Salt Lake City, UT – Author Alexander McCall Smith has described his predilection for serial novels as his "condition." Having newly published Blue Shoes and Happiness, the seventh in his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and last year's 44 Scotland Street which appeared as a daily serialized novel for The Scotsman in his native Scotland, no antidote seems on the horizon. McCall Smith is in Salt Lake City, and joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about the adventures of Mma Precious Ramotswe and about the charm of storytelling.
Salt Lake City, UT – For more than 50 years, the journalist Jack Anderson dug deep inside the power structure of Washington. Along the way he broke some huge stories: the CIA-Mafia plot to kill Castro; the Iran-Contra Scandal. Now, the FBI has asked the family to turn over nearly 200 cartons of papers, planning to remove whatever classified documents may be among them. The family has rejected the offer. Doug talks to Professor Tim Chambless about the story and about Anderson's life-long struggle to expose the inner workings of government.
Salt Lake City, UT – In his landmark book Huck's Raft, the historian Steven Mintz offers the first comprehensive history of American childhood. He traces the transformation of the way we have perceived children - from the sinful creatures of the Puritan era to today. Mintz argues hovering parents now impose too many demands on kids, and have stripped from them the freedom to discover the world, as well as themselves. Steven Mintz joins Doug to explain the history and direction of American childhood. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – After the fall of Saddam Hussein, a group of expatriate Iraqis proposed a radio service for Iraqi women. Their dream became Radio al-Mahaba, 96.1 FM in Baghdad. This week, one of its founders was in Salt Lake City to announce a new alliance with a commercial station here, Bonneville's AM 820. Bushra Jamil stopped by the KUER studios to talk about Radio al-Mahaba's struggle to survive. She spoke with kuer's Dan Bammes.
Kanab, UT – RadioWest is broadcasting live from Kanab, UT. Doug Fabrizio talks to members of the community about a resolution passed by their city council in January. The conservative Sutherland Institute has been shopping around its Natural Family Resolution to more than 250 local governments - Kanab has been the only one to actually pass it. It's a statement which defines and expresses support for an ideal version of the American family, and has caused a lot of talk in this small Southern Utah town.
Salt Lake City, UT – We've all heard the nuggets of wisdom that would guide the listener to a happier life: "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you" or "Life is what you make of it." Award-winning psychologist Jonathan Haidt has applied the scrutiny of science to your grandmother's sayings to see just how true they are. He joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about his book "The Happiness Hypothesis," where he finds fresh insight on the age-old quest for contentment.