Benjamin Bombard

Producer

A Salt Lake native, Benjamin Bombard served numerous internships in the KUER newsroom before becoming a producer of RadioWest. He aspired to the position for years, and in his sometimes wayward pursuit of it he has worked as a print and radio journalist in Utah, Wyoming, and California, a horse wrangler, golf course “bag rat,” dishwasher, janitor, bookseller, children’s museum guide, barista, linecook, and a male nanny or “manny.” He has dished up gelato to Mafiosos in Rhode Island, and worked as a volunteer for a health NGO in Mali, West Africa, where he politely declined an offer to act as a blood-diamond mule. He values holistic personal fitness and good, honest food. Most of his free time is spent writing, reading, preparing for hunting season, hunting when it's hunting season, and otherwise pursuing an overabundance of diverse interests and passions.

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Ways to Connect

Words on the Move

Jul 14, 2017
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If you’re worried that the word “literally” now means “figuratively,” or if you fret that acronyms are replacing actual words, today’s show will do one of two things: make you pull out your hair, or it’ll change your mind. The linguist John McWhorter says that changes to the English language are nothing new. Language, he says, isn’t some static thing that just is, “it’s actually something always becoming.” McWhorter will join us to discuss how languages evolve and why we should embrace the changes. (Rebroadcast)

  Two years ago, a wildfire ignited near a small town in central Arizona. The 20 elite firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were sent to fight the blaze. Only one of them survived. Not since 9/11 had so many firefighters been killed in the line of duty. Friday, the journalist Kyle Dickman joins us to talk about his new book that tells the story of the Granite Mountain crew and the tragic Yarnell Hill Fire they died trying to put out. It’s also a window into the intense world of wildland firefighting.

Truck Food

Jun 22, 2012
Lou Weinert

Monday, guest host Benjamin Bombard is joined by food writer and cultural historian John T. Edge for a look at the burgeoning food truck scene in the U.S. It's a cuisine Edge calls "the culinary equivalent of the Great American Novel." Chefs are creating adventurous foods on city streets where diners can get a great meal without a dress code or exorbitant prices. John T. Edge is coming to Utah as a guest of Weller Book Works and he'll take us on a tour of America's best restaurants on wheels.