Salt Lake City, UT – Considered a propogandist by some and a revolutionary by others, Upton Sinclair's writing blurred the lines between life, politics and art. He published over 90 books, but is perhaps best known for The Jungle, his 1906 expose of the inhuman working conditions in Chicago's stockyards. In the new book "Radical Innocent," biographer Anthony Arthur looks at the social activism that informed Sinclair's writing, and that helped him transform a nation.
Salt Lake City, UT – If you were into obscure, but raw music, there was one brief moment in the early 90s when Utah's underground music scene really lived up to its name. They called it punk, but that wasn't the best way of defining the sound. Some of these musicians came out of hardcore straight edge bands. They fused coarse riffs with atonal jazz and hard rock. In the process, they also developed a tight community infused with a remarkable energy. Doug talks with veterans of Salt Lake's punk scene Tuesday on RadioWest.
Washington, DC – It's been called a new Cold War. About 40-percent of all the people on earth live in two countries -- India and China. The economies of those countries are growing exponentially, and both nations have beefed up their military arsenals over the past 20 years. These nations are siphoning off service sector computer jobs from Utah, and that concerns the state's lawmakers in Congress. In the first of a special two-part series, Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – Earlier this month, Brigham Young University ended its contract with Jeffrey Nielsen following a Salt Lake Tribune op-ed piece in which Nielsen publicly criticized the LDS Church's stand on gay marriage. The case brings up many questions of academic freedom. Doug is joined by professors from the University of Utah, Notre Dame, Brigham Young University and Utah Valley State College to look at the role of the teacher to challenge -- and respect -- their students and their community.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah legend tells of caverns filled with caches of Spanish Gold hidden before the arrival of Escalante and Dominguez. Since then, there have been those who have hunted for and those who have even claimed to have found these lost treasures. Doug and guests Lee Nelson, Will Bagley and Ken Sanders explore what the oral histories tell us and how those stack up to the academic view of our state's past. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Journalist Tom Zoellner knows all too well the emotional meaning diamonds can carry with them. When his fiancee returned the only diamond he had ever bought, Zoellner visited 6 continents and 14 nations in search of answers. The result is The Heartless Stone, an investigation of the diamond industry from mine to finger. Zoellner will be in Salt Lake tomorrow, and today he joins Doug to talk about the machine that used a pretty hunk of carbon to change cultures and societies around the world.
Salt Lake City, UT – Someone once told producer Jeff Rice that if you howl at a coyote, it just might howl back. In the interest of reportorial research-- or idle speculation-- he found himself out in the sagebrush testing this theory. He has this audio postcard for the Utah Soundscapes series.
Salt Lake City – Philosophy Professor Jeffrey Nielsen knew the risks when he publicly criticized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' position on gay marriage. Just four days after his op-ed piece ran in the Salt Lake Tribune, Nielsen - himself an active member of the Church - was in effect fired by BYU. Wednesday on RadioWest, Nielsen joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about what he calls the moral imperatives that compelled him to speak out, and the risks of taking such a stand.