Stansbury Park, UT – A full lunar eclipse last week gave Utahns an uncommon sight of the moon. That's when the moon passes through the earth's shadow. It's been several years since the last one was visible from Utah. Tuesday morning, a few hours before dawn, amateur astronomers gathered at Stansbury Park Observatory, half an hour west of Salt Lake City, to watch the event. Reporter Sheri Quinn has this audio portrait.
Salt Lake City, UT – Long-time Latino activist John Renteria has tossed his hat into the already crowded ring of Salt Lake City mayoral candidates. What has set him apart from the pack so far have been his run-in with the law and his passion for promoting west-side issues. KUER's Tasha Cook reports:
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with the writer Hampton Sides. His book Blood and Thunder is about the epic conquest of the American West. It's a story with heroes and villains - at the center of it all is Kit Carson, the legendary trapper, scout and soldier. Doug talked to Sides about the conflict between Manifest Destiny and the actual lives of the people in the West. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – J.P. Hughes is a 64-year old physician who has traveled the world, bringing medical supplies to hospitals as far away as Argentina, and India. Closer to home, he's passionate about helping the city's poor and representing ordinary Salt Lakers in City Hall. KUER's Jenny Brundin has this profile.
Salt Lake City, UT – The race for mayor of Salt Lake City is officially non-partisan. But city voters haven't elected a Republican to lead Utah's capital city in more than three decades. Mayoral contender Jenny Wilson, who is the daughter of one former Democratic mayor of Salt Lake City, is hoping that, with enough support, she'll be able to continue that tradition and her family's own. KUER's Tasha Cook reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – The writer Jay Heinrichs says that Americans aren't argumentative enough. Not really. Nothing particularly artful about the shouting that passes for argument in public discourse these days. But for Heinrichs, a proper argument is an art and quite an ancient one. Today on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation about the art of rhetoric. This isn't a fight. Rhetoric, Heinrichs says, is the essential skill of leadership and the better we do it, the more civil our society. (Rebroadcast).
Salt Lake City, UT – The topic for today's RadioWest is joy. The acclaimed writer Barbara Ehrenreich will be our guest to talk about a particular kind of joy - communal joy. The kind that's been expressed throughout the ages when large groups of people have gathered to feast and to dance. Ehrenreich found that dancing has been a critical part of the way humans evolved and thrived, but overtime for various reasons we've resisted this part of our nature. But why? Her book is called Dancing in the Streets. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – You've probably got your favorite songs, but what lessons have you learned from rock 'n' roll? For students at the Paul Green School of Rock in Salt Lake City and Sandy, it's about a lot more than sticking it to the man. School director Steve Auerbach says that it's about determination, reliability and team work - and what better way to do that than with a face melting guitar solo? Doug talks to Auerbach and to Paul Green about what rock has to teach its disciples.
Salt Lake City, UT – What did you send with your kid to eat today or what are you expecting she'll get from the cafeteria or the vending machine. Nutrition expert Margo Wootan says young people will get nearly half of their calories at school and their options can be limited. Today on RadioWest, we're talking about kids and junk food. The stakes are obvious. Nearly a quarter of all teens are now classified as obese or at risk of becoming overweight, but what exactly do you do about it?
Salt Lake City, UT – On September 11, 1857, pioneers traveling from Arkansas to California stopped to rest in present day Washington County, Utah. In what is now known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre, 120 people were killed by the Mormon Militia and Paiute Indians. 150 years later, and the question of who gave the orders is still creating controversy. A new fictional account of the tragedy opened this weekend and Wednesday, Doug is joined by historians and film experts for a look at its portrayal of the events.