Tuesday, we're talking about the life and career of one of Hollywood's biggest legends, John Wayne. Of course, any time you're talking Westerns, the landscape of Utah plays a role as well. Wayne starred in many movies filmed here like The Searchers, El Dorado and Rio Grande. Wayne was also in the St. George area in 1956 filming The Conqueror – downwind from nuclear weapons tests. Doug is joined by biographer Scott Eyman and BYU film historian James D'Arc to talk about The Duke on and off screen. (Rebroadcast)
According to journalist Brad Stone, Santa Claus and Amazon.com share a few things in common: they both know what you want for Christmas and they have armies of menial laborers working in remote warehouses to fulfill your desires. In his book "The Everything Store," Stone chronicles the rise of Amazon from a small-fry bookseller to the pinnacle of Internet retail. The story’s also about Jeff Bezos, the company’s innovative and demanding founder. Stone joins us to profile an online juggernaut that has changed the way we shop and read. (Rebroadcast)
Utah legend tells of caverns filled with caches of Spanish Gold hidden before the arrival of Escalante and Dominguez. Since then, there have been those who have hunted for lost treasure, and some even claimed to have found it. Friday, we're telling and hearing the tales of golden caches hidden in Utah's mountains and we'll see how they stack up to the academic history of our state’s past. (Rebroadcast)
With lost mines and the Three Nephites, grieving Indian maidens and a lake monster - Utah is full of legends. Whether they can be proven true or not, they're great stories and they teach us a lot about who we are. To celebrate Pioneer Day, Doug is joined by folklorist David Stanley and historian Will Bagley. From Bryce Canyon to Bear Lake, we'll talk about the state's best loved stories. (Rebroadcast)
Writer Gary Shteyngart’s parents hoped he would grow up to be a doctor, or maybe an accountant. When it became clear he would be neither of those things, his mother gave him a nickname: Failurchka, or Little Failure. In his new memoir, Shteyngart owns the name and tells the poignant and funny story of a Soviet family emigrating to the consumerist promised land. Wednesday, Shteyngart joins Doug to talk about growing up from an awkward, asthmatic and runny-nosed kid to a 40-something, balding Manhattanite with a memoir to write. (Rebroadcast)
If you stripped your life of "stuff" -- the toys, the electronics, the furniture, even the house -- what would be left? That's the question at the heart of "Everything That Remains," a memoir by "The Minimalists" Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. At an existential crossroads, they left behind their careers and compulsive consumption to figure out what really adds value to their lives. The Minimalists join Doug to talk about living more fully with less. (Rebroadcast)
How often has man looked up to the sky and wondered, can we really be alone? Aliens have been the stuff of science fiction, while scientists have generally held that life is unique to this planet. But recent breakthroughs have led to new ideas about the building blocks of life and increasingly sophisticated equipment is helping us explore beyond our world. Monday, Doug is joined by science writer Marc Kaufman for a conversation about astrobiology's search for extraterrestrial life. (Rebroadcast)
You may be one of the millions of people who’ve seen the viral video of Henry, an elderly man in a nursing home who popped out of the fog of dementia when he heard a cherished tune from his youth. That video is actually part of a larger documentary called Alive Inside that explores the healing power of music. It’s screening in Salt Lake City next week, so we're rebroadcasting our conversation with the film’s director, Michael Rossato-Bennett. We also spoke with social worker Dan Cohen, who’s trying to convince the world that music can enliven elderly people suffering from dementia and also help us provide them better care. (Rebroadcast)
In 1976, Gary Gilmore arrived in Utah after 13 years in prison. He fell in love, got a job, and then, that summer, robbed and murdered two Utah County men. He would later become the first man executed under America’s renewed capital punishment law. Thursday, we’re revisiting the saga surrounding Gilmore with guest Lawrence Schiller. He hired Norman Mailer to write the classic book The Executioner’s Song about Gilmore. Schiller also directed and produced the TV adaptation of the book, which is screening in Utah this week.
Wednesday, we’re discussing the legal allegations against former-Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow. Both were arrested Tuesday morning and charged with multiple felony counts. Shurtleff says the accusations against him are politically motivated and masterminded by Salt Lake County's District Attorney. Both he and Swallow maintain their innocence. A panel of journalists will join us to talk about the cases against Swallow and Shurtleff and to review the story leading up to their arrest.