Salt Lake City, UT – The Sarvodaya Shramadana community development movement is well-established in Sri Lanka and is now helping with disaster relief after the devastating tsunami. Richard Brooks, representing Friends of Sarvodaya, talks about the group and what it can do to help with the recovery in its homeland.
More information is available from the Buddhist Peace Fellowship web site (www.bpf.org) or from www.sarvodaya.lk
Thursday, December 30, 2004 – Charles Bowden is a hard hitting journalist and author who writes fearlessly and passionately about the American south-west. He takes on difficult topics ... killers, drug traffickers, the destruction of nature and the predicament of modern civilization. Bowden joins Doug for a conversation about his writing and his work. (Repeat)
Monday, December 27, 2004 – Gifford Pinchot believes in socially responsible business. In other words, one can run a successful enterprise with sustainable values. James Soares, Manager for Squatters here in SLC, describes how he has applied that philosophy in his work. Pinchot is co-founder of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute which provides MBAs with corporate and social responsibility. (Repeat)
Wednesday, December 29, 2004 – John-Charles Duffy is a writing instructor for the University of Utah. He coordinated the university's Mormon studies brown bag series for three years. Duffy will begin his doctoral work in religious studies this fall. His article "Defending the kingdom, rethinking the faith: how apologetics is reshaping Mormon orthodoxy" appears in the May 2004 issue of Sunstone Magazine (Repeat)
Thursday, December 23, 2004 – Christmas as a religious event is inexorably linked to Christmas a secular holiday. Author and Professor Penne L. Restad looks at the evolution of Christmas in her book "Christmas in America." (Repeat)
Wednesday, December 22, 2004 – Author Stanley Weintraub joins Doug to talk about his book "Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce." French, English and German troops honored the first Christmas of "the Great War" by taking a pause from fighting. A few stray bullets brought the peace to an end, and with it a war that lasted nearly four more Christmases.
Tuesday, December 21, 2004 – Doug investigates the extraordinary history of the Roman alphabet with author David Sacks. From Semitic-speaking mercenaries in Egypt through standarizations in the 19th century, Sacks' book "Letter Perfect" is an entertaining account of what makes our language today.