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PRI: Radio West Podcast by Doug Fabrizio

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Hosted by Doug Fabrizio, KUER's award-winning program features conversations with authors, politicians, artists and others. Listeners can join live at (801) 585-WEST or radiowest@kuer.org. The conversation continues on our on-line discussion board at www.kuer.org. RadioWest is broadcast live on KUER 90.1 and on XM Public Radio at 11:00 a.m. Mountain/1:00 p.m. Eastern.


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Pat Mulroy: The Water Problem

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Wed, Mar 22, 2017


In a new book, former manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority Pat Mulroy says we’re facing a tough global reality when it comes to water. Growth, urbanization, and the effects of climate change mean we have to find new ways to manage a resource she says most Americans simply take for granted. Mulroy is coming to Utah, and she joins Doug Wednesday to explain what’s at stake, and how creating a shared vision for our water future is more important than ever.

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Fixing America's Public Universities

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Tue, Mar 21, 2017


English professor Christopher Newfield spends a lot of time thinking about public higher education. He’s worried about it. America’s public college system, he says, is in a shambles, with students paying higher tuitions for less learning. The conventional thinking is that public sector practices are to blame, but Newfield argues that the increasing privatization of our universities is the real problem. He joins us Tuesday to explain how we wrecked public universities and how we can fix them.

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Fake News vs. The Facts

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Mon, Mar 20, 2017


Monday, we’re talking about fake news. You’re hearing that term a lot these days, and it’s being applied to all kinds of media, from articles written by Macedonian teenagers to the work of news outlets like CNN. But what is fake news, and maybe more importantly, what isn’t it? Where does it come from and what effects has it had on our culture? We’ll also talk about the efforts to combat fake news and the challenges of getting people to change their minds about stuff they really want to believe is true.

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The Immortal Irishman

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Fri, Mar 17, 2017


Friday, journalist Timothy Egan joins us to tell the story of Irish revolutionary Thomas Francis Meagher . Egan first encountered Meagher as a statue on the Montana Capitol grounds, but tracing his life took Egan from the brutal occupation of Ireland and the famine which killed a million people, to the fields of America’s civil war and to the American frontier. We’ll talk about Meagher’s transformation from romantic to rebel to leader, and what it reveals about the journey. (Rebroadcast)

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A Streetcar Named Desire

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Thu, Mar 16, 2017


Thursday, we’re talking about one of the great classics of American theater, A Streetcar Named Desire . It was 70 years ago when Marlon Brando first played Stanley Kowalski on Broadway, but the themes of sexual violence, homophobia, addiction, and family strife still resonate today. A new production at Salt Lake City’s Grand Theatre opens this week, so we’re exploring Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece and how it’s become, as one guest puts it, enshrined in America’s psyche.

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On Trails

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Wed, Mar 15, 2017


In 2009, while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Robert Moor began to wonder about the paths beneath our feet. On every scale of life on earth, he says, trails form that “reduce an overwhelming array of choices to a single expeditious route.” But how do they form? Why do some paths improve while others disappear? How does order emerge from chaos? Moor joins us to explore how pathways serve as an essential guiding force for trailblazers and trail followers, alike. [Rebroadcast]

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American Nations

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Tue, Mar 14, 2017


You don’t need to be a scholar or veteran political observer to see that America is divided, but journalist and historian Colin Woodard says this is really nothing new. Woodard argues that America has always been divided, because we’re actually eleven distinct regional nations, with different cultures and ideas about how the world works. He’ll join us Tuesday to explain the historic roots of these nations, and how that past is still influencing the country today.

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The Science of Fat

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Mon, Mar 13, 2017


Body fat is a source of shame for many people, something to be hidden, fought, and burned away. But fat, says the biochemist Sylvia Tara, isn’t just unsightly blubber, it’s an essential and deeply misunderstood organ that’s vital to our existence. It enables our reproductive organs, strengthens our immune system, protects us from disease, and may even help us live longer. In her book, Tara explores the science behind our least appreciated organ, and she joins us Monday to talk about it. (Rebroadcast)

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The 2017 Utah Legislative Session in Review

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Fri, Mar 10, 2017


Friday, a panel of journalists and legislators join Doug to review 2017 Utah Legislative Session. A lot has happened on Capitol Hill in the past 45 days. Legislators made a number of changes to the state’s liquor laws, including one that gives Utah the nation’s toughest drunk driving law. Deals were struck to address homelessness in Salt Lake. Tax reforms fizzled. Medical marijuana took a step forward. And car inspections could be a thing of the past. We’ll talk about all that, and more.

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Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Refugees

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Thu, Mar 09, 2017


Thursday, we’re talking about the lives of refugees with the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen. Nguyen came to this country when he was four, and he says there’s a tendency to separate the stories of immigrants from the stories of war. The people who seek refuge here though, he says, often have war stories to tell. Nguyen is in Utah, and joins us to explain what it’s like to be an outsider.

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Profiling Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Wed, Mar 08, 2017


Late last week, Congressman Ryan Zinke of Montana took the job of Secretary of the Department of the Interior. As the administrator of roughly a fifth of America’s land, his influence will be widely felt, especially in the West. But who is he? And where does he stand on important issues like state control of public lands, or on the contentious designation of national monuments? Utah Congressman Rob Bishop will be among our guests Wednesday as we examine Zinke’s appointment and what it means for Utah.

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The Rise of the Food Movement

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Tue, Mar 07, 2017


Tuesday, we’re talking about the rise of the Good Food Movement. It’s an ad hoc cultural crusade that has cropped up across America in the past decade, advocating for good food produced in ways that benefit both the land and the people who grow it. And it’s been successful: local, organic, and natural food is now all the rage. The journalist Naomi Starkman has documented the growth of the Good Food Movement. She’s in Salt Lake this week, and she joins us to discuss how food nourishes the body and soul.

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Mein Kampf

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Mon, Mar 06, 2017


Mein Kampf was Adolf Hitler’s autobiographical manifesto, a kind of campaign biography. He wrote the first draft of it while in prison for leading a failed coup, and historian Peter Ross Range says the book crystallized Hitler’s “faith in himself as Germany’s coming redeemer.” Last year, Mein Kampf was republished in Germany for the first time since WWII. Range joins us Monday to talk about the notorious book’s history, influence, and future. (Rebroadcast)

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Words on the Move

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Fri, Mar 03, 2017


If you’re worried that the word “literally” now means “figuratively,” or if you fret that acronyms are replacing actual words, today’s show will do one of two things: make you pull out your hair, or it’ll change your mind. The linguist John McWhorter says that changes to the English language are nothing new. Language, he says, isn’t some static thing that just is , “it’s actually something always becoming .” McWhorter will join us to discuss how languages evolve and why we should embrace the changes. (Rebroadcast)

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The New Plan for Homelessness in Salt Lake

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Thu, Mar 02, 2017


A coalition of local government officials announced last week that they’d agreed to changes in the plan to address homelessness in the Salt Lake Valley. Previously, four homeless resource centers would be sited in Salt Lake City; now there will be just two, and a site in Sugarhouse won’t be one of them. A hard-closure date was also set for the downtown Road Home shelter. Hopes are high the new plan will work out, but there are skeptics. Doug and his guests are talking about it on Thursday.

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Where Ancestors and Wilderness Meet

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Wed, Mar 01, 2017


Wednesday, our guest is writer and environmental advocate Brooke Williams. Williams spent a year alone verifying maps of the southern Utah desert, where he felt a deep connection to the landscape. He wanted to understand that connection, and found an answer in the imagined story of his ancestor William Williams. Nature and wilderness, he concludes in his new book, are part of his DNA. Brooke Williams joins Doug to talk about listening to the “archaic whisper” of the past, and how saving the land can save us.

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Through the Lens: Cameraperson

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Mon, Feb 27, 2017


Kirsten Johnson’s 25-year career as a documentary film cinematographer has taken her around the world, often to regions of conflict. Her own film, Cameraperson , is a memoir of her life’s work assembled from a collage of cutting-room-floor footage. It’s also a keen examination of the dilemmas and blind spots that riddle documentary filmmaking. Johnson joins us Monday as we continue our Through the Lens series on documentary film with an exploration of what it’s like to be behind the camera.

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The Lion in the Living Room

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Fri, Feb 24, 2017


Lions were once feared as the king of jungle. But their influence on the world and in nature now pales in comparison to the diminutive, purring, and demanding house cat. In her book, the journalist Abigail Tucker, investigates the natural and cultural history of house cats. Despite their ubiquity in modern life, she says, we know very little about what cats are, how they came to live among us, and why we love these furry freeloaders. Tucker joins us Friday to talk about the lions in our living rooms. (Rebroadcast)

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The Revenge of Analog

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Thu, Feb 23, 2017


A funny thing happened on the way to digital utopia: we rekindled our love affairs with the very analog goods and ideas that tech gurus insisted we no longer needed. What once looked outdated—stuff like paper notebooks, LP records, and board games—is cool again, breathing new life into many businesses that deal in tangible things. The writer David Sax calls this trend the “Revenge of Analog.” In a new book, he explores the real things renaissance, and he’ll join us Thursday to talk about it.

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The Changing Landscape of Political Action

dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio) Author: Doug Fabrizio
Wed, Feb 22, 2017


BYU political scientist Jessica Preece says the rallies we’ve seen since President Donald Trump took office aren’t typical for Utah. There’s been the Women’s March, the March for Refugees, and Senator Jason Chaffetz’s town hall was filled to capacity with over 1000 turned away. Wednesday, we’re talking about political action in Utah and we hope to hear from you. Are you getting more involved? How are you making yourself heard? What type of political engagement do you think will make a difference?

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