Salt Lake City, UT – The new film "Frost/Nixon" is bringing the 1977 interviews by British journalist David Frost of former President Richard Nixon back into the spotlight. Wednesday, Doug talks with James Reston Jr. -- the historian who coached Frost before the interview -- about the event and what Nixon did or did not reveal about his role in the Watergate scandal.
Salt Lake City, UT – The dance scholar Jennifer Fisher says that The Nutcracker - at least in North America - has become as "regular as clockwork." Some may find it cliche - and for some it may be obligatory. But Fisher argues that Tchaikovsky's piece is one of the most powerful traditions in the world of ballet and that it tells us a lot about the values we share. Tuesday, Fisher joins Doug, along with Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute, for a look at The Nutcracker and the place it holds in our culture.
Salt Lake City, UT – Friday on RadioWest we're profiling John Patrick Shanely's Pulitzer Prize winning play called Doubt. Shanley's film version opens in theaters across the country this month. Doubt is the story of a nun who is certain a priest at her school is molesting one of the students. That certainty is actually the basis for the work: Sister Aloysius sees the world with a sense of faith and conviction. For those rest, including those of us watching, we don't know who or what to believe. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – When the writer Dustin Lance Black first heard the story of Harvey Milk - it had already been more than a decade since the San Francisco politician had been assassinated. Black was raised in the LDS church - and hearing the story of an openly gay man was a revelation for him. It also gave him hope. Dustin Lance Black wrote the film Milk which opened in theaters Friday. Wednesday he joins Doug to talk about Harvey Milk's story and what it can still teach us 30 years after his death.
Salt Lake City, UT – Atrial fibrillation is the nation's most common heart rhythm disorder, afflicting over 3.5 million Americans. It's a leading cause of strokes and can cause heart failure, and coping with the disease is costing Medicare and insurance companies billions of dollars every year. Dr. Nassir Marrouche at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City developed a novel cure using the common MRI. Sheri Quinn reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – What would gift giving be without a good book or two to fire the imaginations of the kids - and the big kids - in your life? We've gathered up our local booksellers with their lists of books that might just give you the idea you've been looking for this holiday season.
Salt Lake City, UT – A federal magistrate has ruled that that five Blackwater Worldwide security guards indicted for killing Iraqis can't argue their case in Utah and must appear before a court in Washington D.C. The five men face 14 counts of voluntary manslaughter, among other charges. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.