Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday on RadioWest we give you our contribution to Earth Day. Here's our take on the celebration: the earth as a muse. Utah's Poet Laureate Katharine Coles will join us to talk about the relationship between the environment and poetry. Poets have always been inspired by nature, so today we'll hear some poems. We'll start with Chaucer, but there's Keats and Eliot Kay Ryan James Wright. You can join us with your own poems about the earth.
Salt Lake City, UT – There's one place in every city where people of different ages, race, politics, religion and temperament get together on a daily basis. Really, it's small wonder that our highways our such mess. In his latest book, the writer Tom Vanderbilt set out to answer just how it is human nature has shaped traffic - and how it in turns shapes us. Thursday, he joins Doug to answer those questions. They'll take on a few of the unanswerable ones too - like why it is the other lane always moves faster.
Salt Lake City, UT – The riskiest part of geothermal energy development is proving that there's enough hot water underground to run a power plant. That's where researchers would like to see the new money made available from the federal government used as private industry scrambles to meet the demand for renewable energy. KUER's Dan Bammes has the story.
Salt Lake City, UT – Director Kirstie Rosenfield says nobody understands when she says the play "End Days" is a post-9/11 comedy, but it is a comedy about a tragic world. Arthur was the only person from his business who survived that day, and now his wife has become a born-again Christian and his goth daughter is seeing visions of Stephen Hawking. Salt Lake Acting Company's "End Days" closes this weekend, and Tuesday we're talking to Rosenfield, the playwright and others about faith, love and finding your way.
Salt Lake City, UT – David McCullough once warned that America's illiteracy in history is a "disease that is eating away at our national memory." The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of "1776" and "John Adams" is delivering this year's commencement address at the University of Utah. Thursday, he joins Doug to talk about the lessons history has to offer - and what it means to us as a nation if we "lose our story."
Salt Lake City, UT – An estimated 18-thousand jobs in Utah's construction industry have been lost since the fall of 2007. As a result, politicians and business leaders have been working to rebuild the struggling sector. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report:
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah filmmaker Trent Harris has created another of what he calls his "screwball comedies." Films like "Plan 10 from Outer Space" have earned him a cult following - and the new "Delightful Water Universe" follows in the same vein. Harris says they provide him some balance, because he also makes documentaries. His work has taken him from the diamond mines of Sierra Leone to the dumps of Cambodia, where children scavenge to eke out a living. Harris joins Doug to talk about his career and the universe as he sees it.