Salt Lake City, UT – Songs that reference sexuality and vulgarity, music that leads to risque dancing -- if you think that contemporary music has gone beyond the pale, consider "Can't Stop Rag-Time." The year was 1913, and the song mocked laws that applied morality codes at dancehalls and attempted to institutionalize people who were "jazzily intoxicated." Eric Nuzum, author of "Parental Advisory," joins Doug for a look at the history of music censorship in America, from the early days of jazz and rock to the post-9/11 world.
Salt Lake City, UT – Michael Pollan says America is suffering from a national eating disorder. Pollan, author of the new book The Omnivore's Dilemma, has spent the last five years following the food chains that sustain humans. He was trying to answer the most straightforward of questions - What should I eat? - but he realized he couldn't get at that without understanding these two others: Just what am I eating? And Where in the world did it come from? (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Human hearing ranges from about 20 hertz to 20,000 hertz. But many animals-- from bats to moths to mice-- communicate and hear at pitches well above this. Jeff Rice has this audio postcard for the Utah Soundscapes series about the hidden world of ultrasonics.
Salt Lake City, UT – A well-told story has a power to transport the listener - to a different time, to a different place, to a different way of seeing the world. Today on RadioWest, we're exploring the craft of the short story, as celebrated on Symphony Space's "Selected Shorts." Doug talks to Isaiah Sheffer, the host of the now 21-year-old series, and with local writers about the genre.
Salt Lake City, UT – The rattle of a rattlesnake is one of the most iconic sounds of the west. Jeff Rice reports for Utah Soundscapes about the effects of summer temperatures on this startling sound. He has this audio postcard.
Salt Lake City, UT – Visiting Salt Lake City this week are members of a powerful political and economic organization representing southeast Asia. Governor Jon Huntsman hosted the ambassadors, trade representatives and local business leaders at a conference yesterday. KUER's Tasha Cook has more on this story:
Salt Lake City, UT – The scholar Reza Aslan joins Doug Fabrizio to explain just how it is that the ancient ideals of Islam have come to be the creed of jihadists and terrorists. Aslan's book No god but God explores the origins of the faith of Mohammed and the way it has evolved over time. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City – The Senate voted Tuesday to greatly expand funding for embryonic stem cell research. The vote is a direct challenge to President Bush, who ordered restricted funding in 2001 because the research destroys human embryos. But both of Utah's pro-life senators voted for the bill. Todd Zwillich reports from our Capitol Hill bureau:
Park City, UT – The light that illuminates the spires and ridges of the Grand Canyon sometimes lasts only a few seconds, but when a patient photographer captures that fleeting moment, it becomes what Stephen Trimble calls lasting light. That's the title of his new book celebrating those who've been taking pictures of the canyon for the past 125 years. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – More than 225 people have already died in six days of fighting between Israel and the Hezbollah militia based in Southern Lebanon. Doug Fabrizio is joined by local Middle East experts Ibrahim Karawan of the University of Utah, Joshua Aaronson - Rabbi for Temple Har Shalom in Park City, and BYU's Donna Lee Bowan. They'll look at what the conflict means, and at the choices that Israelis, Palestinians and both parties' supporters face in the region.
Salt Lake City, UT – Just about everything makes sound. That could be the motto of nature sound recordist Bernie Krause. He tells producer Jeff Rice how he recorded the surprising sound of ants on a camping trip in northern Arizona. Here's this week's Utah Soundscapes audio postcard.
Salt Lake City, UT – Even if you've never shopped at Wal-Mart, the ubiquitous store has influenced the products you buy and the economy in your town. Charles Fishman, author of "The Wal-Mart Effect," joins Doug Fabrizio and local business advocates Tony Weller and David Nimkin for a look at how the retail giant has changed American consumerism at its most basic levels. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – For people from all walks of life, there lingers in our memory the moment where circumstances converged - where everything was just right. It might be a phrase of music that could not be improved, the way that light and shadow were captured in a photograph, the instant when a problem's solution became crystal clear, or something as simple as the sun streaming into the living room. RadioWest is collecting your perfect moments, and begins sharing them Thursday on the program.
Salt Lake City, UT – Some members of Utah's Congressional delegation see reprocessing of spent fuel rods from nuclear reactors as a way to avoid any need to store high-level radioactive waste on the Skull Valley reservation or at other repositories in the West. The reality is more complex, and the experts agree there will always be a need to keep dangerous radioactive waste stored safely. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Last week a jury in Kingman, Arizona convicted Kelly Fischer of having sex with a 16 year old girl. Fischer is a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he had taken the girl as one of his multiple wives. Tuesday on RadioWest, we are exploring the significance of the case, and asking what the conviction reveals about the difference between the way Arizona is dealing with the enduring issue of polygamy and the way Utah is approaching it.
Salt Lake City, UT – Homeowners who participate in Utah Power's "Blue Sky" program may think the wind power they're buying for their electricity comes from Utah. It doesn't. It's from wind turbines in Idaho. Although Governor Jon Huntsman has said he supports clean and renewable energy, Utah is lagging far behind other states in the Mountain West in wind power development. Anne Milliken reports. (Story produced by Ben Bombard.)
Salt Lake City, UT – The ability to assist one another - to make sacrifices for one another - is a characteristic that makes us human. But "help" isn't an overly simple concept. We all need it from time to time, but how do we know that the aid we are offering is actually wanted or effective? What does it mean to help? Author Garret Keizer joins Doug for a look at the necessity, the limits and the contradictions of helping our fellow man.
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 joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about his career and his passion for one of Earth's greatest resources. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Does the desert heat have a sound? Today on Utah Soundscapes, three artists-- a writer, a musician and a poet-- share their thoughts for this week's audio postcard. Our piece on the sound of desert heat was produced by Jeff Rice for Utah Soundscapes. You heard the voices of Charles Bowden, Steve Roach and Ofelia Zepeda. Music was composed and performed by Steve Roach.
Bonneville Salt Flats, UT – Some of you may have used the day off yesterday to mow the lawn. Bobby Cleveland took his lawnmower to the Bonneville Salt Flats. And there he tried to set the record for the world's fastest lawnmower. Anne Milliken and producer Ben Bombard have the story.
Salt Lake City, UT – Though the cooler temperatures and rain of the past few days have helped fire fighters contain several of Utah's wildfires, thousands of acres have already burned this season, and warmer, drier weather is on the horizon. Environmental reporter Rocky Barker is the author of Scorched Earth: How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America. He joins Doug to talk about fires in the American West, and about how clashing values and science inform our environmental policies.
Salt Lake City, UT – In his book "Strength and Honor," author Richard Cote describes the life of Dolley Madison. It was a life lived not as an appendage to her husband President James Madison, but marked by her own extraordinary ability. Cote sees her as a true example of the difference between heroine and mere celebrity. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Pulitzer prize winning critic Gail Caldwell poses a complicated question in the first line of her new memoir -- How do we become who we are? "A Strong West Wind" is her journey -- from the daughter of a World War II veteran in the Texas Panhandle to a passionate rebel navigating the turbulent 60s. Caldwell joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about how place, family, art and love mold us all. (Repeat)