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As KUER wraps up its spring fund drive on Friday, we're presenting a selection of clips from RadioWest that illustrate some of the different kinds of shows we like to tackle on a regular basis. We’ve got an interview with controversial Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, a pick from our series featuring local bands, a selection from one of our favorite films at Sundance this year, and a discussion about not-so-distinct dialect of native Utahns. We hope you’ll joins us.
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Esteemed painter Randall Lake traveled to Europe to hone his art and it was in France that he discovered Mormonism. He eventually settled in Utah, which has been his home since 1973. Over time, his paintings have reflected Lake's own journey -- from traditional landscapes as a dedicated Mormon to more daring works as an openly gay man. Lake has a new exhibit opening next week in Salt Lake City, so we're rebroadcasting our conversation about his life and art. (Rebroadcast)

Last Days in Vietnam

Apr 15, 2015

In the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, a skeleton crew of U.S. military operatives was all that stood between the vindictive Viet Cong and South Vietnamese allies who had aided American forces. With the clock ticking, a number of heroic Americans took matters into their own hands. They saved as many South Vietnamese lives as they possibly could. It’s a little-known story of honor and tragedy chronicled in filmmaker Rory Kennedy’s latest documentary. She joins us Wednesday to talk about it.

Pilot Program

Apr 14, 2015

It was a late-night, philosophical conversation that got playwright Melissa Leilani Larson thinking about polygamy. Larson is a member of the LDS Church, where polygamy is an awkward, historic fact. And Larson is single, so it comes up sometimes when people suggest she could marry in the hereafter. Larson’s not interested, but she says “no” doesn’t make good drama. So what if polygamy were restored in Mormonism? Tuesday, Larson and others join Doug to talk about her new play Pilot Program.

In an online video, biomechanist Katy Bowman guides a tour of her home. It’s a lot of the usual stuff, but what’s missing is all the furniture. Katy and her family don’t have a couch or recliners or even chairs at the kitchen table. That’s so they have every possible opportunity for physical movement, which is a central idea of Bowman’s philosophy. She wants people to improve their health and their well being by exercising less and moving more and better. She joins us Monday to explain how and why.

In C

Apr 10, 2015

In 1964, composer Terry Riley crafted "In C" and singlehandedly changed the rules of classical music. The score is only one page long and it lays out 53 phrases for musicians to explore independently, making each performance unique. We talked about “In C” in 2010 with Salt Lake Electric Ensemble, who released a recording of the piece. They’re performing Riley’s masterpiece this weekend as part of a collaboration with a Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, so Friday we're rebroadcasting our conversation about “In C.” [Rebroadcast]

Thursday, Doug’s guest is author and mountaineer David Roberts. Roberts first wrote about the prehistoric people of the American Southwest 20 years ago. He says that when he finishes a book, he generally leaves the topic for the next project. But he could never get the “Old Ones” out of his head. So he continued to explore remote canyons and precarious cliffs to find the remains of their lives. Roberts’ new book chronicles his journeys and what he’s learned about “The Lost World of the Old Ones.”

Nature Needs Half

Apr 8, 2015

For centuries, humans have used technology to alter the planet, with dramatic consequences for the environment. Some think technology can also be used to manage our way out of these problems. It’s an approach that places humans at the center of everything. But conservationist Harvey Locke builds his work around a different idea: we do not control the world; we are part of it. Locke advocates a "wiser" relationship with nature, and Wednesday, he joins Doug in studio to talk about his goal to conserve half the world’s land and water.

We continue our Through the Lens film series with a look at renowned director Jean-Luc Godard. Godard was part of the French New Wave movement of the 1960s. Now in his 80s, he’s still experimenting with the form. Film scholar David Sterritt says Godard’s most recent work is an astonishing audio-visual experience. There’s sort of story, but the adventure is the collage of language and images - including layers created in 3D. Sterritt joins us Tuesday to talk about Godard and Goodbye to Language.

There have always been questions about the role of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah politics. Many say the Church’s influence is indirect, but former state lawmaker Carl Wimmer is questioning whether Church lobbyists on Capitol Hill go too far. Last month, he wrote that he was bullied when his stance on immigration diverged from his then Church’s position. Monday, we’re asking Wimmer and others how lawmakers decide whether to vote with their politics or with their faith.

Going Clear

Apr 3, 2015

Friday, we’re rebroadcasting our conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright. His investigation into the Church of Scientology is the basis for a new documentary airing on HBO. Wright’s book is more than an expose of the inner workings of Scientology. Wright was interested in a “process of belief” … what makes it so alluring and how rational people can come to believe fantastic things. The book is called Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief.



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Brothers Joseph, Zach and Ben share a common attribute: they’re all deaf. But their shared experience demonstrates a way to listen when no audible sound can be heard.

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LDS Topics

Conversations on LDS faith, history and culture

Local Music Series

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