Salt Lake City – Friday marks the 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith's birth. As the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Smith's life and theology has had a profound effect on American religion, and on the culture of Utah. Nevertheless, he remains an enigmatic and controversial figure. Richard Bushman's new biography, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, is the newest contribution to the scholarship on Smith, and the author joins Doug Fabrizio to discuss his significant work.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today, in our continuing series Youth Waves, Loren Elliot brings us a piece she produced on her cello teacher, Madison Moran.
Loren Elliot is 18 years old and attends Lewis and Clark College in Portland. She produced this piece as a student as West High. This commentary came to us via the youth media program Spy Hop and first aired on KRCL's all youth radio program, Loud and Clear.
Salt Lake City, UT – 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)
Salt Lake City, UT – 1 out of every 10 people in the state of Utah are living in poverty. Many are working at low-wage jobs, and still find the daily challenge of putting enough food on the table to be daunting. Doug Fabrizio talks to NPR's Rural Correspondent Howard Berkes about the face of hunger in America. Also joining the conversation are Glen Bailey of Crossroads Urban Center and Gina Cornia of Utahns Against Hunger.
Salt Lake City, UT – About 3,000 Iraqi-Amercians are expected to travel to Pomona, California from Western states -- including Utah -- to vote in the Iraqi parliamental election. In Iraq, large numbers are expected for Thursday's vote. What does the election mean for Iraqis during continued war and American presence? Doug Fabrizio is joined by Peter von Sivers and Peter Sluglett from the University of Utah's Middle East Center, and by Utahns who will be casting their own votes.
Salt Lake City, UT – Year-end giving is important to charities, who receive many of their contributions at this time, and important to the givers who want to make sure their dollars work for the agencies they help and as deductions in their tax planning. RadioWest looks at year-end giving with the help of tax accountant Jim Beaudoin and Amberlie Phillips from the Community Services Council. John Bird from Albion Financial Group will join host Dan Bammes for another edition of Your Personal Economy.