Salt Lake City, UT – Christmas as a religious event is inexorably linked to Christmas a secular holiday. Author and Professor Penne L. Restad looks at the evolution of Christmas in her book "Christmas in America." (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – 1 out of every 10 people in the state of Utah are living in poverty. Many are working at low-wage jobs, and still find the daily challenge of putting enough food on the table to be daunting. Doug Fabrizio talks to NPR's Rural Correspondent Howard Berkes about the face of hunger in America. Also joining the conversation are Glen Bailey of Crossroads Urban Center and Gina Cornia of Utahns Against Hunger.
Salt Lake City, UT – About 3,000 Iraqi-Amercians are expected to travel to Pomona, California from Western states -- including Utah -- to vote in the Iraqi parliamental election. In Iraq, large numbers are expected for Thursday's vote. What does the election mean for Iraqis during continued war and American presence? Doug Fabrizio is joined by Peter von Sivers and Peter Sluglett from the University of Utah's Middle East Center, and by Utahns who will be casting their own votes.
Salt Lake City, UT – Year-end giving is important to charities, who receive many of their contributions at this time, and important to the givers who want to make sure their dollars work for the agencies they help and as deductions in their tax planning. RadioWest looks at year-end giving with the help of tax accountant Jim Beaudoin and Amberlie Phillips from the Community Services Council. John Bird from Albion Financial Group will join host Dan Bammes for another edition of Your Personal Economy.
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.