Salt Lake City, UT – The Pentagon stands with the White House as one of the most recognizable symbols of the United States government. It was constructed in a mere seventeen months, and has been the headquarters of the Department of Defense from World War II through September 11th and its aftermath. Washington Post military reporter Steve Vogel joins Doug to tell the story of this enigmatic building, and the history of modern America that it embodies.
Salt Lake City, UT – Here are the key working questions for the latest report from the Utah Foundation: Why do teachers stop teaching in Utah and what will encourage them to stay? Teachers in the state are leaving the profession in alarming numbers at a time when a tidal wave-like surge of students are about to rush into the system. Today on RadioWest, we're examining the report's conclusions and recommendations. We'll also talk about the political environment under which this discussion will play out.
Kanosh, UT – The Milford Flat fire in central Utah continues to burn, and it's covered more than 360-thousand acres. It's so big it would take at least six hours to drive around the perimeter of the fire. Wildfires are common in this area, but changing weather patterns and the spread of cheat grass are making them more frequent and more intense. It's a desolate landscape, but it's what allows hundreds of rural Utahns to survive. Sheri Quinn has the story.
Salt Lake City, UT – In his landmark book Huck's Raft, the historian Steven Mintz offers the first comprehensive history of American childhood. He traces the transformation of the way we have perceived children - from the sinful creatures of the Puritan era to today. Mintz argues hovering parents now impose too many demands on kids, and have stripped from them the freedom to discover the world, as well as themselves. Steven Mintz joins Doug to explain the history and direction of American childhood. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, Utah – Are you happy with your political party? Not everyone is. Salt Lake City mayoral candidate Keith Christensen had been a life-long Republican until a few days ago when he announced he wanted out. He didn't switch parties; he now sees himself as an independent. Thursday on RadioWest, we're talking about the two-party political system ... well, the two major parties. Does it still work? Do people still feel connected to their party? What brings them into the fold in the first place?
Salt Lake City, UT – As more than 300,000 acres burn in central Utah, we're talking about the nature of wildfire. The Milford Flat Fire is the largest in Utah's recorded history, and lives and homes remain at risk with only some 10% of it contained. Doug talks to author George Wuerthner and to former fire fighter and poet C.L. Rawlins about the the role these fires play in the natural - and in the developed - world.