Salt Lake City, UT – Thursday on the program, Doug is joined by the outspoken internet entrepreneur Patrick Byrne. Byrne is the CEO of the Utah-based Overstock.com, and more recently, he made headlines with his passionate support of school vouchers. You can call him a visionary or a provocateur, it won't matter. Byrne is determined to have his say.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah has the highest rate of depression in the nation. That's according to a new study from the non-profit Mental Health America. Jodi Breisler reports from our Capitol Hill bureau:
Salt Lake City, UT – The actor and writer Julia Sweeney was once - in her words - a "happy Catholic girl." When she really started looking at her faith and its teachings though - it set her on a path to find answers to some of the most difficult questions. Sweeney will be in Utah this weekend and Wednesday she joins Doug to talk about her funny and moving stage show, her attempt to understand religion. She calls it, "Letting Go of God."
Salt Lake City, UT – This morning, KUER starts a series of stories called Utah Refugee Voices. Meg Brady and Mary Gould with the University of Utah's YourStory program recorded the life stories of several refugees living in Utah. We begin with the story of Russian immigrant Galina Bakina.
Salt Lake City, UT – In our final instalment of Bite Sized, a series on food, Beth Hoffman introduces us to Rozina Bahlibi, a refugee from the African nation of Eritrea. She and other refugees from this region use a traditional coffee ritual to help them heal from their country's ongoing problems. Almost continuously since 1961, Eritrea has been fighting with its neighbor, Ethiopia -- first for independence, later over border disputes.
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.