Salt Lake City, UT – You know the old saying: Birds of a feather flock together. The journalist Bill Bishop would say it's true. He says there's segregation going on in the country - and not just between red states and blue states. It's happening between towns and neighborhoods. People move, and when they do, they tend to gravitate towards communities that share their religious and political views. Bishop joins Doug to explain how our life-choices are dividing the nation. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Transportation was 9th on the list of issues identified by voters as part of the Utah Foundation's Utah Priorities Project. For the most part, that means building and maintaining roads. Foundation president Steve Kroes says for the first time in many years, the number of vehicle miles traveled in Utah has been declining... and the state is collecting less tax revenue to pay for its roads. He spoke with KUER's Dan Bammes.
Salt Lake City, UT – Journalist and writer Mark Abley predicts that by 2015 half the world's population will be speaking - or at least learning - English. But as the language sweeps the globe, it's not just changing those it encounters - it's changing too. New words are being added at a "break-neck" rate from other languages, from hip-hop lyrics, from the blogosphere. Abley joins Doug Wednesday to talk about the journey English is taking and what the future of the language sounds like.
Salt Lake City, UT – Americans are spending somewhere between 11 and 15 billion dollars a year on funerals. Of course, people want fitting memorials for their loved ones, but how much of what we spend is cultural and how much is reaction to marketing at our most vulnerable time? Thursday on RadioWest, Doug talks to journalist Mark Harris and others about the funeral industry in America. We'll talk about its history, where we are today and about alternatives to the modern burial.
Salt Lake City, UT – It all started with a bottle of French wine allegedly owned by Thomas Jefferson in the 1780s. Questions about the authenticity of the Jefferson bottles, which rattled the collecting establishment and launched a lawsuit, form the centerpiece of "The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the Worlds' Most Expensive Bottle of Wine." On Monday, Doug talks with journalist Benjamin Wallace about the obscure world of rare wines and how he traced the controversy told in his best-selling book.
Salt Lake City, UT – Did you know there have been ten Mormons who have run for president of the United States? Tuesday on RadioWest, historians Newell Bringhurst and Craig Foster join us to tell the stories of the nine men and one woman who made their bid and failed. The book is called "The Mormon Quest for the Presidency."
Salt Lake City, UT – The athletes who are training to run the Olympic marathon in Beijing aren't exactly sure yet what the route is going to be. And the toilets in China are very different from what Westerners normally expect. Those are just a couple of thoughts included in the weblog posts from Zuzana Tomas. She's a graduate student in linguistics at the University of Utah and she's competing in the women's marathon for her native country of Slovakia.
Salt Lake City, UT – As thousands of athletes and fans from around the globe gather for tonight's opening of the Summer Games in Beijing, seven Utah dancers are packing their bags, setting off on Sunday to join the Olympic festivities. Odyssey Dance Theatre is one of nine American troupes invited to participate in an Olympic dance festival.
KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce visited their studios in Lindon, Utah during a rehearsal yesterday and produced this audio postcard.