Salt Lake City, UT – Veteran political journalist Howard Fineman says that there are certain debates that have been with us since the founding of the nation. And thankfully, for Fineman, they defy resolution. In his new book, "The Thirteen American Arguments," Howard Fineman explores questions like Who is a "person?" and Who judges the law? Monday, he joins Doug to talk about how these arguments continue to define us and to keep us free.
Washington D.C. – Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch told lawmakers on Capitol Hill they need to stop getting in the way of Utah's development of oil shale. Matt Laslo reports from our Washington bureau.
Salt Lake City – On Monday, the Veteran's Medical Center in Salt Lake City will host a seminar for the media on Battlemind, a self-assessment tool given to veterans when they return from war. The program wasn't around when Iraq war veteran Bryan Catherman came home. In his essay, he talks of his own struggles after coming home . and of the VA staff who've tried to help him.
Salt Lake City, UT – In her new book, Alexandra Fuller writes about the simple life and heartbreaking death of a roughneck working on a Wyoming oil patch. "The Legend of Colton H. Bryant" explores the impact Wyoming's stark, rugged terrain has on a person's character and the effect of the oil and gas industry on rural communities. Fuller joins guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about one man's abbreviated life and the human costs of energy development.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest the conservation biologist M.A. Sanjayan will join us. He's spent his professional life fighting for the concept of biodiversity, but he's pushing the environmental community to define the term in a broader way. Sanjayan is trying to get more racial diversity within the movement and he's integrating the fight for conservation with the struggle against global poverty. He says the common denominator is that need to connect with nature.
Salt Lake City, UT – Piano lovers were in for a treat last night at the University of Utah's Libby Gardner Hall. Australia's finest classical and jazz pianists - Simon Tedeschi and Kevin Hunt - played everything from Duke Ellington to Johann Sebastian Bach. The Gina Bauchauer International Piano Foundation also invited the duo here to perform at elementary schools in West Jordan and South Jordan and Bluffdale. KUER's Jenny Brundin sat in on a practice session and produced this sound portrait.
Salt Lake City, UT – You know the old saying: Birds of a feather flock together. The journalist Bill Bishop would say it's true. He says there's segregation going on in the country - and not just between red states and blue states. It's happening between towns and neighborhoods. People move, and when they do, they tend to gravitate towards communities that share their religious and political views. Wednesday, Bishop joins Doug to explain how our life-choices are dividing the nation.
Salt Lake City, UT – Walter Isaacson's book on Albert Einstein is coming out in paperback next week - so today on RadioWest we're rebroadcasting our conversation with the biographer. Isaacson calls Einstein the paramount icon of our age, and his book weaves together Einstein's scientific thinking with his political beliefs and his complicated personal life. The thing that seems to tie it all together is imagination. The story, Isaacson says, is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom. (Rebroadcast)