Salt Lake City, UT – The sights and sounds of daily ranch life in Montana inspire singer songwriter Stephanie Davis -- from the trills of sandhill cranes in the spring and herding cows to new grass in the summer, to the choir of coyotes in the dead of winter. Davis is a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion," and is in concert this Saturday, March 11th at the University of Utah. She's agreed to join us -- guitar in hand -- to talk about her music, and the music of the American West.
Salt Lake City, UT – During the Presidency of Spencer W. Kimball, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints underwent significant changes -- giving the priesthood to men of African origin, opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment and the installation of the MX missile system among them. Doug talks to Kimball's son, Edward L. Kimball, author of the new biography Lengthen Your Stride: The Presidency of Spencer W. Kimball.
Salt Lake City, UT – So you've got your cell phone and your iPod and your children are playing on the Game Boy -- are we connected, or have we isolated ourselves in a world of technology? Do you have a place where you shut off the devices and listen to the world around you? Doug Fabrizio talks to Michael Bugeja, author of "Interpersonal Divide: The Search for Community in a Technological Age," about how we control our gadgets while making certain they don't control us.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah lawmakers adjourned their 45-day legislative session at midnight last night, not quite completing their $9.5-billion dollar budget. They failed to pass a $69-million dollar proposal to lower the income tax rate, ensuring that Governor Jon Huntsman will call them back into a special legislative session to determine the nature of the tax cut. And that was just one of the reasons many are calling this legislative session "historic." KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug Fabrizio talks to Craig Childs about his book The Way Out: A True Story of Survival. For years, Childs has walked the spare, most forbidding terrain on the planet. "Between jobs," he writes, "I survive by drinking from water holes in the far country, mapping canyons and routes for my own curiosity." His book is the story of an extreme journey with a friend -- a life or death challenge to explore some of the world's most unforgiving land, and to find their way out. (Repeat)
Salt lake City, UT – Leticia Anderson is a parent who hopes Utah legislators will provide vouchers for Utah families to send their children to public schools. Chad Harris represents the Utah School Boards Association, and he thinks it's a bad idea.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah's 2006 Legislative Session ended Wednesday. Today on RadioWest, Doug is joined by Senate leaders, journalists and analysts for a look at this year's legislation and what it means for the state.