Tuesday, December 14, 2004 – Doug talks to Stephanie Coontz about her book "The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostaglia Trap." How historically accurate are our notions of "traditional family values" and how does the family of today measure up? (Repeat)
Salt Lake City – THIS WEEKEND, RADIO STATION KRCL CELEBRATES 25 YEARS ON THE AIR IN UTAH. THE STATION HAS COME A LONG WAY FROM ITS HUMBLE AND - TINY - STUDIOS ABOVE THE BLUE MOUSE THEATRE. NOW - THE STATION BROADCASTS FROM NEW DIGITAL STUDIOS ON THE CITY'S WEST SIDE TO MORE THAN 40,000 LISTENERS ACROSS THE STATE. AS KUER'S JENNY BRUNDIN REPORTS, ECCLECTICISM IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT WHEN IT COMES TO SALT LAKE CITY'S ONLY TRUE COMMUNITY RADIO STATION.
Salt Lake City, UT – It was just over a year ago that former governor Mike Leavitt left Utah to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Now President Bush has appointed him to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Supporters say his experience as a governor will help him in that new position, but critics worry his advocacy of block-grant funding and policy waivers could hurt families who might otherwise be entitled to federal assistance.
Tuesday, December 14, 2004 – Doug investigates the extraordinary history of the Roman alphabet with author David Sacks. From Semitic-speaking mercenaries in Egypt through standarizations in the 19th century, Sacks' book "Letter Perfect" is an entertaining account of what makes our language today.
Friday, December 10, 2004 – What does the news of Urban Meyer's move reveal about the state of college athletics? Doug talks with Salt Lake Tribune sports writer Gordon Monson and Ithaca University sports management professor Ellen Staurowsky about the coaches and the student athletes that make up the industry.
Salt Lake City, UT – White-crowned sparrows taken from their nests in the Wasatch Mountains as babies learned how to sing their distinctive song even though they had never heard it in nature. University of Utah Biology Professor Gary Rose and doctoral student Stephanie Plamondron presented them with segments of the song out of order, and the birds were able to put it together. Their results have implications for the way humans learn language as well.
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 – Author Austin Phelps suggested "Wear the old coat and buy the new book." Doug talks to local experts about the books that should be on your holiday list this season. He's joined by Catherine Weller of Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore, Ken Sanders of Ken Sanders Rare Books, and Betsy Burton and Janet Lund of The King's English Bookshop.
Thursday, December 9, 2004 – Have you ever picked up a piece of paper only to discover that it's a lost letter from someone you have never heard of? Have you ever bought a used book and found a picture from a stranger's birthday party? Davy Rothbart collects these items and has published them in his new book "Found : The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World."
University of Utah – The Hinckley Institute of Politics presents a discussion on why transatlantic relationships are worsening. What can be done? Originally aired on Dec. 07, 2004 from a Nov. 19 recording.