Salt Lake City, UT – One year after roof collapsed at the Crandall Canyon coal mine near Huntington, Utah, the state of Utah is back in the business of regulating coal mine safety. Scott Matheson, Junior was appointed by Utah's governor to head the Utah Mine Safety Commission. He spoke to KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce about the future of coal mining in Utah.
Salt Lake City, UT – The word romance may conjure up images of youthful flirtation and physicality, but more and more people in the retirement set are finding love in later life. On Thursday, Doug talks with gerontologist Amanda Smith Barusch about her research into what love and romance mean in seniors' lives and the idea that love continues to sculpt our personalities even in life's later decades.
Salt Lake City, UT – At 2:48 a.m. August 6, 2007, the Crandall Canyon coal mine near Huntington, Utah collapsed, trapping six miners. Rescue efforts claimed another three men and in the ensuing months, the catastrophe spurred Congressional hearings and re-launched a national debate about mine safety. On Wednesday, Doug talks with Richard Stickler, chief of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Salt Lake Tribune reporter Robert Gehrke, and others about the lessons learned one year after the tragedy.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tomorrow marks sixty-three years since the world's first nuclear bomb attack killed more than 120,000 Japanese men, women and children. Yet even now, fears about a nuclear attack happening again remain high. That troubles one Utah man in particular. For him, the attacks that ended World War II brought anything but peace. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Documents recently released by the LDS Church shed new light on what led to the bloodshed in Mountain Meadows, Utah in 1857. On Tuesday, Doug continues his conversation with historians Richard Turley, Glen Leonard and Ronald Walker about their new book "Massacre at Mountain Meadows."
Salt Lake City, UT – For over 40 years, Ralph Nader has been a force in American life. His influence and legacy extends from seat belt safety to clean air and water standards to product labels. On Friday, Doug talks with the consumer advocate and presidential candidate about the beginnings of his activism and the evolution of his public life.
The conversation was taped before a live audience in the downtown Salt Lake City Library auditorium on July 31, 2008.
Salt Lake City, UT – Since the 1857 slaughter of more than 120 men, women and children at Mountain Meadows, Utah, questions about why a group of Mormons settlers killed an unarmed emigrant party and how much influence Brigham Young had in the attack have swirled around the incident. On Monday, Doug talks with historians Richard Turley, Glen Leonard and Ronald Walker about their new research and their conclusions presented in their forthcoming book "Massacre at Mountain Meadows."
Salt Lake City, UT – After hearing James Ballou's life story, many people wonder how he's even alive. The youngest son of a drug dealer, Ballou grew up surrounded by rampant drug use, sex, violence and abuse. But the boy wasn't destroyed - he survived the destructive forces by embracing the philosophy that we are who we choose to be. The Utah resident has a new book - Soul Survivor - that tells his story.
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)