Salt Lake City, UT – Friday on RadioWest we're rebroadcasting our conversation about Asperger's syndrome. It's a kind of mild from of autism which is just now coming to be understood. Our guest is Tim Page, the Pulitzer Prize winning music critic for the Washington Post. It wasn't until the year 2000 that Page was told he had Asperger's. He said the diagnosis came as a relief. He was able to explain his life spent, he says, living along-side, but distinctly apart from the rest of humanity. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – They say most everyone has at least one book in them. There are a lot of us who carry around a plot line or a great character, but it's a small percentage who actually write the book, and a tiny fraction of those that are really any good. Salt Lake City lawyer Gordon Campbell had spent years getting his idea onto the page, and as it turns out, it's legit. By most accounts it's a really gripping novel. Wednesday on RadioWest, Campbell will join Doug to talk about his book and the story behind it.
Salt Lake City, UT – Not touching unclean things or wearing clothes with mixed fibers were just two of the some 700 rules that A.J. Jacobs tried to follow as he lived an entire year according to the strict prescriptions of the Bible. The editor at large of Esquire tried to keep his rules in New York City of all places, and Thursday, Jacobs talks to Doug about his funny - and profound - journey.
Salt Lake City, UT – The charts and graphs showing Governor Jon Huntsman's proposed state budget for the coming year seemed almost like Christmas decoratons as he outlined the spending plan on Monday. The governor was in a pretty good mood as he outlined an $11.7 billion plan that includes some big spending increases, but no tax cuts. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – The British journalist Jon Ronson had always wondered whether the theories - or parts of theories - of conspiracy theorists were true. Ronson set out to settle the matter for himself. In his book, "Them: Adventures with Extremists," he explores a world of fringe dwellers, which includes Islamic fundamentalists, Ku Klux Klan members and Christian separatists. On Thursday, Doug talks with Ronson about what he's learned. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – By today's standards, George Mallory and Sandy Irvine were ill-equipped to scale Mount Everest in 1924. But their tragic story of determination and exploration remains a model for climbers today. It's a story that took Conrad Anker to Everest 75 years later, and he describes finding Mallory's preserved body in a catchment basin with "a deep sense of awe and inspiration." Anker joined Doug last year to talk about the humility of knowing that the peaks are always stronger. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Mitt Romney is giving his "JFK Speech" on Thursday. Slipping in the polls with nearly a quarter saying they're reluctant to vote for Mormon candidate, Romney is formally addressing the issue of his religion. Doug talks to Ron Elving, senior Washington editor for NPR News, and Kirk Jowers of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics about the impact of Romney's remarks. Later in the program we hope you'll join us: should religion be a factor in considering a presidential candidate?
Salt Lake City, UT – Handel's Messiah has become closely associated with the Christmas season, but when it was first performed in 1742, it was during the Lenten season. Wednesday on RadioWest, we'll look at how it is the depressed composer wrote one of the world's most enduring pieces of music in just 24 days. Doug is joined by playwright and author Tim Slover for a biographical look at the oratorio.