Utah Profiles

  Wednesday, Doug sits down with queer theorist Kathryn Bond Stockton. She’s Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity at the University of Utah. Once upon a time though, she was a born-again evangelical who later earned a degree from Yale Divinity School. She says people were shocked when she came to Utah in 1987, but Stockton was ready to be a “missionary to the missionaries.” She joins us to talk about the ways she expresses her evangelical spirit today in social and economic justice.

Poet Jacqueline Osherow was raised in Philadelphia, where she says Hebrew school instilled in her the idea that words really, really matter. She remembers listening to the Psalms, but it wasn’t until she came to Utah that she finally understood the passage, “I will lift my eyes to the mountains, where help will come.” Tuesday, the University of Utah professor of English and Creative Writing joins Doug to talk about poetry, Judaism, Italian art, and much more.

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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.

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.

The Bishop's Wife

Mar 4, 2015

Utah novelist Mette Ivie Harrison had already written YA novels and a memoir, but she was still trying to work through her thoughts about Mormonism, women’s roles, motherhood and grief. Her ideas eventually coalesced around a female detective in Draper, Utah. The result is a crime novel that’s been getting attention around the country. Wednesday, Harrison joins Doug to talk about the real stories that influenced the book, her faith, and her observations on Mormon culture.

Thursday, Doug’s guest is Utah author and artist Teresa Jordan. Jordan was searching for a project to get her writing muscles back in shape, when she learned about Benjamin Franklin’s project “of arriving at moral perfection.” His idea was to master a list of thirteen virtues. Jordan decided to try it herself (after throwing in a few vices), and blog about it. She’s now published a memoir of her “Year of Living Virtuously,” and we’ll talk about why neither she nor Franklin achieved perfection.

After nine years of fighting to keep his prostate cancer at bay, numerous treatments weren’t working for writer Jeff Metcalf. Doctors told him his days were numbered and with that scary forecast ringing in his ears, Metcalf started “cleaning the garage.” He sifted through old handwritten journals, collected his thoughts, and resolved to write one essay every week for a year. Metcalf joins us Wednesday to talk about those essays, his battle with cancer, and how writing has helped him “pay the piper.”

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Wednesday, we're remembering former University of Utah President Chase Peterson, who died Sunday at the age of 84. Dr. Peterson wrote a book he said was less memoir than it was stories of his "human and spiritual journey" from the American West to New England and home again. Chase Peterson was a scholar, a scientist, and a physician. Our conversation was about the moments that brought his life meaning. (Rebroadcast)

Paper Boy to Pulitzer

Aug 12, 2014

Tuesday our guest is former Deseret News editor John Hughes. His recently published memoir details his distinguished career as a journalist. Born under the German blitz of London, he witnessed the fall of colonial rule in Africa as a cub reporter. He went on to cover the Vietnam War, earn a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of governmental collapse in Indonesia, and edit publications across the country. Hughes has said he wrote a book because he thought he had a love story to tell, and it’s about journalism.

A Thousand Voices

Apr 10, 2014

Friday, Doug is joined by Utah author Jeri Parker for a conversation about her memoir "A Thousand Voices." Parker taught high school and university for many years, but Carlos Louis Salazar is the student she says haunted her dreams. He was 10 when she met him: wild-hearted, a bit of a hellion and without language. Salazar was born deaf, but Parker says he was the one who taught her to hear. We'll talk to her about the compassion she learned from the adventure, confusion and sorrow of his short life. [Rebroadcast]

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