In 1942 the Japanese army forced about 70,000 US and Filipino prisoners of war to march some 80 miles across the Bataan Peninsula on the way to a prison camp. More than 10,000 died or were summarily executed along the way. Among the survivors was Gene Jacobsen - who published a book about the ordeal. Jacobsen joined us back in 2004 to share his story of three and a half years as a prisoner of war. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, Utah – Research shows that people who play games - board games, video games, party games and the like - are optimistic, willing to take risks and energized by a good challenge. So how do we harness that passion and enthusiasm to tackle problems outside of the virtual world, including depression, obesity and poverty? Friday, game designer Jane McGonigal joins Jennifer Napier-Pearce to explain her vision of how games can solve real-world problems and in the process, make us all happier. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, Utah – Thursday on RadioWest, a conversation with New York Times columnist David Brooks about his latest book "The Social Animal." The book gets at the story of how success happens. It's about the role of the inner mind - the unconscious - where intution and longing influence the human character. It's about that surprising relationship between reason and emotion. Mostly though it's about how who we are is determined not by our sense of individuality, but by our connections to each other. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, Utah – We're continuing our documentary film series with director Steve James. James created "Hoop Dreams" in 1994, and it still ranks in the top 20 grossing documentary films of all times. His most recent work premiered at this year's Sundance. It's called The Interrupters - about three violence prevention workers on the streets of Chicago. Steve James will be in Utah on Thursday. Wednesday, he joins us to talk about connecting an audience to the complexities and the realities of an issue.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Mormonism is making headlines again in the Republican presidential race. In 2008, there were a lot of questions about Mitt Romney's membership in the LDS Church. Romney's thrown his hat in the ring again, but chances are he won't be alone. Utah's own Jon Huntsman hasn't officially declared, but he's just off a 5-day tour of early primary state New Hampshire. Tuesday, we're talking about the 2012 prospects for Romney and Huntsman and what being "Mormon" means to them and to American voters.
Salt Lake City, Utah – John Sayles is known as writer and director of films like Lone Star and Eight Men Out, but he's just published a new novel - an epic of America at the turn of the 20th century. And we're not using the word "epic" loosely. At just under 1,000 pages, the book takes on the many fronts of Manifest Destiny, from the Alaska gold rush to the Philippine-American War. Sayles is coming to Utah, and Monday, he joins Doug to explain how the events of a century ago still reverberate in America today.
Salt Lake City, Utah – The biggest food-poisoning outbreak in U.S. history happened nearly 20 years ago when a fast-food restaurant served hamburgers contaminated with E. Coli bacteria. The outbreak resulted in four deaths and hundreds of injuries, sparked widespread fear and ultimately changed food regulation and public attitudes. On Friday, author Jeff Benedict joins Jennifer Napier-Pearce to trace the E. Coli crisis and how it changed America's relationship with food.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Thursday, Doug sits down with Utah Symphony's music director Thierry Fischer to talk about Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring." It's now considered a seminal piece in 20th century music. But in 1913, the audience at the premiere broke out into a riot. There were fights and the house got so loud the dancers on stage couldn't hear the orchestra. Maestro Fischer is conducting the season finale and it's giving us a chance to talk about his vision for the symphony and the work of Igor Stravinsky.
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Salt Lake City, Utah – The end of the world is coming. At least that's what some people really think. Throughout human history certain cultures and religious societies have predicted the apocalypse was near. The most recent is the Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping in California. He says it all gets underway this Saturday, May 21st at 6:00 p.m. to be precise. So Wednesday, we're rebroadcasting our conversation about the apocalypse - its history and the conditions that make so many so certain the end is near. (Rebroadcast)
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Salt Lake City, Utah – Monday, we're exploring the origins of yoga with the scholar Mark Singleton. He's written a book that challenges the idea that the yoga practiced by millions of people today is born of an ancient Indian religious tradition. Singleton argues instead for what he calls "transnational" yoga - the idea that the practice has been heavily influenced by differing world views and the needs of a modern audience. Singleton joins Doug to separate the myth of yoga from its 20th century origins.