Salt Lake City, UT – This weekend, Keith Lockhart will conduct his last performance as Musical Director for the Utah Symphony. They'll perform Leonard Bernstein's Mass - created in 1971 to memorialize John F Kennedy. Thursday, we're talking about the work - which one conductor called "provocative and innovative to some, appalling to others." We're joined by Bernstein's daughter Jamie, stage director Michael Scarola and Lockhart for a look Bernstein's controversial masterpiece.
Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday we're profiling a short documentary film called "Kick Like a Girl." The plot line is pretty simple - it's the story of "The Might Cheetahs," a third-grade girl's soccer team in Salt Lake City which decides to compete in the boy's division. It premieres on HBO tomorrow, so we're rebroadcasting our conversation about gender roles, life lessons and winning and losing. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – There's something said for luck and being in the right place at the right time. Especially when it comes to recording natural sounds. For the Western Soundscapes radio series, Jeff Rice has this week's audio postcard from Big Cottonwood Canyon.
The Western Soundscapes radio series is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and is produced in cooperation with the Western Soundscape Archive at the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library.
Salt Lake City, UT – It's really just a special kind of dirt, but a chunk the size of a grapefruit can wipe out a city. The writer Tom Zoellner says that uranium has not only changed history, but that it's a window into the dark side of humanity: greed, arrogance and "a certain suicidal glee." Zoellner's latest book is a biography of sorts. He traveled 5 continents - from slave camps to war councils - to get to know uranium. He joins Doug for a look at the element that's shaped the modern world. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1942 the Japanese army forced about 70,000 US and Philippino prisoners of war to march some 80 miles across the Bataan Peninsula on the way to a prison camp. More than 10,000 died or were summarily executed along the way. Among the survivors was Gene Jacobsen - who published a book about the ordeal. Jacobsen joined us back in 2004 to share his story of three and a half years as a prisoner of war. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Do you have memories of your family road trip? You know - vying for territory in the back seat, driving through that huge tree in California. Today on RadioWest we're talking about the golden age of the family vacation. Historian Susan Sessions Rugh has written a book about it, a kind of cultural history. She joins us to talk about what we got from that experience, and what the decline of this ritual tells us about the changing patterns of family life. (Rebroadcast)
From left, Jeanette, and Gary R. Herbert stand with Mary Kaye and Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. at a news conference about the transition of the office of Governor on Monday, May 18, 2009 in Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City, UT – In the days since Governor Jon Huntsman announced he'll resign to become U.S. Ambassador to China, the spotlight has been on his lieutenant governor, Gary Herbert. At 62, Herbert is a native of American Fork, a former real estate broker who sat on the Utah County Commission for 14 years. He tells KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce, like many Utahns, he's a mainstream conservative.
Salt Lake City – Salt Lake magazine arts and entertainment editor Dan Nailen looks ahead to Lucero's upcoming show in Salt Lake, along with other entertainment choices in Salt Lake over the Memorial Day weekend.