Orem, UT – Reed Hahne of Orem knows he's a bit different from some of his peers. Reed has Down syndrome, but his condition isn't keeping him from living his dreams. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce reports.
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Salt Lake City, Utah – The scholar Sheena Iyengar says that choice is the thing that moves us along in life - that gets us "from where we are today to what we want to be tomorrow." But what does it mean to live in a society where there are so many choices to make and how do we come to our decisions? Iyengar has spent her career studying these questions and Thursday, she joins us to talk about the joys and challenges of choosing.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Wednesday on RadioWest, we're talking about the guerrilla war that has broken out in American politics. Our guest is John Avlon, a columnist for The Daily Beast. It's a war organized on the internet and fought out on the airwaves and in town halls. His book is a criticism of what he calls the "wingnuts" on the right and the left, and how the lunatic fringe is hijacking American democracy. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, Utah – Tuesday on RadioWest, the journalist Roxana Saberi joins Doug to talk about her experience in Iran, being captured by intelligence agents. Saberi was charged with espionage, and sentenced to eight years in prison after she recanted a forced confession. She was released a year ago, and Saberi has written a book to talk about the ordeal - her imprisonment, her release, and the importance of her faith to help her get through it. The book is called "Between Two Worlds."
Salt Lake City, UT – Jim Leach served as a Republican member of Congress for more than 30 years before President Obama asked him to chair the National Endowment for the Humanities. He's been touring the country, calling for increased civility in government, both in rhetoric and in practice. He was in Salt Lake over the weekend to give the commencement address at Westminster College. Leach spoke with KUER's Dan Bammes.
Cherry Creek, AZ – Dr. Bernie Krause is a bioacoustician, which means he studies and records the sounds of nature. Based in California, he has recorded animals and environments around the world, and he has found that opportunities often come in unexpected places at unexpected times. Consider the sound of ants singing south of the Utah border. As part of the Western Soundscapes radio series, here is Dr. Krause in his own words.
Salt Lake City, Utah – 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 – In 1989, a film crew arrived in Morgan, Utah to create a movie - the horrifying tale of a family that becomes the target of man-eating monsters. The result was "Troll 2," widely regarded as the worst movie of all times. It went on to become a cult classic and 20 years later, the film's child star wanted to figure out why. The documentary "Best Worst Movie" opens in Salt Lake this weekend, so we're rebroadcasting our conversation with child actor turned filmmaker Michael Paul Stephenson. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, Utah – Compare your grocery store with one across the country and you'll find the shelves bulging with much of the same food. But of course, that wasn't always the case. Journalist Mark Kurlansky says that each part of the country reflected a distinctive culture and that much of what happened in the home was rooted in food traditions. Kurlansky found stories of our food past in a forgotten 1940s WPA project and Thursday, he joins us to talk about "The Food of a Younger Land."