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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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.

<i>Image by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/anitakhart/3677724838/">Anita Hart</a>/<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en" target="_blank">Creative Commons</a> via flickr</i>

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.

<i>Image by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosieobeirne/4090198486/">Rosie O'Beirne</a>/<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en" target="_blank">Creative Commons</a> via flickr</i>

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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