Castle Dale, UT – Bit by bit, volunteers and professional paleontologists are scraping away the gray soil on a hillside just northeast of Castle Dale in Emery County. They're removing the fossilized bones of a juvenile allosaurus, a meat-eating dinosaur that lived about 140-million years ago. Dinosaur bones are not uncommon in the Morrison Formation of eastern Utah. But John Bird with the College of Eastern Utah says it's rare to find an articulated specimen, where they can see how the bones fit together.
Salt Lake City, Utah – In 1861, Samuel Clemens was unemployed and determined to avoid military service. So, he fled to the frontier American west, where he worked as a silver miner, a gold prospector, a stock trader, a mill worker and a newspaper reporter. Six years later, he returned east as Mark Twain. Wednesday, Doug talks to biographer and historian Roy Morris Jr. about Twain's journey and how the west helped to create one of America's most iconic writers.
Salt Lake City, Utah – It was a rough weekend for Utah incumbents. Bob Bennett lost the Republican nomination after 18 years as Utah's Senator. On the Democratic side, five-term Representative Jim Matheson will face challenger Claudia Wright in the state's June primary. BYU political science professor Kelly Patterson says this isn't just about ideology; it's a vote for systemic change. Tuesday, Patterson and others join Doug for a look at what it all means for Utah and the country.
Salt Lake City, Utah – What gets you up and going in the morning? Are you excited to head to your job - or dreading another day? The British writer Alain de Botton says that for centuries we believed life and work were essentially miserable. In the mid-18th century though, he says we came to believe that work wasn't just about money but also about fulfillment. de Botton is the author of "The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work." He joins Doug for an examination of our working lives and what they mean to us. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Erika Wennerstrom and the Heartless Bastards are making a stop in Salt Lake City this week, this time headlining a performance at The State Room. City Weekly music editor Dan Nailen will be in the crowd.
Salt Lake City, Utah – In 1881, the journalist Emmeline Wells wrote that "the historians of the past have been neglectful of woman." Author Christy Karras tries to right the balance by telling the stories of Utah's foremothers in the new book, "More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Utah Women." On Friday, Karras joins guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about the perseverance, unconventionality and pluck of Utah's founding mothers.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Ask Log Cabin Republicans what they believe in and you'll get answers you'd hear from any GOP group: limited government, strong defense and free market economics. They also make the case for civil rights for all, including gays and lesbians that fill their ranks. Thursday, Doug talks to Utah Log Cabin Republican Vice President James Humphreys and others. We'll talk about how the group figures into Utah's political scene and what role they'll play in the state's Republican nominating convention.
Logan, UT – Actor and activist Danny Glover will speak to students at Utah State University's 123rd graduation ceremony this Saturday in Logan. The choice of commencement speaker has sparked some outrage in what is normally a quiet and conservative community. Sheri Quinn has the story.