Salt Lake City, Utah – When journalist Peter Godwin returned to his native Zimbabwe in 2008, he says it was "to dance on Robert Mugabe's political grave." Mugabe had been the country's dictator for three decades, and he had finally lost an election. But Mugabe didn't step down, and Godwin became one of the few correspondents to witness the terror campaign and the heroic acts of resistance that followed. Monday, Peter Godwin joins Doug to talk about his book "The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe."
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Salt Lake City, Utah – The scholar Susan Jacoby may sound harsh when she says it, but she makes this clear in her latest book: 90 is not the new 50. It's not even the new 70. Jacoby says Americans have been sold a myth about old age. The truth is there is no fountain of youth; people who live into their ninth and tenth decades are likely to face ailments that will exhaust their resources. Jacoby joins Doug to explain how a realistic look at old age can help society and individuals prepare for it. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, Utah – Before the Civil War, there was another conflict between federal troops and a territory said to be in rebellion. It was the Utah War, and though there were no battles between the army and Brigham Young's Nauvoo Legion, tensions ran high for over a year. Historians David Bigler and Will Bagley have written a new book and they join us to make the case that this was more than just a misunderstanding. They say it was an attempt by Mormon leaders to establish an independent nation in the West.
Salt Lake City, UT – A new scientific tool developed in Utah could help police draw a new type of composite sketch of crime suspects. This could especially aid investigators when they have no idea what a suspect looks like or have few leads. But, the tool's focus on race brings controversy with it. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Monday, we're talking to the scholar Robert Spitzer about guns in America. The debate is older than the country itself, and Spitzer says that there have been proposals to control firearms that were much further reaching than those we see today. It remains a hot-button issue, of course, and it gets at the very heart of our current cultural and political climate.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Tuesday, we're talking about Judy Garland and one performance 50 years ago. We're joined by journalist James Kaplan, whose account of Garland's 1961 Carnegie Hall concert appears in May's Vanity Fair. Kaplan says it was part morbid curiosity that packed the house that night. Garland's health and career had been destroyed by alcohol and pills, and doctors told her she would never work again. But given the stage and the spotlight, Judy Garland solidified her place in entertainment legend.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Wednesday, we're talking about the Utah Compact and its role in the state's immigration debate. The Compact is getting national attention as a model for compassionate reform. It's supported by a coalition of Utah leaders including the LDS Church and it set the stage for a package of new state immigration laws. BYU political scientist Quin Monson is among our guests. He joins us to reveal the results of a poll that looks at the effect of the Compact on the public's view of immigration reform.
Utah now faces a foreclosure crisis that ranks among the worst in the nation. Just last month more than 3400 Utah households received a foreclosure notice. But unlike many states, Utah's legislature did little to address the issue this year--leaving underwater homeowners to fend for themselves. Kim Schuske has this report on foreclosures in Utah.