Salt Lake City, UT – The argument over the relationship between government and religion is as old as the country itself. From the presidency of George Washington to that of James Monroe - a battle waged between those who saw God as the legitimate ruler of men and those who valued liberty above all else. In his new book, historian and theologian Forrest Church looks at the beliefs of the earliest presidents, and Tuesday he talks to Doug about how those beliefs formed our nation.
Salt Lake City, UT – Davy Rothbart is a collector. As the creator of Found Magazine, he regularly brings to life items that have been tossed and forgotten. His acclaimed book "The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas," along with his pieces for This American Life, follows a similar vein. The collection of stories grew out of road trips and small towns, capturing the oddity, poetry and dignity of everyday life. (Rebroadcast)
Washington, DC – Families of miners and rescuers lost in the Crandall Canyon mine cave-in were on Capitol Hill Thursday. They were joined by Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, who came to the Capitol to tell lawmakers what went wrong before -- and after the accident. Todd Zwillich has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – When Paula Poundstone describes Joan of Arc as "called by God and driven to drink," there's a natural segue to the comedian's own battle with alcoholism. In her latest book, Poundstone faces her life head-on by looking at the lives of seven historical figures. Paula Poundstone will perform this weekend in Salt Lake City, and Thursday she joins Doug to talk about comedy, public radio and rebuilding a life.
Salt Lake City, UT – You know Peter Sagal as host of Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me, but would you have recognized him in a gambling hall or a strip club? Well, if you're about to protest that you wouldn't actually go to strip club - never fear: the Harvard-educated NPR host has written a book to take you there. It's called The Book of Vice, and Wednesday on RadioWest, he joins Doug to share what he learned about sinful behavior and the places it's practiced.
Salt Lake City, UT – It's the first Monday of October, the traditional date when the US Supreme Court goes back into session. Today on RadioWest, we're celebrating by playing back some of the arguments recorded in the country's most powerful courtroom -- among them the case that clinched the fate of Richard Nixon, Roe vs. Wade and the argument that decided the election in 2000.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1995, Brooke Gladstone took on a rare beat in broadcast journalism - she started reporting on the media itself. Now she is co-host and managing editor of NPR's On the Media, heard weekly on KUER. Brooke Gladstone is in Salt Lake City, and joins Doug in studio for a look at the media universe today.
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Salt Lake City, UT – Mark Strand has been described as a poet of simple words. But his body of acclaimed work is playful and mysterious - a voyage through the sound of language. The Pulitzer Prize winner and former US Poet Laureate is in Utah this week, and joins Doug Friday in studio.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah has a bit of a reputation for shall we say "unique" names. Collectors have come up with gems like LaVaughn for a girl and DeLoyal for a boy. But the author Lauren Wattenberg says that the country as a whole is following the trend. Parents are choosing monikers that help their children stand out from the crowd - for better or worse. Lauren Wattenberg is the author of "The Baby Name Wizard," and joins us today to help us kick off KUER's Fall Fund Drive.
Salt Lake City, UT – Polygamist-sect leader Warren Jeffs was relying on an argument made by his attorneys that his trial for arranging the marriage of an under-aged girl was really about religious persecution. Yesterday, a jury dismissed the idea and convicted him on two felony charges. The jurors said the case was really about the age of the bride: she was 14 at the time. We're talking about the case and about the fallout of the verdict. We're also looking at the history and the future of fundamentalist Mormonism.