Staff Picks

20 years of a daily, then bi-weekly hour-long radio show is a lot of hours of radio — roughly 3,800 or so hours in total. And that’s just hours on the air. I won’t even try to put a number to the time the RadioWest crew has logged in creating each program. But even with all of those hours, there are still interviews that come back to me, whether because the person I spoke with taught me something I needed to hear or because the story was so profound, startling or just plain weird that I’ve never forgotten it. We’ve put together a list of those shows to share with you, all favorites for different reasons. We hope you enjoy them — and, if you can, please let us know what hour of RadioWest you haven’t forgotten.

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If trees could speak, what might they say?

Beyond the destruction, the smashing of cars and in some cases, homes, what happens to a city when it loses so many trees?

Renee Bright / KUER

In early medical history, medical professionals — who were almost always men —expected women’s bodies to produce children. But women’s very ability to have children also helped convince these male physicians that women’s bodies were unwell.

Renee Bright / KUER

For a society that is currently homebound, there seems no greater pleasure at this time than a simple walk. A month ago, we would go out to eat, to a concert or to see friends. These days, we walk the hills and our neighborhoods, the movement and outdoors our solace.


If you’re a woman in the sports world, trying to dominate the field can be a tough gig. Julie DiCaro joins us to talk about her book Sidelined: Sports, Culture, and Being a Woman in America.

Casablanca Records

If you play The White Album backwards, is John Lennon really saying “turn me on, dead man”? Join Doug for a conversation about the paranoia around hidden messages in rock music and what it reveals about our fears today.

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  For most of us, overwork is the new normal, and rest is an afterthought. But by dismissing the importance of rest in our lives we may be stifling our talents and abilities. This episode picked by producer Benjamin Bombard.

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  Elna Baker's memoir is about being a twenty-something Mormon virgin in New York City. When she spoke to us in 2012, things had changed. She was then an ex-28-year-old virgin and ex-Mormon comedienne. This episode was chosen by Doug Fabrizio.

"Rope" by Alice Leora Briggs. From her book Dreamland: The Way out of Juarez with text by Charles Bowden

Journalist Charles Bowden spent some 15 years writing about Ciudad Juarez, witnessing what he calls the collapse of a society. Bowden joins Doug to talk about his book “Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields.”

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When journalist Christopher McDougall wrote the book that kicked off the barefoot running movement, he got to thinking about what makes a hero. He joins us to explore how people can develop their natural skills to be ready in a crisis. This episode picked by producer Benjamin Bombard.