.
Salt Lake City, UT – As a member of the Utah legislature, Judy Ann Buffmire heard often from Vicki Cottrell on issues involving the mentally ill. Vicki was a tireless advocate in her role as director of the Utah office of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Following Vicki's death in a car accident last week, Judy Ann Buffmire remembers Vicki as a both a public leader on mental health issues and as neighbor and friend, and offers this tribute.
Salt Lake City, UT – The average drug user in Utah is male, 31 years old, white and LDS. RadioWest looks at what makes people turn to addictive drugs, and what methods of prevention and treatment can successfully address the problem.
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.