Salt Lake City, UT – Martha Beck is the author of "Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith." The daughter of Mormon intellectual Hugh Nibley, her controversial memoir chronicles her account of her life in the church, in the Nibley family, and her personal journey of recovery.
Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday on RadioWest, Doug spoke with Martha Beck, author of the controversial book "Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith." Today we are joined by Beck's siblings Alex Nibley and Christina Nibley Mincek who will respond to their sister's allegations. We'll also take a look at memory, its reliability and authenticity.
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest continues its Audio Club with Dmae Roberts Peabody award-winning documentary "Mei Mei, A Daughter's Song." The 1990 piece has been called "a kind of aural poetry." It is the personal story of cross-cultural and cross-generational conflict as a mother and daughter travel to Taiwan together. Interviews, dramatizations, original music and sounds of Taiwan weave in and out to tell the story of Chu-Yin, who was sold to work as a bonded servant, suffered abuse, starvation and the horrors of World War Two.
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."