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 to talk about the journey English is taking and what the future of the language sounds like. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – There are bands that have been around a long time and are still worth paying to see. And there are bands that have just been around. Salt Lake Magazine Arts and Entertainment Editor Dan Nailen makes the distinction.
Salt Lake City, UT – Four months after her father had committed suicide, Amy Irvine left Salt Lake City for the high desert town of Monticello. As a wilderness activist and apostate Mormon, she was the ultimate outsider in a community of Mormon ranchers. At its heart her book "Trespass" is an elegy to her father, to the desert and to the connection between body and nature. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – During these tough economic times, the Utah Legislature has had to slash the budgets of state agencies. Utah's crime-fighting forensic laboratory did not go unscathed, which will mean the backlog of hundreds of crime investigations. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report:
Salt Lake City, UT – We've all heard the nuggets of wisdom that would guide the listener to a happier life: "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you" or "Life is what you make of it." Psychologist Jonathan Haidt has applied the scrutiny of science to your grandmother's sayings to see just how true they are. He joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about his book "The Happiness Hypothesis," where he finds fresh insight on the age-old quest for contentment. (Rebroadcast)
Layton, UT – As a new school year draws near, an ambitious project in the Davis School District is opening up a whole universe of possibilities for students. Administrators recently unveiled the first public school observatory in the state. Ember Herrick reports.
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 joins Doug to talk about the relationship between father and son - and about the life lessons that can be learned at the movies. (Rebroadcast)
Orem, UT – Technology is transforming the workplace, with more jobs going completely online and many people choosing to work remotely rather than go into an office everyday. But a new trend called "coworking" has a lot of people rethinking the telecommuting route. Elena Gillis reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – For much of history, those who heard voices were thought of as having a connection to the supernatural world: Socrates, Moses & Joan of Arc. People still hear voices today, but now it's explained as a trick of the human psyche or as a disease. After his own father struggled with voices, the journalist Daniel Smith set-out to understand the phenomenon. Smith joined Doug to talk about the history, the science and the meaning of auditory hallucinations. (Rebroadcast)