Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with the writer Hampton Sides. His book Blood and Thunder is about the epic conquest of the American West. It's a story with heroes and villains - at the center of it all is Kit Carson, the legendary trapper, scout and soldier. Doug talked to Sides about the conflict between Manifest Destiny and the actual lives of the people in the West. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – J.P. Hughes is a 64-year old physician who has traveled the world, bringing medical supplies to hospitals as far away as Argentina, and India. Closer to home, he's passionate about helping the city's poor and representing ordinary Salt Lakers in City Hall. KUER's Jenny Brundin has this profile.
Salt Lake City, UT – The race for mayor of Salt Lake City is officially non-partisan. But city voters haven't elected a Republican to lead Utah's capital city in more than three decades. Mayoral contender Jenny Wilson, who is the daughter of one former Democratic mayor of Salt Lake City, is hoping that, with enough support, she'll be able to continue that tradition and her family's own. KUER's Tasha Cook reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – The writer Jay Heinrichs says that Americans aren't argumentative enough. Not really. Nothing particularly artful about the shouting that passes for argument in public discourse these days. But for Heinrichs, a proper argument is an art and quite an ancient one. Today on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation about the art of rhetoric. This isn't a fight. Rhetoric, Heinrichs says, is the essential skill of leadership and the better we do it, the more civil our society. (Rebroadcast).
Salt Lake City, UT – The topic for today's RadioWest is joy. The acclaimed writer Barbara Ehrenreich will be our guest to talk about a particular kind of joy - communal joy. The kind that's been expressed throughout the ages when large groups of people have gathered to feast and to dance. Ehrenreich found that dancing has been a critical part of the way humans evolved and thrived, but overtime for various reasons we've resisted this part of our nature. But why? Her book is called Dancing in the Streets. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – You've probably got your favorite songs, but what lessons have you learned from rock 'n' roll? For students at the Paul Green School of Rock in Salt Lake City and Sandy, it's about a lot more than sticking it to the man. School director Steve Auerbach says that it's about determination, reliability and team work - and what better way to do that than with a face melting guitar solo? Doug talks to Auerbach and to Paul Green about what rock has to teach its disciples.
Salt Lake City, UT – What did you send with your kid to eat today or what are you expecting she'll get from the cafeteria or the vending machine. Nutrition expert Margo Wootan says young people will get nearly half of their calories at school and their options can be limited. Today on RadioWest, we're talking about kids and junk food. The stakes are obvious. Nearly a quarter of all teens are now classified as obese or at risk of becoming overweight, but what exactly do you do about it?
Salt Lake City, UT – On September 11, 1857, pioneers traveling from Arkansas to California stopped to rest in present day Washington County, Utah. In what is now known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre, 120 people were killed by the Mormon Militia and Paiute Indians. 150 years later, and the question of who gave the orders is still creating controversy. A new fictional account of the tragedy opened this weekend and Wednesday, Doug is joined by historians and film experts for a look at its portrayal of the events.
Salt Lake City, UT – The title of Michael Cobb's book on the rhetoric of religious violence may induce a wince or two. It's called God Hates Fags. Still, the words may not be as provocative as the ideas he explores. Cobb gets the title from the ugly language used by some extreme religious organizations. But instead of dismissing that language, Cobb is recommending gay people learn to understand its place in American culture and to actually adapt it for their purposes. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – What's going on when a dog wants to endlessly dash after a Frisbee on the lawn. A lot of us assume that while it may look fun, for an animal there's got to be more to it than that. But the researcher Jonathan Balcombe says that in fact the animal kingdom is rich with pleasure. And we're not just talking domestic pets. Balcombe says iguanas, sparrows, even Moray eels seek out pleasure. We talked with Balcombe last May when he made the case that animal enjoy themselves. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – The scholar Nicholas Ostler has written a history of our world through the prism of the languages that we speak. Today, there are between six and seven thousand language communities, and their stories range from conquering nations spreading culture across the globe to small groups struggling for survival. Nicholas Ostler is with us Thursday for a look at our history - and our future - through the words we speak.
Logan, Utah – The 21st annual small satellite conference at Utah State University in Logan recently ended. Throughout the week, attendees from the military, academia, aerospace industry and government agencies and even children--gathered to share ideas and explore emerging spacecraft technologies. Producer Sheri Quinn has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation about America's Constitution. The scholar Akhil Reed Amar calls his book about America's founding document a biography. It's more than an exploration or an interpretation of what the Constitution says. Amar is trying to explain why it says it. He joined us to talk about how the 8,000 words of the Constitution reflect the story of America. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Though some support groups refer to it as "neurodiversity," a life lived with Asperger's Syndrome is - in the words of Tim Page - lived "alongside, but distinctly apart from, the rest of humanity." It wasn't until his mid-40s that Page, the Pulitzer-prize winning classical-music critic for The Washington Post, was diagnosed with Asperger's. Wednesday on RadioWest, Doug talks to Tim Page about the preoccupations, the social isolation and even the advantages of this autistic condition.
Salt Lake City, UT – Writer and journalist Charles Bowden traveled some 7,000 miles documenting the experience of the thousands of illegal immigrants who make their way across the border of the southern United States. It's a dark portrait, but also humane and completely honest. On Friday, we're rebroadcasting Doug's conversation with Bowden about his conclusion that illegal immigration has become an issue beyond the reach of power and will.
The British journalist Jon Ronson had always wondered whether the theories - or parts of theories - of conspiracy theorists were true. Ronson set out to settle the matter for himself. In his book, "Them: Adventures with Extremists," he explores a world of fringe dwellers, which includes Islamic fundamentalists, Ku Klux Klan members and Christian separatists. On Thursday, Doug talks with Ronson about what he's learned.
Huntington, UT – It has been a long 10 days for the people in coal mining towns near Crandall Canyon, Utah .where six miners are trapped underground. KUER's Jenny Brundin has been talking to people in these close-knit communities. With each passing day, residents are struggling to stay optimistic. But they say even if there's the slimmest chance the men are alive .prayer, personality, and the humor intrinsic to the mining culture will be crucial to their survival.
Salt Lake City, UT – The history of coal mining is fraught with cave-ins and accidents, and, as events unfolding at the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah show, excavating the riches of the planet remains a dangerous business.
Wednesday, Doug talks with mine historians and others about mining practices past and present, current safety standards, and what more can be done to keep miners out of harm's way.
Huntington, UT – A camera lowered into a collapsed coal mine yesterday revealed equipment but not the six miners trapped underground in a Central Utah mine. Officals planned to drill yet another hole today. It's been a frustrating and agonizing 8 days for the families and friends of the men. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports from Huntington, Utah.
Huntington, UT – Seismic activity has completely shut down efforts to reach six miners, and frustrated rescuers say it could take up to a week to reach the men if they're still alive. The men are trapped 15-hundred feet underground in the Crandal Canyon mine in the rugged forests of central Utah. The news was hard for residents of the region's mining towns, who say all they can do is wait, hope and pray.
Huntington, UT – Hundreds of rescuers struggled with falling rock and debris Monday in a desperate race to reach six coal miners trapped underground at the Crandall Canyon mine in Central Utah. The crews don't know whether the six coal miners are alive. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports from Emery County.
Salt Lake City, UT – Home prices in Utah have been appreciating rapidly, even as the mortgage industry is reeling from the impact of sub-prime loans and tighter credit. The net effect could be fewer families in Utah who are able to buy homes - and fewer homeowners who will be able to sell their properties quickly and easily. On this edition of Your Personal Economy, Dan Bammes and guests look at the impact of rising home prices and tighter lending.
Salt Lake City, UT – How do you judge your experience at a restaurant? Is it the ambiance, the service, the wine list or the culinary adventure? Vanessa Chang is the new restaurant reviewer - or "pro-eater" as she calls herself - at the Salt Lake Tribune. Chang says that with each review, she's trying to bring the reader "the entire experience." Tuesday on RadioWest, Jennifer Napier-Pearce is joined by a panel of area food critics to talk about the beauty of writing on food and the role of the reviewer in the dining community.
Salt Lake City, UT – Some of the world's finest harp players came to Salt Lake City in August for an international harp festival at Westminster College. This is the second time the festival has come to Utah, putting the spotlight on a state that's become a center of the harp world. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.