Latest Show

The Emperor of All Maladies

Cancer 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. His Pulitzer-prize winning book is now a PBS documentary premiering Monday. So, we’re rebroadcasting our conversation with Mukherjee about the disease he calls “The Emperor of All Maladies.” (Rebroadcast)
Read More

Thursday, we're wrapping up our coverage on US-Latin American relations with novelist Cristina Henriquez. Her latest book, The Book of Unknown Americans, is about immigrants who have come here from various Latin-American countries and have settled in one apartment building in Delaware. It's not the typical setting for immigrants maybe, but Henriquez says immigration is a story that's everywhere ... it's an American story. (Rebroadcast)

  For almost fifty years, the United States has maintained economic sanctions against Cuba. Little human, financial, or commercial traffic flows between the two countries, although much bad blood does. Recent political events suggest that might be changing. Wednesday, we're examining the tense history of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, and we'll focus on the embargo. Just how effective has it been? What was its original purpose? What has it achieved? And will America and Cuba ever get along?

Underwater Dreams

Feb 24, 2015

  Tuesday, we’re talking about the documentary film Underwater Dreams. It’s about a team of undocumented high school students that takes on MIT in a national underwater robotics competition. Their triumph is just the beginning of the story though. Because of poverty and immigration issues, the would-be engineers face overwhelming hurdles to a college education. Director Mary Mazzio joins us, along with the University of Utah’s Enrique Aleman, to talk about the challenges and the paths to success for Latino students.

Latinos in Utah

Feb 23, 2015

  Monday, we’re talking about history and change in Utah’s Latino community. There is a long presence of Mexican-Americans in the region: this was Mexico when the pioneers came into the valley after all. But the economic boom of the 1990s brought many immigrants into the state, and with it a diversity of people from Central and South America. As part of the Hinckley Institute of Politics’ Siciliano Forum on US-Latin American Relations, we’re asking what those changes mean for the Latino community and for Utah.

Sexual Fluidity

Feb 20, 2015
Photo by <a href="">Lil Wiz</a>, CC via Flickr

In a world that tends to separate people into defined groups, it’s not easy to be bisexual. Psychologist Lisa Diamond says the stereotype is that people who claim to be attracted to both sexes just haven’t come out yet. Of course, it’s much more complicated. In 2008, Diamond wrote a book about how flexible sexuality is for women. These days, she’s learning men are, as she puts it, “pretty darn sexually fluid, too.” Lisa Diamond joins Doug to talk about the spectrum of human sexuality. (Rebroadcast)

On Immunity

Feb 19, 2015
Peter Paul Rubens (1630/1635)

The recent outbreak of measles has turned up the heat in the debate about immunization. The writer Eula Biss delved deeply into that dispute when preparing for the birth of her first child. She wondered what vaccination would mean for her baby and the world at large. In her latest critically acclaimed book, Biss explores the fear of vaccines and the broader concept of immunity. She joins us Thursday to examine the tangled threads of anxiety, misconception, privilege, metaphor, and myths surrounding inoculation.

  Wednesday, we continue our series on local music with the band Great Interstate. It’s the brainchild of 22-year-old singer-songwriter Andrew Goldring, who started Great Interstate as a solo project to help him find his own creative path. Many of the tracks on the band’s debut record, “Inversion Songs,” draw inspiration from the Wasatch Front’s periods of crappy air, when you wonder if the smog will ever lift. But it’s not downer music. Goldring says the album is ultimately a cry of hope for fresh beginnings.

The Crucible

Feb 17, 2015
Alexander Weisman

Tuesday, we're profiling Pioneer Theatre Company's latest production, which director Charles Morey says may be the great American tragedy. But when Arthur Miller premiered his play about the Salem witch trials, he didn't realize he was, as he put it, writing himself into a political wilderness. It was the Cold War, and there was a witch-hunt for communists underway. Morey will join us, along with scholar Christopher Bigsby, to talk about the history of The Crucible and why it remains relevant today.

Missing Microbes

Feb 16, 2015

Your body is host to about 100 trillion bacterial cells that form your microbiome, the complex ecosystem of microorganisms on which your life depends. Today, our microbiomes are threatened by a loss of species diversity that could be our undoing. In a new book, Dr. Martin Blaser argues that our obsession with hygiene and overuse of antibiotics has bleached our microbiomes, making them weak and making us more susceptible to dangerous new diseases. He joins us to explore the dangers of our missing microbes. [Rebroadcast]

Along with the Rockefellers and Kennedys, the Kochs are among America's most influential dynasties. Fred Koch built a business empire and helped create the ultraconservative John Birch Society. When he died in 1967, his four sons waged war over their inheritance. But that legacy allowed controversial brothers Charles and David to become two of the world's wealthiest men and a powerful force in American politics. Friday, biographer Daniel Schulman joins Doug to talk about the dynamics that created the Koch family. [Rebroadcast]



Street Portraits: Ninth & Ninth

This week, we're beginning a series of street portraits that feature the style of people who live around here. We start at Ninth & Ninth with Utah filmmaker Scott Thornton.

Local Music Series

There's a young vibrant music scene in Utah. RadioWest brings some of the newest and best bands into the studio to talk about and to play their music live.

LDS Topics

Conversations on LDS faith, history and culture

About RadioWest

Listen weekdays at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. MT on KUER 90.1. Join us at 801-585-WEST or