Salt Lake City, UT – HBO's new series Big Love premiered Sunday night, and the controversy of a television program about polygamy in Utah filled the week's newspapers. Today on RadioWest, we talk to television critics Scott Pierce of the Deseret News and Rob Owen of the Pittsburg Post-Gazette about the writing and the characters of the series. Doug is also joined by Holly Mullen of the Salt Lake Tribune and Soctt Beck of the Salt Lake Conventions and Visitors bureau to discuss the bigger question of how outsiders see Utah.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today, March 10th, is a special day for Tibetans around the world. It's the day commemorating the Tibetan uprising against the Chinese in 1959. Tashi Pelton, a Tibetan woman living in Salt Lake City, experienced first hand the terror of Chinese rule. She spent fifteen years in prison in Tibet for her family's resistance to the Chinese.
Salt Lake City, UT – Even if you've never shopped at Wal-Mart, the ubiquitous store has influenced the products you buy and the economy in your town. Charles Fishman, author of "The Wal-Mart Effect," joins Doug Fabrizio and local business advocates Tony Weller and David Nimkin for a look at how the retail giant has changed American consumerism at its most basic levels.
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest takes a look at the art of burlesque with Utah native Dee Milo from the Golden Days of Burlesque Historical Society, international burlesque performer Miss Dirty Martini, and Jane Briggeman, author of "Burlesque: Legendary Stars of the Stage." (Repeat)
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.