Salt Lake City, UT – Humans and mice have many genes in common. To inform our understanding of how these genes work, scientists in Mario Capecchi's laboratory at the University of Utah use genetic techniques to modify DNA in living mice. The mice are maintained in a building on the campus known as the Mouse House. In the fourth segment in our series on Mario Capecchi's groundbreaking work in genetics, Sheri Quinn takes us inside the facility where the mice are made.
Wednesday, January 12, 2005 – Mayor Rocky Anderson joins us to talk about his community building project Bridging the Religious Divide. We will also talk with individuals involved in this and other dialogues on religious and cultural diversity.
Salt Lake City, UT – In the 1980's, University of Utah geneticist Mario Capecchi developed gene targeting technology, which allows scientists to tailor mutations in specifric genes. Researchers around the world use it to manipulate mouse DNA. With this tool, scientists at the University of Utah have recently created a mouse with a deadly form of childhood muscle cancer. Sheri Quinn reports on how this new mouse model might help fight the disease.
Salt Lake City, UT – Modifying genes in mice has helped scientists uncover genes linked to many diseases, and to at least one behavioral disorder as well. Sheri Quinn has the second in a series of reports looking back at the work of Mario Capecchi.
Salt Lake City, UT – During World War II, Mario Capecchi was a homeless boy wandering the street in Verona, Italy. He came to the United States as a teenage refugee, went on to study biology at Harvard and today is a world-renowned geneticist at the University of Utah. Producer Sheri Quinn has this retrospective of Mario Capecchi's life and work, and how his technique of manipulating the genes of mice has led to astonishing discoveries for human biology as well.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005 – This week, the Episcopal Church's top leaders gather in Salt Lake City to discuss their response to the fallout from their ordination of an openly gay bishop. Doug talks to Episcopal scholars and local priests to look at how a church offers love, acceptance and sanctuary to an increasingly diverse culture.
Salt Lake City, UT – The death last week of NFL defensive end Reggie White - one of the great players in NFL history - hit Salt Lake City teacher Claudia Heath hard. But it also gave her the chance to tell her students about the man once called "a gentle warrior," as well as a chance to tell them that even in schools like theirs, it's possible to be a hero.
Claudia Heath teaches 7th grade at Glendale Middle School in Salt Lake City.
Wednesday, January 5, 2005 – Celebrated journalist and author Robert MacNeil joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about the many ways English is spoken throughout the United States. The documentary Do You Speak American airs Wednesday, January 5th at 7:00 p.m. on KUED Channel 7.
Tuesday, January 4, 2005 – 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 the their own writing and ideas and the authority of the Mormon church.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Sarvodaya Shramadana community development movement is well-established in Sri Lanka and is now helping with disaster relief after the devastating tsunami. Richard Brooks, representing Friends of Sarvodaya, talks about the group and what it can do to help with the recovery in its homeland.
More information is available from the Buddhist Peace Fellowship web site (www.bpf.org) or from www.sarvodaya.lk
Thursday, December 30, 2004 – Charles Bowden is a hard hitting journalist and author who writes fearlessly and passionately about the American south-west. He takes on difficult topics ... killers, drug traffickers, the destruction of nature and the predicament of modern civilization. Bowden joins Doug for a conversation about his writing and his work. (Repeat)
Monday, December 27, 2004 – Gifford Pinchot believes in socially responsible business. In other words, one can run a successful enterprise with sustainable values. James Soares, Manager for Squatters here in SLC, describes how he has applied that philosophy in his work. Pinchot is co-founder of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute which provides MBAs with corporate and social responsibility. (Repeat)
Wednesday, December 29, 2004 – John-Charles Duffy is a writing instructor for the University of Utah. He coordinated the university's Mormon studies brown bag series for three years. Duffy will begin his doctoral work in religious studies this fall. His article "Defending the kingdom, rethinking the faith: how apologetics is reshaping Mormon orthodoxy" appears in the May 2004 issue of Sunstone Magazine (Repeat)
Thursday, December 23, 2004 – 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)
Wednesday, December 22, 2004 – Author Stanley Weintraub joins Doug to talk about his book "Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce." French, English and German troops honored the first Christmas of "the Great War" by taking a pause from fighting. A few stray bullets brought the peace to an end, and with it a war that lasted nearly four more Christmases.
Tuesday, December 21, 2004 – Doug investigates the extraordinary history of the Roman alphabet with author David Sacks. From Semitic-speaking mercenaries in Egypt through standarizations in the 19th century, Sacks' book "Letter Perfect" is an entertaining account of what makes our language today.
Monday, December 20, 2004 – Ellen Meloy was an artist, writer, naturalist and frequent contributor to KUER. Her book The Anthropology of Turquoise, which explores connections between human perception, geography and the natural world, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Ellen died last month at her home in Bluff, Utah. Today's program is a rebroadcast of an interview from Summer of 2002. (Repeat)
Salt Lake CIty, UT – The One World Gallery in Salt Lake City's Gateway Center showcases the work of Utah artists. But it's not able to compete with chain stores and it's being forced to move. Independent producer Beth Hoffman looks at the tension between showcasing local products and the push for profit in the world of retailing.
Thursday, December 16, 2004 – Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is perennial holiday classic. Doug talks with Dickens scholar Dr. Elliot Engel about the writer's life and work. We're also joined by Peter Sham, creator of The Utah Shakespearean Festival's "A Christmas Carol - On the Air."
Wednesday, December 15, 2004 – Recent data show that Utah leads the nation in generosity. A large portion of this charity goes toward tithing, though. What do the giving patterns mean for Utah's non-profit sector, and what motivates a person to donate their time and money?
Tuesday, December 14, 2004 – Doug talks to Stephanie Coontz about her book "The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostaglia Trap." How historically accurate are our notions of "traditional family values" and how does the family of today measure up? (Repeat)