Salt Lake City, UT – Earlier this month, Brigham Young University ended its contract with Jeffrey Nielsen following a Salt Lake Tribune op-ed piece in which Nielsen publicly criticized the LDS Church's stand on gay marriage. The case brings up many questions of academic freedom. Doug is joined by professors from the University of Utah, Notre Dame, Brigham Young University and Utah Valley State College to look at the role of the teacher to challenge -- and respect -- their students and their community.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah legend tells of caverns filled with caches of Spanish Gold hidden before the arrival of Escalante and Dominguez. Since then, there have been those who have hunted for and those who have even claimed to have found these lost treasures. Doug and guests Lee Nelson, Will Bagley and Ken Sanders explore what the oral histories tell us and how those stack up to the academic view of our state's past. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Journalist Tom Zoellner knows all too well the emotional meaning diamonds can carry with them. When his fiancee returned the only diamond he had ever bought, Zoellner visited 6 continents and 14 nations in search of answers. The result is The Heartless Stone, an investigation of the diamond industry from mine to finger. Zoellner will be in Salt Lake tomorrow, and today he joins Doug to talk about the machine that used a pretty hunk of carbon to change cultures and societies around the world.
Salt Lake City, UT – Someone once told producer Jeff Rice that if you howl at a coyote, it just might howl back. In the interest of reportorial research-- or idle speculation-- he found himself out in the sagebrush testing this theory. He has this audio postcard for the Utah Soundscapes series.
Salt Lake City – Philosophy Professor Jeffrey Nielsen knew the risks when he publicly criticized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' position on gay marriage. Just four days after his op-ed piece ran in the Salt Lake Tribune, Nielsen - himself an active member of the Church - was in effect fired by BYU. Wednesday on RadioWest, Nielsen joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about what he calls the moral imperatives that compelled him to speak out, and the risks of taking such a stand.
Washington, DC – The U-S Senate is celebrating Flag Day this year by preparing to debate a constitutional amendment that would ban flag burning. Supporters say protecting the symbol of freedom is of vital importance to the nation. Opponents say this is another move by the ruling party to shore up support among the Republican base. Utah's Senators are split on the issue, as Benjamin Shaw reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – KUER is celebrating Father's Day by airing stories through the week about fathers. The first comes from Joshua Killpatrick, who sees his father's tools and willingness to fix things rather than throw them away as a difference between them, but also a bond.
Salt Lake City, UT – What does it take to get a classical music video to surpass the number of times Madonna's lastest single was streamed? It takes the fresh energy and sound that the hip, Utah-based piano quintet "The 5 Browns" brings to music as diverse as Stravinsky, Dvorak, Copland and Lowell Liebermann. The family is preparing for a world tour of their new album "No Boundaries," and Tuesday on RadioWest, they join Doug to talk about their passion for music and the art that unites them.