Salt Lake City, UT – According to the U.S. Census, more than 80 percent of Americans live in cities or suburbs. But there are still some people who manage to live away from the traffic and the cement. As part of the Western Soundscapes series, Jeff Rice has this audio postcard from the Owyhee uplands in southern Idaho, where he met rancher Dorothy Payne.
Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday on RadioWest we're profiling one of America's greatest falconers, Steve Chindgren. Chindgren spends 6 months a year practicing his ancient sport on the sage prairies of Wyoming. Biographer Rachel Dickinson says it's not just about one man's passion though. Steve Chindgren hunts grouse with his hawks - and changes brought on by the mining and the energy industries could have a dire effect on them all. Chindgren and Dickinson join Doug to talk about the new book "Falconer on the Edge."
Salt Lake City, UT – Governor Jon Huntsman announced yesterday that he will resign as governor only after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Huntsman was nominated on Saturday by President Barack Obama as U.S. ambassador to China. Lt. Governor Gary Herbert, though, will take over some of the governor's duties immediately. Huntsman and Herbert relayed their thoughts on the events of the past week to a roomful of reporters at the State Capitol yesterday. Kuer's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – You've probably thought about how your e-mail and texting and twittering are dividing your attention - and that it's having a real impact on your life. But beyond the anecdotal evidence, behavioral science writer Winifred Gallagher says that "focus" may actually be a biological necessity. Attention, she says, is a finite resource and using it wisely is the key to a more productive and healthier life. Gallagher has a new book. It's called Rapt and Tuesday, she joins Doug to talk about it.
Salt Lake City, UT – Political circles are still a-buzz with news that President Obama tapped Utah Governor Jon Huntsman to serve as U.S. Ambassador to China. Among the hotly-debated topics: What kind of a governor will Gary Herbert be? And what does Huntsman's exit mean for Utah politics? KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Saturday morning, President Obama nominated Utah's Governor Jon Huntsman to be the new ambassador to China. What does this mean for Huntsman's political career? What does it mean for Utah as the more conservative Lieutenant Governor Gary Herbert is poised to become the state's chief executive? We'll talk about it Monday on RadioWest.
Salt Lake City, UT – Monday on RadioWest we're profiling one of America's greatest falconers, Steve Chindgren. Chindgren spends 6 months a year practicing his ancient sport on the sage prairies of Wyoming. Biographer Rachel Dickinson says it's not just about one man's passion though. Steve Chindgren hunts grouse with his hawks - and changes brought on by the mining and the energy industries could have a dire effect on them all. Chindgren and Dickinson join Doug to talk about the new book "Falconer on the Edge."
Salt Lake City, UT – What would it take to make you truly happy? Love? Money? Success? If those are your answers, you may be looking in all the wrong places. Richard Davidson is among the world's leading brain researchers and he says that compassion and kindness and yes, happiness are all skills that can be enhanced with practice. Davidson was in Utah earlier this year. He joined Doug to explain what the Dalai Lama's brain can teach us about being happy. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – The Flatlanders included three musicians who went on to storied solo careers, but they're back together and touring, making a stop in Salt Lake City this weekend. Salt Lake Magazine Arts and Entertainment Editor Dan Nailen says the legend lives on.
Salt Lake City, UT – Critic and author David Denby is concerned about the way Americans talk to one another. People have been "snarky" - hurling personal insults and sharpening their wit - since ancient times. But Denby says that in the age of the internet, snark is spreading like pink-eye. Thursday on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting Doug's conversation with Denby about civility, humor and when it's appropriate to be cruel. (Rebroadcast)