By Doug Fabrizio
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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.
||CleanSebastian Junger on Conflict and Coming Together||The journalist Sebastian Junger has noticed that for many veterans, and even some civilians, war feels better than peace, and he has a theory about why that might be. War, he says, compels us to band together and support one another in pursuit of a clear||1/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Economic Value of Public Land||Friday we’re asking whether the Outdoor Retailer Trade Show would leave Salt Lake City because of the public land agenda of state lawmakers. Peter Metcalf, the founder of the outdoor company Black Diamond, says the trade show should consider leaving if||1/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThrough the Lens: Tower||On August, 1, 1966, a lone gunman opened fire from the top floor of a tower at the University of Texas at Austin. It was America’s first mass school shooting, and civilians and law enforcement on the ground struggled to respond. When the gunshots were||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAugust Wilson and Fences||Wednesday, we’re talking about August Wilson, one of the great American playwrights … period. That doesn’t need the qualifier that he was a black playwright. But his plays were about the black experience in this country, and one of his masterpieces||1/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Gunning of America||Historian Pamela Haag says there’s a mythology around American gun culture. The conventional wisdom is that since the Revolutionary War we’ve had some primal bond with our firearms. But Haag argues that our guns were once just another tool of everyday||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Conversation with Laurel Thatcher Ulrich||Historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich grew up in Sugar City, Idaho, and in the late 50s, she figured she would just “get married and have children.” So it may surprise you to hear that she coined the phrase “well-behaved women seldom make history.” Ulr||1/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSalt Lake City's Plan to Fight Homelessness||When Salt Lake City officials announced the proposed sites of four future homeless shelters, opposition from the public was swift and fierce. The new shelters are meant to help people get off the street, while also reducing crime and stress downtown. But||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Science of Fat||Body fat is a source of shame for many people, something to be hidden, fought, and burned away. But fat, says the biochemist Sylvia Tara, isn’t just unsightly blubber, it’s an essential and deeply misunderstood organ that’s vital to our existence. I||1/4/2017||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||1/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPinpoint||Even if you didn’t use GPS to find your way around town today, there’s every chance it touched your life. The Global Positioning System is now integrated into almost every part of modern existence. It helps land planes, route cell phone calls, predict||1/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Eloquence Works||We all know eloquence when we hear it. The skillful delivery of language delights us, captivates us, persuades and moves us. Most importantly, says the linguist David Crystal, speakers and listeners alike enjoy eloquent speech. Crystal has dissected the||12/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Curious Science of Humans at War||When you think about military science, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Bombs and guns, right? Well, that’s not what interests the writer Mary Roach, who has a habit of seeking out eccentric scientific corners. She’s not so much curious ab||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Life and Art of Hieronymus Bosch||If you’ve ever seen paintings by the Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch, such as The Garden of Earthly Delights , you’ve probably wondered what they mean and what kind of person could have imagined such fanciful scenes. Problem is, we know very little abou||12/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCoyote America||Monday, we’re talking about a homegrown American success: coyotes. The country has been at war with the iconic species since white settlers first reached the heartland plains. But coyotes, according to biologist Dan Flores, not only survived our assault||12/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Christmas Carol||In the fall of 1843, Charles Dickens was in something of a mid-life crisis. His marriage was troubled, his career tottering, his finances on the verge of collapse. He even considered giving up writing. He didn’t, of course. Instead, he wrote his most||12/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmerican Utopianism||What should the future look like? That’s the question posed by ambitious, sometimes delusional Americans in the early 1800s who dedicated themselves to creating new ways of living. You had Mother Ann Lee’s Shakers; the Oneida community in New York; Ne||12/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Last Crossing of the Lusitania||When it set sail from New York on May 1, 1915, the Lusitania bore a full manifest of passengers and the ingenuity and hubris of its era. It was immense and luxurious, the fastest civilian ship in service. It was also under threat. The Germans declared||12/21/2016||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,||12/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmerican Eugenics||Journalist Adam Cohen has said if you want to learn about an institution, you look at where it’s gone wrong. For Cohen, Buck v Bell is a moment when the US Supreme Court went terribly wrong. Its 1927 decision upheld eugenics laws, and led to the forced||12/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeing a Beast||Charles Foster wanted to know what it was like to be a beast. What it was really like. So he tried it out. He slept in a dirt hole and ate earthworms like a badger. He chased shrimp like an otter. He spent hours rooting in trash cans like an urban fox. A||12/16/2016||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!