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)
Photographer Tim Hetherington and journalist Sebastian Junger were embedded with Battle Company of the U.S. Army?s 173rd Airborne Brigade. They were stationed in Korengal Valley in Afghanistan - referenced in this soldiers drawing.
Salt Lake City, Utah – You've heard the saying "war is hell," but the journalist Sebastian Junger says that's not all it is. Junger spent over a year on the ground with American soldiers in Afghanistan and he learned that among these men, war is also about relationships, trust and honor. His book is called "War." Friday, our conversation with Junger about the harsh reality of combat. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Thunderstorms have been a regular occurrence in the hot afternoons in Utah this summer. Next time you hear the rumble of rainclouds, Jeff Rice offers a listening trick for calculating the length of a lightning bolt. He has this audio postcard for the Western Soundscapes series.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Wednesday, we're exploring the virtues of being a cheapskate. Jeff Yeager has been talking to dozens and dozens of people who have decided to live their lives within their means, actually below their means. Yeager says for most of these people, the decision to be frugal isn't about money at all, it's about something bigger, about living life differently. It's not easy, old habits die hard. Jeff Yeager calls himself the ultimate cheapskate and he joins Doug to talk about the lessons he's learned.
Salt Lake City, UT – Scientists have long held that present-day humans are essentially the same as our ancestors 50-thousand years ago. But a University of Utah anthropologist argues that humans evolve much more rapidly than previously thought. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce reports.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Estimates on the number of attendees are varying widely for Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington DC this past weekend. Numbers range from just under 90,000 to Beck's own claim of at least 500,000. And that doesn't include the nearly 150,000 who watched the live Facebook stream across the country. Tuesday, we're talking about Beck, his decidedly religious message and what it reveals about the people who traveled to hear him.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Popular science writer Mary Roach says that when planning a space mission, everything that's taken for granted on Earth has to be "rethought, relearned and rehearsed." After all, flying a flag with no wind or managing to urinate in zero gravity is no easy feat. Roach's latest book is called "Packing for Mars," and Monday, she joins Doug for a look at space exploration and what it teaches us about being human.