Salt Lake City, UT – As divided as the American public may be on the important issues of the day, both red and blue can agree that something is wrong in Washington. Politics has become less about ideology and more about how to gain and keep power. Doug's guest is Joe Klein, author of "Politics Lost: How American Democracy Was Trivialized by People Who Think You're Stupid." They'll talk about the decline of courage and leadership, and about what can be done to get us out of this mess. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – August in Utah brings warm nights and the chorusing calls of tree crickets. Jeff Rice has this Utah Soundscapes audio postcard from a backyard in Salt Lake City. Want to know the outside temperature? Consult the chirpometer.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tim O'Brien has said that creating music is as simple as making something new out of something old. This philosophy, along with his talent and versatility, has resulted in over 30 years of music well-grounded in the traditions of the American South and Ireland. In his hands though, the rhythms and themes morph into modern expressions. This 2006 Grammy Award Winner is in Salt Lake this week, and visits us in studio with his instruments.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Outdoor Retailer Expo at the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City has been an annual part of summer in Utah for the past decade. It attracts about twenty five thousand visitors, most of them are outdoor equipment vendors and retailers from around the country. But this year there's a controversy about one of the show's new sponsors. University of Utah graduate Jay Rogers has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – When the student government of Utah Valley State College decided to bring Michael Moore to their campus in 2004, they thought they would stir up controversy - but they didn't imagine the tremendous back-lash they would receive. Demonstrations on both sides, political pressure and bribery divided the community. Then Student Body Vice President of Academics Joseph Vogel has written a book on the Utah Valley uproar, and talks to Doug about the state of free speech in the United States.
Salt Lake City, UT – Despite witnessing three fatal mountain climbing accidents before the age of 22, David Roberts insists that his greatest pleasure comes from the mountains. Doug Fabrizio talks to Roberts about the passion he describes in his new book, "On the Ridge Between Life and Death: A Climbing Life Reexamined." (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Scientists report a growing silence among the world's frog and toad populations. A new report says that nearly a third of the planet's amphibians are threatened with extinction. Jeff Rice reports for Utah Soundscapes.