Salt Lake City – Singer, dancer and actress Rita Moreno has said "I've always had that juice, and I knew if someone just gave me the chance to show it, they'd get an incredible performance out of me." Getting that chance though was a struggle against racism and typecasting in the entertainment industry. But in 1961, Moreno won an Academy Award for her role in "West Side Story" and went on to earn a "grand slam" with an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony. Moreno is coming to Utah this weekend, and Thursday she joins us.
Salt Lake City, Utah – When Secretary of State George Shultz took office in 1982, America faced many diplomatic crises. The USSR had nuclear weapons aimed at the United States and our allies, the Middle East was engulfed in violence, and Contra rebels were in civil war against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. In a new PBS documentary, filmmaker David deVries chronicles "The George Shultz Years." Wednesday, deVries and historian Richard Reeves join us to talk about Shultz's role in the transformation of world politics.
Salt Lake City, UT – In the midst of air-conditioning and cold drinks that insulate her from the summer heat, local writer PetaOwens-Liston meets a man who has little insulation from the elements. Or from the quick judgments people make about him as a homeless man.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Historian Will Bagley says when you study the first-hand accounts of Westward migration, you see what a difficult place the West could be. Fortune-hunters were greeted with disappointment, immigrants were duped by con artists, and survival could mean ruthlessly putting your family's interests ahead of your neighbors. Bagley's latest book is the story of the push to Oregon and California. Tuesday, he joins us to explain how we're still living with consequences of choices made some 175 years ago.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Salt Lake Acting Company's long-running summer fundraiser gets its laughs spoofing Utah society, and it's rarely been accused of being too soft. City Weekly Music Editor Dan Nailen looks at the 2010 version, and he says its bite is back.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Friday, we're talking about the world of corporate espionage. It's a secret world, as you would expect, where global businesses hire spies to dig up information on competitors. The journalist Eamon Javers says not all of the players are former spies, many of them are current CIA operatives moonlighting for corporations and financial firms. Javers joins us to talk about the stories in his book, "Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy." (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, Utah – The first chapter of Earl Fry's new book sums it up: No Superpower Is Too Big to Fail. Fry is a professor of political science at Brigham Young University and he says that United States is in the "throes of decline" because we're slipping in areas like defense policy, health care, education and the environment. Fry's book is called "Lament for America," and Thursday, he joins Doug to talk about the problems and what he sees as a plan for renewal.
Salt Lake City, UT – As the human population grows, studies show that human-caused noise is growing too. The roar of automobile and airplane traffic extends across the landscape, and even reaches into remote environments. Scientists are starting to wonder what sort of effects this might have on animal species. Jeff Rice reports for the Western Soundscapes radio series. http://westernsoundscape.org