Salt Lake City, UT – Karen Spears Zacharias faced an important question when her daughters hit puberty. How do you raise self-confident, well adjusted and flat-chested girls in a society obsessed with body image? They all survived the experience, and are traveling the country to collect women's stories about their breasts. RadioWest looks at the national craze to create the perfect body, and asks how to find joy in what nature gave us.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug Fabrizio talks to journalist David Samuels. Samuels is the author of "Buried Suns: The Past and Possible Future of America's Nuclear-Testing Program," which appeared in Harper's Magazine.
Salt Lake City, UT – KUER's Dan Bammes hosts another edition of Your Personal Economy, talking about how we use technology to manage our finances. John Bird from the Albion Financial Group will join him, along with personal finance reporter Chris Farrell from the public radio program Marketplace and Leslie Hansen, a regular user of personal finance software.
Salt Lake City, UT – In "Field Notes on the Compassionate Life," author Marc Ian Barasch explores the nature of compassion, what he calls "the x-factor that every faith exalts as a supreme virtue." RadioWest talks to Barasch about the fieldwork that took him to kitchen tables, maximum security prisons, political organizations and medical conferences.
Salt Lake City, UT – The sixtieth anniversary of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima brought dozens of Utahns and community groups together last night. The gathering inspired community discussion, activism and song. KUER's Tasha Cook was at the Salt Lake City Library event and has this report:
Salt Lake City, UT – On Friday, the NCAA announced that universities using Native American nicknames and mascots would not be eligible to host championship tournaments after next February. The University of Utah has long had permission from the Ute tribe to use the name for its athletic teams. RadioWest looks at what this means for Utah's Runnin' Utes, and at the debate that precipitated the NCAA's ruling.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah legend tells of caverns filled with caches of Spanish Gold hidden before the arrival of Escalante and Dominguez. Since then, there have been those who have hunted for and those who have even claimed to have found these lost treasures. RadioWest explores what the oral histories tell us and how those stack up to the academic view of our state's past.
Salt Lake City, UT – Three-time Grammy award-winner Shawn Colvin has embarked on a national campaign to educate the public about Major Depressive Disorder. She's in Salt Lake City, and joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about her own struggle with depression, and how it has informed her music.
Salt Lake City, UT – Dr. Jane Goodall has revolutionized the world of science and the way we understand animals, and it is her empathy and spiritual connection to nature that inspired her work. Doug talks to Dr. Goodall about the life lessons she has learned in the forests of Gombe and her message of hope. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City – A new educational campaign to protect Utah's children from sexual predators has begun. The grassroots effort pioneered by Utah's former First Lady is part of a nationwide program to help children stay safe online. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report:
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug Fabrizio is joined in studio by former New Jersey Republican governor Christine Todd Whitman. Whitman's new book "It's My Party Too" looks at the recent political shift of the Republican Party, and argues that ultra-conservatism is detrimental to its long-term health and competitiveness.
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest explores what may be a trend among young people to leave the comfort of home, travel to distant countries and volunteer their time. Doug talks to two people who have dedicated their own time and money to international volunteering, to Stefano DeZerega, co-author of "How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas" and to Peter Levine of CIRCLE.
Salt Lake City, UT – In Part Two of our conversation on demographics of the LDS church, RadioWest talks to the Salt Lake Tribune's Peggy Fletcher Stack about her recent article on the slowing of the Church's growth world-wide.
Salt Lake City, UT – How would the nation cope in a world where the dollar is no longer the dominant currency and the United States no longer the dominant power? In his book Three Billion New Capitalists, Clyde Prestowitz argues American dominance in the world is fragile not because its military power is weak, but because it's economic clout is shrinking. Doug talks to Prestowitz about global trends and America's role in the world's economic future. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – The documentary "Murderball" follows a set of world-class athletes competing in an extreme sport, but it's anything but usual. Murderball is the nick-name for Quad Rugby, an official paralympic sport that tests the skills of its quadriplegic participants. RadioWest is joined by Andy Cohn of Team USA, and two players from Utah's own Murderball team, Brian Horne and Tim Daynes.
Salt Lake City, UT – Earlier this month, the Salt Lake County Council voted down a proposal to extend domestic partner benefits to county employees. RadioWest explores the meaning of that decision: are these kind of benefits a slippery slope toward the eventual endorsement of same sex relationships? Is there a trend toward these benefits among American companies?
Salt Lake City, UT – The Salt Lake Tribune's Matt Canham has written a series on the the shrinking majority of Mormons in Utah. RadioWest talks to Canham, along with historian Will Bagley, demographer Pam Perlich and political scientist Mathew Burbank about what this trend means for the state.
Cedar City, UT – We are wrapping up our week in Southern Utah by showcasing a remarkable play from the Utah Shakespearean Festival. It's Irish playwright Marie Jones' story of Charlie and Jake, two men from a rural village in Ireland who get jobs as extras for a Hollywood film crew that's come to town. It's a lot of work for the two actors who by the end will have performed fifteen different characters.
Washington, D.C. – Republican Utah Senator Orrin Hatch has taken part in confirmation hearings for 8 of the 9 current Supreme Court justices. He knows the process, and he had some advice for Supreme Court nominee Judge John Roberts. Benjamin Shaw caught up with Hatch immediately after he met with Roberts.
Salt Lake City, UT – A Utah state Senator from St. George is taking on Orrin Hatch in the 2006 election. Representative Steve Urquart says he isn't worried about the Senator's senior status or hefty campaign warchest. He says its time for a change. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Washington, D.C. – A new report by the Congressional Management Foundation shows U.S. Senators are sent up to eight million pieces of mail a year and 83 million emails. And almost every item gets a response. The more powerful individual lawmakers become, the more mail they receive. But do Senators read the letters? And do they ever change their minds becuase of pressure from back home? Laura Strickler reports from our Capitol Hill Bureau.
Washington, D.C. – Utah's Senators say they're pleased with the President's choice for the Supreme Court. The opinion of Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch holds considerable sway as former chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Laura Strickler reports from our Capitol Hill Bureau.
Salt Lake City, UT – Thousands of Utahns with serious mental illnesses continue to be without services and the waiting list for services for people with disabilities continues to grow. That was the grim news for a committee of lawmakers on Capitol Hill yesterday. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Cedar City, UT – RadioWest continues its series from Cedar City, Utah. Water has always defined how we settle the West. The question for Southern Utah is whether access to water will limit explosive growth. Is the ethic of water use changing? RadioWest talks to planners, ranchers and environmentalists about a commodity so precious to one of the driest landscapes in the country.
Cedar City, UT – Camelot first opened on Broadway in 1960 when the nation worried about the cold war. This season at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Camelot is playing to an audience that has worries about the questions of war and peace. Does might make right? RadioWest talks about the play and the ideas that inspired it.