Providence, UT – When Utah's Poet Laureate Ken Brewer was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer last June, he moved into what he calls a fever pitch a burst of creative energy. He found himself writing more drafts each day, with fewer revisions. The result is a collection of raw poems that he calls his chronicle of living with the certainty of death. Ken can't travel much these days, so Doug Fabrizio joins him in his home in Providence, Utah to talk about life, and the words Ken found to describe his own death.
Salt Lake City, UT – A 5-part series from freelance producer Beth Hoffman. She visits with women from the Congo, Colombia, the Phillipines, Bangladesh and Japan and learns how they use cooking to stay connected to their culture. With a College of Humanities Documentary Studies Grant, producer Beth Hoffman joins immigrant women as they cook in their homes. In the last story in this series, Hoffman visits the home of Bernice Kida, an immigrant from Japan.
Salt Lake City, UT – In November of 1934, a young man walked into the wilderness of Davis Gulch in Southern Utah. Locals regarded him as likeable, but odd. He was an artist, or a poet and devoted to the beauty he had discovered. Doug Fabrizio talks to Diane Orr and Bud Rusho about the story of Everett Ruess. His art wasn't extraordinary. Neither was his poetry. His life and the mystery of his disappearance, though, have inspired and baffled thousands. (Repeat, Original Broadcast, May 22, 2001)
Salt Lake City, UT – Like many others, attorney Ken Driggs became intrigued by the murders of two Mormon missionaries in Texas in the early 70s. His casual interest turned to fascination, and he wrote a book about the case called Evil Among Us. Driggs says the story goes beyond the gruesome details of the case. He examines the lives of the victims, and the murderer, Robert Kleasen. And he reveals that religions like Mormonism don't always attract the well meaning. (Repeat, Original Broadcast August 13, 2001)
Salt Lake City, UT – The great American poet Gary Snyder spent a part of his life studying to be a Zen monk in Japan. Snyder has said the experience made him look at poetry differently. He joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about, among other things, the idea that poetry is designed to defend nature. The natural world and our place in it is a constant presence in his more than fifty years of writing. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – We know you're busy getting the last minute details ready for your holiday weekend. Why not take a break, sit down, and enjoy two moving stories. RadioWest presents Truman Capotes "A Christmas Memory" and Ron Carlson's "The H Street Sledding Record." They'll make you remember why the season is so important ...
Salt Lake City, UT – New revelations of Bush authorizing the National Security Agency to secretly monitor Americans has renewed conversations about the authority of the executive branch during war. Constitutional scholar Louis Fisher joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about his book "Presidential War Power." It's a look at this crucial separation of powers from the Revolutionary Era to the nation's post-9/11 wars.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on the Navajo Nation, hip-hop and punk are in and pow-wows are passe. A photographic and audio exhibit at the Utah Museum of Natural History explores cultural change and how its affected the lives of Navajos who were children in the 1970s and 80s. The exhibit - A Gesture of Kinship - photographs and interviews with young Navajos - is showing through January 15.
Salt Lake City, UT – For many families, the kitchen is a place to grab a bite or whip up a quick meal for kids on the run. But for millions of new Americans, the kitchen is a place where cultural traditions are passed on. It's also a space for re-creation and re-invention. In a five part series, producer Beth Hoffman joins immigrant women as they cook in their homes. In this morning's story, Hoffman visits the home of Lulu Olivera, an immigrant from the Phillipines.
Salt Lake City – Friday marks the 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith's birth. As the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Smith's life and theology has had a profound effect on American religion, and on the culture of Utah. Nevertheless, he remains an enigmatic and controversial figure. Richard Bushman's new biography, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, is the newest contribution to the scholarship on Smith, and the author joins Doug Fabrizio to discuss his significant work.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today, in our continuing series Youth Waves, Loren Elliot brings us a piece she produced on her cello teacher, Madison Moran.
Loren Elliot is 18 years old and attends Lewis and Clark College in Portland. She produced this piece as a student as West High. This commentary came to us via the youth media program Spy Hop and first aired on KRCL's all youth radio program, Loud and Clear.
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.