Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday on RadioWest, we're asking whether the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney has revealed a form of religious bigotry in this country. Harvard professor Noah Feldman has been writing about the issue. He joins Doug to talk about how Mormon culture and religion are perceived by mainstream America - and what it means for the LDS Church's relationship with the Republican Party.
Salt Lake City, UT – Geriatric specialist Dr. Harry Lodge says that we humans have achieved staggering longevity. If you take care of yourself, you have a very good chance of living until you're 90, and it's the Boomer generation that's redefining aging in America. Lodge joins Doug in studio to talk about the social and biological influences on aging, and what it means to "grow old" in the 21st century.
Salt Lake City, UT – Have you ever been looking for just the right word, only to realize it doesn't exist in the English language? The early 20th century humorist Gelett Burgess created so many words he published his own dictionary. Families regularly use special vocabulary to explain things like that noise Aunt Zelda makes when eating. Today, we're talking with the author Paul Dickson about words and what they reveal about the way we see the world. We're hoping you'll join us too with your own "familisms." (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake City's new mayor Ralph Becker was inaugurated this week, and he has some large shoes to fill. His predecessor was the most engaged, most controversial politician in these parts in years. But Becker is bringing his own political experience to the post - he served in Gov. Scott Matheson's administration and as Utah's House Minority Leader. Doug talks to Becker about his "blueprint" for the city, and about his personal vision for his new office.
Salt Lake City, UT – Kids from Salt Lake City's Open Classroom sang as the new mayor of Salt Lake City planted a tree on the grounds of the City-County building yesterday. Ralph Becker was sworn in at noon with plans to get busy right away on his agenda for the city. Later, Mayor Becker said there was one thing that surprised him between the election and taking office. He spoke to KUER's Dan Bammes.
Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday on RadioWest, Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen will be in studio with Doug. Aside from being a public radio personality, Andersen is also a critic, a columnist and a novelist. His latest book is an historical novel set in 19-century America. It's called Heyday - and it's the story of four people chasing their dreams at a time when America herself is still being dreamed-up.
Salt Lake City, UT – This weekend, Pioneer Theatre Company opens David Hare's topical and provocative play "The Vertical Hour." The play centers on a debate between the American Nadia Blye, a former war correspondent, and her boyfriend's father - a doctor living in rural England. Tuesday on RadioWest, we're talking about the work, and about the political, but also deeply personal questions in an age of war and terrorism.
Salt Lake City, UT – One of the nation's most outspoken and most liberal Democratic mayors is leaving office next Monday. KUER's Jenny Brundin brings us the second part in a 2-part series on the eight-year legacy of Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson.
Salt Lake City, UT – More than 6 million children in the United States are taking powerful psychiatric drugs. In evaluating the risks and benefits of treating children with serious disorders - parents and doctors are confronted with potential side effects and with the little understood long-term impact. A new Frontline documentary explores these questions, and Monday, Doug talks to producer Will Cohen about "The Medicated Child."
Salt Lake City, UT – Friday on RadioWest we're telling stories about the life of a grand old building. After a remarkable renovation which took 4 years and more than 200 million dollars, the state capitol is officially reopening today. It will give us an opportunity to talk about the process of the restoration, the history of the structure and the way buildings always give a place an identity.