Salt Lake City, UT – Journalist Christopher McDougall says we think about running all wrong in the West. We believe it will hurt, it's a sort of punishment for eating and that we need special equipment to do it. When McDougall sustained his own injury, he had a lot of questions about running. That's when he met the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico. They run hundreds of miles - in sandals - and have a blast doing it. Tuesday, Christopher McDougall joins Doug to explain why humans are "Born to Run."
Salt Lake City, UT – Seventy-five years ago, a young explorer named Everett Ruess rode off alone into the Utah wilderness and was never heard from again. The mysterious disappearance of the 20-year-old artist and writer baffled thousands and inspired several books and a film. Recently, a team of geneticists and forensic anthropologists finally put the mystery to rest. KUER's Jenny Brundin brings us this retrospective on one of the most vexing mysteries of the West.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Passion of Sister Dottie S Dixon has been playing to sold-out crowds in Salt Lake City. It's a comedy - the story of a Mormon mom from Spanish Fork, Utah who's on a mission. Her son Donnie is gay - and Sister Dottie loves him and her church so much she's determined to find a way to bridge the two worlds. Monday, we're joined by creators Charles Lynn Frost and Troy Williams.
Salt Lake City, UT – Friday, we're profiling a powerful documentary by the filmmaker Stanley Nelson. It's the story of the stand-off at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1973. More than 200 Indian activists occupied the reservation and kept the federal government at bay for 71 days. The occupation was a desperate act for native people to regain their dignity and get the world's attention. The film is called "Wounded Knee." (Rebroadcast)
Moab, UT – This week operations in Moab to relocate uranium tailings are expected to reach full speed. Monday Gov. Jon Huntsman and other dignitaries came to cut ribbons, eat yellow cake and brag that the project has attracted federal stimulus funds because it is "shovel ready." Jon Kovash reports from Moab.
Salt Lake City – An internationally acclaimed young musician and a prize winner at last year's Gina Bachaeuer Competition recently visited Salt Lake City. The pianist performed before nearly one thousand Utah school children as part of the part of the Gina Bachauer Music-in-Our-Schools program. KUER's Tasha Cook has this profile.
Salt Lake City, UT – The writer Julia Alvarez describes herself as a "Dominican, hyphen, American," and she says that her work is about the things that happen in the hyphen - that place between two worlds. Her most recent book is for young readers, and it tackles questions about immigration from the point of view of two children - an 11-year-old Vermont boy and the daughter of an undocumented family. Alvarez joined Doug to talk about the truths that transcend borders. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – The journalist Robert Kaiser says that Washington D.C. has become a dysfunctional capital, and you probably won't be surprised to hear that at the root of it all is money. Politicians need it and special interests are eager to give it. Kaiser has spent some 45 years monitoring politics for the Washington Post, and he's written a new book on the impact of lobbying on American government. He joins Doug to explain how Washington really works and why in his opinion - it works so badly. (Rebroadcast)