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)
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah's Spiral Jetty is among the world's best-known works of land art. A proposal to drill for oil in the Great Salt Lake, five miles away from the immense basalt rock earthwork has set off an international alarm. Sheri Quinn reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – This session, there are no less than 8 bills being considered by the Utah State Legislature dealing with immigration. Proponents argue that restrictions like revoking driving privilege cards for undocumented workers are just ways of enforcing the rule of law. But religious groups urge compassion. Tuesday on RadioWest, we're taking a look at the legislation and at how faith groups are thinking about reform.
Salt Lake City, UT – Thursday there are two parts to the program, loosely connected by this theme: the unintended consequences that come when America tries to export its sensibilities to another culture. We'll talk about a powerful documentary that explores the resistance movement in Iraq. In the "them" and "us" of this war, the film is told from their perspective. Also we'll profile the latest production from the Salt Lake Acting Company. It's called "Skin in Flames." It's gripping, disturbing and hard to forget.
Salt Lake City, UT – The development of land in Utah, especially public land, has long pitted wilderness advocates against energy developers and their allies in the legislature. KUER's Tasha Cook looks at a bill that incites this divide, and an anti-gang bill that is prompting debate over civil liberties.
Salt Lake City, UT – Leslie Howard is perhaps best known for his recording of the complete piano music of Liszt. The work took fourteen years to complete and was the largest recording project ever undertaken by a solo musician. Howard joined Doug in the studio (complete with piano) to talk about his career and his passion for music. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah's public radio scene is changing. Community Wireless of Park City announced yesterday it's selling off its Salt Lake station, KCPW 88.3. And last week KRCL 90.9 announced it's replacing its 20 plus weekday volunteer programmers with three paid DJs. KRCL's makeover is being met with both ambivalence and outrage as Sheri Quinn reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – On Tuesday, 24 states including Utah held presidential primaries. Wednesday, we're live from the Caucus Room at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics for a look at the results - and what they mean for Utah and the nation.
Salt Lake City, UT – Thomas S. Monson was ordained as the 16th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Monday. Monson is 80 years old. He succeeds President Gordon B. Hinckley, who died on January 27th. The three members of the church's First Presidency spoke briefly and then took questions from the media. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday on RadioWest, as Americans in some 20 states head to the primaries, we're talking about the political brain. Psychologist Drew Westen joins Doug to explain the role emotion plays in the votes we cast. According to Westen, it sheds light on the success and failure of many candidates. When reason and emotion collide, there's no contest.
KUER will bring you NPR's live, anchored primary coverage beginning at 6:00 p.m., preempting RadioWest at 7:00 p.m.
Salt Lake City, UT – It may go against conventional wisdom about the Millennials, but a recent Time Magazine poll found that 7 out of 10 Americans under-30 are paying attention to the presidential race. And the candidates are taking notice. They're talking about issues like predatory student lending and global climate change - priorities for young voters. Monday, we're looking at the Youth Vote - and what difference it will make in the 2008 election.