Salt Lake City, UT – This week's deadly shootings at Virginia Tech serve as painful reminders of the need to prepare for emergencies as well as prevent them. How should institutions respond to catastrophes? And how can society work to prevent such brutal outbursts? Guest host Dan Bammes explores the outward and inward responses to violence with University of Utah Environmental Health and Safety Director Marti Shaub, Bill Woodward of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado and others.
Salt Lake City, UT – Journalist Patrick Seale covered war, peace, social upheaval and diplomacy from Algeria to Iran. Now a respected author and consultant, Seale uses his 30 years of experience in the region to comment on the reconstruction of Syria, negotiations between Israel and Palestine, and war in Iraq. Tuesday guest host Jenny Brundin talks with Seale about the current turbulent conditions in the Middle East and the prospects for peace.
Salt Lake City, UT – With Utah's population expected to balloon by 2 million people by 2030, transportation planners think they've figured out the fastest -- and cheapest ways -- of getting folks from point A to point B. But some advocates think the plan leans too heavily on roads and not enough on rails. Guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce reviews the draft 2030 Regional Transportation Plan with Chuck Chappell of the Wasatch Front Regional Council, Marc Heileson of the Sierra Club, and others.
Salt Lake City, UT – There's an age-old struggle going on in bleachers and on sidelines around the country. Parents and teachers may talk a good game saying that sports are about building character and learning fundamentals - but then there is winning. Playwright Richard Dresser saw it when he coached his son's team, and the result was "Rounding Third," which has just opened at Salt Lake Acting Company. Today we'll talk about the play and about a culture which, like it or not, is obsessed with success.
Salt Lake City, UT – Daniel Levitin spent over a decade producing music, and he met many talented musicians that just never rose above obscurity. This led him to questions like why some songs move us while others leave us cold. Today, Levitin is on the faculty of Psychology at McGill University, and he's written "This is Your Brain on Music." He talks to Doug about how the human brain and music interact and how the process gives rise to thoughts, feelings and the experience of beauty. (Rebroadcast).
Salt Lake City, UT – This Sunday, April 15th, is Holocaust Remembrance Day, honoring the memory of the six million Jews and many others who were murdered in German concentration camps during World War Two.
Joel Shapiro was serving in a U-S Army intelligence role 62 years ago. This Jewish soldier from Utah and a buddy borrowed a jeep and went to visit the concentration camp at Dachau. Today, Joel Shapiro serves on the board of trustees of the United Jewish Federation of Utah.
Salt Lake City, UT – Lt. Col. Eric Kruger died November 2, 2006, just one day after he had arrived in Baghdad. His sister Kristy is a singer-songwriter from Dallas. She's trying to perform in all 50 states in his memory and to help raise money for his family. She spoke to KUER's Dan Bammes.
Kristy Kruger will be performing Wednesday, April 11th at the NoBrow Coffee and Tea House and Thursday, April 12th at Kilby Court in Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest returns to the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics for part III for our look at the race for Salt Lake City mayor. Wednesday, Doug is joined by two more candidates -- Utah State Representative Ralph Becker and Salt Lake City Council member Dave Buhler.
Wednesday morning, April 11th, a pair of the nation's leading experts in the field of geriatric care will speak about long-term care at the University of Utah's Olpin Union building. Doctor Robert Kane is an internationally-known gerontologist at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. KUER's Tasha Cook has this interview.
Salt Lake City, UT – Writer and director Mia Goldman's feature debut is the story of Izzy, who is working to rebuild her life and her relationships after being raped. "Open Window" draws on Goldman's own painful experience, and she sees in her work a message to anyone who has experienced a seemingly immutable event. Goldman is in Salt Lake City this week, and joins Doug and others to talk about the repercussions of sexual assault and about the choices we as individuals make in the aftermath of trauma.