Utah Profiles

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.

Environmental activist Tim DeChristopher was recently released after serving a two-year prison term for an infamous act of civil disobedience. DeChristopher says that during his sentence he read and exercised a lot. He also missed the rise and decline of the Occupy protests. “The biggest social movement of lifetime happened and I missed it,” DeChristopher has said. A free man now, he plans to attend Harvard Divinity School in the fall. DeChristopher joins us Monday to discuss his evolution as an activist and how it connects to his spiritual path.

The Legend's Daughter

Apr 17, 2013

In his new collection of short stories, the Utah-based writer David Kranes tests contemporary settlers into the crucible of Utah’s neighbor to the north. Idaho’s rugged landscape – its skies and fires and waters, its elements – forces Kranes’ characters to reexamine and reorient their lives. The West did much the same thing to Kranes when he first came here from New England decades ago. Thursday, David Kranes joins us to talk about and read from his new book. It’s called The Legend’s Daughter.

The Earth Is Not Flat

Mar 27, 2013

Poet Katharine Coles has pushed the boundaries of her known world since she was a child. Three years ago, she left the comfort of the Wasatch Front to journey farther than she ever had before. She spent a month living at Palmer Station in Antarctica where she hoped to explore science, life and nature. Coles joins us on Thursday to talk about her trip and the poems it inspired. They meditate on Antarctica’s bafflingly vast land- and seascapes, on the continent’s animal life, and on the people, both historic and contemporary, she encountered there.

Love, An Index

Oct 23, 2012

Three years ago, the award-winning poet Craig Arnold went missing in Japan. Few clues were ever found, leaving his family and his longtime partner, the poet Rebecca Lindenberg, to conclude the worst. Lindenberg has written a new book of poetry, an extended elegy really, to Arnold. As poets, words and conversation united Arnold and Lindenberg, and she says that writing the poems in her new book helped her both continue the conversation and let it go. Tuesday, Lindenberg joins us to talk about her poems and the man they memorialize.

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