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.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Ark of the Covenant disappeared from the Temple in Jerusalem more than 2500 years ago, but still it's the subject of speculation, fiction and myth. The scholar Tudor Parfitt's life work has been tracking down the lost tribes of Israel, and in his new book, he takes on the great mystery of the ark. His journey took him from Israel to Egypt, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and even Papua, New Guinea. Monday, Parfitt talks to Doug about his quest for one of the world's most important artifacts.
Salt Lake City, UT – Honor is a curious concept, and until the mid-19th century, it was entirely proper for a gentleman to risk his life to defend it. In his book, "The Last Duel," BBC political correspondent James Landale recounts the true story of a Scottish merchant who fatally shot his banker in a duel in 1826. Landale joins Doug from London to reconstruct the social and cultural circumstances of dueling, and to explain why "honor" drove so many young men to an early death. (Rebroadcast).
Salt Lake City, UT – Last May, Adam and Dessi Price set out to do something different with the vacant building they owned in downtown Salt Lake City. They turned it over to artists who painted, scribbled on and graffitied the building's walls, hallways and ceilings, and transformed the 20-thousand square foot structure into a work of art called the 3-3-7 Project.
Salt Lake City, UT – This Friday marks 40 years since civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, but did he die in vain? That's the question posed in a day of lectures sponsored by the University of Utah's College of Law. Julian Bond - Chairman of the NAACP - will come to Utah to be part of the commemoration. Today on RadioWest, he joins Doug to reflect on the modern civil rights movement.
Logan, UT – Growing a vegetable garden isn't so difficult on earth. But a space garden . . . well, that's another story. Still, as Sheri Quinn reports, plants will likely be an important part of future space missions, not only to sustain the travelers' bodies but their souls as well.
Salt Lake City, UT – After serving in Iraq under the "don't ask, don't tell policy," Jeff Key resigned his post in the Marines. He was proud to serve his country - but couldn't reconcile his his reasons for joining the military to what he saw as an immoral war. Key has written a play about his experiences. It's called The Eyes of Babylon and it opens this week in Salt Lake City. Wednesday, Jeff Key joins Doug to talk about his service, and about his journey of conscience.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday, we're offering a list of bizarre books for this most foolish of holidays. From fake works like the book on silence - consisting of entirely blank pages - to serious tomes with titles like "Inquiry into the Medicinal Value of the Excreta of Reptiles," our team of local booksellers has seen it all. We hope you'll join us with your own "weird book" suggestions as well.