Salt Lake City, UT – As school gets underway, Doug talks to teachers about the challenges they face in the coming year. With recurring issues such as teacher shortages and quality, classroom size, and funding - what do educators see as the greatest priorities? And - despite all of these - what keeps them dedicated to their profession? Doug's guest is education consultant Dr. Dorothy Rich. We're also inviting teachers to call us with their concerns - and their vision for improving Utah education.
Salt Lake City, UT – With constantly tight budgets, many school districts abandoned formal music programs years ago. But should they? Is music - or art for that matter - a dispensable diversion or a critical way to develop a young mind? It's all part of a larger debate whether the humanities should be an essential part of the American educational experience. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Just about every Utahn has heard of the Mormon cricket and its voracious appetite for crops. But less familiar is the Rocky Mountain locust. These winged grasshopper-like creatures descended upon the west in numbers much greater than Mormon crickets, and with far more devastation. Then, at the close of the 19th century, they became extinct. Jeff Rice reports for the Utah Soundscapes series about a vanished species and its sound.
Salt Lake City, UT – The film Who Killed the Electric Car? traces the life of the EV1 from GM, a sleek automobile which emerged in 1996 full of promise. It was said to be efficient, fast and best of all it produced no emissions. The car was completely electric and in ten years, it was completely gone. But just who was responsible? Technology? Consumers? Corporate America? Among Doug's guests, the film's director Chris Paine, who says this allegory for failure can be a symbol of human potential.
Salt Lake City, UT – In a country where pop tarts and microwave dinners are the norm, few have developed an appreciation for gourmet cuisine. But for some, like Lance Duffin, food is an art form, a passion to be cultivated. Duffin is the creator of a new photographic exhibit called "Foodie, SLC that opens this Friday at the new Art Access gallery in Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City, UT – When the plane carrying a Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the Andes in 1972, Nando Parrado lay unconscious for three days. He woke only to find his mother dead, his sister dying, and the survivors trapped on a 12,000 foot glacier. After two months in this lifeless terrain, Parrado led the 45-mile expedition to find help - and to find home. Parrado joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about his remarkable story of friendship, tragedy and perseverance. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – An announcement yesterday from London that an alleged terrorist plot to bomb airplanes had been foiled caused delays for air travelers across the United States. The effects were felt here in Utah. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report:
Salt Lake City, UT – As divided as the American public may be on the important issues of the day, both red and blue can agree that something is wrong in Washington. Politics has become less about ideology and more about how to gain and keep power. Doug's guest is Joe Klein, author of "Politics Lost: How American Democracy Was Trivialized by People Who Think You're Stupid." They'll talk about the decline of courage and leadership, and about what can be done to get us out of this mess. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – August in Utah brings warm nights and the chorusing calls of tree crickets. Jeff Rice has this Utah Soundscapes audio postcard from a backyard in Salt Lake City. Want to know the outside temperature? Consult the chirpometer.