Thursday, Doug is joined by storyteller and humorist Kevin Kling. Kling is perhaps best known for his commentaries on NPR. His stories are autobiographical - funny, but deeply personal. Kling shares everything from holidays in Minnesota and performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia to living with a birth defect and surviving a near fatal motor cycle accident. He joins Doug to talk about the power of story to overcome tragedy. (Rebroadcast)

Veteran Utah playwright Aden Ross says she confers with William Shakespeare every day. When she's trying to make sense of something - artistically or politically - she says she turns to the Bard for answers. Her latest play is a look at modern politics, so it's fitting that she inhabits the stage with her own version of his characters - among them Lady Macbeth, Iago, Portia and the Fool. Wednesday, Aden Ross and others join us to talk about what Shakespeare can still teach us about our world.

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Monday on RadioWest we're presenting a radio play. Ballet West has a Dracula Festival going on, and we're getting into the act by broadcasting an adaptation of Bram Stoker's story. Really at its most basic, it's about a real estate transaction. This creepy count is trying to relocate from Transylvania to England, but something is not quite right about the guy. We'll give you the works: radio actors, sound effects and spooky music. It's the perfect thing for Halloween.

The Folka Dots

Oct 19, 2011
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Thursday on RadioWest we're getting old-timey with local roots group The Folka Dots. Marie Bradshaw, Corrine Gentry and Kiki Sieger got together last year to learn some cover songs and weave them into melodious three-part harmonies for the fun of it. That idea bloomed into a full-length album, "Down Below," and they're getting ready to record their follow-up this winter. The Folka Dots will be in the studio on Thursday to chat with Doug and play some old-timey tunes.

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This week, Salt Lake Acting Company opens the Tony-award winning play "God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza. Reza is one of the world's most successful playwrights and her sold-out houses prove that you don't have to dumb-down art to bring in the audience. "God of Carnage" is characteristically simple - no fancy sets, no big cast. Two couples meet to discuss a fight between their sons - and civility slowly gives way to viciousness. The cast and others join Doug to talk about Reza's work

Three Utah Bands

Oct 7, 2011

A lot of really great bands have emerged in this digital era and you don't have to go very far to find them. Today we're listening back to a few of the local bands we've profiled. It's not just the music that impressed us. It's also their commitment to their art and the fact that they're giving it a go. You'll hear from Holy Water Buffalo, young guys just starting out, The Legendary Porch Pounders who have been around the bend a time or two, and from Fictionist, a band who is breaking through. (Rebroadcast)

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On August 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. In her absence, da Vinci's La Gioconda became a superstar as people wondered: what criminal mastermind pulled off this audacious burglary? To many, the answer was disappointing. Vincenzo Peruggia, an Italian laborer living in Paris, stole the Mona Lisa and displayed her on his kitchen table, where he fell in love with her. Filmmaker Joe Medeiros has produced a documentary about the heist, and he joins Doug on Tuesday to talk about it.

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Friday, we're talking about Bach's Cello Suites and the incredible story of how musician Pablo Casals discovered the almost-unknown compositions in a second-hand store. Our guest is the journalist Eric Siblin, a one-time pop music critic who was "struck by musical lightening" when he first heard the Suites in concert. Siblin set out to write a history of The Suites and soon discovered three centuries of politics, intrigue and passion. (Rebroadcast)

Miss Representation

Sep 16, 2011

Monday, Doug is joined by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, director of the film "Miss Representation." This is the latest in our Through the Lens film series. Siebel Newsom's documentary explores how women are portrayed in the media and the very real consequences this has on leadership in our society. Siebel Newsom says her film is meant to be what she calls a "change agent for our culture." It's a change she says will empower women and help America's productivity, creativity and bottom line.

Literary loves, like romantic ones, can be both joyous and painful. The critic Laura Miller was quite young when she met her first love - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. But the relationship grew troubled when as a skeptical teen she began to learn about CS Lewis' Christian themes. How do you reconcile feelings of literary betrayal when the book was one that shaped who you are? Miller joins Doug to talk about the power of Narnia and the man who created it. (Rebroadcast)