Salt Lake City, UT – This week's deadly shootings at Virginia Tech serve as painful reminders of the need to prepare for emergencies as well as prevent them. How should institutions respond to catastrophes? And how can society work to prevent such brutal outbursts? Guest host Dan Bammes explores the outward and inward responses to violence with University of Utah Environmental Health and Safety Director Marti Shaub, Bill Woodward of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado and others.
Salt Lake City, UT – Journalist Patrick Seale covered war, peace, social upheaval and diplomacy from Algeria to Iran. Now a respected author and consultant, Seale uses his 30 years of experience in the region to comment on the reconstruction of Syria, negotiations between Israel and Palestine, and war in Iraq. Tuesday guest host Jenny Brundin talks with Seale about the current turbulent conditions in the Middle East and the prospects for peace.
Salt Lake City, UT – With Utah's population expected to balloon by 2 million people by 2030, transportation planners think they've figured out the fastest -- and cheapest ways -- of getting folks from point A to point B. But some advocates think the plan leans too heavily on roads and not enough on rails. Guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce reviews the draft 2030 Regional Transportation Plan with Chuck Chappell of the Wasatch Front Regional Council, Marc Heileson of the Sierra Club, and others.
Salt Lake City, UT – There's an age-old struggle going on in bleachers and on sidelines around the country. Parents and teachers may talk a good game saying that sports are about building character and learning fundamentals - but then there is winning. Playwright Richard Dresser saw it when he coached his son's team, and the result was "Rounding Third," which has just opened at Salt Lake Acting Company. Today we'll talk about the play and about a culture which, like it or not, is obsessed with success.
Salt Lake City, UT – Daniel Levitin spent over a decade producing music, and he met many talented musicians that just never rose above obscurity. This led him to questions like why some songs move us while others leave us cold. Today, Levitin is on the faculty of Psychology at McGill University, and he's written "This is Your Brain on Music." He talks to Doug about how the human brain and music interact and how the process gives rise to thoughts, feelings and the experience of beauty. (Rebroadcast).
Salt Lake City, UT – This Sunday, April 15th, is Holocaust Remembrance Day, honoring the memory of the six million Jews and many others who were murdered in German concentration camps during World War Two.
Joel Shapiro was serving in a U-S Army intelligence role 62 years ago. This Jewish soldier from Utah and a buddy borrowed a jeep and went to visit the concentration camp at Dachau. Today, Joel Shapiro serves on the board of trustees of the United Jewish Federation of Utah.
Salt Lake City, UT – Lt. Col. Eric Kruger died November 2, 2006, just one day after he had arrived in Baghdad. His sister Kristy is a singer-songwriter from Dallas. She's trying to perform in all 50 states in his memory and to help raise money for his family. She spoke to KUER's Dan Bammes.
Kristy Kruger will be performing Wednesday, April 11th at the NoBrow Coffee and Tea House and Thursday, April 12th at Kilby Court in Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest returns to the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics for part III for our look at the race for Salt Lake City mayor. Wednesday, Doug is joined by two more candidates -- Utah State Representative Ralph Becker and Salt Lake City Council member Dave Buhler.
Wednesday morning, April 11th, a pair of the nation's leading experts in the field of geriatric care will speak about long-term care at the University of Utah's Olpin Union building. Doctor Robert Kane is an internationally-known gerontologist at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. KUER's Tasha Cook has this interview.
Salt Lake City, UT – Writer and director Mia Goldman's feature debut is the story of Izzy, who is working to rebuild her life and her relationships after being raped. "Open Window" draws on Goldman's own painful experience, and she sees in her work a message to anyone who has experienced a seemingly immutable event. Goldman is in Salt Lake City this week, and joins Doug and others to talk about the repercussions of sexual assault and about the choices we as individuals make in the aftermath of trauma.
Salt Lake City, UT – This year, the Sufi branch of Islam is celebrating the 800th anni8versary of the death of its founder, the 13th century poet, scholar and mystic Rumi. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports on the ancient ritual that features classic Sufi and Turkish music and intriguing and mysterious whirling dervishes.
Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday on RadioWest we continue our series on Salt Lake City's mayoral candidates from the Hinckley Institute of Politics. We'll talk with Meghan Holbrook, former state Democratic Party Chairperson, and with Nancy Saxton who is serving her second term as Salt Lake City Council Member for District 4.
Salt Lake City, UT – What do you learn about people after you've done literally 1000s of interviews? Doug spoke with NPR's Terry Gross about the essence of a good interview. Terry's learned it's about preparation and trust, that you learn more about their lives from their weaknesses than their strengths, and that to get it right you may have to break a few of the rules of polite behavior. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – The Seventh Day. Ever since God rested on it and sanctified it, the Sabbath has held a unique place in Western culture. Think about your Sunday memories. Are they of dressing up for church or dinner with your family? Maybe Sunday conjures up images of the newspaper or football games. Historian Craig Harline has traced Sunday from Babylonia to the Superbowl, and joins Doug in studio to talk about the rituals and habits that set the day apart.
Salt Lake City, UT – Honor is a curious concept, and until the mid-19th century, it was entirely proper for a gentleman to risk his life to defend it. In his new book, "The Last Duel," BBC political correspondent James Landale recounts the true story of a Scottish merchant who fatally shot his banker in a duel in 1826. Landale joins Doug from London to reconstruct the social and cultural circumstances of dueling, and to explain why "honor" drove so many young men to an early death.
Washington, DC – A poison pill amendment kept a bill to give Utah and the District of Columbia new seats in the U.S. House of Representatives from coming to a vote yesterday. That gives at least one member of Utah's delegation, Congressman Rob Bishop, more time to think about a tough decision -- backing a process he disagrees with to achieve a goal that would benefit his home state. Chad Pergram picks up the story from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – Thursday night, the television version of Ira Glass' This American Life premiered on Showtime. During this year's Sundance Film Festival, Ira was in Utah promoting the new series. He joined Doug - along with Director Chris Wilcha and Director of Photography Adam Beckman - to talk about how you translate compelling radio into good TV. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – How well do you think you know your sister, your spouse or your best friend? Everyone has secrets. They may be painful or funny, but sometimes they just have to be told. Frank Warren has become a confessor of sorts. He collects anonymous postcards that reveal something about their creators and makes them public on his blog, PostSecret. Thursday on RadioWest, Warren joins Doug for a look at the things we conceal and what those things can teach us about the human experience.
Salt Lake City, UT – Bert Loper met his first love when he was 24 years old. He had lived a hard life - abused, orphaned, roaming from one backbreaking job to another. But when he came upon the Colorado River, his life would ever after follow its flow. Biographer Brad Dimock has written a new book about Loper. Tuesday, he joins Doug to tell the story of early river running in the West and of a man that encapsulated the spirit of the Colorado.