Salt Lake City, UT – There's always been a mystique surrounding the most famous of Italian violins, those crafted by Antonio Stradivari 300 years ago. For centuries, scientists and violin makers have tried to duplicate the excellence of his craftsmanship, without success. Some of the finest young classical violinists in the world are gathering in Utah this week to play these violins.
Salt Lake City, UT – The nozzle at your local gas station doesn't just connect you to the pump - it connects you to the world at the other end of the pipe. Journalist Lisa Margonelli set out to explore that world, and it led to interviews with gas station owners, truckers, drillers, oil billionaires, Venezuelan villagers and Chinese automobile designers. Margonelli joins Doug to explain how Utah's $3.21 gasoline may actually be ridiculously cheap given the impacts of this complicated, global industry.
If you knew you might one day go blind, would you become a photographer? Indeed, a photographer who voyages to the Antarctic? That describes David C. Schultz, one of Utah's most accomplished nature photographers. The Heber City resident's latest exhibit features photographs from his recent expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, where he captured the elegant beauty of massive icebergs and the rich wildlife of the poles. KUER's Jenny Brundin has this profile.
Salt Lake City, UT – Energy comes in many forms, among them heat, sound and electricity. Research at the University of Utah is demonstrating how to make use of sound to convert waste heat from smokestacks or even computer chips into electricity. KUER's Dan Bammes explains how it could become part of a more efficient energy future.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Fred Newman. Fred does sound effects for Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. But he's no foley artist - no old shoes or creaky doors or coconuts for him. Newman does it all - the plops, the sizzles, the clicks - with his voice. He explained to Doug how he came to understand how the voice works and how sounds connect us to the world we live in. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – It's spring, and that has Marcela Torres out walking, even when everybody else isn't. Torres is a former KUER intern who shares her thoughts with us about an activity that she says is good for her body, mind and soul.