Friday's Show

Cooking with the Elements

Fire, water, air, and earth – these are the classical elements of cooking. According to food journalist Michael Pollan, they help us transform stuff from the natural world into delicious food and drink. But increasingly, cooking isn't done in the home; it’s done by corporations and restaurants, and that’s disconnecting us from the very idea of food and how we eat it. Pollan joins us Friday to talk about his book Cooked , and to explore how this trend affects our planet, our culture, our food, and our health. (Rebroadcast)

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7/22/11: Richard III

Jul 22, 2011
Photo by Karl Hugh / Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2011

Friday, we're broadcasting from Cedar City, where Utah Shakespeare Festival is celebrating it's 50th anniversary. We'll talk to Artistic Directors Brian Vaughn and David Ivers about their vision for the Festival. We'll also explore Shakespeare's complicated character Richard III and ask how he measures against the history's assessment of the last Plantagenet king.

Photo by Karl Hugh. / Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2011

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (kuer) - Thursday on RadioWest, we're live from the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City. The festival is of course known for performing the works of the bard, but they also stage contemporary plays. This year, the season includes Tennessee Williams' 1944 classic The Glass Menagerie. 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Williams' birth, and we're taking the opportunity to talk about his life, his plays and his enduring characters.

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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (kuer) - Criminologist and former cop Peter Moskos says America's prisons are broken, overcrowded, unsafe places that rehabilitate no one and impose tremendous personal, social and economic costs. So he suggests a radical alternative: flogging. On Tuesday, Moskos joins Jennifer Napier-Pearce to argue why corporal punishment is a more humane option for justice.

<i>Image by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/adisetiawan/2332993278/">Adi Setiawan</a>/<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en" target="_blank">Creative Commons</a> via flickr</i>

Even as society contemplates the dangers of video games, neuroscientists and psychologists are using virtual reality therapy to treat a whole host of conditions. From post-traumatic stress disorder to burn treatment to stroke, researchers and practitioners are finding that virtual reality can ease pain, both physical and psychological. On Friday, Jennifer Napier-Pearce explores how therapeutic simulations are empowering both doctors and patients.

When 20-year-old Everett Ruess vanished in the Utah desert in 1934, he left behind a mystery that has puzzled historians and adventurers ever since. In 2009, writer David Roberts made headlines when he announced he had found Ruess' body while on assignment for National Geographic Adventure. Further DNA tests disproved the theory though and Ruess was lost again. Roberts has written a new book and he joins us to talk about the Everett Ruess he did find in the young man's writing, art and legend.

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Tuesday, we're talking about Bach's Cello Suites and the incredible story of how musician Pablo Casals discovered the almost-unknown compositions in a second-hand store. Our guest is the journalist Eric Siblin, a one-time pop music critic who was "struck by musical lightening" when he first heard the Suites in concert. Siblin set out to write a history of The Suites and soon discovered three centuries of politics, intrigue and passion.

7/11/11: Cool Comfort

Jul 11, 2011
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The temperature is starting to climb and if you haven't already, chances are good you'll be turning on your air conditioner soon. Besides making us more comfortable, that blast of cool air is also responsible for much of the way we live our lives. Air conditioning changed the way we work, the way we commute, even the way we interact with our neighbors. Monday, we're talking about the history of air conditioning and about how environmental and energy issues are changing the way we keep our cool.

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It's an unpaid, taxing and often thankless job. And it's being performed in nearly one-third of American households: Someone is giving round-the-clock care for an elderly parent or a chronically ill spouse. Author Gail Sheehy has been there and on Friday, she joins Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about the challenges, fears and rewards of caregiving.

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Monday's Show

from "The Zookeeper's Wife," Focus Features

The Zookeeper's Wife

Monday, the acclaimed naturalist and writer Diane Ackerman talks about the story she uncovered of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, a zookeeper and his wife. The couple ran the Warsaw Zoo during the brutal Nazi occupation of World War II, and they were able to save more than 300 people destined to be exterminated by the Nazis. Ackerman’s book has been made into a film, so we’re rebroadcasting our conversation with her about the role of nature in kindness and savagery. (Rebroadcast)

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