Salt Lake City, UT – The scholar Susan Jacoby says there is a "vast kingdom of junk thought" that has contributed to American ignorance and anti-intellectualism. It's not just the advent of the internet and other trappings of modern popular culture that has led to this decline. Jacoby argues that the trend has been going on for the past four decades. Susan Jacoby joined us to talk about "The Age of American Unreason" and the threat it poses to the future of American democracy. (Rebroadcast)
Park City, UT – As the Sundance Film Festival opened this year, Robert Redford said the focus would be on the films themselves rather than on the star parties and other events that attract attention. Dan Nailen has been in Park City this week and he says that's in fact what's happening. He spoke to KUER's Dan Bammes about the movies and the atmosphere.
Salt Lake City, UT – Thursday on RadioWest we're back at the Hinckley Institute of Politics to preview the upcoming legislative session. It will be tougher going this year for Utah's lawmakers than in years past. A faltering economy will mean difficult decisions as they try and balance the budget. We'll talk about the players, the relationships and of course, the issues at play this year.
Washington, DC – The University of Utah marching band is Utah's representative in the inaugural parade. The band was invited to participate after Utah's victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on January 2nd. That left only a few days to raise $160,000 to make the trip. They raised the money, rehearsed "God Bless America" for the parade and flew to Washington on Sunday. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce sends this audio postcard.
Salt Lake City, UT – Sergio Vieira de Mello's career was spent in places like Cambodia, Rwanda and Kosovo. In 2003, he served as Chief of the U.N. Mission to Iraq. Vieira de Mello also died there when rescuers were unable to free him from the rubble of a suicide bomb. Journalist Samantha Power chronicled his work in the biography Chasing the Flame, and her book is the basis for a new documentary in the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Power joins us to talk about Vieira de Mello and about the challenges of humanitarian efforts around the world.
Salt Lake City, UT – Monday on RadioWest we continue our coverage of the Sundance Film Festival with another documentary. This is a film from Liz Garbus which explores the state of free speech in this country. Among the stories in her film is the case of Ward Churchill who was fired as a tenured professor at the University of Colorado after he made provocative comments about the attacks on 9/11. Garbus asks questions about the limits of speech in a free society but also gets at the nature of fear.
Salt Lake City, UT – Following NPR coverage of the Presidential inauguration, join RadioWest for Utah's reaction to the historic event. We're broadcasting live from Kingsbury Hall on the campus of the University of Utah - and we'll be joined by Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and by political scientist Tim Chambless. We'll also take your calls.