Salt Lake City, Utah – The scholar Joanna Brooks says there have always been Mormon feminists. Emma Smith, wife of LDS Church founder Joseph Smith, challenged the practice of polygamy. Women in Utah won the right to vote in 1870 and Brigham Young himself encouraged women to study law or medicine. So why is it that "Mormon feminist" strikes many as an oxymoron? Thursday, Doug is joined by Joanna Brooks and historian Claudia Bushman for a look at today's brand of feminism and what it means for Mormon women.
Salt Lake City, Utah – With $17.5 million each, brothers Charles and David Koch are tied at #24 on Forbes list of the world's richest people. The Koch name is closely associated with arts, science and education philanthropy, and with the political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity. AFP is one of the heavy hitters behind the tea party movement and the group was co-founded by David. Wednesday, we're talking about the Koch family and the part they're playing in the American politics.
The Utah National Guard has claimed responsibility for burning down three homes and forcing the evacuation of five thousand people in the southwest part of Salt Lake Valley. Despite a high wind warning from the National Weather Service as early as Friday, the military exercises took place during Sunday's dry and windy conditions, sparking a ferocious blaze. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, Utah – In 1939, American adventurer Dudley Wolfe set out to become the first man to summit K2, the world's second highest, but deadliest peak. Instead, he became its first known victim. Exhausted, confused and suffering from altitude sickness, Wolfe was left behind by his climbing team. It was more than 60 years later when journalist Jennifer Jordan found his remains on the glacier at the base. Tuesday, Jordan joins Doug to talk about her new book, The Last Man on the Mountain.
Salt Lake City, Utah – The historian Nathaniel Philbrick says heroes are hard to come by in his books, because ultimately, he's writing about complex human beings. He's now turned his focus to the Battle of the Little Bighorn, and says what surprised him was how similar Sitting Bull and George Custer were. They were both successful, but both had trouble adapting to a world that was changing around them. Philbrick joins Doug to explain the story behind one of the great myths of the American West. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, Utah – Back in the days of the Rockefellers, the Vanderbilts and the Carnegies, America's richest 1 percent accounted for 18 percent of the nation's income. Today, the richest 1 percent are getting 24 percent. Slate.com's Timothy Noah has been writing an extensive analysis of the reasons behind this dramatic income disparity and on Friday, he joins guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about the distribution of wealth and why it matters to all of us.
Salt Lake City, UT – This spring and summer, KUER has been featuring recordings of natural sounds from around the West. Today marks the final installment of the 16-week Western Soundscapes series, and Jeff Rice has this audio postcard. He points out that sound does not exist in a vacuum.