Salt Lake City, UT – When film critic David Gilmour's son Jesse was 15 years old, he was in trouble and he hated school. David tried helping, but nothing seemed to work. That's when the two struck upon a deal: Jesse could drop out of school on one condition. He had to sit down with his father and watch three movies a week. David has written a book about the experience, and Thursday he joins Doug to talk about the relationship between father and son - and about the life lessons that can be learned at the movies.
Salt Lake City, UT – Singers in Young@Heart choir say their musical tastes run from Opera to Stage Musicals to Frank Sinatra. But members like 87-year-old Len Fontaine are still adventurous enough to take on punk anthems like the Ramones "I Wanna Be Sedated." The choir is the subject of a new documentary - and they're in Salt Lake tonight. Fontaine and others join Doug to explain how Sonic Youth, Talking Heads and David Bowie have written the soundtrack of their "Golden Years."
Salt Lake City, UT – In June of 1978, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints received the "Revelation on Priesthood" - granting all men in the church the priesthood regardless of race. Wednesday on RadioWest, Doug talks to the creators of a new documentary called Nobody Knows - The Untold Story of Black Mormons. We'll look at the history that led up to that change, and ask how black members see their position in the church these 30 years later.
Park City, UT – A small digital media company in Park City intends to revamp business education in schools around the country. SpectrumDNA has started a hands-on, experimental MBA program where students lear business by doing business. Sheri Quinn reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – In Field Notes on the Compassionate Life, author Marc Ian Barasch explores the nature of compassion, what he calls "the x-factor that every faith exalts as a supreme virtue." RadioWest talks to Barasch about the fieldwork that took him to kitchen tables, maximum security prisons, political organizations and medical conferences. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Recent antiretroviral medications are allowing those with HIV and AIDS to lead longer and healthier lives. But new data show there's a dark side to the optimism about living with AIDS. The number of Utahns newly infected with HIV is up in the first quarter of this year. Researchers and activists are left wondering - why the uptick and what can be done about it? Friday, guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce leads a conversation on the fight against AIDS.
Washington, DC – Immigration legislation is coming back to Congress piece by piece. This approach is becoming a political headache that could have some unintended consequences for Utah. Jodi Breisler reports from Washington.
Moab, UT – Thursday on RadioWest we're wrapping up our series of programs from Moab with a conservation with a true American original - Heidi Redd. About an hour south of Moab on the border of Canyonlands National Park, you'll find Heidi's home for the last 40 years, Dugout Ranch. About 10 years ago, worried about the prospect of development, she sold the ranch to the Nature Conservancy to preserve it. But that's only one part of the story of a remarkable life.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador – A group of KUER listeners recently went on the station's "Citizens of the World" voyage to the Galapagos Islands -- an archipelago of volcanic islands 600 miles west of the cost of Ecuador. The islands are rich in endemic species, species found nowhere else in the world. KUER's Jenny Brundin recorded some of their sounds, and some thoughts from Ecuadorian naturalists about this special place.