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RadioWest Podcasts



A radio conversation where people tell stories that explore the way the world works. Produced by KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City and hosted by Doug Fabrizio. Find archived episodes at http://radiowest.org



Last Build Date: Tue, 23 May 2017 17:01:57 +0000

 



A Conversation with Thomas Wirthlin McConkie

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000

Thomas Wirthlin McConkie is a descendent of two highly influential Mormon leaders. And yet, his close ties to the LDS Church didn’t insulate him from questioning his faith. He left the church as a teenager and found spiritual fulfillment in Zen Buddhism. After almost 20 years, he returned to Mormonism, and he wants to help others navigate their own faith crises. McConkie joins us Monday to discuss how the tools of developmental psychology can help guide us through faith transitions.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/radiowest/audio/2017/05/rw052217.mp3




Chasing the Last Laugh

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000

Friday, we’re telling the story of what author Richard Zacks calls Mark Twain’s “raucous and redemptive round-the-world comedy tour.” Twain was once America’s highest paid writer, but he was also a remarkably bad businessman. In 1895, with his career on the rocks and with what today would be millions in debt, Twain embarked on a 5-continent speaking tour he hoped would save him. Zacks joins Doug to talk about Twain’s wildly popular humor, his missteps, and what drove his quest for redemption. (Rebroadcast)


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/radiowest/audio/2017/05/rw051917.mp3




President Trump and US Intelligence Agencies

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000

Thursday, we’re talking about President Donald Trump’s relationship with the country’s intelligence agencies. Our guest is Tim Weiner, who has written books about the FBI, CIA, and President Richard Nixon. He warns that Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and his crusade to stop leaks have historical precedents in Nixon’s ultimately self-defeating actions. We’ll talk about that, and explore what Trump’s leak of classified information to Russia could mean for national security.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/radiowest/audio/2017/05/RW051817.mp3




Messy

Wed, 17 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000

In his new book, the journalist and economist Tim Harford makes an argument that’s a tough sell for a culture hooked on neatness, structure, and tidying up. Harford comes to the defense of messiness, of inconvenient situations, clutter, and difficulty. They’re not as bad as we might think, he says, and in story after story he shows how disorder can spur creativity, nurture resilience, and bring out our very best. Harford joins us Wednesday to explore the messy foundations that often underlie success.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/radiowest/audio/2017/05/rw051717.mp3




The First Love Story

Tue, 16 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000

Tuesday, we’re talking about the oldest relationship in the Christian world: Adam and Eve. The writer Bruce Feiler says the two don’t get the credit they deserve, and in a new book he aims to redeem them for a new generation. According to Feiler, the tale of Adam and Eve is a timeless myth that still has much to teach us. They confronted the ultimate human fear—loneliness—and defeated it with the ultimate human expression—love. Feiler joins us to explore the meaning of the first love story.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/radiowest/audio/2017/05/rw051617.mp3




Overdressed

Mon, 15 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000

Try to imagine 18 tons of clothes. It’s the image journalist and author Elizabeth Cline said surprised her the most while researching her book about the way Americans dress. That’s because that pile represented three-days of donations to one thrift store in one U.S. city. And what’s the impact of the cheap fashion we buy and toss on such a regular basis? Cline is coming to Utah, and Monday she joins Doug to explain what it means for our economy, our environment, and for our culture.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/radiowest/audio/2017/05/rw051517.mp3




Casanova

Fri, 12 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000

The name Casanova is synonymous with seduction and sexuality. And while biographer Laurence Bergreen says that Giacomo Casanova’s favorite place was a brothel, it might surprise you that his second favorite was a library. The 18th century Venetian was born in poverty. He was intent on working up the social ladder though and saw sex as both pleasure and a “weapon of class destruction.” Bergreen joins Doug to talk about Casanova’s writing and philosophy … as well as his 120+ lovers. (Rebroadcast)


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/radiowest/audio/2017/05/rw051217.mp3




Phenomena

Thu, 11 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000

If you’re a skeptic, you’re going to be outraged by the “scientific projects” conducted by the U.S. government into mind reading and other paranormal phenomena. For more than 40 years the government hired magicians and hypnotists to try to figure out what the enemy was up to. Investigative journalist Annie Jacobsen’s latest book tells the story of this top secret program, and Thursday, she joins us to explain what would make people spend so much time, energy, and money on such strange ideas.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/radiowest/audio/2017/05/rw051117.mp3




The Importance of Rest

Wed, 10 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000

Wednesday, we’re talking about the value of rest. Of taking a break. From everything. For most of us, overwork is the new normal and rest is an afterthought. But the scholar Alex Soojung-Kim Pang says that by dismissing the importance of rest in our lives we stifle our ability to think creatively and truly recharge. Pang will join us to explain how long walks, afternoon naps, vigorous exercise, and "deep play" stimulate creative work and sustain creative lives. (Rebroadcast)


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/radiowest/audio/2017/05/rw051017.mp3




Native Americans and Bears Ears

Tue, 09 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000

A coalition of five sovereign Native American tribes was instrumental in last year’s declaration of Bears Ears National Monument. Those tribes all lived in the region long before white settlers, and tribal members say they depend on the Bears Ears for food, shelter, healing, and spiritual sustenance. For them, the landscape is alive. It has a heartbeat. It’s a valued member of the family. Tuesday, we'll talk about how Native Americans think about and relate to Bears Ears.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/radiowest/audio/2017/05/rw050917.mp3




The Life and Legacy of Richard Nixon

Mon, 08 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000

“Few came so far, so fast, and so alone,” writes John Farrell in a new biography of President Richard Nixon. Nixon was an idealistic dreamer when he returned from World War II, and he quickly scaled the political ladder. After winning the presidency in 1969, he and his staff pursued progressive reforms and opened relations with China. But Nixon, says Farrell, had another, darker legacy: a divided and polarized America. Farrell joins us Monday to discuss Richard Nixon and the world he made.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/radiowest/audio/2017/05/rw050817.mp3




The Revenge of Analog

Fri, 05 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000

A funny thing happened on the way to digital utopia: we rekindled our love affairs with the very analog goods and ideas that tech gurus insisted we no longer needed. What once looked outdated—stuff like paper notebooks, LP records, and board games—is cool again, breathing new life into many businesses that deal in tangible things. The writer David Sax calls this trend the “Revenge of Analog.” In a new book, he explores the real things renaissance, and he’ll join us to talk about it. (Rebroadcast)


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/radiowest/audio/2017/05/rw050517.mp3




High Noon and the Hollywood Blacklist

Thu, 04 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000

The film High Noon was a hit when it debuted in 1952, and it remains a revered Hollywood classic. But the tale of a sheriff awaiting a showdown held deeper meaning for screenwriter Carl Foreman. For him, it was a political parable. Communist fear gripped the nation, and Foreman was called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities to answer for his past. Journalist Glenn Frankel has written a book about the making of High Noon and its high-stakes allegory. He joins us Thursday to talk about it.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/radiowest/audio/2017/05/rw050417.mp3




America's National Monuments Under Review

Wed, 03 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000

Last week, President Donald Trump ordered Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review the designation of every national monument declared via the Antiquities Act since January 1, 1996. The order is especially relevant to Utah. Grand Staircase-Escalante was the only monument proclaimed in ’96. And Secretary Zinke said he would in short order make a specific recommendation on the state’s new Bears Ears Monument. Wednesday, we’re asking what this review means for Utah. We’ll also discuss the history and future of the Antiquities Act.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/radiowest/audio/2017/05/rw050317.mp3




Through the Lens: Bending the Arc

Tue, 02 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000

Tuesday, we’re continuing our Through the Lens series with documentary director and editor Pedro Kos. His film Bending the Arc premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and it tells the story of doctors and activists on the front lines of a global health crisis. It profiles people like Paul Farmer who have to figure out how to heal patients with impossible afflictions in impossible conditions. We’re screening the film Wednesday night in partnership with the Utah Film Center.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/radiowest/audio/2017/05/rw050217.mp3




American Heiress

Mon, 01 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000

Monday, our guest is author Jeffrey Toobin , who’s written a book about the 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst. Hearst was 19 and heir to her family’s fortune when the “Symbionese Liberation Army” took her, and it soon seemed that she had adopted their incoherent, revolutionary cause. We’ll explore the controversy over Hearst’s involvement in their crimes, the atmosphere that gave birth to the SLA, and why Toobin says the story sheds light on a time when America was on the brink of a nervous breakdown. (Rebroadcast)


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/radiowest/audio/2017/05/rw050117.mp3




The Story of Pain

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000

What is pain? You know it when you feel it, but it’s almost impossible to properly describe. And it turns out, our idea of what that suffering is and means has changed significantly over the centuries. Friday, Doug’s guest is British historian Joanna Bourke, who has written a book that investigates “The Story of Pain.” We’ll explore how knowing the history of pain helps us acknowledge our own sorrows and the suffering of others. (Rebroadcast)


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/radiowest/audio/2017/05/rw042817.mp3




A Conversation with Sandra Cisneros

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000

Thursday, we’re broadcasting our conversation with Latina writer and activist Sandra Cisneros, who was in Utah as a guest of the Tanner Humanities Center. Her 1984 novel The House on Mango Street has become a staple of American literature, but Cisneros says that only the “right kind” of immigrant is welcome in this country. She was born in Chicago, but it’s taken her decades to find home. Cisneros joins us to talk about heritage, identity, and how stories can be a bridge between people.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/radiowest/audio/2017/04/rw042717.mp3




The Fight for Control of the Huntsman Cancer Institute

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000

Wednesday, we’re talking about a volatile dispute roiling the University of Utah. The school’s president, David Pershing, and University Health Care Director Vivian Lee last week dismissed Mary Beckerle from her position as CEO and director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. That brought the ire of John Huntsman Sr., the billionaire businessman who helped found the research center. He said Lee and Pershing should be removed from their posts for their actions. Beckerle has since been reinstated, but the story continues to play out.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/radiowest/audio/2017/04/rw042617.mp3




The Women Who Measured the Cosmos

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000

Tuesday, we’re talking about the 19 th -century women who measured the cosmos. Science journalist Dava Sobel is among our guests. Her latest book is about the women employed by Harvard Observatory to serve as “human computers.” They did calculations based on the observations of their male counterparts, but became astronomical pioneers in their own right. Pygmalion Theatre Company is staging a play based on the life of one of these remarkable women, which gives us an excuse to talk about them and discoveries.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/radiowest/audio/2017/04/rw042517.mp3