Salt Lake City – Republicans have held Utah's 1st Congressional District since Jim Hansen beat Gunn McKay in 1980. Today the seat is held by Rob Bishop, a former state legislator, who's running for his third term in the House. His Democrat challenger is Steve Olsen, an engineer from Weber County, who's been trying to convince voters that they're really Democrats -- they just need to admit it. KUER's Dan Bammes caught up with Olsen next to Highway 89 in North Salt Lake.
Salt Lake City, UT – We've all heard the nuggets of wisdom that would guide the listener to a happier life: "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you" or "Life is what you make of it." Award-winning psychologist Jonathan Haidt has applied the scrutiny of science to your grandmother's sayings to see just how true they are. He joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about his book "The Happiness Hypothesis," where he finds fresh insight on the age-old quest for contentment. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Today's RadioWest is going to be a little weird. Did you know there is a pyramid on 7th West built by a guy named Corky who is trying to communicate with advanced beings? In a Huntsville saloon you can find the stuffed head of what may be the world's largest dog. And many of you have heard of or seen the Joseph Smith sphinx in the Gilgal Garden. Today on RadioWest we're talking about Utah's strange places, and our tour guide is none other than the filmmaker Trent Harris, the curator of Utah weird. (Rebroadcast)
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."