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.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Most reviews of the long-time Utah musicians Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband make this point clear from the top - they've had to invent their own vocabulary to do describe what exactly their music is. The term they've come up with is PostHeeHawFunkadelicHipHop-NewGrass. Wednesday on RadioWest we're continuing our series on local music. We'll talk about the changing nature of musical genres today - and Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband join us in studio to play some of the genre-defying music.
Salt Lake City, Utah – There's a lot of talk these days about the ideals of the American Revolution, but historian Jill Lepore says the Tea Party isn't the first to yearn for the past. In the Civil War, both sides claimed the revolution. Civil rights leaders and segregationists said they were the sons of liberty. The problem, Lepore says, is that people are talking about an America that never was. Thursday, she joins us to talk about the struggle for independence, and the part it continues to play in our imagination.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Filmmaker Spike Lee has said he doesn't think racism can be eliminated in his lifetime, but that hasn't stopped him from pointing his camera at some of the most complex issues in American society. His body of work includes feature films like "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X" and documentaries that explore race, gender and class. Lee is in Utah and he joins Doug to talk about his nearly 25 year career and about the America he sees through his lens.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Monday, Doug talks with historian Fred Donner about the earliest days of Islam. Donner has written a new book called "Muhammad and the Believers," and in it, he challenges the traditional views of the founding of the faith. Donner says that Muhammad led what could be called a "Believer's movement," a religious reformation that emphasized strict monotheism and included righteous Christians and Jews. He joins us to describe the original vision of Islam - and its eventual emergence as a distinct religion.
Salt Lake City, UT – Supporters gathered yesterday to mark the 10-year anniversary since Gilgal Garden officially became a Salt Lake City park. Sandwiched between Victorian homes and a Wonder Bread factory, the half-acre site is filled with stone sculptures and rocks engraved with scripture and poetry, the vision the artist Thomas Child created from 1945 to 1963. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce takes a look the evolution of Utah's secret garden.
Salt Lake City, UT – A new study by the Utah Foundation shows more than half of Utah families were able to improve their circumstances from 1994 to 2007. Utah Foundation President Steve Kroes talked about the report with KUER's Dan Bammes.