Salt Lake City, Utah – Mention the periodic table and eyes start to glaze over with memories of dry high school chemistry lectures. But author Sam Kean says behind the elements - carbon, gold, silicon and the 100 others - are tales of madness, passion and adventure. Friday, guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce talks with Kean about the role the elements have played throughout human history, from war to the arts and to the lives of the scientists who discovered them.
Salt Lake City, UT – Transferring to a new high school is hard. Especially when the new school is about 56 times larger than the one you're coming from. And when your only memories of public school are how much you were bullied. Over the next two days, we'll plunge back into high school, in all its anxious, awkward and exuberant glory.
Salt Lake City, Utah – In 2004, Army Ranger Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan. Tillman's death captured the public's attention at first because of his celebrity. He was a pro-football player who had volunteered for duty. But the shock grew as it came to light Tillman had been killed by friendly fire and that the military had gone to great lengths to cover this up. Thursday, Doug is joined by journalist Jon Krakauer to explore the complicated life and death of Pat Tillman and what they reveal about sacrifice and war.
Salt Lake City, UT – Salmon, bass, cod and tuna are staples of the human diet. But large-scale commercial fishing, fish farming and distressed water ecosystems are pushing many wild fish populations to the brink of extinction. Tuesday, the writer Paul Greenberg joins Doug to talk about our delicate relationship with the oceans and how to make fishing practices more sustainable.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Wednesday, Doug sits down with University of Utah law professor Amos Guiora for a different perspective on the newly revived Mideast peace talks. Guiora spent 5 years working as a legal advisor in the Israeli army to implement the Oslo Peace Accords in the Gaza Strip, and he's recently written on his experience. This isn't about high policy; it's about the practical lessons Guiora learned about making peace work.
Salt Lake City, UT – The college football season kicked off last week and here in Utah, it feels like the beginning of the end. This is the final season that the University of Utah and Brigham Young University play as part of the Mountain West Conference. Starting next year, the Utes jump to the new PAC-12 while BYU becomes an independent agent. How will the conference realignment affect the long-standing rivalry between the schools? KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce set off to find out.
Salt Lake City, UT – What does it take for a talented young musician to get noticed? In once case, it's apparently more than Hollywood can deliver. City Weekly music editor Dan Nailen takes a look at his upcoming show in Salt Lake.
Salt Lake City, UT – What gets you up and going in the morning? Are you excited to head to your job - or dreading another day? The British writer Alain de Botton says that for centuries we believed life and work were essentially miserable. In the mid-18th century though, he says we came to believe that work wasn't just about money but also about fulfillment. de Botton is the author of "The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work." He joins Doug for an examination of our working lives and what they mean to us. (Rebroadcast)