Salt Lake City, UT – The forces of industry, immigration and sexual politics all converge in Eric Samuelsen's new play "Miasma." Originally created as part of Plan-B Theatre Company's overnight play-writing project SLAM, Samuelsen has now fleshed out his characters -- a rancher-turned-beef producer, his prodigal daughter, a gay foreman and Mexican laborers -- to create a tableau of a nation in flux. Tuesday on RadioWest, Doug talks Samuelsen, along with director Adrianne Moore and Miasma cast members.
New York, NY – In the weeks and months after 9/11, The Kitchen Sisters, NPR's Lost and Found sound and the public broadcasting community collected audio traces of the World Trade Center, its neighborhood and the events of September 11, 2001. Listen to this surprisingly intimate portrait produced from voicemails, archival tape, on-site recordings, oral histories, remembrances and stories.
Salt Lake City, UT – A study by the non-partisan Utah Foundation determined that this year's increase in education funding in Utah was the first in many years to exceed what would be expected with the normal growth of the economy and state government. How to keep that up was the subject of a conference in Salt Lake City on September 7th. KUER's Dan Bammes was there.
Salt Lake City, UT – The annual Greek Festival opens Friday, and we're taking the opportunity to rebroadcast our conversation from last year's centennial of the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake City. Doug Fabrizio was joined by Manoli Sargetakis, historian Constantine Skedros, and Craig Miller of the Utah Arts Council Folk Arts Program for a look at the history of this unique community, and at how ethnicity is preserved in the "melting-pot" of America. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1945, the sacred text of one of the world's earliest Christian sects was uncovered in Upper Egypt. The discovery of the Gnostic Gospels -- including the Gospel of Thomas -- has fascinated scholars and ignited imaginations since. Preeminent theologian Elaine Pagels joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about how Christianity may have been different had these teachings of Jesus been a part of church canon from the earliest days. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – State lawmakers yesterday tentatively agreed to what Governor Jon Huntsman has been asking them for, for months: a special legislative session to consider tax reform for Utah. But it looks like Utah's top politician will have to do more lobbying on another key goal - allowing voters to consider raising sales tax to pay for transit. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
St. George, UT – The followers of captured polygamist Warren Jeffs believe he's the prophet who holds the keys to heaven. Jeffs is in a Las Vegas jail cell awaiting extradition to Utah. And when he comes here, he'll be sent to Purgatory, literally. And if not for a quirk of history, he'd be going straight to "hell." NPR's Howard Berkes explains. (Howard Berkes is a reporter for National Public Radio who lives in Salt Lake City.)