Salt Lake City, UT – Singers in Young@Heart chorus say their musical tastes run from Opera to Stage Musicals to Frank Sinatra. But members like 87-year-old Len Fontaine are still adventurous enough to take on punk anthems like the Ramones "I Wanna Be Sedated." The choir is the subject of a documentary that's just been released on DVD. Fontaine and others join Doug to explain how Sonic Youth, Talking Heads and David Bowie have written the soundtrack of their "Golden Years." (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Water ranks as the seventh highest issue on voters' minds this year, according to a survey commissioned by the Utah Foundation, a non-partisan think tank based in Salt Lake. Foundation president Steve Kroes tells KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce that water in the West is complicated by population growth, geology, politics and of course, the weather.
Salt Lake City, UT – When the journalist Jennifer 8. Lee learned that fortune cookies weren't actually Chinese, she said it was like "learning I was adopted while being told there was no Santa Claus." Actually, many restaurant favorites like General Tso's Chicken or broccoli and lo mein have little to do with Chinese cuisine. Lee joins Doug to talk about the roots of Chinese food as we know it - and about just how American it really is. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah 1st Congressional District Democratic candidate Morgan Bowen says that incumbent Rob Bishop is "not doing his job" in Congress.
"Congress has been very dysfunctional over the past years... and has been very irresponsible about how they're handling the budget, how they're handling the war, how they're handling the energy crisis we're in, how they're handling the economy," Bowen said.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Irish-born Paul Muldoon has been called "one of the five or so best poets alive." He's won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, chairs the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton and is Poetry Editor for The New Yorker Magazine. But before you settle on an image of the poet and professor, you should also note that he owns an arsenal of electric guitars and is in a garage band called "Rackett." Muldoon is in Salt Lake City and joins Doug to talk about great poets, his own poetry, and rock-n-roll.
Salt Lake City, UT – This weekend the Utah Symphony will perform an evening of Beethoven's work - including the 9th Symphony. So we're taking the opportunity to rebroadcast our conversation on the story behind the 9th. Our guest the Harvard professor Thomas Forrest Kelly says to appreciate the 9th symphony, you have to hear it in the way audiences when it was first performed in Vienna, in 1824. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – A former Salt Lake County Commissioner, Utah Attorney General Shurtleff graduated from the University of Utah College of Law and was elected as Attorney General in 2000. He's made headlines for prosecuting polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, cracking down on meth labs and initiating the AMBER Alert missing child system. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce asked Shurtleff why he's seeking a third term.