State, National and World News

This weekend marks a year since the tragic shooting at a Tucson meet-and-greet held by U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner killed six people and injured eighteen, including the congresswoman, who was shot in the head. Thursday, Doug is joined by journalist Tom Zoellner, an Arizona native and friend of Giffords. Zoellner has just published a book that asks this question: what does the shooting tells us about the Grand Canyon State and life in America?

Earlier this month, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died of a heart attack at the age of 69. Monday on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation about the behavior of North Korea. This is about political culture. The scholar B.R. Myers is our guest. He describes the ideology of North Korea this way - race based paranoid nationalism. (Rebroadcast)

Local filmmaker Dodge Billingsley was in Iraq when the U.S. first invaded in 2003. He returned there last month to film as the U.S. withdrew combat troops from Al Anbar province. The efficient withdrawal that Billingsley witnessed contrasts starkly with America's bumpy progress subduing and rebuilding Iraq, and he says the country, while safer now than it was eight years ago, still stands on shaky ground. Doug will talk with Billingsley on Monday about the war and how America has altered Iraq.

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According to a recent report, Utah's unique caucus system gives more power to convention delegates than any other state. Another report showed that caucus delegates don't represent mainstream Utah voters. A newly formed group of politicos is fed up with the system and they want to change the way Utahns pick their candidates. A diverse panel of guests will join Doug on Thursday to discuss the state's nominating system, how it does or doesn't work, and where the voters stand on all of this.

Monday, we're asking this question: Who is Mitt Romney? Our guest is the journalist Ronald B. Scott, who has just published a book on the Republican presidential candidate. Scott takes a frank look at Romney's family, character and convictions, flips and flops, words and actions. He joins Doug to explain how all this has shaped Romney's second run at the White House.

There's a stereotype of museums as somber vaults designed to protect the objects they hold. But renowned exhibit designer Ralph Appelbaum sees a museum as a place for an emotional experience that gives visitors a visceral connection to their world. Appelbaum created the exhibits for the new Natural History Museum of Utah and Thursday, he and others join Doug to talk about how the character of museums has evolved over time and about what people may experience at Utah's newest home for discovery.

On Tuesday, Doug talks with journalist Ioan Grillo about the rise of the Mexican drug cartels. The cartels--fueled largely by guns smuggled from America, and by our hunger for drugs--have grown so powerful they arguably trump the country's government for supremacy in Northern Mexico. And their virulent and ruthless violence increasingly reaches north of the border. In El Narco, Grillo draws a sweeping portrait of Mexico's drug war, America's liability in it and what might be done to fix things.

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Monday, we're talking about poverty in America and the reality for people coping with food hardship. According to the most recent statistics from the Census Bureau, more than 49 million Americans are living below the poverty line, and those who rely on food stamp assistance get $4 per person per day to feed their families. We'll look at what that money puts on the table and ask how the face of poverty has changed throughout our nation's history.

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Utah has a reputation for some of the strictest liquor laws in the country and the Utah Hospitality Association says the LDS Church directly influences lawmakers on these issues. As part of their effort to overturn a recent law, the group is suing to keep state legislators from considering Church opinion when creating alcohol regulations. Monday, we're talking about Utah liquor laws and about what role morality and religion play in creating public policy.

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In the fall of 2008, Jay Bahadur was stuck in a job he hated. He yearned to be a journalist, but he had no faith in journalism schools. So he flew to the hinterlands of Somalia to write a book about the world of modern day pirates. He wanted to tell the full story of the buccaneers of Puntland: what they do and who they are as human beings on both land and sea, not simply the AK-47-toting thugs who appear in news stories.Bahadur joins Doug on Monday to Doug on talk about the pirates of Somalia. (Rebroadcast)