Salt Lake City, UT – 25 years ago today, Mark Chapman shot John Lennon at the entrance to Lennon's apartment building in New York City. Ten years later, Fred Fogo made the murder and its impact on the broader society the subject of his PhD disseration at the University of Utah. That became the book I Read the News Today. Fogo discusses Lennon's legacy as a musician and as a symbol of his generation with KUER's Dan Bammes.
Salt Lake City, UT – After 20 years, the story of Mark Hofmann's crimes -- consummate forgeries and subsequent murders -- continues to reveal new layers of intrigue and evidence. In a new book, Motive for Murder, Salt Lake City Police Department forensic examiner George Throckmorton writes his account of the investigation. He and his colleagues believe they have uncovered a motive, a piece of the puzzle that has eluded the legal establishment.
Moab, UT – Today, in our continuing series Youth Waves, 17-year-old Ashlye Davis sets out to discover the mystery behind the water at a popular Moab tourist attraction called Matrimony Springs. Through her story, Ashlye discovers her love for Moab. This commentary came to us via the Voices of Youth program there.
Salt Lake City, UT – Author and filmmaker Dan Austin packed some peanut butter, a basketball and hopped on a bike to travel across the country. His goal was to present the ball, autographed by all the people he and his two companions met along the way, to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. It was a great excuse for a roadtrip and pickup games, and an even better excuse to encounter the grassroots goodness of America.
Salt Lake City, UT – Leslie Howard has performed throughout the world. He is perhaps best known for his recording of the complete piano music of Liszt. The work took fourteen years to complete the largest recording project ever undertaken by a solo musician. Joining Doug live in the studio (complete with piano), Howard will talk about his career and his passion for music. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – 9/11 altered the political landscape forever. The question that will remain for Americans is where that change will take us. By a 90 to 9 vote, the US Senate passed Arizona Republican John McCain's ban on torture; President Bush has threatened to veto the defense spending bill which contains the amendment. How far should the government go to protect the welfare of its citizens, and is torture ever an effective and justifiable course of action?
Salt Lake City, UT – "Fair Trade" is a business model which links retailers directly to producers in developing countries to guarantee them greater equity in the global economy. Doug Fabrizio is joined by Katie Olsen and Doug Dirks of Ten Thousand Villages, and by Kimberly Grimes, author of "Artisans and Cooperatives," for a look at the challenges of the global market and at the impact of Fair Trade on the lives of artisans throughout the world.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1976, a handwritten will found in Salt Lake City left $150 million of Howard Hughes' fortune to a rural Nevada meat delivery driver, Melvin Dummar. Hughes' "Mormon Will" was declared a fraud by the courts, and Dummar lost everything, including his reputation. Former FBI agent Gary Magnesen has written "The Investigation," which reposes the central question: has Dummar been telling the truth all along?
Sandy, UT – This Thanksgiving Day, many of us will give thanks for the food on the table in front of us. But refugees, those who came here fleeing religious or political persecution, give thanks for much more. At a holiday dinner hosted by the Waterford School's Community Service Club, students found they have much to learn from the refugees. Producer Beth Hoffman attended the dinner and has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – It was called one of the most significant finds in North America in the past 50 years. Nestled in the heart of Central Utah in Range Creek Canyon were the remains of a lost civilization that once thrived in the American Southwest. A new KUED documentary examines this historic discovery.
Salt Lake City – We're profiling the glam-rock musical and cult favorite, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." The Plan-B Theatre Company has just opened the play in Salt Lake City with a limited engagement. The play is a funny and poignant exploration of gender confusion and lonliness. It's the story of transsexual rocker Hedwig Schmidt. In Hedwig's view of the world, we've all been separated from our other half. She is trying to find hers... (repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Tsunamis, earthquakes, war, hurricanes, famine, plague; these and other global developments have some people wondering, "Are the end times just around the bend? Are we witnessing the coming apocalypse?" But why? And where in the spectrum of historical apocalypic prediction do our worries fit? Is apocalypse solely a Western and Christian idea? Are such concerns based only in faith or is there also scientific evidence?
Salt Lake City – Doug Peacock is a wilderness legend, a grizzly bear man, and the inspiration for the Hayduke character in Edward Abbey's "The Monkey Wrench Gang." He joins Doug Fabrizio to discuss his new book "Walking It Off: A Veteran's Chronicle of War and Wilderness;" a memoir of war, wilderness, and his late friend Edward Abbey. On Saturday, November 19th, Doug Peacock will read from and sign his new book at Ken Sanders Rare Books, located at 268 South 200 East in Salt Lake City. This event is at 7:00 p.m.
Salt Lake City, UT – Hundreds of cities across the nation are joining together to shore up their own local economies in the face of globalization, most manifest in Everytown, USA by the presence of so-called Big Box Stores. What is the value of a local economy? What benefit does "buying local" have for the individual and his or her community? Guests David Nimkin of Buy Local First Utah and Stacy Mitchell, author of "Hometown Advantage," join host Doug Fabrizio to discuss the local economy movement.
Salt Lake City, UT – Brennan Knutsen is 17 years old and attends Grand County high school in Moab. Today, in the first in our series Youth Waves, he gives us a youthful perspective on the over-consumption and hype of the holiday season.
This commentary came to us via the Voices of Youth program there. All of our youth commentaries can be found on the Youth Waves link at kuer.org.
Salt Lake City, UT – Relief for commuters from northern Utah is one step closer to reality. After 3 hours of emotional debate, lawmakers finally signed off on a settlement agreement to build the Legacy Highway. It will travel parallel to the I-15 from Salt Lake City north 14 miles to Farmington.
Salt Lake City, UT – Guest Steven Mintz joins Doug Fabrizio to discuss his book "Huck's Raft." A major reinterpretation of the entire sweep of American history as seen through the eyes and experiences of children and adolescents, "Huck's Raft" is the first comprehensive history of American childhood. It places children at the center of events that shaped our past, demonstrating that throughout American history children have been active agents who have served as a cultural avant-garde that has repeatedly transformed American values.
Salt Lake City, UT – What is the current state of music education in American schools? How important is music education? What does it say when politicians, eager to slash school budgets, go straight for the arts and music jugular? A panel of guests joins host Doug Fabrizio to dicuss music education and its role in schools today.