Salt Lake City, UT – Friday on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation about the documentary Reserved to Fight. The film follows four Iraq combat soldiers as they try to navigate their way back into civilian life, and their story is typical of thousands who have returned from traumatic and surreal experiences. Doug talks to filmmaker Chantelle Squires and others about the struggle to feel "normal" after the realities of war. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – It's really just a special kind of dirt, but a chunk the size of a grapefruit can wipe out a city. The writer Tom Zoellner says that uranium has not only changed history, but that it's a window into the dark side of humanity: greed, arrogance and "a certain suicidal glee." Zoellner's latest book is a biography of sorts. He traveled 5 continents - from slave camps to war councils - to get to know uranium. Thursday, he joins Doug for a look at the element that's shaped the modern world.
Salt Lake City, UT – Famous for its geysers, fumaroles and hot pots, Yellowstone is home to some of Earth's most powerful geophysical forces. While the geologic features are millions of years in the making, the region is very much alive as a recent spate of earthquakes shows. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce spoke with University of Utah geologist Robert B. Smith about the phenomenon.
Salt Lake City, UT – Last year, Utah lawmakers agreed to set a goal of producing 20% of the state's energy from renewables by 2025. A few bills passed this session to help move toward that goal. But this year's legislative debates, say renewable energy advocates, showed that there are still many misconceptions about renewable energy. And, they say, if Utah doesn't embark on more aggressive projects, it could be left behind. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – In the latest episode of HBO's "Big Love," character Barb is seen taking part in an LDS temple ceremony. Members of the LDS church consider these ceremonies private and sacred - and some are calling for a boycott of HBO and its parent company. Monday on RadioWest, we're using the Big Love example to ask the question, "What is sacred?" Are there things that should be off limits in a respectful society, or should art ask us to rethink religion?
Salt Lake City, UT – After 45 days of handwringing and hard work, lawmakers signed off on a $10.6 billion dollar budget just hours short of the final gavel falling at midnight. The bulk of their time was spent on how to deal with a whopping $1 billion dollar shortfall in state revenues. The 2009 session, with a couple of exceptions, brought much cooperation and civil negotiation.
Salt Lake City, UT – Literary icon Peter Matthiessen is a novelist, a non-fiction writer, an environmental activist and a Zen master. He co-founded The Paris Review and his books include "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse," "At Play in the Fields of the Lord" and "Shadow Country." Matthiessen was in Utah last year, and he joined Doug to talk about revealing the world through words. (Rebroadcasting)
Salt Lake City, UT – On January 26th state lawmakers rolled up their sleeves and for the next seven weeks debated everything from health care to Singapore math to that peculiar bar fixture called the Zion curtain. Well, 400 bills and another Senator Buttars controversy later, the state legislature wrapped up its business late Thursday night. Friday on RadioWest, host Jennifer Napier-Pearce and guests recap what happened on the hill.