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.
Salt Lake City, UT – Friday we're rebroadcasting our conversation with one of the country's leading presidential historians - Michael Beschloss. In his recent book, Beschloss has selected stories of American presidents who jeopardized their political careers, reputations, and even their lives to make the right decision. Beschloss writes: "Throughout our history it has been important for presidents to summon the courage to dismiss what is merely popular." (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – The 2009 Sundance Film Festival gets underway today, and we begin our coverage with award-winning producer Stanley Nelson. His latest documentary premieres Friday in the festival's Spectrum Category. It's called "Wounded Knee" and it explores the 1973 stand-off at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Nelson joins Doug to talk about the American Indian Movement - and what the 71-day siege means in American history.
Salt Lake City, UT – "This I Believe" is a national radio project which encourages people to write down their core values. We continue our series produced by KUER and Salt Lake Community College's Community Writing Center with an essay by Salt Lake resident Jan Hansen.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday on RadioWest we're talking about a new PBS documentary - this time a subject not easy to condense let alone understand. It's about the funny business of America: the story and history of American comedy. The producers Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor have tried to create what they're calling a cumulative portrait to understand what makes humor in this country unique and to trace the way comedy works and evolves in American life and culture. It's called Make 'Em Laugh.