Salt Lake City, UT – Utah writer and poet Katharine Coles has just published her latest novel "Fire Season." Set in rural Utah, Coles portrays cancer-stricken downwinders, an AIDS suffering black-sheep of a Mormon family, drought and wildfires. It's a story of death and renewal, and ultimately, of the power of human goodness to prevail.
Salt Lake City, UT – Journalist Janine di Giovanni's book "Madness Visible" portrays the individuals who must experience war first hand. di Giovanni is in Utah as part of the Salt Lake Film Center's series of films that examine the role of the war correspondent. She joins Doug Fabrizio in studio to talk about her book, and about her personal observations of the conflicts that are reshaping our world.
Salt Lake City, UT – The University of Utah's School of Medicine is celebrating its 100th year this week. It opened its doors as a humble, two year school in 1905 and is now considered one of the top 20 medical programs in the United States. Jenny talks with Dr. Chase Peterson - former president of the University of Utah and a Professor in the University's School of Medicine.
Salt Lake City, UT – While the urban environment and nature are frequently seen as mutually exclusive, former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt envisions a balance between development and our natural landscape. Doug Fabrizio talks to Babbitt about his new book "Cities in the Wilderness," and about his vision for a national land use plan.
Salt Lake City, UT – The average drug user in Utah is male, 31 years old, white and LDS. RadioWest looks at what makes people turn to addictive drugs, and what methods of prevention and treatment can successfully address the problem. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Governor Jon Huntsman unveiled a "flatter" tax proposal yesterday, one that he says is simpler, protects low and moderate income families, and stimulates economic growth. The proposal's top tax rate is 5%, which would give Utah the lowest income tax rate in the West except for Colorado, and Wyoming and Nevada - which have no income taxes. KUER'S Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Over 25 years ago, the Graphic Novel took the art of cartooning from the realm of children into adult fiction. Cartoonist Batton Lash and editor Jackie Estrada will be in Utah as part of the Great Salt Lake Book Festival, and join Doug Fabrizio to talk about the genre. Later in the program, Doug talks to Alex Caldiero and others on the 50th Anniversary of poet Allen Ginsberg's "Howl."
Salt Lake City, UT – Luis Urrea tells the powerful story of his legendary great aunt, Teresita. Famed throughout Mexico for the power to heal with her touch, the family ranch becomes a center of pilgrimage for the people and a source of concern for the government on the eve of the revolution. Urrea will be in Salt Lake City this week as part of the Great Salt Lake Book Festival, and he joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about his novel, "The Hummingbird's Daughter."
Salt Lake City, UT – Over the last month, images from the Gulf Coast region have made many across the country question their own preparedness for a natural disaster. Today on RadioWest, we'll talk to scientists and government officials about the realities of Utah's potential for geological catastrophe. How will local and state governments respond, and what is the responsibility of the individual to prepare their household?
Salt Lake City, UT – As new Chief Justice John Roberts opens the October 2005 term of the Supreme Court, RadioWest takes a look at the document which serves as the basis for the country's law. Doug Fabrizio is joined by constitutional law scholar and author Akhil Reed Amar. His new book is called "America's Constitution: A Biography."
September 30, 2005 – The largest U-S study of children ever undertaken is one step closer to being realized. The National Institutes of Health say the study could help improve the nation's health. And, Utah will play a vital role in its launch and development. KUER's Tasha Cook explains why in this report:
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah has a rich and well-established arts community, and an integral part of that is the art critic. His or her role, however, can be imagined in a number of ways. Is it the job of the critic to foster the arts or is his responsibility to the arts consumer? Doug Fabrizio talks to dance critic Marcia Siegel, NPR's film critic Bob Mondello, the Salt Lake Tribune's Sean Means, and Art Theory Professor Lane Relyea of Northwestern University.
Salt Lake City, UT – Although children of divorced parents often vow to not repeat the same mistakes, research indicates that they face unfavorable odds. Doug Fabrizio talks to Dr. Nicholas Wolfinger, author of the new book "Understanding the Divorce Cycle: The Children of Divorce in their Own Marriages."(Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Despite witnessing three fatal mountain climbing accidents before the age of 22, David Roberts insists that his greatest pleasure comes from the mountains. Doug Fabrizio talks to Roberts about the passion he describes in his new book, "On the Ridge Between Life and Death: A Climbing Life Reexamined."
Salt Lake City, UT – Werner Fornos, the President of The Population Institute, is reminding people that by mid-century, the number of people in countries struggling with poverty, hunger and disease will approach 8 billion. Fornos is coming to Utah this week to talk about the implications of world population issues. Doug Fabrizio talks to Fornos, along with Pam Perlich of the University of Utah and Anne O'Connell of the Utah Population and Environment Coalition.
Salt Lake City, UT – KUER public radio invites listeners to take a reprieve from the high-tech world with an evening of silent film on Saturday, September 24th at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. The box office will open at 5:45 p.m. (Please note that there was a date error in Friday's Deseret News column.)
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.
Salt Lake City, UT – After a brief update on the Legacy Highway settlement following Wednesday's State Legislature interim session, RadioWest looks at the risk of storing nuclear waste in Skull Valley.
Salt Lake City, UT – In the United States, one in four children is overweight and already shows signs of high cholesterol. Nutritionist Barbara Storper of FoodPlay Productions is in Utah educating students on adolescent obesity, eating disorders, body image, and unhealthy media messages. Doug Fabrizio talks to Storper and to Pediatric Dietitian Margaret Braae of Primary Children's Medical Center about their message to parents and children.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug Fabrizio talks to Western journalists on their return from the devastation left behind by Hurricane Katrina. He's joined in studio by NPR's rural affairs correspondent Howard Berkes, and Tucson author Charles Bowden who is writing for GQ magazine.
Salt Lake City, UT – Two-time Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling medalist Rulon Gardner is in Salt Lake City for a reading from his new book "Never Stop Pushing." RadioWest talks to Gardner about his journey from Wyoming farmboy to the US Olympic Team.