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)
Salt Lake City, Utah – Are you happy with your political party? Not everyone is. Salt Lake City mayoral candidate Keith Christensen had been a life-long Republican until a few days ago when he announced he wanted out. He didn't switch parties; he now sees himself as an independent. Thursday on RadioWest, we're talking about the two-party political system ... well, the two major parties. Does it still work? Do people still feel connected to their party? What brings them into the fold in the first place?
Salt Lake City, UT – As more than 300,000 acres burn in central Utah, we're talking about the nature of wildfire. The Milford Flat Fire is the largest in Utah's recorded history, and lives and homes remain at risk with only some 10% of it contained. Doug talks to author George Wuerthner and to former fire fighter and poet C.L. Rawlins about the the role these fires play in the natural - and in the developed - world.
Salt Lake City, UT – The lessons of non-violence and social justice attributed to Jesus Christ were born in the context of Roman hegemony. They were aimed at ordinary people, powerless against a great empire. In his most recent book, New Testament scholar John Dominic Crossan poses a critical ethical question for today's lone superpower: Is the United States the new Rome? Crossan talks to Doug about the parallels he sees, and about winning peace not through military victory, but through equal treatment of all people.
Salt Lake City, UT – Antonio Stradivari created instruments that gave the world their rich and unique sound for hundreds of years. Doug Fabrizio talks with author Toby Faber about Stradivari's enduring work, and we're joined by Utah Symphony Concert Master Ralph Matson playing a 1702 Lord Borwick Stradivarius - courtesy of Peter Prier and Sons Violins. (Rebroadcast)
Chicago, IL – In suburban Chicago, an outdoor concert space was faced with a unique challenge this summer -- the arrival of millions of cicadas. Many performances were moved indoors or rescheduled, but one musical group would not be moved. Sandy Hausman reports on what happened when the Mormon Tabernacle Choir came to town.