Utah Profiles

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]

Monday, Doug's guest is activist Elizabeth Smart. Smart became a household name in 2002 when the then-fourteen-year-old was kidnapped from her Salt Lake City home by self-styled prophet Brian David Mitchell and his wife. Smart endured abuse and deprivation until her remarkable rescue nine months later, and has since transformed herself from victim to advocate for children's safety. Elizabeth Smart has just published a memoir and joins Doug for a candid discussion about her abduction and her journey home.

Esteemed painter Randall Lake travelled to Europe to hone his art and it was in France that he discovered Mormonism. He eventually settled in Utah, which has been his home since 1973. Over time, his paintings have reflected Lake's own journey -- from traditional landscapes as a dedicated Mormon to more daring works as an openly gay man. Monday, Doug sits down with Lake to talk about his life and his art. We'll also premiere photographer Michael Schoenfeld's short documentary about Randall Lake as part of our new VideoWest series.

We Refused to Die

May 24, 2013

In 1942 the Japanese army forced about 70,000 US and Philippino prisoners of war to march some 80 miles across the Bataan Peninsula on the way to a prison camp. More than 10,000 died or were summarily executed along the way. Among the survivors was Gene Jacobsen - who published a book about the ordeal. Jacobsen died in 2007 at the age of 85. Today, we're rebroadcasting his story of three and a half years as a prisoner of war. (Rebroadcast)

Josh Hanagarne stands 6 feet 7 inches tall and can bend horseshoes with his bare hands. He has Tourette’s syndrome and is given to noisy verbal tics. It may seem unlikely, but Hanagarne is also a librarian at Salt Lake City’s Main Library. The job fuels his inner bookworm. It also compels him to consistently maintain silence and self-control. Hanagarne has written a memoir about his struggles with the physical and mental challenges of Tourette’s, and he joins us on Thursday to talk about it.

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