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.
Salt Lake City – Last April marked the 30th anniversity of the fall of Saigon. Doug talks to Robert Schulzinger, author of "The Time for War: The United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975." He's then joined by some of Utah's own veterans who remember the time they served. (repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Founder and current Director Emeritus of the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union joins us in studio to discuss penal reform. A leading advocate of prison reform, Mr. Bronstein will be speaking at 7:00pm tonight at the University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law. For more information call 230-4071.
Salt Lake City, UT – The decision to rezone the old gravel pit along the Sandy ski connect road prompted Gary Forbush to run for mayor of Sandy. He visited the KUER studio to discuss the gravel pit issue and his candidacy. Mayor Tom Dolan declined an invitation to participate in the discussion.
Salt Lake City – New research and documentation of Nazi atrocities during World War II help to complete the picture of one of man's darkest periods. Utah's Dr. Ian Shepherd joins Doug Fabrizio to discuss his new book "Genocide & Medical Experiments of the Nazi Holocaust." It chronicles not only the horrors of the death camps and the subsequent Nuremburg trials, but the escape of many Holocaust scientists -- some under the protection of the U.S. Government.
Salt Lake City, UT – Next Tuesday, voters go to the polls in a series of municipal elections across the state. Each morning through Monday we'll talk to the candidates in the three Salt Lake City council races and the race for the Mayor of Sandy. Today, we'll spotlight Salt Lake City's District #7 race, which includes the Sugar House and Liberty Wells neighborhoods. Gordon Poulsen faces off against Soren Simonson.
Salt Lake City, UT – Edwin Firmage's new book "Red Rock Yellow Stone" is a journey through five Western National Parks -- Yellowstone, Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon and the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert. Firmage joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about capturing the lanscape in images and words.
Salt Lake City, UT – Next Tuesday, voters go to the polls in a series of municipal elections across the state. Each morning through Monday we'll talk to the candidates in the three Salt Lake City council races and the race for the Mayor of Sandy. Today, we'll spotlight Salt Lake City's District #3 race, which includes the Avenues and Capitol Hill neighborhoods . Janneke House is taking on incumbent Eric Jergensen.
Salt Lake City, UT – NPR's Howard Berkes has reported from the Gulf Coast region on communities rebuilding from Katrina's fury. He joins Doug Fabrizio in-studio for first-hand accounts of haunting debris fields, of the search for victims and of the hope found in two towns reunited.
"Restoring the Gulf Coast" will air live Thursday at 11:00 a.m. and be replayed Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.
Salt Lake City, UT – A growing body of scientists are blaming global warming for phenomena such as stronger hurricanes, urban heat spikes and the rise of infectious diseases. KUER's Jenny Brundin talks with Michael Taylor, director and co-writer of the new documentary "Global Warming: The Signs and the Science," along with other experts about what is causing global climate change, what the future holds and what is being done about it.
Salt Lake City, UT – America has long attracted the brightest minds from around the world to work in high-tech and scientific jobs. In the last decade, however, that trend has been changing. Many PhDs are being recruited by other countries agressively seeking top knowledge workers. Jenny Brundin talks to David Heenan, author of "Flight Capital: The Alarming Exodus of America's Best and Brightest."
Salt Lake City, UT – Hallowe'en is Monday, and we're talking ghosts today. Doug Fabrizio is joined by members of the Ghost Hunters Society of Utah, an organization of paranormal investigators. They've collected tapes purportedly representing other-worldly voices and stories from around the state. You be the judge... (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Plan B Theatre Company and RadioWest present a special Hallowe'en live radio theatre performance. Three actors and a sound effects artist will perform adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's stories "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Premature Burial."
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah's Greek Community is celebrating the centennial of the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake City. Doug Fabrizio is joined by Manoli Sargetakis, historian Constantine Skedros, and Craig Miller of the Utah Arts Council Folk Arts Program. We'll look at the history of this unique community, and at how ethnicity is preserved in the "melting-pot" of America.
Salt Lake City, UT – Walter Kirn's new novel "Mission to America" looks at the collision between faith and a spiritually overextended nation. When an isolated, waning Montana sect sends missionaries to bring back converts, or more specifically brides, the two men meet head-on with the bewildering, seductive diversity of America.
Salt Lake City, UT – You probably won't find this notice useful at all. Lemony Snicket's representative Daniel Handler will be on RadioWest this Monday. It will undoubtedly be a miserable interview with the unlucky Doug Fabrizio. You and your children should probably avoid listening to the show that day.
With all due respect, Elaine Clark, Pained Producer
Salt Lake City, UT – In a five part series, producer Beth Hoffman joins immigrant women as they cook in their homes. In this month's story, Hoffman visits the home of Maria Estrada, who is from Colombia.Click here for more photographs from Sean Graff.
Salt Lake City, UT – Davy Rothbart is a collector. As the creator of Found Magazine, he regularly brings to life items that have been tossed and forgotten. His acclaimed book "The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas," along with his pieces for "This American Life," follows a similar vein. The collection of stories grew out of road trips and small towns, capturing the oddity, poetry and dignity of everyday life.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Sixties are remembered as a time of social and political change in the United States. As KUER looks back at the decade of its founding, RadioWest talks to David Davis, co-creator of the PBS documentary The Sixties, Professor Fred Fogo of Westminster College, and Ken Sanders of Ken Sanders rare books.