Moab, UT – The first thing tourists see as they enter Moab in southeastern Utah is a huge pile of uranium mill tailings. Material from the pile is now leaching into the Colorado River. It dates back to the 1950's when the nation was using uranium mined in southern Utah to make atomic bombs. Whether to move the pile or leave it be has confounded the community for the past decade. Some water officials say keeping it where it is won't hurt the river -- others disagree. Producer Sheri Quinn brings us up to date.
Salt Lake City, UT – We're hoping to hear from you today. How have you been thinking about Terri Schiavo? RadioWest looks at the many dimensions of her emotional story: the role of government, the role of the media, quality of life and what it means to be alive.
Salt Lake City, UT – Early Christians interpreted Jesus' ministry in a variety of ways which were quite different from today's views of theology. Author Elaine Pagels' book "Beyond Belief" looks at 1st century writings that challenge current churches teachings on divinity, miracles and revelation. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Author Jim Harrison's was described by the Boston Globe as "as close as one can come in contemporary fiction to experiencing the abundant pleasures of living." He is perhaps best known for his novella "Legends of the Fall," but his body of work includes novels, novellas, poetry and non-fiction. He will be in town this week celebrating the Wallace Stegner Center's 10th Anniversary, and joins RadioWest this morning to talk about his passion for art.
Salt Lake City, UT – Novelist Leslie Forbes and artist Rachel Berwick talk about restoring the past through their art forms. They are in town, along with paleontoligst Michael Novacek, for the University of Utah's Science and Literature Symposium entitled "Some Assembly Required: Restoration and Human Production in Images, Words and Bones."
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1951, Edward R Murrows asked Americans about their fundamental beliefs. The result was an extraordinary collection of essays that profiled people from all walks of life. Producers Jay Allison and Dan Gediman have recreated the project, and will join Doug to discuss what they are learning about Americans then and now.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug talks to NPR's Bob Mondello about "American Stages." It's a series that looks at the rise of regional theater around the country. Then RadioWest turns to one of Salt Lake's own Plan B Theatre Company and it's production of "Tragedy, A Tragedy."
Friday, March 18: The Fate of the Utah Symphony and Opera
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest considers the condition of the Utah Symphony and Opera after their 2002 merger. As ticket sales and donations decline, Doug talks with Anne Ewers, Keith Lockhart, Gerald Elias and Kevin McCarthy of the Rand Corporation about the Symphony and Opera's organization, and about the state of the performing arts across the country.
Salt Lake City, UT – Author Laura L. Bush talks to Doug about her book "Faithful Transgressions in the American West." The book looks at six twentieth-century Mormon women's autobiographies, and the conflict they found between their own writing and the ideas and authority of the Mormon church. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug explores the University of Utah's new Accommodations Policy with U Professors Katharine Coles and John Morris. He is also joined by Professor Todd Gitlin of Columbia University to look at the broader questions raised about belief and thought on American campuses.