Salt Lake City, UT – How do you turn a political moderate into a red-meat social conservative? Mitt Romney was the Republican governor of the most liberal state in the Union, and now he's being repackaged by an army of consultants in an effort to galvanize his presidential campaign. Tuesday, Doug talks to the journalist Ken Silverstein about Mitt Romney and the making of a conservative.
Salt Lake City, UT – You remember that old Steve Martin joke? "It's like those French people have a different word for everything." You ever wonder how it is we've come to use the collection of words we do, and why they're so different from other places? Today Doug talks about the history of language with the scholar Nicholas Ostler. Ostler says that the story of the world is the story of its languages, and that story is constantly changing, adapting to culture, to power and to technology. (Rebroadcast)
Washington, DC – A bill aimed at slowing down global warming is gathering momentum in the Senate. It would limit carbon emissions from burning oil, coal, and natural gas. As Eric Niiler reports from Capitol Hill, the plan is a hard sell among Utah lawmakers.
Salt Lake City, UT – If the world were suddenly devoid of humans - not one soul left - what would happen to the planet? Though we imagine our structures built to last, it wouldn't take long for streets and buildings to crumble, and nature to move on quite happily. Monday on RadioWest, Alan Weisman takes us on a tour of "The World Without Us."
Visit worldwithoutus.com for multimedia tours of how the planet would change without humans.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1864, the US military forced thousands of Navajos from their homes to march to an internment camp along the banks of the Pecos River. 2,500 died on the way, and over 8,000 were imprisoned at the Bosque Redondo for 4 years. A new KUED documentary explores the Navajo trail of tears and its legacy for native people. Join guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce for a look at The Long Walk.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Walter Isaacson about his biography of Albert Einstein. Isaacson calls Einstein the paramount icon of our age, and his book weaves together Einstein's scientific thinking with his political beliefs and his complicated personal life. The thing that seems to tie it all together is imagination. The story, Isaacson says, is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Web is a decent way of explaining what the internet has become these days, a complicated maze where you can't tell the legitimate information from the commercial interests, the petty mischief, the exaggeration. Today on RadioWest we're rebroadcasting Doug's conversation with Joe Firmage, a native Utahn and something of an internet wunderkind. Joe is a technological visionary who has set his sights on the clutter of the digital age. There's a lot of information out there, just how much of it can you trust? (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Thursday on RadioWest, we're profiling some of the winners of the this year's Third Coast Audio Festival from Chicago Public Radio. We're talking to veteran producers from the US and Canada and this year's Best New Artist. Think of it as Sundance for radio. Join Doug for a preview of these some amazing stories.
St. George, UT – A Utah lawmaker is proposing comprehensive legislation to address illegal immigration. Senator Bill Hickman says it's necessary to stem the flow of undocumented immigrants into Utah. Half a dozen similar bills failed in last year's legislative session, but Senator Hickman believes this is the year it will pass. Kerry Bringhurst has this report.