Salt Lake City, UT – After a brief update on the Legacy Highway settlement following Wednesday's State Legislature interim session, RadioWest looks at the risk of storing nuclear waste in Skull Valley.
Salt Lake City, UT – In the United States, one in four children is overweight and already shows signs of high cholesterol. Nutritionist Barbara Storper of FoodPlay Productions is in Utah educating students on adolescent obesity, eating disorders, body image, and unhealthy media messages. Doug Fabrizio talks to Storper and to Pediatric Dietitian Margaret Braae of Primary Children's Medical Center about their message to parents and children.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug Fabrizio talks to Western journalists on their return from the devastation left behind by Hurricane Katrina. He's joined in studio by NPR's rural affairs correspondent Howard Berkes, and Tucson author Charles Bowden who is writing for GQ magazine.
Salt Lake City, UT – Two-time Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling medalist Rulon Gardner is in Salt Lake City for a reading from his new book "Never Stop Pushing." RadioWest talks to Gardner about his journey from Wyoming farmboy to the US Olympic Team.
Salt Lake City, UT – KUER continues its broadcast of the Senate's hearings on the nomination of John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. During the lunch recess, Doug Fabrizio talks to Melinda Wittstock of KUER's Capitol Hill Bureau, Attorney Stephen Sargent, and University of Utah Law Professor Erik Luna about the proceedings.
Salt Lake City, UT – Love may mean never having to say you're sorry, but what do apologies mean in politics? Doug Fabrizio talks to psychiatrist Aaron Lazare and to political historian Alan Coombs about the nature of apologies and what they mean to a constituency when they happen ... or don't ... in public.
Salt Lake City, UT – Author Margot Livesey will be in Salt Lake City Thursday evening to read from her new novel "Banishing Verona." Doug Fabrizio talks to Livesey about this latest work and about her craft.
Washington D.C. – A recent cover of Newsweek Magazine called the methamphetamine problem an epidemic. U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales recently announced a series of nationwide meth busts, but while meth has been a problem in Utah, there's an ongoing debeate as to whether or not calling it a national 'epidemic' is going too far. And, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there's much less money to go around. Laura Strickler reports from our Capitol Hill Bureau. -
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug Fabrizio talks to pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston about his book "Perfectly Legal." Johnston is trying to get average Americans to understand how their tax system is widening the gap between them and the super-rich. Both Democrats and Republicans have distorted the country's tax code so that the rank and file of the country are quite literally funneling money to the super rich through tax cuts. (Repeat)
Vernal, Utah – New drilling rigs are springing up across the Uintah Basin of eastern Utah, with dozens of new natural gas wells going in. Jobs in the energy industry are plentiful right now, with many workers coming in to Utah from out of state and even outside the country. Industry and community leaders are wondering how to translate that short-term prosperity into long-term gains for a region that has lived with a boom-and-bust cycle for generations. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1992, Kimberly Bergalis became the first documented case of AIDS transmission from a health care worker to a patient. The case resulted in a public outcry, and in a new dialogue about the disease. The play "Patient A" documents Bergalis' struggle, and examines issues of testing, discrimination and personal responsibility. Plan B Theatre Company opens "Patient A" this week, and Doug Fabrizio talks to the Director Jerry Rapier, Actor Colleen Lewis, and to Utah Aids Foundation Program Director David Ferguson.
Salt Lake City, UT – The first planeload of evacuees from New Orleans arrived in Salt Lake City on Saturday evening, although some of them weren't aware they were coming to Utah until the doors of the plane were closed. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Over 300,000 men will be diagnosed with cancer this year in the United States. RadioWest takes a look at this prevalent disease, and talks to two survivors about the realities of living with cancer and the humor that is seeing them through. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Billy Collins is the former U.S. Poet Laureate and the current Poet Laureate for the State of New York. Collins joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about his critcally acclaimed writing and his career.
Salt Lake City, UT – Next week, novelist Mark Spragg and screenplay writer Virginia Spragg will be in Salt Lake to discuss how the book "An Unfinished Life" became a movie. Doug Fabrizio talked to Mark Spragg about his novel last year. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Parents search for the best education options for their children. In some cases, this means rethinking and reinventing the methods used to teach students. Doug Fabrizio talks to Joe Nathan of the Center for School Change at the University of Minnesota, and to representatives of local schools that are breaking the mold.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug Fabrizio is joined by LDS Church General Authority Elder Merrill J. Bateman. Bateman is a member of the Presidency of the Seventy and supervises Church areas in the state. We'll talk about LDS demographics and the role of the Church in Utah.
Salt Lake City, UT – In previous books, James Howard Kunstler has foretold the downfall of exurban America. In his newest, "The Long Emergency," he details how the end of the oil age, climate change and other catastrophes are converging in ways that will cause radical shifts in the way we live.
Salt Lake City, UT – Last week's visit by President Bush prompted a lot of discussion about the role of dissent. How do you balance your concerns over security, your devotion to the troops and the feelings you have about Iraq? How did you react to the protests during the President's visit? We're joined by Holly Mullen of the Salt Lake Tribune and U of U Political Science Professor Ronald Hrebenar to discuss what protest means in time of war.
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest is on the road at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. We'll talk to BYU professor Eric Eliason about the role of oral tradition in our lives, and hear brief performances from two of the festivals professional storytellers.
Salt Lake City, UT – Cowboy poet Baxter Black will be in Utah this weekend as part of the Western Legends Round-Up in Kanab. Doug Fabrizio talked to Black two years ago about his book "Horseshoes, Cowsocks & Duckfeet." Drawn in part from his wildly popular NPR commentaries and syndicated columns, the book is about Black's love of cows, ranching and country life.(Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Kennedy Center playwright Thomas Diggs wanted to understand and make some sense of the world he was seeing on the news. The result is his new work "Hejira" (Arabic for "Journey"). The play follows two children, one Sunni and one Shi'ite, whose story presents a microcosm for exploring faith, injustice, ethnicity and the bonds of kinship.
Salt Lake City, UT – President George W. Bush defended the war in Iraq yesterday in a speech to thousands of veterans at V-F-W convention at the Salt Palace. Bush faces growing skepticism over the war, and protesters turned out in much greater numbers than in previous anti-war demonstrations in Utah.
Salt Lake City, UT – Andrew Carroll traveled throughout the US and 35 countries to collect the personal correspondence of troops and civilians in times of war. The result was 200 letters that portray the realities of conflict and sacrifice from the American Revolution to Iraq. He's collected them into the new book "Behind the Lines," and joins Doug Fabrizio in studio to talk about his search ... and about what he found.
Salt Lake City, UT – As a child, Jean-Michel Cousteau was thrown overboard with newly invented SCUBA gear on his back by his ocean-exploring father Jacques Cousteau. After a lifetime of relationship with the water, Jean-Michel is himself an explorer, environmentalist, educator and film producer. He'll be at the Sundance Nature Center over Labor Day for "A Weekend of Discovery," and joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about his career and his passion for one of Earth's greatest resources.