Salt Lake City, UT – We're not the first ones to gripe about how commercial Christmas seems to have become. As long as there's been a Christmas there have been debates about how it should be properly celebrated. Today on RadioWest we're asking the question: How did it get this way? Doug explores the evolution of Christmas in America with the historian Penne Restad of the University of Texas at Austin. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest we're rebroadcasting our conversation with the late journalist George Crile. When the last Soviet soldier left Afghanistan in 1989, officials and operatives of the Central Intelligence Agency celebrated it as their victory. It was a maverick, liberal congressman from Texas - Charlie Wilson - who had got the US involved. We spoke with Crile in 2003 about the unintended consequences of a secret war. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on the program we're telling the story of John Wilkes Booth. Most everyone knows Booth as the man who killed Abraham Lincoln, but the historian Michael Kauffman says his plans were much larger than that. He planned to topple the entire Union government. Doug talks to Michael Kauffman about the background and motives of this "American Brutus."
South Jordan, UT – There are about 9,000 people of South Asian Indian descent in Utah. Just over half of them are Hindu. The Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple in South Jordan was built in 2003 as a central gathering place. Now they have plans to expand to meet the community's growing needs. Sheri Quinn has the story.
Salt Lake City, UT – Let's face it, 2000 years ago there was no such thing as Black Friday, inflatable lawn snow globes or even a Santa Claus. Whatever Christmas traditions - good and bad - have developed, the celebration is very different from its origins. In a new book, the scholars John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg strip away the sentimentality for a look at what the story means in the context of both the first and the twenty-first century. Crossan joins Doug Wednesday to talk about "The First Christmas."
Salt Lake City, UT – Millennials - the generation born from 1982 to 2002 - are described by some researchers as selfish and entitled, and by others as compassionate and self-assured. Tuesday, Doug talks to Neil Howe, co-author of Millennials Rising, and then to Jean Twenge, author of Generation Me about the Americans who are coming of age in a world very different from that of their parents and grandparents.
Salt Lake City, UT – In his article in the current issue of Foreign Policy, Professor Alasdair Roberts says that many Americans tell an oversimplified tale about the war in Iraq. They fault the president and his powerful cronies for everything gone wrong. The truth though, according to Roberts, is much more complicated, and the American public shares the blame. Monday, he joins Doug to discuss the unrealistic demands we place on our government and how little we are willing to sacrifice to make them happen.
Salt Lake City, UT – The budget dispute between Democratic Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon, Republican Salt Lake County District Attorney Lohra Miller and Republican County Council members ended Thursday. A compromise was struck after weeks of partisan wrangling. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Friday on RadioWest we're rebroadcasting our conversation about Asperger's syndrome. It's a kind of mild from of autism which is just now coming to be understood. Our guest is Tim Page, the Pulitzer Prize winning music critic for the Washington Post. It wasn't until the year 2000 that Page was told he had Asperger's. He said the diagnosis came as a relief. He was able to explain his life spent, he says, living along-side, but distinctly apart from the rest of humanity. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – They say most everyone has at least one book in them. There are a lot of us who carry around a plot line or a great character, but it's a small percentage who actually write the book, and a tiny fraction of those that are really any good. Salt Lake City lawyer Gordon Campbell had spent years getting his idea onto the page, and as it turns out, it's legit. By most accounts it's a really gripping novel. Wednesday on RadioWest, Campbell will join Doug to talk about his book and the story behind it.