Salt Lake City, UT – At 7:00 p.m. RadioWest presents a special live broadcast with radio producer Jay Allison. Allison joins Doug at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center to talk about his NPR series, Stories from the Heart of the Land and the profound and inspiring experience of humans in nature.
Salt Lake City, UT – We're beginning a series of programs profiling local music, and we start today with a very popular local band called Band of Annuals. If you had to characterize them, it would be alt-country, but the group appeals to an incredibly wide audience: indie rockers, head bangers, folk fans. Band of Annuals will be in the studio today - with their instruments - talking about music and best of all playing some of it.
Salt Lake City – Major changes in how Utah public schools will be funded and the push for statewide immigration reform bills were discussed at the State Capitol yesterday. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report:
Salt Lake City, UT – Dr. Jane Goodall has revolutionized the world of science and the way we understand animals, and it is her empathy and spiritual connection to nature that inspired her work. Goodall will be in Utah next week, so we're rebroadcasting our conversation with her about the life lessons she has learned in the forests of Gombe and her message of hope. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest, we're trying to figure out what's behind the suspicion of a handful of Utah lawmakers to the United Nations. Concerns about the UN prompted a Senate committee last week to reject a bill that would provide funding for International Baccalaureate programs in high schools. These are voluntary programs that teach students international issues. Two parts to the program: that uneasy relationship between conservatives and the UN and the kind of education young people are getting about the world.
Salt Lake City, UT – A recent legislative audit was highly critical of the Utah Transit Authority in a number of areas. A couple of bills intended to address the audit findings have been working their way through the legislature, but in the end it appears they'll make only minor changes in the way U-T-A is run. KUER's Dan Bammes has more.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday, Doug talks to author and conservationist Amy Irvine. She's just published a new book called Trespass: Living on the Edge of the Promised Land. It's a memoir of Irvine's move to the desert in the wake of her father's suicide and the struggle to find her place in the rural, conservative community. It's also an elegy though - to the rugged landscape of the Colorado Plateau and to our dwindling connection to the land.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Mighty Cheetahs had two undefeated seasons under their belt, and the team's coach decided it was time to find these third-grade girls a little competition. So the Salt Lake City soccer team joined the boys division. Filmmaker and coach Jenny Mackenzie has created a short documentary of the season, and the result is a look at what sports help girls and boys learn about winning, losing and playing your best. Monday, Doug is joined by Mackenzie and others to talk about youth sports and gender.
Salt Lake City, UT – Friday on RadioWest, we're broadcasting live from the University of Utah's Science and Literature Symposium "Measuring Scale." Doug talks to physicist Lisa Randall, poet Linda Gregerson and philosopher of architecture Sanford Kwinter about how size - from the tiniest of particles to the vastness of the cosmos - informs how they think about their work and our world.
Bills Targeting Unions, Road Safety and Higher Education
Salt Lake City, UT – At the State Capitol yesterday, state lawmakers considered a bill that would affect unionizing efforts and measures that would transform career and technical training in Salt Lake Valley and attempt to ensure the safety of all Utah drivers. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report:
Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday, we're talking about the high-cost debt industry in this country. In particular, we're focusing on payday lenders, who found a niche in places where there are a high number of working poor, minorities and elderly. Our guest is University of Utah law professor Christopher Peterson, who has just published an intriguing study that shows a link between what some regard as predatory loan places and conservative Christian populations like the Bible belt and the Mormon mountain west.
Salt Lake City, UT – Thursday on RadioWest the writer and ethnobotanist Gary Nabhan will join us to talk about food and place. Nabhan has spent his life exploring the relationship of people to the land and its native sustenance. So when he talks about preserving the agricultural heritage of rural America or the cuisine of traditional societies or our own biological connection to certain foods, he's talking about culture and its deep dependence on the dwindling natural world.
Salt Lake City, UT – When is a $613 million dollar surplus in state revenue -- the third-highest surplus in Utah history -- a disappointment? The answer is when legislators were expecting a surplus of close to a billion dollars. Now they have to turn down all kinds of proposals for new state spending, and that could be the hardest work of the final two weeks of this legislative session.
Salt Lake City, UT – Conservative thinker Dinesh D'Souza says that America has earned its bad reputation around the world. More specifically, he argues that it is the cultural left that bears the responsibility for anti-Americanism. D'Souza points to the decadence of American culture and a global campaign to promote secular values as the causes of 9/11. Tuesday, Doug talks to Dinesh D'Souza about his book "The Enemy at Home."
Salt Lake City, UT – Monday on the program we're rebroadcasting our conversation with one of the country's leading presidential historians - Michael Beschloss. In his recent book, Beschloss has selected stories of American presidents who jeopardized their political careers, reputations, and even their lives to make the right decision. Beschloss writes: "Throughout our history it has been important for presidents to summon the courage to dismiss what is merely popular." (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – A national bill to designate 9 million acres of wilderness in Utah isn't very popular among many of the state's lawmakers. A debate on the issue dominated House floor action. But first, the volatile issue of immigration continues to heat up on Utah's Capitol Hill. KUER'S Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Imagine some of the greatest classical music climbing the charts with people streaming thousands of videos on the web - it's Stravinsky or Dvorak with a bullet. The albums by the extraordinary piano quintet The 5 Browns are immensely popular. These five siblings from Alpine, Utah joined us to tell their family story - and to talk about their collective and separate passion for music. (Rebroadcast)
Moab, UT – Last month, the Utah Arts Council conducted its first-ever YouTube film contest, 48 Hours in Utah. Participants were given two days to create a four-minute video and post it on the Internet. The contest generated thousands of new hits to the Utah Arts Council's website.
Salt Lake City, UT – House lawmakers passed a bill to force Utah high school graduates who are here illegally to pay out-of-state tuition. Also yesterday - the divisive issue of who should pay for new schools to educate a growing number of Utah school-children was taken up by the Utah Senate. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Thursday on RadioWest, we're talking about American pop language. Leslie Savan is joining us - she's the author of the book Slam Dunks and No Brainers. Catch phrases and buzzwords, Savan explains - have a sort of glitz to them and when we use them, we draw on their power. And it's not just in our informal speech - advertisers, corporations and yes, even politicians use these colorful phrases to communicate. So like, whatever, you should totally check it out.
Salt Lake City, UT – Not everybody gets Daniel Johnston's art or his music. Some see him as a kind of savant genius, creating frail, melodic songs stripped of self-awareness or irony. Today we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Henry Rosenthal, producer of the acclaimed documentary "The Devil and Daniel Johnston." It traces the path of Johnston's life and explores the nature of his brilliance, which is both fueled and constrained by debilitating mental illness. (Rebroadcast)