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.
Salt Lake City, UT – Thousands of people have been paying their respects to the late president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The viewing for Gordon B. Hinckley was moved from the church administration building to the Conference Center in part to avoid the need for long lines of people to stand outside in cold weather. KUER's Dan Bammes has more.
Salt Lake City, UT – Friday on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Elizabeth Kolbert. Kolbert is a staff writer for the New Yorker Magazine. Her reporting on the effects of global warming is regarded as the clearest and most extensive writing on the issue. Kolbert's book - called Field Notes from a Catastrophe - cuts through the political rhetoric to explain what science and studies are really telling us about climate change. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Dr. Marcia McNutt, the CEO of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, says the oceans have absorbed much of the carbon dioxide emitted during the earth's industrial age and that is having enormous consequences to aquatic ecosystems. She's in Salt Lake City to deliver the Frontiers of Science Lecture at the University of Utah. She spoke to KUER's Tasha Cook.
Salt Lake City, UT – Chelsea Clinton traveled to Salt Lake City yesterday to campaign for her mother, Senator Hillary Clinton, ahead of Utah's presidential primary next Tuesday. KUER's Tasha Cook reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Thursday on the program, the veteran NPR foreign correspondent Eric Weiner joins Doug to talk about his new book "The Geography of Bliss." After covering catastrophes in more than 30 countries, Weiner decided it was time to tell the other side of the story. So instead, he traveled the world trying to answer this question: What are the essential ingredients for the good life?
Salt Lake City, UT – Pamela Atkinson is a community activist with a long history of work on behalf of Utah's homeless. Utah taxpayers have an opportunity to contribute to a fund named for her on their state income tax forms. KUER's Jenny Brundin talked with Pamela Atkinson about how that money is helping to change the lives of chronically homeless people.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday on RadioWest we're rebroadcasting our conversation about pornography. The questions about it are usually related to the effects of sexually explicit photos and movies on women, on young people and on the culture at large. The journalist Debbie Nathan has written a book on the subject. In it, she goes beyond the moral apprehension and explores the broader questions. What is it exactly? Where does it come from? What are the real impacts of pornography? (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died yesterday at the age of 97. Today on the program, we're talking about the life and legacy of the man who led the church since 1995.
At 7:00 p.m., KUER will air the State of the Union address in place of RadioWest.
Salt Lake City, UT – House lawmakers signed off on an initial budget for Utah's public schools yesterday. And Congressman Jim Matheson gave legislators a reality check on road funding. Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. says he's willing to consider a property tax cut this legislative session, even though it's not in his budget.
Salt Lake City, UT – Friday on RadioWest we're talking about an extraordinary film at the Sundance Film Festival. It's the adventure of Philippe Petit, who in 1974 managed to rig a cable on the very top of the World Trade Center and walk across the two towers. This was illegal mind you, and the film is more than a documentary. It's also been described as a kind of bank robbery film. It's also a very beautiful portrait of this strange obsession that is framed by death.
Salt Lake City, UT – On their third day of a 45-day legislative session, lawmakers took up bills on drunk driving, how to bring retired teachers in the classroom, and whether police agencies can force traffic cops to issue a certain number of tickets a week. But first, KUER's Jenny Brundin brings us the latest on a report issued to the Governor on how to make Utah's mines safer.
Salt Lake City, UT – The six-week-long session of the Utah Legislature began this week. Yesterday, state lawmakers dove into their first full day of serious lawmaking and Governor Jon Huntsman presented his state of state address. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Thursday on RadioWest, Doug is joined by author Chuck Palahniuk. His dark comedy Choke has been made into a film, and it premiered this week as part of the Sundance Film Festival's Dramatic Competition. We'll also look at the documentary Triage, which follows a humanitarian aid worker to some of the world's greatest tragedies.
Salt Lake City, UT – Anyone who walks the halls during the legislative session at Utah's state capitol will see highly-paid lobbyists who spend day after day trying to influence the outcome of votes, push bills that benefit their clients and schmooze lawmakers, sometimes with gifts and perks that raise eyebrows. But there's another group of lobbyists working to influence the legislature who aren't handing out tickets and trinkets. KUER's Dan Bammes has their story.
Salt Lake City, UT – Anyone who walks the halls of Utah's state capitol during the legislative session will see them -- highly-paid lobbyists who spend day after day trying to influence the outcome of votes, push bills that benefit their clients and schmooze lawmakers, sometimes with gifts and perks that raise eyebrows. But there's another group of lobbyists working to influence the Utah legislature who aren't handing out tickets or trinkets. KUER's Dan Bammes has their story.
Park City, UT – Thousands of visitors converged on Park City, Utah this past weekend for the Sundance Film Festival. It is the biggest weekend of the year for the former mining town. KUER's Tasha Cook took to the streets and has this sound snapshot.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday on the program we're continuing our coverage of the Sundance Film Festival. Doug is joined by Josh Tickell - activist and director of the new documentary Fields of Fuel. In it, Tickell looks at explores the domination of the petrochemical industry and the growing interest in biodiesel technology.