Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday, RadioWest concludes its series of conversations with Salt Lake City Mayoral Candidates. We're live at the Hinckley Institute of Politics with middle-school teacher Robert Comstock, surgeon JP Hughes and Centro Civico Mexicano Director John Renteria.
Salt Lake City, UT – In his book "Blood and Thunder," Hampton Sides records the birth of the American West in all its vividness and brutality. It's a tale with many heroes and many villains, and at the center of it all is Kit Carson - the legendary trapper, scout and soldier. Hampton Sides will be in Park City next week, and Tuesday he joins Doug to talk about Manifest Destiny, the fate of the Navajo and the complicated history of the region.
Yunnan Province, China – In China, market and social reforms have produced a booming economy, but they've also raised some questions about the future of the country's many ethnic minorities. Key among them -- Can these traditional cultures endure the dizzying pace of change.
KUER's Doug Fabrizio has been traveling in China's Yunnan province, and he's collected stories from some of these cultures on the edge. Doug sent us this story from the Tibetan plateau.
Provo, UT – For most of the five thousand students graduating from Brigham Young University yesterday, Vice-President Dick Cheney was a fine choice for a commencement speaker. But for a few dozen, their families and friends, the invitation was unacceptable. KUER's Dan Bammes has more on the "alternative commencement" organized off-campus by students from BYU.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of America's fastest growing religions, and its influence circles the globe. A new documentary produced by award-winning filmmaker Helen Whitney ("Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero," "John Paul II: The Millennial Pope") explores the richness, complexities, and controversies of the Mormon story. Doug returns April 30th with Helen Whitney and the new American Experience documentary "The Mormons."
Salt Lake City, UT – This week members of the press paused to remember one of their own: Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist David Halberstam, who died in car crash in Menlo Park, Calif. While he filed ground-breaking reports of Vietnam and the civil rights movement, Halberstam wrote about many of the great changes in American life by writing about sports. In this archive edition of RadioWest recorded in December 2003, Doug talks with Halberstam about society, history and cultural change.
Salt Lake City, UT – A new report shows many Utahns are struggling to find and pay for health care, housing and education, and concludes the situation isn't getting any better. The United Way is targeting 17 social ills it says need critical attention. Thursday on RadioWest, guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce talks with Deborah Bayle Nielsen and Bill Crim of the United Way and Steve Kroes of the Utah Foundation about the study and how to strengthen the social safety net for Utahns in crisis.