Salt Lake City, UT – Pacific Islanders are one of Utah's fastest growing ethnic groups. But coming to the state, many Polynesian youth find themselves searching for identity in Mormon country. That search often leads to gangs -- and to ward houses -- simultaneously. Journalist Tim Sullivan and photographer JT Thomas explored the issues in the High Country News article, "The Gangs of Zion." Along with Metro Gang Unit officer Cliff Chase, they'll join Doug Fabrizio to talk about the seemingly unstoppable cycle of violence.
Salt Lake City, UT – Karen Spears Zacharias faced an important question when her daughters hit puberty. How do you raise self-confident, well adjusted and flat-chested girls in a society obsessed with body image? They all survived the experience, and are traveling the country to collect women's stories about their breasts. RadioWest looks at the national craze to create the perfect body, and asks how to find joy in what nature gave us.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug Fabrizio talks to journalist David Samuels. Samuels is the author of "Buried Suns: The Past and Possible Future of America's Nuclear-Testing Program," which appeared in Harper's Magazine.
Salt Lake City, UT – KUER's Dan Bammes hosts another edition of Your Personal Economy, talking about how we use technology to manage our finances. John Bird from the Albion Financial Group will join him, along with personal finance reporter Chris Farrell from the public radio program Marketplace and Leslie Hansen, a regular user of personal finance software.
Salt Lake City, UT – In "Field Notes on the Compassionate Life," author Marc Ian Barasch explores the nature of compassion, what he calls "the x-factor that every faith exalts as a supreme virtue." RadioWest talks to Barasch about the fieldwork that took him to kitchen tables, maximum security prisons, political organizations and medical conferences.
Salt Lake City, UT – The sixtieth anniversary of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima brought dozens of Utahns and community groups together last night. The gathering inspired community discussion, activism and song. KUER's Tasha Cook was at the Salt Lake City Library event and has this report:
Salt Lake City, UT – On Friday, the NCAA announced that universities using Native American nicknames and mascots would not be eligible to host championship tournaments after next February. The University of Utah has long had permission from the Ute tribe to use the name for its athletic teams. RadioWest looks at what this means for Utah's Runnin' Utes, and at the debate that precipitated the NCAA's ruling.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah legend tells of caverns filled with caches of Spanish Gold hidden before the arrival of Escalante and Dominguez. Since then, there have been those who have hunted for and those who have even claimed to have found these lost treasures. RadioWest explores what the oral histories tell us and how those stack up to the academic view of our state's past.