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RadioWest

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KUER’s award-winning interview show explores the world through deep thinkers who host Doug Fabrizio asks to think even deeper. Join writers, filmmakers, scientists and others on RadioWest: A show for the wildly curious.

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The End of Craving

December 7th, 2023

49:46

In recent years, many Americans have cut carbs and sugar, reduced fat and tried every diet. Yet millions of us still have high blood pressure, are pre-diabetic and obese. Why?

The Real Life of Napoleon Bonaparte

December 5th, 2023

49:28

With Ridley Scott’s film “Napoleon” in theaters, we’re talking today about the real "Petit Caporal," a normal man who lived a life that was anything …

The Perfect Fence

November 29th, 2023

49:04

In 1874, a farmer named Joseph Glidden patented what became known as “the perfect fence:” two wires lined with sharp, metal barbs.

The (Previously) Untold Story of the Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon

November 29th, 2023

49:41

When you think of the Grand Canyon, you probably think of rocks and, of course, the Colorado River. But in the summer of 1938, two women risked their …

The Secret of Cooking

November 21st, 2023

48:46

For many of us, cooking is an annoying, boring chore. But the food writer Bee Wilson says there’s a simple secret to an easier life in the kitchen, and it begins with the person who cooks.

RadioWest Films: ‘A Sister Must Sacrifice’

November 16th, 2023

49:47

Miranda couldn’t wait to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She just didn’t know her weight would be a problem.

A People’s History of the Nuclear West

November 15th, 2023

49:28

In 1951, the U.S. government began test detonations of nuclear bombs in the Nevada desert. It wasn’t long before people started getting cancer.

The 2023 Salt Lake City Mayoral Election

November 9th, 2023

49:30

The race for Salt Lake City mayor comes down chiefly to two people, and both are, in a way, seeking re-election.

Through The Lens: ‘Body Parts’

November 7th, 2023

49:52

During the silent film era, women directed, wrote scripts and had a lot of say over how they were portrayed on screen. Fast forward a hundred years to the #metoo movement, and that dynamic has entirely changed.

How the Ocean Works

November 1st, 2023

49:35

The oceanographer Helen Czerski wants you to think of the ocean as a vast, planet-spanning engine. And what it drives is no less than life itself.

The Reckoning of Mitt Romney

October 31st, 2023

1:19:40

When Mitt Romney was 17 years old, he attended the 1964 Republican national convention with his dad, then-governor of Michigan. George Romney, …

Radio Hour Episode 17: ‘Sherlock Holmes and The Final Problem’

October 30th, 2023

50:29

Plan B Theatre and “RadioWest” are back with a new hour of live radio — and a live audience — with “Sherlock Holmes and the Final Problem.”

The Man Who Tasted Words

October 26th, 2023

49:16

It’s through the senses of taste, sight, hearing, smell and touch that we perceive the world around us. But just how reliable, really, are those senses?

The Case Against the Gondola

October 23rd, 2023

49:57

The Utah Department of Transportation received more than 35,000 comments about its plans to build a gondola in Little Cottonwood Canyon. According to …

The Disastrous Voyage of the Wager

October 19th, 2023

49:31

In 1740, the Wager set sail from England in search of Spanish treasure. Just about everything that could go wrong did go wrong.

The Scariest Movie of All Time

October 13th, 2023

48:04

In 1973, moviegoers were seen fleeing from theaters. Some fainted; others threw up. That was the year that “The Exorcist” was released.

How to Cure Your Craving for More

October 12th, 2023

49:22

If you find yourself fixating on something you want but know you don’t need, it’s not your fault; it’s the “scarcity brain” at work.

Through The Lens: ‘A Run For More’

October 6th, 2023

48:53

In 2018, Frankie Gonzales-Wolfe, a transgender woman, ran for a city council seat in San Antonio, Texas — just as a flurry of anti-trans legislation …

The Unraveling of Tim Ballard

October 6th, 2023

49:39

In July, Tim Ballard stepped down as CEO of Operation Underground Railroad, just as “Sound of Freedom,” the movie based on his work, was released. …

"Sluffing School" and Other Utah-isms

September 29th, 2023

49:54

Wanna talk like a real Utahn? Well, pour yourself a glass of “melk” and head on up to the “ruf.” We’ve got some “explainin’” to do.

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