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)
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.
Tuesday, December 7, 2004 – The Utah Department of Transportation has released a new Environmental Impact Statement for the Legacy Parkway project. The new proposal calls for a 14-mile freeway from central Davis County to northern Salt Lake County. A federal court stopped construction on the Legacy Highway three years ago, and the new EIS is intended to meet the court's objections. Critics of the plan have proposed their own alternative that focuses on transit development rather than building a new freeway.
Monday, December 6, 2004 – In 1986, nautical archaeologist Shelley Wachsmann excavated a fishing boat in the Sea of Galilee. Radio-carbon dated to about 15 B.C., the find is a unique look into life at the time of Christ. Wachsmann will be in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, December 7 at the Salt Lake City Public Libary at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 581-6927 or visit the Utah Museum of Natural Historyweb site.
Friday, December 3, 2004 – Dan Bammes and John Bird of Albion Financial will be joined by Jean Lown of Utah State University, attorney Joel Marker, and Steve Kroes of the Utah Foundation. The Utah Foundation recently published a report on bankruptcy in the state of Utah.
Tuesday, November 30, 2004 – Doug talks to Ken Verdoia about KUED's new documentary "Shadow of Hope." The work looks at the world of undocumented immigration and the challenges and opportunities it creates. "Shadow of Hope" premieres Tuesday, November 30th at 8:00 p.m. on Channel 7.
Monday, November 29, 2004 – Dan Bammes looks at Governor Olene Walker's tax reform proposals. His guests will be Professor Gary Cornia, a tax policy expert from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University and Utah State Representatives Pat Jones and Steve Mascaro.
Friday, November 26, 2004 – RadioWest features Part II of the Third Coast International Audio Festival from Public Radio International. The festival is is a celebration of the best feature and documentary work heard worldwide on the radio and the Internet.
Thursday, November 25, 2004 – RadioWest features the Third Coast International Audio Festival from Public Radio International. The festival is is a celebration of the best feature and documentary work heard worldwide on the radio and the Internet.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004 – Dr. Gene Jacobsen recounts his three-and-a-half year experience as a prisoner of war during World War II. Captured at the age of 20 in 1941, he survived the Bataan Death March and imprisonment in Japan and the Phillipines. Jacobsen was one of only sixty-five men of his Army Air Corps squadron to return home.
Tuesday, November 23 – Director Morgan Spurlock joins Doug to talk about the process of creating the film "Super Size Me." Spurlock lived on nothing but McDonald's while travelling the country to talk with experts on America's "ever-expanding girth." (Repeat)
Monday, November 22, 2004 – One World Cafe in Salt Lake City exemplifies business with a conscience. Owner Denise Cerreta has down away with menus and pricing, allowing customers to take as much as they can eat and pay what they feel it was worth. Doug talks to Cerreta about her business philosophy, and with "Faith and Fortune" author Marc Gunther.
Friday, November 19, 2004 – Jenny Brundin examines the phenomenon of "Peak Oil." How soon will we really run out of oil, what does it mean for an economy fuelled by oil and is there any resource waiting in the wings to replace it? Guests Paul Roberts, author of "End of Oil," and University of Utah Geoscientist Dr. Rasoul Sorkhabi join Jenny for the conversation.
Thursday, November 18, 2004 – Doug talks with Young Adult Author and Environmentalist Phillip Hoose about his book "The Race to Save the Lord God Bird." It's the story of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (last sighted in 1987) and of American economics, development and environmental law.