By Elaine Clark
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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.
||CleanHow the Other Half Banks||In a new book, legal scholar Mehrsa Baradaran argues that America has two systems for personal banking. The rich have personal bank accounts at brick-and-mortar businesses, while the poor either don’t bank at all or rely on payday lenders and check||10/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGhostland||Monday, we’re taking a haunted tour of America with writer Colin Dickey. Don’t worry though, we won’t try to convince you that ghosts or the paranormal are necessarily real. Dickey’s new book explores the bigger cultural questions behind these tal||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrapped||Abortion may be legal in America, but conservative legislatures have been working for years to pass laws that restrict women’s access to it. Hundreds of those laws have been enacted this decade, and they’ve forced many abortion clinics to close their||10/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Perfect Horse||Thursday, the story of a daring rescue of horses caught up in the Third Reich’s vision for genetic supremacy. Horses still played a role in the military, and Hitler aimed to use stolen purebreds to create the ideal war horse. But with the stud farm unde||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Gardener and the Carpenter||The psychologist Alison Gopnik is worried about modern day parenting, including her own. It’s too much like being a carpenter, she says, where you shape chosen materials into a final, preconceived product. Kids don’t work like that. In a new book, Gop||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Hidden Brain||NPR’s Shankar Vedantam says that in some ways, human behavior is the ultimate frontier of science. After all, there’s a lot we don’t know about why behave the way we do. But if we can get a glimpse at the unconscious patterns that influence us, Veda||10/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEvan McMullin, Utah, and the 2016 Presidential Election||A recently released poll of Utah voters threw another wildcard into the already abnormal presidential election. The polls show that late-running independent candidate Evan McMullin has garnered a surprising amount of support here, putting him in the||10/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHooligan Sparrow||Friday, we're talking about a thrilling exploration of the power of protest and the efforts to contain it. Filmmaker Nanfu Wang will join us to talk about her documentary film Hooligan Sparrow, which follows the efforts of activist Ye Haiyan as she and||10/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFamilies and Open Adoption||There was a time when adoptions were a source of shame for a birth mother, and weren’t discussed in the adoptive family. But that slowly changed with birth control, a demographic shift in babies available for adoption, and the “adoption rights movemen||10/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Life of David Brower||David Brower is widely regarded as the father of the modern environmentalism movement. He served two decades as executive director of the Sierra Club and fought fiercely to defend wilderness and rivers in the American West. Supporters admired his passion,||10/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJulie Jensen's "Winter"||Tuesday, we’re talking about Utah playwright Julie Jensen’s Winter, premiering this week at Salt Lake Acting Company. It’s the story of a woman sinking into dementia and determined to end her life before she loses her dignity. Her husband isn’t re||10/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Controversy Over Three Cups of Tea||In his book Three Cups of Tea, mountaineer Greg Mortenson details his humanitarian efforts to build schools in Pakistan. His story brought him worldwide acclaim and sold lots of books. There’s just one problem, says the writer Jon Krakauer: Mortenson||10/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Sting of the Wild||Entomologist Justin O. Schmidt is on a mission. Some say it’s a brave exploration, others shake their heads in disbelief. His goal: to catalogue the painful effects of stinging insects on humans, mainly using himself as the gauge. Most people regard||10/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Liberals Win the Culture Wars||A few years ago, as the debate raged over the so-called Ground Zero Mosque, religion scholar Stephen Prothero watched and wondered what all the fuss was about. Hoping to better understand our current culture wars, he began researching similar clashes in||10/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChasing the Last Laugh||Wednesday, 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 hi||10/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGerontocracy and the Future of Mormonism||Of the major U.S. religions, the LDS Church is the only one whose top leader serves until he dies. That wasn’t an issue in the 19th century when medicine rarely prolonged life after a serious illness. But today, researcher Gregory Prince says that as||10/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Evolution of Fitness Culture||For years, Daniel Kunitz lived the life of the mind. His body though “became a trash depot.” Then he started running, which led to swimming, weightlifting, and eventually CrossFit. His health and his life steadily improved. Kunitz’s personal quest g||10/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn the Front Lines of Opioid Abuse||Friday, we’re following up on our conversation about opioid addiction in America with three people on the front lines of the epidemic right here in Utah. Huntsman Cancer Institute anesthesiologist Shane Brogan, treatment specialist David Felt, and DEA||9/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFewer Cars, More Bikes, Better Cities||Making it easy for people to get from Point A to Point B is a big concern in urban areas. Here in Utah most people simply drive. Urban designer Mikael Colville-Andersen wants that to change. He wants more people to bike and walk, not for their health,||9/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmerica's Opioid Epidemic||Each month, 24 people die from prescription drug overdoses in Utah, a statistic that makes us 4th in the nation for drug poisoning deaths. Here and across the country, opioid addiction is a problem that effects people from all walks of life. The||9/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Getting KUER while serving in Iraq
I was glad to see KUER FM 90 in the iTunes Store. Now staying up today in with the events in Utah is a bit easier, while I am Serving with the Utah National Guard, here in Iraq. SFC Glen W. Burr
One of the best podcasts
I came across this show after hearing about Kerry Jackson's undying love for Doug Fabrizio - and after listening, I can't see how anyone can't fall for the guy. This has quickly become one of my favorite podcasts. I also subscribe to some highly rated podcasts (NPR's Fresh Air, This American Life, etc.), and this show is definitely on par with them, and I highly encourage anyone who is a fan of those shows to give RadioWest a listen.
This show keeps me awake for long drives between Montana and Utah. Doug Fabrizio is a fantastic host who can make any topic fascinating. I've lived in Virginia, Washington, D.C., Wyoming, Utah, and Montana and this is the best radio show on any of the NPR stations I've listened to, hands down. I am so glad this is available as a podcast because where I live there is no broadcast NPR. Even though I download a ton of other podcasts, I hardly ever listen to them. Only this one. I don't know why I even keep the other ones on my list... Thanks Doug, KUER, and PRI!