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.
Salt Lake City, UT – The title of Michael Cobb's book on the rhetoric of religious violence may induce a wince or two. It's called God Hates Fags. Still, the words may not be as provocative as the ideas he explores. Cobb gets the title from the ugly language used by some extreme religious organizations. But instead of dismissing that language, Cobb is recommending gay people learn to understand its place in American culture and to actually adapt it for their purposes. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – What's going on when a dog wants to endlessly dash after a Frisbee on the lawn. A lot of us assume that while it may look fun, for an animal there's got to be more to it than that. But the researcher Jonathan Balcombe says that in fact the animal kingdom is rich with pleasure. And we're not just talking domestic pets. Balcombe says iguanas, sparrows, even Moray eels seek out pleasure. We talked with Balcombe last May when he made the case that animal enjoy themselves. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – The scholar Nicholas Ostler has written a history of our world through the prism of the languages that we speak. Today, there are between six and seven thousand language communities, and their stories range from conquering nations spreading culture across the globe to small groups struggling for survival. Nicholas Ostler is with us Thursday for a look at our history - and our future - through the words we speak.
Logan, Utah – The 21st annual small satellite conference at Utah State University in Logan recently ended. Throughout the week, attendees from the military, academia, aerospace industry and government agencies and even children--gathered to share ideas and explore emerging spacecraft technologies. Producer Sheri Quinn has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation about America's Constitution. The scholar Akhil Reed Amar calls his book about America's founding document a biography. It's more than an exploration or an interpretation of what the Constitution says. Amar is trying to explain why it says it. He joined us to talk about how the 8,000 words of the Constitution reflect the story of America. (Rebroadcast)