Cedar City, UT – RadioWest begins its live week of broadcasts from the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City. The conversations kick off with a look at Shakespeare's time and how it shaped his enduring work "Romeo and Juliet." Doug is joined by scholar Dympna Callaghan, Utah Shakespearean Festival executive producer Fred Adams, director Kate Buckley, and actors Paul Hurley and Tiffany Scott.
Salt Lake City, UT – Do individuals have the right to decide how they die? Doug talks to documentary filmmaker Susan Stern about her work "The Self-Made Man." It's the story of her father who made the decision to take his own life rather than endure a terminal disease. He's also joined by elder law attorney Maureen Henry and University of Utah Philosophy professor Margaret Battin, author of "Ending Life: Ethics and the Way We Die."
Salt Lake City, UT – The scholar Reza Aslan joins Doug Fabrizio to explain just how it is that the ancient ideals of Islam have come to be the creed of jihadists and terrorists. Aslan's book "No god but God" explores the origins of the faith of Mohammed and the way it has evolved over time.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug talks with author Chang-rae Lee, who was named by The New Yorker Magazine as one of the 20 Best Writers Under 40. His latest book, Aloft, is set in the American suburb and re-examines the meaning of the American character. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Old roads are seen as the key to control of large areas of public land in Utah, roads that were authorized by a federal law that has long since been repealed. Mike Swenson of the Utah Shared Access Alliance and Heidi McIntosh of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance share opposing views on the legacy of RS 2477.
Salt Lake City, UT – Kids today have little hands-on contact with the natural world. Many learn in school about global warming and acid rain, but have never seen a bunny hop through the woods. Teresa Jordan talks to childhood development author Richard Louv about his new book "Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder."
Salt Lake City, UT – Fred Newman has created voices and sounds for movies including "Gremlins" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" He also tours with Garrison Keillor creating improvised sound effects for "A Prairie Home Companion." He joins RadioWest in the studio to share some secrets on making melodious, whimsical and sometimes rude sounds with your mouth. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug talks to with NPR's senior news analyst Cokie Roberts. Her new book, "Founding Mothers," looks at the stories of women who sacrificed and fought their own battles as part of the American Revolution. (Repeat)
Washington D.C. – Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch is leading efforts to make umbilical cord blood available to patients in desperate need. Stem cells from the blood can help fight Leukemia and other diseases. From our Capitol Hill Bureau, Terry Gildea has the story.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest, we'll explore the issues raised by the Salt Lake City Council's debate over restrictions on large homes in older neighborhoods. Is there an American compulsion to build larger and larger homes? Who defines the character of a neighborhood? Is this a property rights issue? We're joined by architect Andres Duany, Jim Burling of the Pacific Legal Foundation, Mother Jones editor Clara Jeffrey, and Salt Lake City Council Member Nancy Saxton.
Salt Lake City, UT – In his new book "Strength and Honor," author Richard Cote describes the life of Dolley Madison. It was a life lived not as an appendage to her husband President James Madison, but marked by her own extraordinary ability. Cote sees her as a true example of the difference between heroine and mere celebrity.
Salt Lake City, UT – Although children of divorced parents often vow to not repeat the same mistakes, research indicates that they face unfavorable odds. Doug Fabrizio talks to Dr. Nicholas Wolfinger, author of the new book "Understanding the Divorce Cycle: The Children of Divorce in their Own Marriages."
Salt Lake City, UT – Tom Hodgkinson argues that the Western addiction to work has resulted in a lot of ill health, debt and anxiety. In his book "How to Be Idle," he seeks to recover an alternative tradition - one that says not only is idleness good, but that it is essential for a pleasurable life. Hodgkinson joins Doug Fabrizio to make the case for doing less with your life.
Washington, DC – Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch says he has reassurances from the head of the energy committee that nuclear waste will be stored at Federal facilities, not private ones like Skull Valley. Laura Strickler reports from our Capitol Hill Bureau.
Salt Lake City, UT – According to state public health officials, Utah has the fourth highest rate of melanoma in the nation. It is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Melanoma is increasing by 3 percent a year, faster than any other cancer in the U-S. Skin cancer alone accounts for half of all cancers. If not detected and treated early, melanoma can kill. But even those who survive often live out their lives deeply affected and permanently disfigured. It is a quietly growing epidemic afflicting our region.
Salt Lake City, UT – Jennifer Jordan joins us to talk about her new book. "Savage Summit" tells the extraordinary stories of five women who summitted K2 on the Pakistan-China border. (Repeat)Purchase a CD of this program
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest takes a look at the Utah Arts Festival's offerings for 2005. Doug Fabrizio talks to artist Amelia Rudolph from Project Bandaloop, an Oakland Base dance troupe that performs on a vertical stage. He's also joined by Amy Caron, coordinator of the Fear No Film Festival, Phillip Bimstein of Blue Haiku, Melissa Bond from the Festival's "Big Mouth Cafe," and the recipient of the first nationally awarded Classical Composer Commission, David Dzubay.
Salt Lake City, UT – Summer's finally here, and with it a chance to catch up on your reading. Doug is joined by Betsy Burton of The King's English, Ken Sanders of Ken Sanders Rare Books and Catherine Weller and Janet Lund of Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore. They'll let you know what's on the must-read list for the season.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug Fabrizio talks to pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston about his book "Perfectly Legal." Johnston is trying to get average Americans to understand how their tax system is widening the gap between them and the super-rich. Both Democrats and Republicans have distorted the country's tax code so that the rank and file of the country are quite literally funneling money to the super rich through tax cuts.
Salt Lake City – In Utah, the elderly population is expected to grow by 143% over the next 25 years. KUER looks at efforts to cut costs and reform these two key programs so that more Utahns can feel secure about medical care in the future.
Salt Lake City, UT – About half of the health care in the United States is funded by government. Much of that comes through Medicare, the Federal health insurance program for the elderley and Medicaid, the health care program for the poor. Both programs are facing a financial crisis leaving many Americans wondering how they will pay for thier medical care when they get older.
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest looks at the forced resettlement of Bushmen to clear the way for diamond mining in Botswana. Doug is joined by journalists and activists Tom Price and Rupert Isaacson who have both written extensively on the issue.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug talks to Ken Verdoia about KUED's documentary "Shadow of Hope." The work looks at the world of undocumented immigration and the challenges and opportunities it creates. (Repeat)