Thursday, December 23, 2004 – 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)
Wednesday, December 22, 2004 – Author Stanley Weintraub joins Doug to talk about his book "Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce." French, English and German troops honored the first Christmas of "the Great War" by taking a pause from fighting. A few stray bullets brought the peace to an end, and with it a war that lasted nearly four more Christmases.
Tuesday, December 21, 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.
Monday, December 20, 2004 – Ellen Meloy was an artist, writer, naturalist and frequent contributor to KUER. Her book The Anthropology of Turquoise, which explores connections between human perception, geography and the natural world, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Ellen died last month at her home in Bluff, Utah. Today's program is a rebroadcast of an interview from Summer of 2002. (Repeat)
Salt Lake CIty, UT – The One World Gallery in Salt Lake City's Gateway Center showcases the work of Utah artists. But it's not able to compete with chain stores and it's being forced to move. Independent producer Beth Hoffman looks at the tension between showcasing local products and the push for profit in the world of retailing.
Thursday, December 16, 2004 – Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is perennial holiday classic. Doug talks with Dickens scholar Dr. Elliot Engel about the writer's life and work. We're also joined by Peter Sham, creator of The Utah Shakespearean Festival's "A Christmas Carol - On the Air."
Wednesday, December 15, 2004 – Recent data show that Utah leads the nation in generosity. A large portion of this charity goes toward tithing, though. What do the giving patterns mean for Utah's non-profit sector, and what motivates a person to donate their time and money?
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)