Salt Lake City, Utah – As our relationship with animals has developed over the course of time, we've generally come to recognize that creatures experience pain and stress. But what of pleasure and happiness? Dr. Jonathan Balcombe argues that positive feelings are evolutionarily adaptive, and he says that contrary to popular myth, survival and pleasure are actually quite compatible. Balcombe joins us to talk about how animals enjoy themselves, and what that means ethically for both science and society. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, Utah – This year marked the 50th anniversary of the exile of the Dalai Lama from Tibet. Thursday, we're rebroadcasting our conversation about the world's most charismatic and popular spiritual leader. Our guest is the journalist Mayank Chhaya who has said he was never in awe of the Dalai Lama, until he interviewed the leader, and spoke with hundreds of people connected to his story. His biography views the Dalai Lama from three distinct standpoints. As a man, a monk and a mystic. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, Utah – Friday on RadioWest we're experiencing The Passion of Sister Dottie S Dixon. Sister Dottie is the long-time alter-ego of Charles Lynn Frost. His creation is a Mormon mom from Spanish Fork with a gay son and a mission to bridge the divide between Mormons and the gay community. The play is being re-staged this month - so we're talking about the show and its ideas. To be sure this is a parody of religious culture, but there's more here than comedy. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – The annual McCarthey Family Foundation lecture series: In Praise of Independent Journalism is set for Saturday evening. This year's lecturers are National Public Radio commentator Daniel Schorr and Roxana Saberi, a free-lance journalist who spent four months in prison in Iran. Daniel Schorr who is still active as a news commentator for National Public Radio at the age of 93. He spoke with KUER's Dan Bammes.
Salt Lake City, Utah – It's Wednesday - so to help you combat the middle-of-the-work-week blues we're bringing in another Utah band. This time, it's Ogden's own Legendary Porch Pounders. Dan Weldon and Bad Brad Wheeler will be in studio to talk about O-town's music scene and about the blues. They'll also be armed with guitar, harmonica and porchboard to get low-down and dirty.
Salt Lake City, UT – As the economy worsens, some of the hardest hit populations are among the ones who can least afford it: Utah's immigrant and refugee populations. To rise to the challenge, they are taking the job of learning how to get a job seriously. In the second part of our series, "Back to School," KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, Utah – When Leslie and Andrew Cockburn started making their documentary in January of 2008, they didn't know the story would become one of the most important of our time. American Casino is about the subprime lending scandal and the wagers that Wall Street was placing on real people. It also follows homeowners who bore the brunt of the collapse - from foreclosure to bankruptcy to homelessness. American Casino is being screened in Utah next week, and Tuesday, the filmmakers join us to talk about it.
Salt Lake City, Utah – You've probably heard stories of people standing in line for an amazing sale or fights breaking out over a bargain table. Chances are - you may have gone to some great lengths for a rock-bottom price yourself. "Cheap" has become part of the American way, but journalist Ellen Ruppel Shell says it comes at a cost. She joins Doug for a look at discount culture and what it means for our homes and our economy. (Rebroadcast)