Thursday's Show

Jenny Mackenzie

The Opiate Generation

In a new documentary, filmmaker Jenny Mackenzie offers a deeply personal examination of the trials and extraordinary costs of opiate addiction. It’s about the lives of several young people struggling to get and stay clean. It’s about a family grieving the loss of their son to an overdose. And it’s about the doctors and therapists fighting to save lives. Mackenzie will join us to talk about her film and the harsh reality faced by a generation of young people struggling to survive America’s opioid crisis.

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Inside Scientology

Aug 2, 2011

Tuesday, we're talking about Scientology with the journalist Janet Reitman. To its adherents, Scientology is the "fastest growing religion in the world." Its critics though call it a "cult" and even a "mafia" pointing to the hundreds of thousands of dollars that believers can pay for salvation. Reitman spent five years investigating the group and joins us to discuss her book "Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion."

<i>Image by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/moneystudio/307417440/">Money Munni</a>/<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/deed.en" target="_blank">Creative Commons</a> via flickr</i>

Historian Naomi Oreskes says that while the U.S. scientific community has led the world in research on issues like public health and environmental science, there's also a small group of scientists that mislead the public with ideas based on political agendas rather than science. Oreskes has written a book that explores how this has skewed our understanding of climate change, tobacco and more. She joins Doug to talk about these "Merchants of Doubt." (Rebroadcast)

<i>Image by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ddpf/3582526331/">David Pereira</a>/<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en" target="_blank">Creative Commons</a> via flickr</i>

Breastfeeding is portrayed as the very essence of dedicated motherhood and a protection against all sorts of maladies, from obesity to allergies to even leukemia. Joan B. Wolf isn't buying it. She's not anti-breastfeeding, but she says medical research on the health benefits of breast-milk is inconclusive and the social pressures to breastfeed are often harmful to the mother. On Friday, Wolf joins Jennifer Napier-Pearce to challenge the idea that breast is best.

Thursday, we're talking about Judy Garland and one performance 50 years ago. We're joined by journalist James Kaplan, whose account of Garland's 1961 Carnegie Hall concert appeared in Vanity Fair. Kaplan says it was part morbid curiosity that packed the house that night. Garland's health and career had been destroyed by alcohol and pills and doctors told her she would never work again. But given the stage and the spotlight, Judy Garland solidified her place in entertainment legend.  (Rebroadcast)

In the next decade, cancer is projected to become the leading cause of death in the US. The disease was first mentioned in an ancient Egyptian scroll and through the modern era, its history is marked by the epic battles we've waged against it. Siddhartha Mukherjee is a cancer physician, and in trying to understand what his patients must endure, he turned a historical and literary eye on cancer. The result is his book The Emperor of All Maladies and he joins Doug to talk about it.  (Rebroadcast)

7/26/11: Annoying

Jul 26, 2011

In ANNOYING: The Science of What Bugs Us. NPR science correspondent Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman, multimedia editor for NPR's Science Friday, go on a scientific quest through psychology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and other disciplines to uncover the truth about being annoyed. Tuesday they join Doug to discuss what it is that makes the perfect recipe for being annoyed.

Utah Legends

Jul 25, 2011
Salt Lake City's <a href="http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM1CD1">Lone Cedar Tree Monument</a>

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. Monday, Doug talks to folklorist David Stanley and historian Will Bagley. From Bryce Canyon to Bear Lake, we'll talk about the state's best loved stories. (Rebroadcast)

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (kuer) - Journalist Christopher McDougall points out that there is only one other animal on the planet that wears shoes, and that's just because we "grab them by the legs and hammer them on." McDougall is the author of "Born to Run" and his book is at the center of the barefoot running trend. Wednesday, he joins us to explain why so many people are ditching their sneakers and reconnecting with the way he says our bodies were built to run. (Rebroadcast)

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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Friday's Show

The Hunt for D.B. Cooper

For more than four decades, one of America's most astonishing whodunits has gone unsolved. "D.B. Cooper" was on a flight from Portland to Seattle when he handed over a bomb threat. The airline gave him $200,000 and the hijacker parachuted from the plane, never to be seen again. Cooper evaded one of the most extensive manhunts of the 20th century and has become the stuff of legend. Investigative journalist Geoffrey Gray joins Doug to separate myth from fact in the case of D.B. Cooper. (Rebroadcast)

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