Salt Lake City, UT – By today's standards, George Mallory and Sandy Irvine were ill-equipped to scale Mount Everest in 1924. But their tragic story of determination and exploration remains a model for climbers today. It's a story that took Conrad Anker to Everest 75 years later, and he describes finding Mallory's preserved body in a catchment basin with "a deep sense of awe and inspiration." Anker is in Salt Lake City, and Thursday talks to Doug about the humility of knowing that the peaks are always stronger.
Salt Lake City, UT – In his new book The Holy Vote, veteran journalist Ray Suarez concedes that it is too late to completely separate religion and politics. "It would be like trying to get the sugar out of a cup coffee," he quips. For Suarez, the right question is how do we find a way for the two to coexist? Wednesday on RadioWest, he joins Doug for a conversation about the beliefs and attitudes that have created America's political divide.
Salt Lake City – What's the journey like from anonymous computer programmer to nerd folk icon? Ask Ken Jennings. After 75 games and 2,642 correct answers on Jeopardy!, Jennings has chronicled his minutiae-mad obsession in his new book Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs. Ken Jennings will be in Utah next week as part of the Great Salt Lake Book Festival, and joins Doug Tuesday to determine if trivia serves some not-so-trivial purpose after all.
Salt Lake City, UT – When Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic in 1492, Spain was in the midst of the Inquisition and the battle for Islamic Grenada. Historian James Reston, Jr. has written a new book Dogs of God. In it, he deals with the complex interplay of government, religion and popular opinion of the 15th century. Thursday, he joins Doug to explain what that meant for the "Great Age of Discovery."
Washington, DC – Utah Congressman Chris Cannon is defending comments he made in an interview last night regarding resigned Congressman Mark Foley. Cannon suggested to a local commercial talk radio station that congressional pages may have goaded Foley into sending them sexually explicit instant messages. Today, Cannon says he didn't mean to put the responsibility for the messages on the kids. Todd Zwillich has more from our Capitol Hill Bureau.