Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy hasn't paid his grazing fees in 20 years, and supporters see it as an act of civil disobedience protesting BLM policy and federal ownership of the land where he grazes cattle. But when agents arrived to impound his herd earlier this month, Bundy answered with 1,000 protestors – including armed militia from around the country. Wednesday, we're talking about the standoff: who was there, why they showed up, and what it means for the ongoing debate over public lands in the West.
Tuesday, Doug is joined in studio by the writer Walter Kirn, whose latest book is the story of his friendship with a man he knew as Clark Rockefeller. Kirn found him charming, intelligent, if a bit eccentric, and he enjoyed rubbing elbows with someone well-off and upper-class. But it was a ruse, and the man was eventually exposed as a fraud, a sociopath and a murderer. So how was Walter Kirn so handily duped? "Rockefeller" himself explained it this way: vanity, vanity, vanity.
In October, the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News renegotiated terms of the joint operating agreement that has helped both papers weather tough times, together, for more than 60 years. The U.S. Department of Justice recently confirmed it is investigating that deal and looking into claims that the agreement may weaken the Tribune and ultimately lead to its demise. Monday, we’re examining what’s at stake in this controversy, who’s behind it, and how it could alter Utah’s media landscape.
Friday, we’re examining the recent oral arguments in the ongoing court battle over same-sex marriage in Utah. As the case of Kitchen v. Herbert moves through the judicial process, the legal arguments coming from the plaintiffs and defendants have evolved, and judges on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals had tough questions for both sides. We’ll pick the arguments apart with the help of a panel of legal experts and try to figure out what will happen with the case in the coming weeks and months.
In November 1942, a U.S. cargo plane on a routine mission crashed into a Greenland glacier. A B-17 bomber was sent to rescue the downed plane’s five survivors, and it crashed too, stranding nine more men on a boundless ice field. A final rescue plane was dispatched, and it disappeared in a blizzard. Author Mitchell Zuckoff recounts how the nine men aboard the B-17 managed to survive for months in the frozen arctic. He joins Doug to share that epic story and tell of the modern-day expedition to recover the crash’s remains. (Rebroadcast)
In the story Dr. Robert Lustig tells about the health pandemics facing many Americans, sugar is the central villain. Lustig contends that sugar, specifically fructose sugar, is a poison that distorts our biological chemistry, and its making us very sick. If we accept that idea, what do we make of the fact that Americans consume 65 pounds of high fructose corn syrup in a year, on top of a lot of refined sugar? Dr. Lustig joins us Wednesday to explore the bitter truth about sugar.
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. They're in Utah and join Doug on Tuesday to talk about living more fully with less.
The journalist Scott Stossel suffers from anxiety so intense it can render him nauseous—which is a problem given his extreme fear of vomiting. Between acute anxiety attacks, Stossel’s mind constantly buzzes with worry about his health, about finances, work, the dripping sound in his basement, about everything and nothing. In a new book, Stossel serves as an expert guide to the culture and history of anxiety disorder. He joins us Monday to explain what anxiety is, where it comes from and how choice and freedom rewire our brains to make us increasingly anxious. [Rebroadcast]
Friday, Doug is joined by Utah author Jeri Parker for a conversation about her memoir "A Thousand Voices." Parker taught high school and university for many years, but Carlos Louis Salazar is the student she says haunted her dreams. He was 10 when she met him: wild-hearted, a bit of a hellion and without language. Salazar was born deaf, but Parker says he was the one who taught her to hear. We'll talk to her about the compassion she learned from the adventure, confusion and sorrow of his short life. [Rebroadcast]
Journalist David Halberstam says when the government is twisting the truth, reporters have their biggest role to play. The new film DATELINE – SAIGON explores that idea through the work of Halberstam and other young reporters who in the early days of the Vietnam War, found themselves at odds with the Kennedy White House, and on a South Vietnamese assassination list. Thursday, director Thomas Herman joins Doug to talk about the journalists who set the standard for front-line war reporting.