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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.
||CleanHelping Children Succeed||A few years ago, Paul Tough wrote a book about new 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. H||7/27/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhy Men Fight||When a mixed martial arts studio moved in across the street from literary scholar Jonathan Gottschall’s office, the timing couldn’t have been better. Gottschall was in a mid-life crisis; he was out of shape and his academic career was stalling. So joi||7/26/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Mormon Struggle for Whiteness||Monday, we're joined by University of Utah professor Paul Reeve to talk about his book Religion of a Different Color. In it, he explores how America's Protestant white majority characterized Mormons as racial outsiders in the 19th century. Protestants||7/25/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Road Not Taken||“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood . . .” Those are the first words to Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken." One hundred years after their publication, Frost’s immortal lines remain unbelievably popular. The poem seems straightforward enough:||7/22/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanIslam's Shia-Sunni Split||Journalist Lesley Hazleton says that if you want to understand headlines from the Middle East today, you have to understand the story of Islam’s first civil war. When the prophet Muhammad died, factions in the young faith became embroiled in a successio||7/20/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Geography of Genius||Where does genius come from? Some people say geniuses are born, or that they’re made by thousands of hours of work. But what if genius is actually grown, like a plant? Travel writer Eric Weiner has scanned the globe and come to exactly that conclusion.||7/19/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||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||7/18/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMeet Me in Atlantis||Around 360 BC, the Greek philosopher Plato wrote about a marvelous city that disappeared millennia earlier. Atlantis is one of the world’s great unsolved mysteries, despite the efforts of scholars, amateur sleuths, psychics, and conspiracy theorists. Th||7/15/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Mormon Jesus||Did you know that in the 1850s some Mormons argued that Jesus was married and had children? Or that even today, there’s LDS theology around Jesus Christ that leads Evangelicals to say The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints isn’t really Christ||7/14/2016||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||7/13/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanTrump and Me||In 1996, New Yorker staff writer Mark Singer was assigned a profile of Manhattan businessman Donald Trump, and it wasn’t long before Singer realized this was no ordinary subject. The piece has been called one of the best pre-campaign portraits of Trump||7/12/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanChasing the Last Laugh||Monday, 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 c||7/11/2016||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||7/8/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Hidden Kennedy Daughter||Thursday, biographer Kate Clifford Larson is with us to talk about the life of Rosemary Kennedy. She was a sister of John F. Kennedy, a vivacious beauty, and also intellectually challenged. As the Kennedy family’s power grew, her parents were anxious to||7/7/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanRighting America at the Creation Museum||The Creation Museum in Kentucky aims to scientifically prove a literal reading of the Bible. There’s a replica of the Garden of Eden, a Natural Selection Room that argues against evolution, and this week, they’re opening a life-sized Noah’s Ark. But||7/6/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThrough the Lens: Don't Make Me Over||For the latest installment in our Through the Lens series, we’re trying something different and talking about an in-the-works documentary. Director Ellen Goosenberg-Kent is working on a film called Don’t Make Me Over about the life and career of fame||7/5/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanIntelligence in the Flesh||For years, science has told us that intelligence originates in the brain and that the body is just a vehicle to be controlled and piloted. But what if we’ve got it wrong? The cognitive scientist Guy Claxton thinks we do. The mind, he says, is more like||7/1/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||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||6/30/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanCoyote America||Wednesday 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 assau||6/29/2016||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!