Salt Lake City, UT – Air pollution, dependency on foreign oil and federal stimulus money all have commuters once-again looking to alternative fuel vehicles. And that's jumpstarting renewed interest in electric cars. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – A select group of American journalism's luminaries gathered last week at the Library of Congress to honor one of Utah's own. Pat Bagley, political cartoonist for the Salt Lake Tribune, won this year's Herblock Prize for distinguished editorial cartooning. Known for his biting humor and original drawing style, Bagley has been at the Tribune for more than 25 years. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce asked Bagley about the award ceremony.
Salt Lake City, UT – Monday, we're commemorating one tradition of the upcoming Easter season - the Easter egg. But we're not talking about just any egg; we're looking at the grandest of all - the Faberge. The writer Toby Faber has written a fascinating biography of the Faberge Egg. It's a story that begins in St. Petersburg. It's about craft - to be sure, but it's also packed with history and drama about how the eggs disappeared during the Russian revolution and then reappeared onto the world stage.
Salt Lake City, UT – Most of us came to know Sarah Vowell through the radio program This American Life. She also happens to be something of an armchair historian, and she says she's a sucker for Puritan New England and the Civil War. Vowell says those events feature the central tension of American life: the conflict between the individual will and the public good. Sarah Vowell will be in Utah later this month, and today she joins Doug to talk about life, the Puritans, her father's gun obsession and radio.
Salt Lake City, UT – The writer and cultural observer Juliet Schor joins Doug to talk about how the advertising industry is targeting children. Schor says ads aimed at kids are everywhere these days. One writer said the marketing effort is turning young people into oversexed, status-obsessed, attention deficient little consumers. Schor talks about the trend, and what it means to have commercialized children. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – What's going on when a dog wants to endlessly dash after a Frisbee on the lawn. A lot of us assume that while it may look fun, for an animal there's got to be more to it than that. But the researcher Jonathan Balcombe says that in fact the animal kingdom is rich with pleasure. And we're not just talking domestic pets. Balcombe says iguanas, sparrows, even Moray eels seek out pleasure. We talked with Balcombe last May when he made the case that animal enjoy themselves. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – There's been plenty of hand wringing over the years by parents worried about the violence reflected in cartoons, and sure, they may have a case. But let's not forget that the classic Hollywood cartoons weren't created with children in mind. Animation historian Michael Barrier points out it was adult audiences that made cartoons so popular in the 40s and 50s. Today, Barrier will join us - along with Radio from Hell's Kerry Jackson - to talk about what makes the good cartoons work.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Charles Bowden about his book Shadow in the City. For nearly a decade, Bowden wrote about the illegal drug trade. When he met a narcotics agent Joey O'Shay, he realized both men wanted the same thing, they wanted out. O'Shay had spent more than 20 years undercover and he realized he had stopped believing in what he was doing. But as Bowden points out it's not a story about the drug problem, it's a story of the human heart. (Rebroadcast)