Salt Lake City, UT – Utah writer and poet Katharine Coles has just published her latest novel "Fire Season." Set in rural Utah, Coles portrays cancer-stricken downwinders, an AIDS suffering black-sheep of a Mormon family, drought and wildfires. It's a story of death and renewal, and ultimately, of the power of human goodness to prevail.
Salt Lake City, UT – Journalist Janine di Giovanni's book "Madness Visible" portrays the individuals who must experience war first hand. di Giovanni is in Utah as part of the Salt Lake Film Center's series of films that examine the role of the war correspondent. She joins Doug Fabrizio in studio to talk about her book, and about her personal observations of the conflicts that are reshaping our world.
Salt Lake City, UT – The University of Utah's School of Medicine is celebrating its 100th year this week. It opened its doors as a humble, two year school in 1905 and is now considered one of the top 20 medical programs in the United States. Jenny talks with Dr. Chase Peterson - former president of the University of Utah and a Professor in the University's School of Medicine.
Salt Lake City, UT – While the urban environment and nature are frequently seen as mutually exclusive, former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt envisions a balance between development and our natural landscape. Doug Fabrizio talks to Babbitt about his new book "Cities in the Wilderness," and about his vision for a national land use plan.
Salt Lake City, UT – The average drug user in Utah is male, 31 years old, white and LDS. RadioWest looks at what makes people turn to addictive drugs, and what methods of prevention and treatment can successfully address the problem. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Governor Jon Huntsman unveiled a "flatter" tax proposal yesterday, one that he says is simpler, protects low and moderate income families, and stimulates economic growth. The proposal's top tax rate is 5%, which would give Utah the lowest income tax rate in the West except for Colorado, and Wyoming and Nevada - which have no income taxes. KUER'S Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Over 25 years ago, the Graphic Novel took the art of cartooning from the realm of children into adult fiction. Cartoonist Batton Lash and editor Jackie Estrada will be in Utah as part of the Great Salt Lake Book Festival, and join Doug Fabrizio to talk about the genre. Later in the program, Doug talks to Alex Caldiero and others on the 50th Anniversary of poet Allen Ginsberg's "Howl."
Salt Lake City, UT – Luis Urrea tells the powerful story of his legendary great aunt, Teresita. Famed throughout Mexico for the power to heal with her touch, the family ranch becomes a center of pilgrimage for the people and a source of concern for the government on the eve of the revolution. Urrea will be in Salt Lake City this week as part of the Great Salt Lake Book Festival, and he joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about his novel, "The Hummingbird's Daughter."
Salt Lake City, UT – Over the last month, images from the Gulf Coast region have made many across the country question their own preparedness for a natural disaster. Today on RadioWest, we'll talk to scientists and government officials about the realities of Utah's potential for geological catastrophe. How will local and state governments respond, and what is the responsibility of the individual to prepare their household?