Salt Lake City, UT – On October 1st, a moratorium blocking the development of US oil shale expired. Some 1.8 trillion barrels is thought to be concentrated in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming, but how to extract it - and if it's worth it - remain the questions. Tuesday on RadioWest, Doug talks to energy reporters about the politics, the technology and the impact of "squeezing oil from a stone."
Salt Lake City, UT – When Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic in 1492, Spain was in the midst of the Inquisition and the battle for Islamic Grenada. Historian James Reston Jr.'s Dogs of God deals with the complex interplay of government, religion and popular opinion of the 15th century. Reston joins Doug to explain what that meant for the "Great Age of Discovery." (Rebroadcast)
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." (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – News analyst Juan Williams is coming to Salt Lake City later this month. As an observer of our nation and our politics, Williams is a regular voice on NPR as well as the Fox News Channel. He's also written some six books on civil rights and race in America. Wednesday, he joins Doug for a conversation about the current political landscape - and about the role of pundit in the political process.
Salt Lake City, UT – The National Association of Evangelicals boasts a membership of some 30 million people, but when the journalist Christine Wicker started digging deeper into the data, she was surprised by what she found. She says the number is drastically lower, and while power brokers have worked to create the image of a monolithic group, the people that label themselves Evangelical are much more diverse. Doug talks to Wicker about what her findings mean for America's image at home and around the world.
Salt Lake City, UT – When you think of childrens' classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, the next image you imagine probably isn't a dashingly handsome English spy. But the author Roald Dahl and other unlikely characters dubbed themselves "The Irregulars." They were a British spy ring based in Washington D.C. during World War II, and their work helped to speed the ally victory. Monday, Doug talks to Jennet Conant whose new book tells their story.
Salt Lake City, UT – Terry Tempest Williams is renowned as an environmental writer - and her work makes powerful connections between people and nature. Her newest book is due out next week, and it's called Finding Beauty in a Broken World. Thursday, Williams joins Doug to talk about her journeys from Italy to Utah's Bryce Canyon to a small town in Rwanda - and about taking something broken and making it whole.