Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is poised to propose an $81 million investment in downtown: a new 2,400 seat Broadway-style theater. But some local arts groups are giving the proposal half-hearted applause. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Is there an uprising brewing in America? David Sirota thinks so. In his new book the author travels the country stopping in union halls, shareholder meetings for Exxon Mobil and to the Mexican border to chat with Minutemen. Sirota examines whether the populist uprising he sees on both the left and the right will transform into a full-fledged revolt - a prospect that terrifies Washington and Wall Street. He joins Jenny Brundin Tuesday to talk about his book, The Uprising.
Salt Lake City, UT – High energy prices are pushing new oil and gas development on public lands in the West. Drilling permits are being approved in areas some groups believe should be wilderness. Do we have to drill everywhere? How much difference will increased drilling make in prices at the pump, or America's independence from foreign suppliers? Dan Bammes looks at those questions with Utah 1st District Congressman Rob Bishop, Kent Hoffman from the Bureau of Land Management and Stephen Bloch from the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1976, a handwritten will found in Salt Lake City left $150 million of Howard Hughes' fortune to a rural Nevada meat delivery driver, Melvin Dummar. Hughes' "Mormon Will" was declared a fraud by the courts, and Dummar lost everything, including his reputation. Former FBI agent Gary Magnesen has written "The Investigation," which reposes the central question: has Dummar been telling the truth all along? (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – You've probably had this happen - you can't find your keys or don't remember the name of the person you just met yesterday - and you worry it's a sign of things to come. There are 78 million baby boomers in the US today, and memory loss is one of their biggest concerns. The journalist Martha Weinman Lear joined Doug to explain that what you're experiencing is universal and normal. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – As Beijing prepares for the Summer Olympics, the narrow lanes and compact neighborhoods that once defined China's old city are giving away to high-rise apartments and modern shopping centers. Monday on RadioWest, author Michael Meyer joins Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about China's changing urban landscape and the price of progress.
Salt Lake City, UT – Journalist, poet and novelist Luis Alberto Urrea's novel "The Hummingbird's Daughter," is the story of a distant relative, Teresita Urrea. Famed throughout Mexico for the power to heal with her touch, the family ranch becomes a center of pilgrimage for the people and a source of concern for the government on the eve of the revolution. Urrea joined Doug to talk about his quest to find Teresita, and the book he offers her as a gift. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – TJ Leyden was 14 when he started propagating the gospel of hate. He covered his body in sinister tattoos, he stabbed and maimed people in the name of white power, and he recruited hundreds to his way of thinking. But then Leyden had an epiphany. Thursday on RadioWest Jennifer Napier-Pearce talks with Leyden about his remarkable transformation and the years he's spent trying to make amends.