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.
||CleanThe Nutcracker||The dance scholar Jennifer Fisher says that The Nutcracker, at least in North America, has become as "regular as clockwork." Some may find it cliche and for some it may be obligatory. But Fisher argues that Tchaikovsky's piece is one of the most powerful||12/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Conversation with Pierre-Richard Prosper||Salt Lake City resident Pierre-Richard Prosper is the son of Haitian immigrants, a former district attorney in Los Angeles at the height of the gang violence there, and he was the lead prosecutor in the first trial for genocide and rape as war crimes.||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCasanova||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||11/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmerican Heiress||Tuesday, 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 the||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Lion in the Living Room||Lions were once feared as the king of jungle. But their influence on the world and in nature now pales in comparison to the diminutive, purring, and demanding house cat. In a new book, the journalist Abigail Tucker, investigates the natural and cultural||11/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWould It Kill You to Stop Doing That?||Modern American manners leave much to be desired. People answer their cell phones in the middle of meals, they shush loudly in movie theaters and even clip their toenails on the train. Henry Alford wanted to learn a little more about 21st century||11/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Real Story of the Pilgrims||In a documentary for the PBS series American Experience, filmmaker Ric Burns tells the tale of a small group of extreme people whom history and myth record as the founders of a new nation. The Pilgrims faced countless challenges when they came to the New||11/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Lost Art of Natural Navigation||Nowadays, there are all kinds of devices to help us find our way through the world. But before all that stuff, before even cartography, humankind was navigating with nature as the guide. The adventurer Tristan Gooley is committed to recovering and||11/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Erotic Mormon Image||19th century Utah photographer Charles Ellis Johnson was a son-in-law of Brigham Young with access to the state’s elite. He trained his camera on the LDS Temple and leaders like the prophet Wilford Woodruff. So what should we make of his brisk mail-orde||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHelping Children Succeed||A few years ago, Paul Tough wrote a book about research showing that character traits like grit, self-control, and optimism are critical to a child’s success. Tough’s latest book builds on that research by explaining how to put it into practice. He ar||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Gene||Friday, the writer and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee is our guest. He’s written a book that tells the epic tale of our quest to unravel the human genome. It’s the story of a long lineage of scientists—from Mendel, to Darwin, Watson, Crick, and cou||11/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Debate Over the Electoral College||Last week’s presidential election marked the fifth time that there was a split on the popular and electoral college vote. Of course, it wasn’t the first time it’s happened in the early years of 21st century, and that’s got a lot of people are aski||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJustice Clarence Thomas and the Future of the Supreme Court||President-elect Donald Trump could potentially appoint enough Supreme Court justices to create a conservative majority unmatched in 80 years. Law professor RonNell Andersen Jones says that leaves Justice Clarence Thomas poised to be the “granddaddy of t||11/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOne Big Union||Tuesday, we’re talking about a new play that explores the trial and execution of labor activist Joe Hill. Playwright and legal scholar Debora Threedy says whether Hill was guilty or not, he didn’t get a fair trial. Her play looks at what went wrong, t||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Attention Merchants||Wherever you turn these days, commercials, sponsored social media, and other advertising efforts await your attention. The influential thinker Tim Wu says we have the “attention merchants” to thank for that. In a new book, Wu argues that the concerted||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTranscending Partisanship||In Donald Trump’s Presidential victory speech, he struck a tone that some found hard to believe after the vitriolic race. He called on Republicans, Democrats, and independents to “come together as one united people.” But if you’ve been on social m||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUtah and the 2016 Election||It’s finally arrived: November 9th, the day after Election Day 2016. Wednesday, we’ll examine all that happened in Utah during this tumultuous election cycle and ask where we go from here and what a Donald Trump presidency could mean for the Beehive S||11/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Empathy Matters||Tuesday, we're offering a mid-day reprieve from election coverage with a conversation about empathy. The philosopher Roman Krznaric suggests you forget the idea that it’s some fluffy, feel-good concept. Krznaric argues that empathy is radical and||11/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScience Vs||Monday, we’re offering a break from the political hubbub and talking about an awesome podcast called Science Vs. It’s created and hosted by the young Australian journalist Wendy Zukerman. In each episode, she pits a scientific fad against scientific f||11/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn Trails||In 2009, while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Robert Moor began to wonder about the paths beneath our feet. On every scale of life on earth, he says, trails form that “reduce an overwhelming array of choices to a single expeditious route.” But ho||11/4/2016||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!