Salt Lake City, UT – After 9/11, novelist Jane Hamilton didn't think it seemed important to write the typical domestic novel. She was thinking about politics and war, and about the ways families deal with those realities. Her latest novel, When Madeline Was Young, is the story of the Macivers: Aaron and Julia, their children, and Aaron's first wife, who because of a tragic accident, has the brain capacity of a 7-year-old. Hamilton joins us to talk about compassion, love and the challenges that face each generation.
Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday we're rebroadcasting our conversation with the writer and boatman Brad Dimock. His latest book details the extraordinary life of a very ordinary man, Bert Loper. Loper was one of the grand old men of the Colorado, known to have covered more water than any riverman of his time. But there are really two story lines in the Loper tale. One of them is the birth and evolution of river running itself. Dimock is coming to Salt Lake as part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Earlier this month at the LDS Church's General Conference, the head of the Relief Society Julie B. Beck praised the power in motherhood. She encouraged women not to postpone having children, and equated nurturing with homemaking. Her words re-ignited a controversy about the role of Mormon women, and within hours, LDS blogs were inundated with responses. Tuesday on RadioWest, Doug talks to LDS women about Beck's remarks and what those say about women's position in the LDS Church and culture.
Salt Lake City, UT – Mary Dickson has been called an "accidental playwright." But what happened to the Salt Lake writer at the age of 29 wasn't an accident. The experience profoundly changed her life and eventually led to Dickson's first full-length play: "Exposed." It opens October 19th at the Rose Wagner Theater. The docudrama is Dickson's journey investigating the human costs of the nuclear fallout that blanketed Utah in the 1950's and '60's. KUER's Jenny Brundin has the story.
Salt Lake City, UT – Eboo Patel is American - and Muslim - and Indian. He grew up outside of Chicago dealing with racism and his own struggle to decide which of the three identities he would embrace. But Patel came to learn that the power to create change lies at the intersection of religion, ethnicity and nationality - not at the extremes. Eboo Patel is in Utah, and joins Doug in studio to talk about what he calls "the struggle for the soul of a generation."
Lehi, UT – Plans for the $2 billion dollar Mountain View Corridor are inching forward. Yesterday, a draft environmental impact study on the project was released. The Utah Department of Transportation says the new highway would ease congestion on the Salt Lake Valley's west side, where population is expected to increase 500% over the next 25 years. Buty not everyone is happy with plans for the new highway. Producer Sheri Quinn reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1972 a chartered plane carrying members of a Uruguayan rugby team crashed on a 12,000 foot glacier in the Andes Mountains. In his book which candidly recounts the 72 day ordeal, Nando Parrado says his every moment was filled with visceral fear. But weeks into the experience he also came to a kind of epiphany. He realized he had to take the experience one step, one moment, one breath at a time. Doug spoke with Parrado about his improbable story of survival. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – The most recent polls show mayoral candidate Ralph Becker leading his opponent Dave Buhler in the race to lead Salt Lake City. But with just under 3 weeks to Election Day, the contest is heating up. Thursday on RadioWest, Becker and Buhler join Doug to explain their vision for Utah's capitol.
Goblin Valley State Park, UT – When police in Utah get a missing person's report, someone lost on a camping trip or back country hike, they often call the Salt Lake City-based group Rocky Mountain Rescue Dogs. The rescue dogs and their volunteer handlers are highly trained, participating in group exercises or "workouts" each month. Goblin Valley State Park was the scene of a recent workout. Lee Austin traveled there and has this report.