Salt Lake City, UT – When you think of Charles Darwin, you probably picture the elderly gentleman with a white bushy beard. But Darwin was just 22 when he set sail on the HMS Beagle. For the next five years, he was climbing mountains and hacking through jungles - experiencing the world. The writer Eric Simons says it's a story that's familiar to a back-packer today. Simons retraced Darwin's journey for his book "Darwin Slept Here," and Thursday, he joins Doug to talk about Darwin's adventures and his curiosity.
Salt Lake City, UT – If you have children, you've probably been told a lie two: "I didn't hit my sister" or "Yes, I brushed my teeth." You may think that they'll outgrow this stage, but a recent survey found that 98% of teens lie to their parents. Wednesday on RadioWest, Doug is talking to the writer Po Bronson. Bronson's article in New York Magazine takes on kids and lying, and as it turns out - they're learning it from you. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1959, trumpet player Miles Davis gathered a few musicians like John Coltrane and Bill Evans and laid down five tracks that would change the course of music history. 50 years later "Kind of Blue" is still the best-selling jazz album of all-time. Wednesday on RadioWest, Doug talks to music historian Ashley Kahn about "Kind of Blue" and the standard it set for cool.
Salt Lake City, UT – For years, Utah tourism officials have encouraged motorists to take the road less traveled by designating certain roads "scenic byways." Now a new group of people may get to decide what scenic means. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – About 66 percent of Utah's total carbon dioxide emissions are coming from coal-fired power plants. Geophysicists, engineers and geologists are hard at work, trying to figure out how they can safely capture the CO2 after the coal is burned and store it underground. Yet, as Ross Chambless reports, who exactly will take responsibility for the CO2 after it's pumped underground is still unclear.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tom Hodgkinson argues that the Western addiction to work has resulted in a lot of ill health, debt and anxiety. In his book How to Be Idle, he seeks to recover an alternative tradition - one that says not only is idleness good, but that it is essential for a pleasurable life. Hodgkinson joins Doug Fabrizio to make the case for doing less with your life. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – The relocation of Sam Weller's Bookstore will add another empty storefront to Salt Lake City's Main Street. Businesses in historic downtown areas across America have been suffering, particularly since the recession began. But Salt Lake City's mayor and others believe downtown and Main Street are poised for a renaissance, spurred in part by billions in new construction and by a change in Utahns' attitudes toward visitors to their capital city. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.