Salt Lake City, UT – The National Association of Evangelicals boasts a membership of some 30 million people, but when the journalist Christine Wicker started digging deeper into the data, she was surprised by what she found. She says the number is drastically lower, and while power brokers have worked to create the image of a monolithic group, the people that label themselves Evangelical are much more diverse. Doug talks to Wicker about what her findings mean for America's image at home and around the world.
Salt Lake City, UT – When you think of childrens' classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, the next image you imagine probably isn't a dashingly handsome English spy. But the author Roald Dahl and other unlikely characters dubbed themselves "The Irregulars." They were a British spy ring based in Washington D.C. during World War II, and their work helped to speed the ally victory. Monday, Doug talks to Jennet Conant whose new book tells their story.
Salt Lake City, UT – Terry Tempest Williams is renowned as an environmental writer - and her work makes powerful connections between people and nature. Her newest book is due out next week, and it's called Finding Beauty in a Broken World. Thursday, Williams joins Doug to talk about her journeys from Italy to Utah's Bryce Canyon to a small town in Rwanda - and about taking something broken and making it whole.
Salt Lake City, UT – The University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law has recently been awarded a government grant to establish a think-tank in Baghdad. After decades of a corrupt and dysfunctional legal system Iraq is faced with the challenge of creating a new legislative framework for its judiciary. Tuesday on RadioWest, we're joined by the advisory team to talk about their role in judicial reform and what that means for the health of a democracy.
Moab, UT – The Canyon Country Zephyr, a bi-monthly alternative paper covering southeast Utah, was born back in 1989, literally the day author Edward Abbey died. The publisher was Jim Stiles, who came to Moab from Kentucky in 1976, and following Abbey's footsteps, served for 10 years as a ranger at nearby Arches National Park.
Salt Lake City, UT – Monday, Doug hosts Utah's 2008 gubernatorial candidates - Republican incumbent Jon Hunstman Jr. and his Democratic challenger Bob Springmeyer. We'll take a look at the top issues facing the state - and talk about your concerns. Submit your questions by this Sunday, September 28th for consideration.