Salt Lake City, UT – "Cuddly as a Cactus" and "Charming as an Eel" hardly seem like descriptions of a beloved Christmas character, but fans of Dr. Seuss will immediately recognize the mean Mr. Grinch. From the 1957 children's book and the 1966 television adaptation, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is for many an integral part of the holiday season. Tuesday, we're talking about Dr. Seuss's tale and offering you a new reading by the actor Tobin Atkinson.
Salt Lake City, UT – The financial journalist Robert Kuttner points out that Barack Obama faces "the greatest economic crisis since the one that greeted Franklin Roosevelt." Kuttner calls it Obama's challenge - but he also sees it as Obama's opportunity - an opportunity to restore a progressive, egalitarian and secure society. Monday, Kuttner talks to Doug about the new directions he says Obama will have to take to create real change.
Salt Lake City, UT – Friday on RadioWest we're rebroadcasting our conversation about Asperger's syndrome. It's a kind of mild from of autism which is just now coming to be understood. Our guest is Tim Page, the Pulitzer Prize winning music critic for the Washington Post. It wasn't until the year 2000 that Page was told he had Asperger's. He said the diagnosis came as a relief. He was able to explain his life spent, he says, living along-side, but distinctly apart from the rest of humanity. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Monday, Bob Boilen - host of National Public Radio's All Songs Considered - joins us for a look at the top CDs of 2008. NPR listeners have been voting on their favorites, and Boilen says that a few debut artists have been doing very well despite some great music from the tried and true bands. We'll see who made the final cut and ask the opinion of some of Salt Lake's own critics. We hope you'll join us with your picks too.
Salt Lake City, UT – One of the groups most at risk of becoming homeless are victims of domestic violence. As part of her on-going series on homelessness, KUER's Jenny Brundin today looks at this group's unique challenges and one program helping them out.
Salt Lake City, UT – Both Democrats and Republicans in the Utah Legislature say revamping ethics rules will be a top priority during the upcoming 2009 session. Now Governor Jon Huntsman is poised to announce his own ethics task force. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – The new film "Frost/Nixon" is bringing the 1977 interviews by British journalist David Frost of former President Richard Nixon back into the spotlight. Wednesday, Doug talks with James Reston Jr. -- the historian who coached Frost before the interview -- about the event and what Nixon did or did not reveal about his role in the Watergate scandal.
Salt Lake City, UT – The dance scholar Jennifer Fisher says that The Nutcracker - at least in North America - has become as "regular as clockwork." Some may find it cliche - and for some it may be obligatory. But Fisher argues that Tchaikovsky's piece is one of the most powerful traditions in the world of ballet and that it tells us a lot about the values we share. Tuesday, Fisher joins Doug, along with Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute, for a look at The Nutcracker and the place it holds in our culture.