Salt Lake City, UT – From parks to playgrounds to fire stations and food banks, cuts proposed by the Bush Administration in Community Development Block Grants and Community Services Block Grants will have real impacts on cities and social service agencies in Utah. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Martha Beck is the author of "Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith." The daughter of Mormon intellectual Hugh Nibley, her controversial memoir chronicles her account of her life in the church, in the Nibley family, and her personal journey of recovery.
Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday on RadioWest, Doug spoke with Martha Beck, author of the controversial book "Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith." Today we are joined by Beck's siblings Alex Nibley and Christina Nibley Mincek who will respond to their sister's allegations. We'll also take a look at memory, its reliability and authenticity.
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest continues its Audio Club with Dmae Roberts Peabody award-winning documentary "Mei Mei, A Daughter's Song." The 1990 piece has been called "a kind of aural poetry." It is the personal story of cross-cultural and cross-generational conflict as a mother and daughter travel to Taiwan together. Interviews, dramatizations, original music and sounds of Taiwan weave in and out to tell the story of Chu-Yin, who was sold to work as a bonded servant, suffered abuse, starvation and the horrors of World War Two.
Moab, UT – The first thing tourists see as they enter Moab in southeastern Utah is a huge pile of uranium mill tailings. Material from the pile is now leaching into the Colorado River. It dates back to the 1950's when the nation was using uranium mined in southern Utah to make atomic bombs. Whether to move the pile or leave it be has confounded the community for the past decade. Some water officials say keeping it where it is won't hurt the river -- others disagree. Producer Sheri Quinn brings us up to date.
Salt Lake City, UT – We're hoping to hear from you today. How have you been thinking about Terri Schiavo? RadioWest looks at the many dimensions of her emotional story: the role of government, the role of the media, quality of life and what it means to be alive.
Salt Lake City, UT – Early Christians interpreted Jesus' ministry in a variety of ways which were quite different from today's views of theology. Author Elaine Pagels' book "Beyond Belief" looks at 1st century writings that challenge current churches teachings on divinity, miracles and revelation. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Author Jim Harrison's was described by the Boston Globe as "as close as one can come in contemporary fiction to experiencing the abundant pleasures of living." He is perhaps best known for his novella "Legends of the Fall," but his body of work includes novels, novellas, poetry and non-fiction. He will be in town this week celebrating the Wallace Stegner Center's 10th Anniversary, and joins RadioWest this morning to talk about his passion for art.
Salt Lake City, UT – Novelist Leslie Forbes and artist Rachel Berwick talk about restoring the past through their art forms. They are in town, along with paleontoligst Michael Novacek, for the University of Utah's Science and Literature Symposium entitled "Some Assembly Required: Restoration and Human Production in Images, Words and Bones."
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1951, Edward R Murrows asked Americans about their fundamental beliefs. The result was an extraordinary collection of essays that profiled people from all walks of life. Producers Jay Allison and Dan Gediman have recreated the project, and will join Doug to discuss what they are learning about Americans then and now.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug talks to NPR's Bob Mondello about "American Stages." It's a series that looks at the rise of regional theater around the country. Then RadioWest turns to one of Salt Lake's own Plan B Theatre Company and it's production of "Tragedy, A Tragedy."
Friday, March 18: The Fate of the Utah Symphony and Opera
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest considers the condition of the Utah Symphony and Opera after their 2002 merger. As ticket sales and donations decline, Doug talks with Anne Ewers, Keith Lockhart, Gerald Elias and Kevin McCarthy of the Rand Corporation about the Symphony and Opera's organization, and about the state of the performing arts across the country.
Salt Lake City, UT – Author Laura L. Bush talks to Doug about her book "Faithful Transgressions in the American West." The book looks at six twentieth-century Mormon women's autobiographies, and the conflict they found between their own writing and the ideas and authority of the Mormon church. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug explores the University of Utah's new Accommodations Policy with U Professors Katharine Coles and John Morris. He is also joined by Professor Todd Gitlin of Columbia University to look at the broader questions raised about belief and thought on American campuses.
Salt Lake City, UT – A Couple of Blaguards is a two-character comedy with incidental music, created by the brothers Frank McCourt and Malachy McCourt. Like their bestsellers, Angela's Ashes, Tis and A Monk Swimming, A Couple of Blaguards is autobiographical and spans their years growing up in Ireland and their escape to America in search of a better life. Doug is joined by Malachy McCourt and local Irish historian Gary McDonough to talk about what being Irish means in the United States and in Utah. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Renowned actor Michael York is in Salt Lake City speaking on William Shakespeare and the art of adaptation. He's agreed to join RadioWest in the studio to talk about acting Shakespeare, and about his long and varied career.
Films and Performance Lectures by Michael York are FREE and open to the Public.
Salt Lake City, UT – Leslie Howard has performed throughout the world. He is perhaps best known for his recording of the complete piano music of Liszt. The work took fourteen years to complete the largest recording project ever undertaken by a solo musician. Joining Doug live in the studio (complete with piano), Howard will talk about his career and his passion for music.
Salt Lake City, UT – Ambassador Dennis Ross was the chief U.S. negotiator in the Middle East peace process for both George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. His recent book, "The Missing Peace," outlines the process from 1988 to 2001 from the ultimate insider's view. Ambassador Ross is in Salt Lake today to deliver a lecture for the Middle East Center at the University of Utah, and joins RadioWest today in the studio.
Salt Lake City, UT – Fred Newman has created voices and sounds for movies including "Gremlins" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" He also tours with Garrison Keillor creating improvised sound effects for "A Prairie Home Companion." He's in town for a book signing at The King's English, and has agreed to join RadioWest in the studio to share some secrets on making melodious, whimsical and sometimes rude sounds with your mouth.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug talks to with NPR's senior news analyst Cokie Roberts. Her new book, "Founding Mothers," looks at the stories of women who sacrificed and fought their own battles as part of the American Revolution.
Salt Lake City, UT – On this edition of RadioWest's "Your Personal Economy," Dan Bammes and John Bird from the Albion Financial Group talk about choices that can minimize your impact on the environment and save money as well. Their guests will be architect Kent Peters, environmental specialist Lisa Romney and Sarah Wright who promotes the "Blue Sky Initiatives" for wind power.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah legislature wrapped up its 45-day general session at the stroke of midnight on Wednesday. Lawmakers passed a state budget of nearly nine billion dollars -- up 6 percent from this year -- as well as about 400 bills. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Undocumented workers in Utah will soon not be able to get a regular driver's license, and a bill quietly going through the legislature could have a big impact on Utah's state budget for years to come. But first, Utah lawmakers appear poised to delay the passage of a bill that places Utah priorities over the mandates of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the law mandating that all children in public schools perform at grade level in reading and math by 2014. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Lebanese journalist Hisham Melhem joins RadioWest to discuss the Arab media and the ways the Middle East looks at the United States. Melhem is Washington DC bureau chief for "An-Nahar," a Beirut newspaper.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah lawmakers took action on two more budget bills yesterday, bringing the total to about $8.8 billion spent. Most of this year's revenue has now been spent -- what remains is the loose change that will be voted on in the final Bill of Bills sometime before the stroke of midnight on Wednesday. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest takes a look at the art of burlesque with Utah native Dee Milo from the Golden Days of Burlesque Historical Society, international burlesque performer Miss Dirty Martini, and Jane Briggeman, author of "Burlesque: Legendary Stars of the Stage."