Salt Lake City, UT – In 1942 the Japanese army forced about 70,000 US and Philippino prisoners of war to march some 80 miles across the Bataan Peninsula on the way to a prison camp. More than 10,000 died or were summarily executed along the way. Among the survivors was Gene Jacobsen - who published a book about the ordeal. Jacobsen joined us back in 2004 to share his story of three and a half years as a prisoner of war. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday on RadioWest, we're profiling the latest production by Plan B Theatre Company. Martin Moran's one-man play "The Tricky Part" is based on his experiences as a teen sexually abused by a man 20 years his senior. The work is a surprising journey through the complexities of Catholicism, desire and human trespass.
Salt Lake City, UT – KUER's Tasha Cook interviews Lynnette Averill, a doctoral psychology candidate who works with Utah veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.She has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study PTSD at the pre-eminent PTSD center in Australia.
Salt Lake City, UT – Earlier this year, Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen joined us. Aside from being a public radio personality, Andersen is also a critic, a columnist and a novelist. His latest book is an historical novel set in 19-century America. It's called Heyday - and it's the story of four people chasing their dreams at a time when America herself is still being dreamed-up. (Rebroadcast)
Saratoga Springs, Utah – Monday is Memorial Day, a day to remember those veterans who have died while serving in the U-S military. It is estimated that more than 4-thousand have been killed while in Iraq and Afghanistan. While others return home alive, they are wounded from combat, not just with physical scars, but with deep psychological ones. These veterans live with what is known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Salt Lake City, UT – More than 4,000 American soldiers have died in Iraq since the war began in March of 2003. Regardless of the politics, the number serves as a sobering reminder of the human sacrifice of war. In his new book Final Salute, journalist Jim Sheeler chronicles a year with Steve Beck - a Marine Major whose job it is to inform families of the death of their soldiers. Thursday, Jim Sheeler introduces us to the people that are paying the highest price in war.
Salt Lake City, UT – This winter, writer and photographer Stephen Trimble came face to face with a cougar on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley. He writes about the experience in the current issue of The Wasatch Journal - and about a 12-year scientific research project involving 170 radio-collared cougars. Trimble talks with KUER's Jenny Brundin about the private land on the Valley's west side that makes for a healthy population of cougars and the deer they hunt.
Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Jim Matheson insists he's not anti- nuclear power. But he wants to make sure the U.S. does not become a dumping ground for nuclear waste from foreign countries. His proposed bill got a hearing today in Congress. Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – Jeff Metcalf is a writer, so when he discovered he had prostate cancer, that's how he worked his way through the experience. He set about organizing a clear story out of the more abstract jumble of desperation, humiliation and revelation. Today on RadioWest, we're playing excerpts from the latest incarnation of Jeff's story, it's a piece of radio theater. Jeff will join us to talk the work - it's call "A Slight Discomfort"