Salt Lake City, Utah – The biggest food-poisoning outbreak in U.S. history happened nearly 20 years ago when a fast-food restaurant served hamburgers contaminated with E. Coli bacteria. The outbreak resulted in four deaths and hundreds of injuries, sparked widespread fear and ultimately changed food regulation and public attitudes. On Friday, author Jeff Benedict joins Jennifer Napier-Pearce to trace the E. Coli crisis and how it changed America's relationship with food.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Thursday, Doug sits down with Utah Symphony's music director Thierry Fischer to talk about Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring." It's now considered a seminal piece in 20th century music. But in 1913, the audience at the premiere broke out into a riot. There were fights and the house got so loud the dancers on stage couldn't hear the orchestra. Maestro Fischer is conducting the season finale and it's giving us a chance to talk about his vision for the symphony and the work of Igor Stravinsky.
Salt Lake City, Utah – The end of the world is coming. At least that's what some people really think. Throughout human history certain cultures and religious societies have predicted the apocalypse was near. The most recent is the Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping in California. He says it all gets underway this Saturday, May 21st at 6:00 p.m. to be precise. So Wednesday, we're rebroadcasting our conversation about the apocalypse - its history and the conditions that make so many so certain the end is near. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, Utah – Monday, we're exploring the origins of yoga with the scholar Mark Singleton. He's written a book that challenges the idea that the yoga practiced by millions of people today is born of an ancient Indian religious tradition. Singleton argues instead for what he calls "transnational" yoga - the idea that the practice has been heavily influenced by differing world views and the needs of a modern audience. Singleton joins Doug to separate the myth of yoga from its 20th century origins.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Monday, Doug sits down with zoologist Iain Douglas-Hamilton, one of the foremost authorities on the African elephant. In the 70s and 80s, poaching had a catastrophic impact on elephant populations. Bans on the ivory trade helped their numbers recover, but even this month, there are reports of elephants being brutally killed and stripped of their tusks. Douglas-Hamilton joins us to talk about his 40 year adventure with the elephants and about the tough times still ahead for the giant animals.
Salt Lake City, Utah – As mortals, we expect pain, but we also expect it to go away. But sometimes it doesn't. After unexpectedly confronting chronic pain herself, the writer Melanie Thernstrom immersed herself in the topic, exploring how literature, religion, culture and medicine influence the way we view lasting pain and dictate how we deal with it. On Friday, Thernstrom joins Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about the evolution of how we perceive pain and the latest research on pain's causes and treatments.
Salt Lake City, Utah – In 1972 Bobby Fischer was acknowledged as the most famous person on the planet. The world was fascinated by the man, born to a homeless mother, who rose to be the most celebrated chess genius. But even as he graced the covers of magazines and unseated champions, Fischer began his descent into paranoia and fanaticism. Biographer Frank Brady knew Fischer and in 1965 wrote "Profiles of a Prodigy." Now, Brady's written a new book and he joins Doug to explore Fischer's journey from genius to madness.
Salt Lake City, UT – Researchers at the Huntsman Cancer Institute have identified high-risk genetic features in one form of leukemia known as T-cell cancer. They hope it will help children with leukemia get the right kind of chemotherapy.
For this particular discovery, Dr. Kimble Frazer , assistant professor of pediatrics and his colleagues at the University of Utah used a common aquarium fish, a zebrafish, the one with the stripes head to tail.
Salt Lake City, Utah – The Provo-based band "Fictionist" has been getting local and regional attention for a while. They've released two albums in the last three years, have played festivals and have toured well beyond the state. And now, there's a 1 in 4 chance they'll be gracing the cover of Rolling Stone later this year. They're finalists in the magazine's "Choose the Cover" contest, and Wednesday, they join us to play some of their progressive experimental rock.