Salt Lake City, UT – Three days after announcing that he wasn't seeking a third term, Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson named his choice for his heir apparent -- Republican Keith Christensen. Anderson was standing next to him as Christensen, a former city council member, announced his intentions to run for mayor at a downtown news conference yesterday. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports on the two men's similarities -- and differences.

Salt Lake City, UT – With the hottest days of the summer here, it's time to find a cool spot and enjoy a great read. Doug gets the details on favorite books from Ken Sanders of Ken Sanders Rare Books, Catherine Weller of Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore and The King's English owner Betsy Burton and children's book manager Margaret Brennan-Neville.

Salt Lake City, UT – Songs that reference sexuality and vulgarity, music that leads to risque dancing -- if you think that contemporary music has gone beyond the pale, consider "Can't Stop Rag-Time." The year was 1913, and the song mocked laws that applied morality codes at dancehalls and attempted to institutionalize people who were "jazzily intoxicated." Eric Nuzum, author of "Parental Advisory," joins Doug for a look at the history of music censorship in America, from the early days of jazz and rock to the post-9/11 world.

Salt Lake City, UT – Michael Pollan says America is suffering from a national eating disorder. Pollan, author of the new book The Omnivore's Dilemma, has spent the last five years following the food chains that sustain humans. He was trying to answer the most straightforward of questions - What should I eat? - but he realized he couldn't get at that without understanding these two others: Just what am I eating? And Where in the world did it come from? (Repeat)

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Salt Lake City, UT – Human hearing ranges from about 20 hertz to 20,000 hertz. But many animals-- from bats to moths to mice-- communicate and hear at pitches well above this. Jeff Rice has this audio postcard for the Utah Soundscapes series about the hidden world of ultrasonics.

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Salt Lake City, UT – A well-told story has a power to transport the listener - to a different time, to a different place, to a different way of seeing the world. Today on RadioWest, we're exploring the craft of the short story, as celebrated on Symphony Space's "Selected Shorts." Doug talks to Isaiah Sheffer, the host of the now 21-year-old series, and with local writers about the genre.

Rattlesnake photo courtesy of: Sophro

Salt Lake City, UT – The rattle of a rattlesnake is one of the most iconic sounds of the west. Jeff Rice reports for Utah Soundscapes about the effects of summer temperatures on this startling sound. He has this audio postcard.

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