Salt Lake City, UT – Last week a jury in Kingman, Arizona convicted Kelly Fischer of having sex with a 16 year old girl. Fischer is a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he had taken the girl as one of his multiple wives. Tuesday on RadioWest, we are exploring the significance of the case, and asking what the conviction reveals about the difference between the way Arizona is dealing with the enduring issue of polygamy and the way Utah is approaching it.
Salt Lake City, UT – Homeowners who participate in Utah Power's "Blue Sky" program may think the wind power they're buying for their electricity comes from Utah. It doesn't. It's from wind turbines in Idaho. Although Governor Jon Huntsman has said he supports clean and renewable energy, Utah is lagging far behind other states in the Mountain West in wind power development. Anne Milliken reports. (Story produced by Ben Bombard.)
Salt Lake City, UT – The ability to assist one another - to make sacrifices for one another - is a characteristic that makes us human. But "help" isn't an overly simple concept. We all need it from time to time, but how do we know that the aid we are offering is actually wanted or effective? What does it mean to help? Author Garret Keizer joins Doug for a look at the necessity, the limits and the contradictions of helping our fellow man.
Salt Lake City, UT – As a child, Jean-Michel Cousteau was thrown overboard with newly invented SCUBA gear on his back by his ocean-exploring father Jacques Cousteau. After a lifetime of relationship with the water, Jean-Michel is himself an explorer, environmentalist, educator and film producer. He joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about his career and his passion for one of Earth's greatest resources. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Does the desert heat have a sound? Today on Utah Soundscapes, three artists-- a writer, a musician and a poet-- share their thoughts for this week's audio postcard. Our piece on the sound of desert heat was produced by Jeff Rice for Utah Soundscapes. You heard the voices of Charles Bowden, Steve Roach and Ofelia Zepeda. Music was composed and performed by Steve Roach.
Bonneville Salt Flats, UT – Some of you may have used the day off yesterday to mow the lawn. Bobby Cleveland took his lawnmower to the Bonneville Salt Flats. And there he tried to set the record for the world's fastest lawnmower. Anne Milliken and producer Ben Bombard have the story.
Salt Lake City, UT – Though the cooler temperatures and rain of the past few days have helped fire fighters contain several of Utah's wildfires, thousands of acres have already burned this season, and warmer, drier weather is on the horizon. Environmental reporter Rocky Barker is the author of Scorched Earth: How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America. He joins Doug to talk about fires in the American West, and about how clashing values and science inform our environmental policies.
Salt Lake City, UT – In his book "Strength and Honor," author Richard Cote describes the life of Dolley Madison. It was a life lived not as an appendage to her husband President James Madison, but marked by her own extraordinary ability. Cote sees her as a true example of the difference between heroine and mere celebrity. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Pulitzer prize winning critic Gail Caldwell poses a complicated question in the first line of her new memoir -- How do we become who we are? "A Strong West Wind" is her journey -- from the daughter of a World War II veteran in the Texas Panhandle to a passionate rebel navigating the turbulent 60s. Caldwell joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about how place, family, art and love mold us all. (Repeat)