Salt Lake City, UT – The scholar Susan Jacoby says there is a "vast kingdom of junk thought" that has contributed to American ignorance and anti-intellectualism. It's not just the advent of the internet and other trappings of modern popular culture that has led to this decline. Jacoby argues that the trend has been going on for the past four decades. Monday on RadioWest, Susan Jacoby is joining us to talk about "The Age of American Unreason" and the threat it poses to the future of American democracy.
Salt Lake City, UT – More than 60 young talented pianists from 15 countries are competing in the Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition in Salt Lake City through June 28th. Song Choi of Sandy is one of two Utahns in this year's competition. Song returns to the biennial competition after finishing as a semi-finalist in 2005. KUER's Tasha Cook has this profile.
This weekend, the Utah Department of Transportation begins moving bridges into place along Interstate 80 between State Street and 13th East. The first move is planned for this Saturday night and Sunday morning.
John Montoya is UDOT's project manager for the I-80 reconstruction. This method of replacing bridges is more expensive than building them in place, but he says that's going to get the project done much sooner.
Salt Lake City, UT – There are a few places in the world where the creation of a fine instrument is a labor of love - a matter of craft more than mass production. In the new documentary "Note by Note," the filmmaker Ben Niles follows the life of such a piano. It's a 9-foot concert grand - a Steinway with a personality and character all its own. The film and the piano are in Utah this week - and Thursday on RadioWest we'll talk to Niles and others about craftsmanship, artisans and the relationship between artist and instrument.
Salt Lake City, UT – When the journalist Jennifer 8. Lee learned that fortune cookies weren't actually Chinese, she said it was like "learning I was adopted while being told there was no Santa Claus." Actually, many restaurant favorites like General Tso's Chicken or broccoli and lo mein have little to do with Chinese cuisine. Lee is with us on Wednesday to talk about the roots of Chinese food as we know it - and about just how American it really is.
Salt Lake City, UT – Nature writer David Gessner has a problem with, well, nature writing. He says that impotence and sanctimony and false romanticism pervade the genre. Gessner is awed by the loud and wild disorder of nature - and he wants to bring a sense of realism back into the way we see the world around us. Tuesday on RadioWest, David Gessner joins Doug to talk about his work and his recent essay - My Green Manifesto.
Salt Lake City, UT – End of life care is an industry - and not every nursing home is driven by the patients' best interest. In Sunday's Salt Lake Tribune, journalist Matt Canham reported on the hundreds of hours he spent combing the records of 91 private nursing homes in Utah. While many are doing a good job - the deficiencies of others are alarming. Canham joins us Monday to talk about what he's learned.