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RadioWest Films presents unique stories with a focus on Utah. Each week, we’ll present a short documentary drawing from a variety of styles: story driven, conceptual, profiles and more. It’s a place for film lovers to watch innovative storytelling and to meet Utah’s most talented filmmakers.And there are some films that we just want to keep talking about. Here's a collection of radio conversations paired with our short films. Think of it this way ... stories you hear, stories you see.

Avenue Q and the Art of Puppetry

Tuesday, we're taking on full-puppet nudity with the musical Avenue Q and a look at the history of puppetry. Muppet-style characters may remind you of Sesame Street, but with songs like "The Internet Is For Porn," it's obvious Avenue Q is not for kids. The scholar Eileen Blumenthal says it's only been a century since puppets were "ghettoized" to children's entertainment. Doug talks to Blumenthal and others about a craft and tradition that may have you thinking differently about your cuddly puppet friends.

The University of Utah's Department of Theatre is staging Avenue Q at the Babcock Theatre through November 24. For tickets and information, click here or call 801-581-7100

Watch a short documentary with Jennifer Barnhart about what it means to bring an inanimate object to life. On-line at VideoWest


  • Bob Mondello, NPR Arts Critic
  • David Schmidt, Department of Theatre, University of Utah; Director, Avenue Q
  • Jennifer Barnhart, Original Broadway Cast Member, Avenue Q, Artist-in-Residence for the University of Utah's production of Avenue Q
  • Eileen Blumenthal, Professor of Theater Arts at Rutgers University and author of Puppetry: A World History [Amazon | Indiebound