Salt Lake City, Utah – In 1964, composer Terry Riley crafted "In C." It changed the rules of classical music and gave birth to the minimalist movement. The score is only one page long and lays out phrases for the musicians of an ensemble to explore independently. So each performance is unique and the piece has been played as rock, jazz - even on traditional Chinese instruments. Salt Lake Electric Ensemble is releasing a new recording and Wednesday, they join us live in studio to talk about Riley and to play "In C."
Salt Lake City, Utah – Earlier this month, the United Nations renewed sanctions against Iran in an effort to slow the development of its nuclear capacity. But former CIA field officer Robert Baer says that sanctions won't work. Baer argues that Iran is a superpower in its own right - and that it has a tight grip on America's future. Tuesday, Robert Baer joins Doug for a look at "The Devil We Know."
Salt Lake City, Utah – Abused and neglected animals used to be the problem of the local Humane Society, not law enforcement or psychologists. But that's changing. High profile cases such as the 2007 arrest of NFL star Michael Vick on dog-fighting charges and growing research showing a link between animal cruelty and human abuse is prompting public outcry and tougher laws. Monday, join guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce for a discussion about animal cruelty and what it reveals about aggression and empathy.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah Arts Festival runs Thursday 6/24 through Sunday 6/27 at Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City. City Weekly music editor Dan Nailen says there's a different musical atmosphere every night, but he's looking forward to Friday's headliner, Cadillac Sky.
Salt Lake City, Utah – When a friend at church gives a low-risk investment tip, many jump at the chance to get ahead without doing due diligence. This so-called "affinity fraud" exploits networks built on trust and the losses can be massive. In Utah, over 100 cases of investment fraud are being investigated involving 4,400 victims and $1.4 billion in losses. And the cases keep coming. Friday, Jennifer Napier-Pearce talks with experts about why investors keep falling for schemes that are too good to be true.
Salt Lake City, Utah – There are lots of opportunities for the University of Utah as it moves into the Pac-10 athletic conference - more television revenue, better merchandising opportunities, bigger bowl game pay-offs and greater attention for a school that has fought hard for athletic and academic recognition. But not everything is roses. Thursday on RadioWest, the Salt Lake Tribune's Matthew LaPlante hosts our look at Utah's big move - and the big risks it's taking too.
Salt Lake City, UT – Mike Lee pulled out a narrow victory over Tim Bridgewater in Tuesday's primary contest for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate from Utah. The two men had previously defeated Utah's incumbent senator, Bob Bennett, at the state Republican convention.
On the Democratic side, incumbent Representative Jim Matheson had a much larger margin of victory over his challenger, retired school teacher Claudia Wright.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Four years ago, Dr. Louann Brizendine produced an acclaimed exploration of the female brain. Now she's finished work a new book that explains how men and boys think. The male brain is different from the female brain, she says. Its structures and hormonal biology has created a unique male reality. Wednesday on RadioWest, Brizendine will be with us. This is about more than an obsession with sex by the way - turns out men are pretty complicated. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, Utah – In 1984, ethnographer Donna Deyhle traveled to the Navajo reservation to conduct a study on education and the drop rate among Native American students. In the process, she was welcomed into the lives of three high school girls. Over the next 25 years, Deyhle followed these women as they made their way through school and transitioned into the workplace. Tuesday, Deyhle joins Jennifer Napier-Pearce with a portrait of the women's resiliency against a discriminatory education system.