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KUER Local News
9:26 am
Tue January 22, 2008

Citizen Lobbyists at the Utah Legislature

Utah State Representative Julie Fisher (R-Fruit Heights)
Dan Bammes

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.

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KUER Local News
9:26 am
Tue January 22, 2008

Citizen Lobbyists at the Utah Legislature

Utah State Representative Julie Fisher (R-Fruit Heights)
Dan Bammes

Citizen Lobbyists at the Utah Legislature

Dan Bammes

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KUER Local News
9:25 am
Tue January 22, 2008

Citizen Lobbyists at the Utah Legislature

Utah State Representative Julie Fisher (R-Fruit Heights), a citizen lobbyist-turned-legislator.
Dan Bammes

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.

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KUER Local News
6:44 am
Mon January 21, 2008

Sundance Weekend

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:39 am
Mon January 21, 2008

1/22/08: Sundance - Fields of Fuel

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:00 am
Mon January 21, 2008

1/21/08: Sundance 2008

From Nino Kirtadze's documentary Durakova: Village of Fools.
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KUER Local News
9:50 am
Fri January 18, 2008

Common Pesticide Turns Male Frogs Female

Tyrone Hayes, Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California-Berkeley
Peg Skorpinski

Salt Lake City, UT – Why are male frogs turning into female frogs in places across America? Dr. Tyrone Hayes' research points to the most widely-used weed killer in America -- atrazine. In a lecture at the University of Utah, Dr. Hayes explained his research on the herbicide used to grow corn and manufactured by agro-giant Syngenta, formerly Novartis. Atrazine is banned in Europe, but it's still the most widely-used weed killer in this country.

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KUER Local News
9:35 am
Fri January 18, 2008

Sevier County Looks at New Coal-Fired Power Plant

Sevier County, UT – Next Wednesday, a controversial coal fired power plant is up for a final vote before the Sevier County Planning and Zoning Commission. Supporters say the plant will bring jobs and money to the southern Utah community of Richfield. But others are worried about increased pollution levels and coal's impact on global warming. Lee Austin reports.

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KUER Local News
9:35 am
Fri January 18, 2008

Sevier County Looks at New Coal-Fired Power Plant

Sevier County, UT – Next Wednesday, a controversial coal fired power plant is up for a final vote before the Sevier County Planning and Zoning Commission. Supporters say the plant will bring jobs and money to the southern Utah community of Richfield. But others are worried about increased pollution levels and coal's impact on global warming. Lee Austin reports.

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KUER Local News
1:14 am
Fri January 18, 2008

Sundance Film Festival Kick Off

The Egyptian Theater in Park City, Utah saw the start of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Park City, UT – The 2008 Sundance Film Festival kicked off yesterday and continues through Sunday, January 27 in Park City. KUER's Tasha Cook reports.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
12:45 am
Thu January 17, 2008

1/17/08: Deer Hunting with Jesus

Salt Lake City, UT – After 30 years building a middle-class life, the journalist Joe Bageant headed home to Winchester, Virginia. It was there he became reacquainted with the reality of the nation's underclass. They're his people, "the great beery, NASCAR-loving, church-going, gun-owning America that has never set foot in a Starbucks." And to understand the America we live in, you have to understand them. Joe Bageant joins us with his book Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War (Rebroadcast).

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
11:40 pm
Wed January 16, 2008

1/18/08: Reviving Ophelia

Salt Lake City, UT – It's been more than a decade since Mary Pipher first published her influential work Reviving Ophelia, which explored the complicated lives of adolescent girls. At the time, she recommended a wholesale transformation of the culture, but today she says the volume of mixed messages and unrealistic expectations has only grown. Today on RadioWest we're rebroadcasting Doug's conversation with Pipher about that continuing struggle to save the selves of adolescent girls. (Rebroadcast)

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
11:49 pm
Mon January 14, 2008

1/16/08: 2008 Legislative Preview

Waving Proudly. Photo by Elizabeth Foote

Salt Lake City, UT – Next week marks the start of Utah's 2008 Legislative session. Wednesday on the program, Doug is joined by observers and members of Senate and House leadership for a look at what to expect from the next six and a half weeks of lawmaking.

Today on XM Public Radio, listen to Doug's interview with Desmond Tutu.

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KUER Local News
9:45 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Candidates May Look at Western Issues as Campaign Moves West

Washington, DC – The political debate in the media has been dominated by Iowa and New Hampshire in the early months of the presidential campaign, and we've heard a lot about the concerns of the people who live in those states. But what about the West? The issues are somewhat different, and they could get a little more attention as the campaign moves in this direction. Jodi Breisler reports from our Capital News Connection.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:02 am
Mon January 14, 2008

1/15/2008: What Is It About Mormonism?

The LDS Temple in Salt Lake City. Photo by a4gpa

Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday on RadioWest, we're asking whether the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney has revealed a form of religious bigotry in this country. Harvard professor Noah Feldman has been writing about the issue. He joins Doug to talk about how Mormon culture and religion are perceived by mainstream America - and what it means for the LDS Church's relationship with the Republican Party.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:30 am
Fri January 11, 2008

1/14/2008: Aging in the 21st Century

Old Style Swing. Photo by J.C. Rojas

Salt Lake City, UT – Geriatric specialist Dr. Harry Lodge says that we humans have achieved staggering longevity. If you take care of yourself, you have a very good chance of living until you're 90, and it's the Boomer generation that's redefining aging in America. Lodge joins Doug in studio to talk about the social and biological influences on aging, and what it means to "grow old" in the 21st century.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
12:16 am
Thu January 10, 2008

1/11/2008: Inventing Words

Visit Paul Dickson's website at pauldicksonbooks.com

Salt Lake City, UT – Have you ever been looking for just the right word, only to realize it doesn't exist in the English language? The early 20th century humorist Gelett Burgess created so many words he published his own dictionary. Families regularly use special vocabulary to explain things like that noise Aunt Zelda makes when eating. Today, we're talking with the author Paul Dickson about words and what they reveal about the way we see the world. We're hoping you'll join us too with your own "familisms." (Rebroadcast)

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:33 am
Wed January 9, 2008

1/10/2008: Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker

Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake City's new mayor Ralph Becker was inaugurated this week, and he has some large shoes to fill. His predecessor was the most engaged, most controversial politician in these parts in years. But Becker is bringing his own political experience to the post - he served in Gov. Scott Matheson's administration and as Utah's House Minority Leader. Doug talks to Becker about his "blueprint" for the city, and about his personal vision for his new office.

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KUER Local News
9:13 am
Tue January 8, 2008

Day 1 for Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker helps school kids plant a tree on the grounds of the City-County Building.
Dan Bammes

Salt Lake City, UT – Kids from Salt Lake City's Open Classroom sang as the new mayor of Salt Lake City planted a tree on the grounds of the City-County building yesterday. Ralph Becker was sworn in at noon with plans to get busy right away on his agenda for the city. Later, Mayor Becker said there was one thing that surprised him between the election and taking office. He spoke to KUER's Dan Bammes.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:30 am
Tue January 8, 2008

1/9/2008: Kurt Andersen - Heyday

Visit Kurt Andersen's website
Photo by Brigitte Lacombe

Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday on RadioWest, Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen will be in studio with Doug. Aside from being a public radio personality, Andersen is also a critic, a columnist and a novelist. His latest book is an historical novel set in 19-century America. It's called Heyday - and it's the story of four people chasing their dreams at a time when America herself is still being dreamed-up.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:24 am
Mon January 7, 2008

1/8/2008: The Vertical Hour

Salt Lake City, UT – This weekend, Pioneer Theatre Company opens David Hare's topical and provocative play "The Vertical Hour." The play centers on a debate between the American Nadia Blye, a former war correspondent, and her boyfriend's father - a doctor living in rural England. Tuesday on RadioWest, we're talking about the work, and about the political, but also deeply personal questions in an age of war and terrorism.

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KUER Local News
9:18 am
Fri January 4, 2008

Rocky Anderson Retrospective - Part 2

Salt Lake City, UT – One of the nation's most outspoken and most liberal Democratic mayors is leaving office next Monday. KUER's Jenny Brundin brings us the second part in a 2-part series on the eight-year legacy of Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:54 am
Fri January 4, 2008

1/7/08: The Medicated Child

Salt Lake City, UT – More than 6 million children in the United States are taking powerful psychiatric drugs. In evaluating the risks and benefits of treating children with serious disorders - parents and doctors are confronted with potential side effects and with the little understood long-term impact. A new Frontline documentary explores these questions, and Monday, Doug talks to producer Will Cohen about "The Medicated Child."

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:41 am
Fri January 4, 2008

1/4/08: Renovating the State Capitol

The Utah State Capitol building was first dedicated in 1916.

Salt Lake City, UT – Friday on RadioWest we're telling stories about the life of a grand old building. After a remarkable renovation which took 4 years and more than 200 million dollars, the state capitol is officially reopening today. It will give us an opportunity to talk about the process of the restoration, the history of the structure and the way buildings always give a place an identity.

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KUER Local News
10:36 pm
Wed January 2, 2008

Rocky Anderson Retrospective - Part 1

Mayor Rocky Anderson
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, UT – One of the country's most outspoken and most liberal Democratic mayors is leaving office next Monday. He's known worldwide for his aggressive leadership on global warming... and his calls to impeach President Bush. KUER's Jenny Brundin brings us the first in a 2-part series on the eight-year legacy of Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson.

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KUER Local News
9:13 am
Wed January 2, 2008

Utah's Restored State Capitol Set to Reopen

Salt Lake City, UT – Utah's state capitol got a late start. It was more than a decade after statehood before the state had enough money to even start the project. Today, it's ready to re-open after a seismic upgrade and extensive restoration that cost more than $200 million. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.


Utah Capital Preservation Board website.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:26 am
Wed January 2, 2008

1/3/2008: Rocky Anderson's Impact on Salt Lake City

\"Flags to Cross the Road,\" Salt Lake City. Photo by SFAntti

Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday on the program, Doug spoke with outgoing Salt Lake City Mayor Ross "Rocky" Anderson. Now it's your turn. We're joined by political observers and analysts for a look at what Anderson's 2 terms have meant for the city and the state - and we'll take your calls. What's your opinion of the last 8 years of city government?

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KUER Local News
11:37 pm
Tue January 1, 2008

Utah Refugee Voices: Tom Huynh

Utah Refugee Voices: Tom Huynh

Salt Lake City, UT – KUER concludes our series of stories called Utah Refugee Voices. This morning, the University of Utah's Mary Gould brings you the story of Vietnamese refugee Tom Huynh.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:45 am
Thu December 27, 2007

1/1/08: Desmond Tutu on Forgiveness

Desmond Tutu

In 2002, Doug Fabrizio talked to Desmond Tutu about his role in helping South Africa heal from the brutality of apartheid. Tutu and others were faced with various paths to take, they chose forgiveness -- something Tutu says is an essential element of African conscientiousness. But justice also had to be dealt with. How does one forgive without forgetting? (Rebroadcast)

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:29 am
Thu December 27, 2007

12/31/07: School of Rock

Salt Lake City, UT – You've probably got your favorite songs, but what lessons have you learned from rock 'n' roll? For students at the Paul Green School of Rock in Salt Lake City and Sandy, it's about a lot more than sticking it to the man. School director Steve Auerbach says that it's about determination, reliability and team work - and what better way to do that than with a face melting guitar solo? Doug talks to Auerbach and to Paul Green about what rock has to teach its disciples. (Rebroadcast)

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