Salt Lake City, UT – The annual Greek Festival opens Friday, and we're taking the opportunity to rebroadcast our conversation from last year's centennial of the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake City. Doug Fabrizio was joined by Manoli Sargetakis, historian Constantine Skedros, and Craig Miller of the Utah Arts Council Folk Arts Program for a look at the history of this unique community, and at how ethnicity is preserved in the "melting-pot" of America. (Repeat)
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 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. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – State lawmakers yesterday tentatively agreed to what Governor Jon Huntsman has been asking them for, for months: a special legislative session to consider tax reform for Utah. But it looks like Utah's top politician will have to do more lobbying on another key goal - allowing voters to consider raising sales tax to pay for transit. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
St. George, UT – The followers of captured polygamist Warren Jeffs believe he's the prophet who holds the keys to heaven. Jeffs is in a Las Vegas jail cell awaiting extradition to Utah. And when he comes here, he'll be sent to Purgatory, literally. And if not for a quirk of history, he'd be going straight to "hell." NPR's Howard Berkes explains. (Howard Berkes is a reporter for National Public Radio who lives in Salt Lake City.)
Salt Lake City, UT – Just a day after thousands of Utahns rallied to both applaud and protest President George W. Bush, he dfended his war strategy before a cheering crowd of veterans at the American Legion's national convention. KUER's Jenny Brundin has this report:
Salt Lake City, UT – The ability to assist one another - to make sacrifices for one another - is a characteristic that makes us human. But "help" isn't an overly simple concept. We all need it from time to time, but how do we know that the aid we are offering is actually wanted or effective? What does it mean to help? Author Garret Keizer joins Doug for a look at the necessity, the limits and the contradictions of helping our fellow man. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – President George W. Bush arrived in Utah last night to cheering crowds at the Air National Guard base. Earlier in the day, however, thousands rallied to protest the war in Iraq and the President, while others gathered in support of the troops. Here's our report, beginning with KUER's Tasha Cook, followed by Dan Bammes and Jenny Brundin.
Salt Lake City, UT – U.S. Secretary of State Condolezza Rice and U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld visited Salt Lake City yesterday. President Bush's top advisors addressed thousands of veterans at their annual convention at the Salt Palace. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – With the rallies surrounding George W. Bush's visit to Salt Lake City in full swing, Doug talks to Brookings Institution scholar Charles O Jones about Bush's presidency. Then, he turns to Monday's arrest of Warren Steed Jeffs, and asks FLDS historian Ken Driggs what it means for Jeffs' polygamous community.
Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake City will be dominated by protests and rallies in anticipation of President George W. Bush's third visit to Utah. Bush will address veterans at the 88th American Legion convention on Thursday, August 31st. But on Wednesday, Utahns will have the chance to participate in one of at least six rallies. So far, they include anti-war, pro-Bush, pro-immigration reform, pro-troop and anti-Israel rallies, among others. As KUER's Jenny Brundin reports, the day is expected to be an emotional one for many Utahns.
Salt Lake City, UT – The University of Utah held a ceremony last Friday for 102 new students in its School of Medicine. They put on their white lab coats for the first time. Along with that, they were given a charge by a well-known expert in the ethics and spirituality of medicine to be aware of the obligations they're taking on with the study of healing.
Salt Lake City, UT – If you had only 10 minutes to dash into your house as flood waters rose - or as flames threatened to consume your possessions - what would you grab? Do you know immediately? What do those things that you would prioritize mean to you? It was a very literal decision people had to make in Louisiana and in Mississippi. As the nation looks back at last year's devastating losses, we're asking you to talk about the "stuff" that means the most to you.
Salt Lake City, UT – It may sound a little bit like a small insect flying overhead. Or a faint chirping. But in parts of southern Utah, that sound may be coming from a bat. Jeff Rice has this week's Utah Soundscapes audio postcard.
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. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – A small underground movement is growing in and around the Salt Lake Valley. And its after one thing. Used kitchen grease. As gas prices soar and the Earth heats up, a handful of tinkerers and optimists are taking the future into their own hands. They're brewing used vegetable oil from the back of restaurants in their homes, converting it into to biodiesel - a clean-burning fuel. As KUER's Jenny Brundin reports in the first of a 2 part series on bio-diesel - there's really no such thing as a typical biodieseler here.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday, Doug's guest is Lawrence Wright, New Yorker writer and author of The Looming Tower. In his new book, Wright gives a detailed look at the people and the ideas that led to the tragedy of 9/11. It's the story of the rise of terrorism across the globe, and the failures of Western intelligence to stop it.
Salt Lake City, UT – History was made this weekend for one of the oldest and most secretive communities in Utah. In a rare public demonstration, the youth of Utah's polygamous communities rallied Saturday in downtown Salt Lake City. The gathering drew nearly 300 people. They said the meeting was needed to defend their right to practice polygamy and express their hopes for the future. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – As school gets underway, Doug talks to teachers about the challenges they face in the coming year. With recurring issues such as teacher shortages and quality, classroom size, and funding - what do educators see as the greatest priorities? And - despite all of these - what keeps them dedicated to their profession? Doug's guest is education consultant Dr. Dorothy Rich. We're also inviting teachers to call us with their concerns - and their vision for improving Utah education.
Salt Lake City, UT – With constantly tight budgets, many school districts abandoned formal music programs years ago. But should they? Is music - or art for that matter - a dispensable diversion or a critical way to develop a young mind? It's all part of a larger debate whether the humanities should be an essential part of the American educational experience. (Repeat)