Salt Lake City, Utah – Tuesday on RadioWest we're reconsidering the ideas of the economist John Maynard Keynes. Our guest is Keynes' preeminent biographer the British scholar Robert Skidelsky. Skidelsky says that Keynes has never been more relevant. He says the current crisis has brought to a head ideas that Keynes thought about all the time: how we explain human behavior and the role of moral judgments in economics. Here's Keynes in nutshell - inescapable uncertainty about the future.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Tuesday, the House admonished Rep Joe Wilson of South Carolina for his outburst during Obama's health care address to Congress. Perhaps not surprisingly, the resolution to censure him played out largely along party lines. Incivility seems to be a hallmark of our day - and the scholar Eric Uslaner says that while it's not the first time Americans have been at such odds - the conditions that helped to heal past divides just don't exist today. Wednesday, Uslaner joins Doug to explain.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah already bans texting while driving. Studies show talking on a cell phone, hands-free, is as risky as driving drunk at the point-0-8 level; for texting, the impairment level doubles. But now, federal legislation is pending to force all states to make texting while driving illegal. That has firms racing to build technology to help enforce that policy. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports on a new product created in Utah that's aimed at distracted teen drivers.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah is fast becoming a leader in confronting distracted driving. But it's a tough battle in a culture where cars have become work and entertainment centers. KUER's Jenny Brundin brings us a 2-part series examining the science, law, education and technology coming together - to stop the deadly practice of texting while driving.
Salt Lake City, UT – In January 2006, the small, rural community of Kanab, Utah became a center of controversy over marriage. The city council passed a unanimous resolution to define a family as "one man, one woman" and a "full quiver" of children. What they weren't ready for was the onslaught of media attention and the divisions it created in town. A new documentary called Natural Family Values is screening in Salt Lake City, and Doug talks with the filmmakers about what happens when democracy and theocracy clash.
Salt Lake City, UT – Funny how fried stuff is getting to be the symbol of state fairs everywhere, including here in Utah. Salt Lake Magazine Arts and Entertainment Editor Dan Nailen has a look at the Utah State Fair and other items on the entertainment calendar this weekend.
Salt Lake City, UT – When you think of Sir Isaac Newton - you probably imagine the physicist, mathematician and philosopher who changed the way man understood the physical universe. But after years of discovery, Newton moved to London and became the Warden of His Majesty's Mint. In his book, Thomas Levenson reveals another side of Isaac Newton - the genius that helped bring down a rising star of the 17th century underworld. Levenson joins Doug to talk about "Newton and the Counterfeiter." (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Have you ever felt guilt or fear or maybe even attraction and worried that it was written all over your face? For the psychologist Paul Ekman - it is. Ekman's career has been dedicated to studying how emotions are expressed - down to the microexpressions of a simple muscle twitch. Thursday on RadioWest, Paul Ekman joins Doug to talk about his latest book - co-authored with the Dalai Lama - on the nature and quality of our emotional lives.
Salt Lake City, UT – A storied public building in downtown Salt Lake City is getting a new life as the flagship jewelry store of the O.C. Tanner Company. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce toured the renovated structure and filed this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Journalist Richard Wolffe covered Barack Obama's historic presidential campaign from the announcement to the victory speech. In that time, Wolffe had a dozen intimate interviews with the candidate and it was Obama himself who suggested a book. "Renegade: the Making of a President" came out earlier this year, and in it, Wolffe sets out to answer a simple question: Who is Barack Obama? Richard Wolffe joins Doug to talk about the President and his journey to the White House. (Rebroadcast)