Profiles

At the center of author Richard Rubin’s latest book, The Last of the Doughboys, are several dozen extraordinary individuals, all more than a century old, all now passed away. They were the final survivors of the millions who made up the American forces that fought in World War I, 19th-century men and women living in the 21st century. Rubin’s book chronicles their remarkable stories and he joins us to to relate how the forgotten war and its forgotten veterans created the modern world. (Rebroadcast)

Friday, we’re talking about the disputed practice of channeling. Over the years there have been writers who attributed the books they had written not to themselves, but to disembodied spirits. It’s a practice that’s mostly been debunked, but there are those who swear by it. Doug is joined by a man who has created quite a following and a stir with a book he says he has channeled. The day before Halloween seems a fitting time to talk to Dr. Arlen Childs about Otherwhere.

New York Doll

Oct 23, 2015

Friday, we’re telling the story of Arthur “Killer” Kane. In the 1970s, Kane was the bass player for the influential glam-punk band The New York Dolls. Thirty years after the band breaks up, filmmaker Greg Whitely finds Kane in the Mormon Church’s Family History Library. He’s quit drugs, found God, and has a dream of getting the band back together. It’s the 10th anniversary of the film, and it’s screening in Provo. We’ll check in with Whitely and rebroadcast our conversation about his extraordinary documentary.

Downwind

Oct 15, 2015

Thursday, we’re talking about the effects of nuclear weapons on people who lived near uranium mines and downwind from testing sites during and after the Cold War. Historian Sarah Alisabeth Fox says that all wars happen where people live, grow their food and raise their children. So to understand what happened, she talked to ranchers, farmers, and housewives who suffered from cancer and economic ruin. Fox is coming to Utah, and joins Doug to talk about “A People’s History of the Nuclear West.”

KUED

Thursday, our guest is local attorney Ron Yengich. He’s argued before the bench as a defense lawyer for four decades and the Utah State Bar recently named him lawyer of the year. Yengich is a devout Catholic and he traces his journey into law to his religious upbringing and parochial education—and then there was that one time he got arrested. He’ll share with Doug his stories of a career defending people society is quick to cast aside. He’s also a huge baseball fan, so we’ll talk about that, too.

Pope Francis

Sep 21, 2015

This week, Pope Francis arrives for his first visit to the US, so Monday, we’re talking to religion writer and biographer Paul Vallely. He says conservative and liberal Catholics try to claim the Pope as their own. Francis opposes divorce, but has made the path to annulment easier. He advocates equal pay for women, but won’t allow them to be clergy. We’ll talk about the Pope’s complicated past and why Vallely says that behind the icon of simplicity stands a steely and sophisticated politician.

Wednesday, our guest is David Bigler, a “revisionist historian” of the 19th century Utah and Mormon story. For nearly 50 years, Bigler has been a prolific writer and iconoclast, bringing insight to controversial events like the Mountain Meadows Massacre and the Utah War. David Bigler and editor Will Bagley join Doug to talk about what we learn from clear-eyed history and an openness to “revision” as new sources are uncovered. They’ll also tell us a few good stories from Utah’s past.

Walt Disney

Sep 14, 2015
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Monday, we’re examining the life and legacy of one of America’s most influential storytellers, Walt Disney. Not only did he elevate animation to a cinematic art form, he also invented the theme park and established a media and marketing empire. But despite his achievements, Disney was a polarizing figure in his day, and he remains so nearly 50 years after his death. The PBS series American Experience has produced an extensive documentary about Disney and we’ll talk about it with director Sarah Colt.

Wednesday, Doug’s guest is Ardean Watts, who served as associate conductor of the Utah Symphony and is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Utah. Watts says that if there’s one unifying theme in his life though, it’s that he’s a generalist who is interested in everything. So, we’ll ask him to tell us stories from his distinguished music career, but we’ll also talk about his LDS background, raising a family of 8 kids, Chinese philosophy, mushroom hunting and more.

Prophet's Prey

Sep 7, 2015

Monday, Doug talks with director Amy Berg about her film Prophet’s Prey. It’s an exposé of the rise and fall of Warren Jeffs, the self-declared prophet of the FLDS Church. The film recounts the dogged efforts of numerous people—including the writer Jon Krakauer, and Sam Brower, a private investigator—to shed light on Jeffs’ incredibly secretive polygamous community and ultimately bring the man to justice. (Rebroadcast)

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