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.
Salt Lake City, UT – Antonio Stradivari created instruments that gave the world their rich and unique sound for hundreds of years. Doug Fabrizio talks with author Toby Faber about Stradivari's enduring work, and we're joined by Utah Symphony Concert Master Ralph Matson playing a 1702 Lord Borwick Stradivarius - courtesy of Peter Prier and Sons Violins. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt rolled into town yesterday on a giant bus serving as a billboard for the country's new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. Now the Bush administration's top health official, Leavitt spoke to seniors in Salt Lake City, just one stop on a 100-city bus tour of America. Kuer's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Pacific Islanders are one of Utah's fastest growing ethnic groups. But coming to the state, many Polynesian youth find themselves searching for identity in Mormon country. That search often leads to gangs -- and to ward houses -- simultaneously. Journalist Tim Sullivan and photographer JT Thomas explored the issues in the High Country News article, "The Gangs of Zion." Along with Metro Gang Unit officer Cliff Chase, they'll join Doug Fabrizio to talk about the seemingly unstoppable cycle of violence.
Salt Lake City, UT – Karen Spears Zacharias faced an important question when her daughters hit puberty. How do you raise self-confident, well adjusted and flat-chested girls in a society obsessed with body image? They all survived the experience, and are traveling the country to collect women's stories about their breasts. RadioWest looks at the national craze to create the perfect body, and asks how to find joy in what nature gave us.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug Fabrizio talks to journalist David Samuels. Samuels is the author of "Buried Suns: The Past and Possible Future of America's Nuclear-Testing Program," which appeared in Harper's Magazine.
Salt Lake City, UT – KUER's Dan Bammes hosts another edition of Your Personal Economy, talking about how we use technology to manage our finances. John Bird from the Albion Financial Group will join him, along with personal finance reporter Chris Farrell from the public radio program Marketplace and Leslie Hansen, a regular user of personal finance software.
Salt Lake City, UT – In "Field Notes on the Compassionate Life," author Marc Ian Barasch explores the nature of compassion, what he calls "the x-factor that every faith exalts as a supreme virtue." RadioWest talks to Barasch about the fieldwork that took him to kitchen tables, maximum security prisons, political organizations and medical conferences.
Salt Lake City, UT – The sixtieth anniversary of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima brought dozens of Utahns and community groups together last night. The gathering inspired community discussion, activism and song. KUER's Tasha Cook was at the Salt Lake City Library event and has this report:
Salt Lake City, UT – On Friday, the NCAA announced that universities using Native American nicknames and mascots would not be eligible to host championship tournaments after next February. The University of Utah has long had permission from the Ute tribe to use the name for its athletic teams. RadioWest looks at what this means for Utah's Runnin' Utes, and at the debate that precipitated the NCAA's ruling.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah legend tells of caverns filled with caches of Spanish Gold hidden before the arrival of Escalante and Dominguez. Since then, there have been those who have hunted for and those who have even claimed to have found these lost treasures. RadioWest explores what the oral histories tell us and how those stack up to the academic view of our state's past.
Salt Lake City, UT – Three-time Grammy award-winner Shawn Colvin has embarked on a national campaign to educate the public about Major Depressive Disorder. She's in Salt Lake City, and joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about her own struggle with depression, and how it has informed her music.
Salt Lake City, UT – Dr. Jane Goodall has revolutionized the world of science and the way we understand animals, and it is her empathy and spiritual connection to nature that inspired her work. Doug talks to Dr. Goodall about the life lessons she has learned in the forests of Gombe and her message of hope. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City – A new educational campaign to protect Utah's children from sexual predators has begun. The grassroots effort pioneered by Utah's former First Lady is part of a nationwide program to help children stay safe online. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report:
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug Fabrizio is joined in studio by former New Jersey Republican governor Christine Todd Whitman. Whitman's new book "It's My Party Too" looks at the recent political shift of the Republican Party, and argues that ultra-conservatism is detrimental to its long-term health and competitiveness.
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest explores what may be a trend among young people to leave the comfort of home, travel to distant countries and volunteer their time. Doug talks to two people who have dedicated their own time and money to international volunteering, to Stefano DeZerega, co-author of "How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas" and to Peter Levine of CIRCLE.
Salt Lake City, UT – In Part Two of our conversation on demographics of the LDS church, RadioWest talks to the Salt Lake Tribune's Peggy Fletcher Stack about her recent article on the slowing of the Church's growth world-wide.
Salt Lake City, UT – How would the nation cope in a world where the dollar is no longer the dominant currency and the United States no longer the dominant power? In his book Three Billion New Capitalists, Clyde Prestowitz argues American dominance in the world is fragile not because its military power is weak, but because it's economic clout is shrinking. Doug talks to Prestowitz about global trends and America's role in the world's economic future. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – The documentary "Murderball" follows a set of world-class athletes competing in an extreme sport, but it's anything but usual. Murderball is the nick-name for Quad Rugby, an official paralympic sport that tests the skills of its quadriplegic participants. RadioWest is joined by Andy Cohn of Team USA, and two players from Utah's own Murderball team, Brian Horne and Tim Daynes.
Salt Lake City, UT – Earlier this month, the Salt Lake County Council voted down a proposal to extend domestic partner benefits to county employees. RadioWest explores the meaning of that decision: are these kind of benefits a slippery slope toward the eventual endorsement of same sex relationships? Is there a trend toward these benefits among American companies?
Salt Lake City, UT – The Salt Lake Tribune's Matt Canham has written a series on the the shrinking majority of Mormons in Utah. RadioWest talks to Canham, along with historian Will Bagley, demographer Pam Perlich and political scientist Mathew Burbank about what this trend means for the state.