Salt Lake City, UT – In 1976, a handwritten will found in Salt Lake City left $150 million of Howard Hughes' fortune to a rural Nevada meat delivery driver, Melvin Dummar. Hughes' "Mormon Will" was declared a fraud by the courts, and Dummar lost everything, including his reputation. Former FBI agent Gary Magnesen has written "The Investigation," which reposes the central question: has Dummar been telling the truth all along? (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – You've probably had this happen - you can't find your keys or don't remember the name of the person you just met yesterday - and you worry it's a sign of things to come. There are 78 million baby boomers in the US today, and memory loss is one of their biggest concerns. The journalist Martha Weinman Lear joined Doug to explain that what you're experiencing is universal and normal. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – As Beijing prepares for the Summer Olympics, the narrow lanes and compact neighborhoods that once defined China's old city are giving away to high-rise apartments and modern shopping centers. Monday on RadioWest, author Michael Meyer joins Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about China's changing urban landscape and the price of progress.
Salt Lake City, UT – Journalist, poet and novelist Luis Alberto Urrea's novel "The Hummingbird's Daughter," is the story of a distant relative, Teresita Urrea. Famed throughout Mexico for the power to heal with her touch, the family ranch becomes a center of pilgrimage for the people and a source of concern for the government on the eve of the revolution. Urrea joined Doug to talk about his quest to find Teresita, and the book he offers her as a gift. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – TJ Leyden was 14 when he started propagating the gospel of hate. He covered his body in sinister tattoos, he stabbed and maimed people in the name of white power, and he recruited hundreds to his way of thinking. But then Leyden had an epiphany. Thursday on RadioWest Jennifer Napier-Pearce talks with Leyden about his remarkable transformation and the years he's spent trying to make amends.
Washington, DC – Since the Democrats took over Capitol Hill two years ago, Congress has seen a flurry of proposals to designate more wilderness areas. Among them is one that sets aside millions of acres in Utah's red rock canyons. As Yanmei Xie reports, the legislation has some rough terrain to navigate.
Salt Lake City, UT – Historian Will Bagley echoes Mark Twain when he explains the similarities between 1929 and 2008: it may not be an exact repetition, but they do rhyme. There's a transportation crisis, corporate corruption and massive consumer debt. Bagley has just published a new biography of Utah's Judge Wilson McCarthy, a man whose life mirrors the social and economic changes of the late 19th and early 20th century American West. Will Bagley joins Doug Monday to talk about McCarthy and the lessons history offers for today.