Salt Lake City, UT – When you get them or give them, it's hard to think of flowers as a commodity or a product. Amy Stewart says they may be emotional and impractical, but we Americans buy more flowers than we do Big Macs. In her book Flower Confidential Stewart explores the business of cut flowers. It's a big business by the way. In the process she wonders whether flowers are losing their identity if not just their scent along the way. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Trying to parse the differences between men and women has always been dicey territory. This is why Dr. Louann Brizendine's book is so controversial. Brizendine says the thing that makes a woman different from a man isn't culture or the environment, it's her brain. Girls, she writes, arrive in the world hard-wired as girls. Today on RadioWest we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Dr. Brizendine, talking about her book called The Female Brain. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – The Pentagon stands with the White House as one of the most recognizable symbols of the United States government. It was constructed in a mere seventeen months, and has been the headquarters of the Department of Defense from World War II through September 11th and its aftermath. Washington Post military reporter Steve Vogel joins Doug to tell the story of this enigmatic building, and the history of modern America that it embodies.
Salt Lake City, UT – Here are the key working questions for the latest report from the Utah Foundation: Why do teachers stop teaching in Utah and what will encourage them to stay? Teachers in the state are leaving the profession in alarming numbers at a time when a tidal wave-like surge of students are about to rush into the system. Today on RadioWest, we're examining the report's conclusions and recommendations. We'll also talk about the political environment under which this discussion will play out.
Kanosh, UT – The Milford Flat fire in central Utah continues to burn, and it's covered more than 360-thousand acres. It's so big it would take at least six hours to drive around the perimeter of the fire. Wildfires are common in this area, but changing weather patterns and the spread of cheat grass are making them more frequent and more intense. It's a desolate landscape, but it's what allows hundreds of rural Utahns to survive. Sheri Quinn has the story.
Salt Lake City, UT – In his landmark book Huck's Raft, the historian Steven Mintz offers the first comprehensive history of American childhood. He traces the transformation of the way we have perceived children - from the sinful creatures of the Puritan era to today. Mintz argues hovering parents now impose too many demands on kids, and have stripped from them the freedom to discover the world, as well as themselves. Steven Mintz joins Doug to explain the history and direction of American childhood. (Repeat)