Salt Lake City, UT – Earlier this month at the LDS Church's General Conference, the head of the Relief Society Julie B. Beck praised the power in motherhood. She encouraged women not to postpone having children, and equated nurturing with homemaking. Her words re-ignited a controversy about the role of Mormon women, and within hours, LDS blogs were inundated with responses. Tuesday on RadioWest, Doug talks to LDS women about Beck's remarks and what those say about women's position in the LDS Church and culture.
Salt Lake City, UT – Mary Dickson has been called an "accidental playwright." But what happened to the Salt Lake writer at the age of 29 wasn't an accident. The experience profoundly changed her life and eventually led to Dickson's first full-length play: "Exposed." It opens October 19th at the Rose Wagner Theater. The docudrama is Dickson's journey investigating the human costs of the nuclear fallout that blanketed Utah in the 1950's and '60's. KUER's Jenny Brundin has the story.
Salt Lake City, UT – Eboo Patel is American - and Muslim - and Indian. He grew up outside of Chicago dealing with racism and his own struggle to decide which of the three identities he would embrace. But Patel came to learn that the power to create change lies at the intersection of religion, ethnicity and nationality - not at the extremes. Eboo Patel is in Utah, and joins Doug in studio to talk about what he calls "the struggle for the soul of a generation."
Lehi, UT – Plans for the $2 billion dollar Mountain View Corridor are inching forward. Yesterday, a draft environmental impact study on the project was released. The Utah Department of Transportation says the new highway would ease congestion on the Salt Lake Valley's west side, where population is expected to increase 500% over the next 25 years. Buty not everyone is happy with plans for the new highway. Producer Sheri Quinn reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1972 a chartered plane carrying members of a Uruguayan rugby team crashed on a 12,000 foot glacier in the Andes Mountains. In his book which candidly recounts the 72 day ordeal, Nando Parrado says his every moment was filled with visceral fear. But weeks into the experience he also came to a kind of epiphany. He realized he had to take the experience one step, one moment, one breath at a time. Doug spoke with Parrado about his improbable story of survival. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – The most recent polls show mayoral candidate Ralph Becker leading his opponent Dave Buhler in the race to lead Salt Lake City. But with just under 3 weeks to Election Day, the contest is heating up. Thursday on RadioWest, Becker and Buhler join Doug to explain their vision for Utah's capitol.
Goblin Valley State Park, UT – When police in Utah get a missing person's report, someone lost on a camping trip or back country hike, they often call the Salt Lake City-based group Rocky Mountain Rescue Dogs. The rescue dogs and their volunteer handlers are highly trained, participating in group exercises or "workouts" each month. Goblin Valley State Park was the scene of a recent workout. Lee Austin traveled there and has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Hillary Rodham Clinton has already helped to define one presidency. The Yale Law School graduate was instrumental in the triumphs and trials of her husband's political career in Arkansas and in the White House. Now Senator Clinton may be poised to shape another presidency, but this time it would be her own. Wednesday Doug is joined by Carl Bernstein, author of the new biography A Woman in Charge.
Salt Lake City, UT – What is it like to be one of the small percentage of minority students represending diversity at the University of Utah? Today we hear from Jessica Solyom, who's finishing her master's degree in interpersonal communication and planning to continue working toward a PhD.
Salt Lake City, UT – Between 1951 and 1992, the US Government tested 928 nuclear bombs in the Nevada desert, and Utah and its unsuspecting residents were downwind. Over time, scientists started to make connections between incidents of cancer and contamination from the fallout of those tests. Utah writer Mary Dickson has created a new play that looks at the human consequence of nuclear testing, and it's a very personal story. Mary Dickson joins Doug to talk about her own family's experience and about being "Exposed."