Salt Lake City, UT – For 10 years the aspiring artist Billy Pappas worked on one life-sized portrait. He had set out to reinvent realism - to invent a new art form. Thursday on RadioWest, Doug talks to filmmaker Julie Checkoway about her new documentary "Waiting for Hockney." Checkoway followed Pappas through what some might call his compulsive, eccentric process - and on his quest to meet the one person he felt could validate his work.
Washington, DC – The way things work today, the people who write songs are paid when the music is played on the radio... but the people who perform them are not. Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch wants to change that -- but Yanmei Xie reports he has a lot of people to convince.
Salt Lake City, UT – Next week, NPR's Terry Gross is coming to Salt Lake City. What do you learn about people after you've done literally thousands of interviews? Today on RadioWest, we'll talk about the essence of a good interview. Terry's learned it's about preparation and trust, that you learn more about their lives from their weaknesses than from their strengths and to get it right you may have to break a few rules of polite behavior.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1953, authorities arrested some 400 Mormon fundamentalists - including 236 children - in what was called "the largest mass arrest of men and women in modern American history." Fast forward to this month - when more than 400 children from the FLDS community in Texas were taken into state custody. Tuesday, we'll talk about the recent raid and how it compares to earlier actions. At the heart of the matter remains an essential question: Is this life style a matter of religious liberty or a form of slavery for women?
Salt Lake City, UT – Four in five Americans agree that the US health care system needs a "fundamental" change, but there are many differing opinions on what that change should look like. Veteran Washington Post journalist TR Reid has investigated health care in five other countries - the UK, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Switzerland. Monday, Reid joins Doug to talk about what we can learn from both the failures and success of these systems.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tom Hodgkinson argues that the Western addiction to work has resulted in a lot of ill health, debt and anxiety. In his book How to Be Idle, he seeks to recover an alternative tradition - one that says not only is idleness good, but that it is essential for a pleasurable life. Hodgkinson joins Doug Fabrizio to make the case for doing less with your life. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – After the end of World War II and before the television took over the American household, comic books were the most popular form of entertainment. But they were also shockingly irreverent. Churches denounced them, cities outlawed them, and even Congress held hearings on comic books and juvenile delinquency. In his new book, the writer David Hajdu says that before rock 'n roll rebelled - there was "The Ten-Cent Plague." Hajdu joins Doug to talk about comic books - and how they changed America.
Salt Lake City, UT – You know Scott Simon as the host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, and in his 30 some years with NPR, the Peabody-Award-winning correspondent has seen it all. Simon has put this experience together with his descriptive powers to create his second novel. It's called Windy City: A Novel of Politics. Wednesday, Scott Simon joins Doug to talk about politics, satire and creating fiction.
Salt Lake City, UT – Independent radio producer David Isay worried that the stories collected for the Story Corps project would eventually get repetitive and would only be interesting to the people participating. The national oral history project is now in its fifth year though, and Isay says there's an "astonishing array" of stories. David Isay - whose documentary work has earned him five Peabody Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award and a MacArthur Genius Award - joins Doug to explain why listening is an act of love.