Salt Lake City, UT – The writer and journalist Mary Roach says that it took science a long time to get up the nerve to study human sexuality. Even then much of that research went on behind closed doors in laboratories, Alfred Kinsey's attic and yes, brothels. Roach has written a new book called "Bonk" and she joins Doug to talk about the physiology of sex and about the stigmas that have made studying it so difficult. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – In "Bargaining for Eden," author Stephen Trimble can be tough in his assessment of how billionaire Earl Holding acquired public land for a ski resort and made a deal to host the 2002 Winter Olympics there. But Trimble's own environmental philosophy was put to the test when he became a landowner and developer himself. On Wednesday, Doug talks with Trimble about the complicated tensions between owning land and building on it, and what it means for America's Western landscape.
Salt Lake City, UT – A new PBS documentary explores the public itinerary as well as the private journeys of former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. On Monday, Doug talks with British writer and journalist Celia Sandys about her famous grandfather.
For more information about the PBS documentary "Chasing Churchill," visit www.kued.org.
Salt Lake City, UT – Friday, a conversation with Valerie Plame Wilson. She joined us earlier this year to talk about having her cover as a CIA operative blown in the political squabble over the justification for the war in Iraq. You all know the story by now. The disclosure spurred a federal investigation that led to the conviction of the Vice President's Chief of Staff. Plame Wilson has written a book about her experience called "Fair Game." (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – It's been called a "blockbuster" and a "once in a lifetime" event. With 74 masterworks from 19th and 20th century artists like Picasso and Gauguin, the Utah Museum of Arts has every reason to be proud. The exhibit comes from Cleveland, and Wednesday on RadioWest, Jennifer Napier-Pearce talks to curator William Robinson and to art historian Richard Brettell about the masters of European modernism - and the fascinating journey from impressionism to surrealism.
Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is poised to propose an $81 million investment in downtown: a new 2,400 seat Broadway-style theater. But some local arts groups are giving the proposal half-hearted applause. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Is there an uprising brewing in America? David Sirota thinks so. In his new book the author travels the country stopping in union halls, shareholder meetings for Exxon Mobil and to the Mexican border to chat with Minutemen. Sirota examines whether the populist uprising he sees on both the left and the right will transform into a full-fledged revolt - a prospect that terrifies Washington and Wall Street. He joins Jenny Brundin Tuesday to talk about his book, The Uprising.