Washington, D.C. – Republican congressional leaders on Capitol Hill have decided against awarding Utah another seat in the House of Representatives. Lawmakers mulled the idea of increasing the size of the House by two seats. To accomplish that, they would grant the District of Columbia representation...and balance it with a seat in Utah. Chad Pergram has this report from our Capitol Hill bureau:
Salt Lake City, UT – When the Utah Jazz and EnergySolutions announced the name change for The Delta Center, it didn't take long for the public to invent their own monikers. EnergySolutions is best known for its nuclear waste disposal, reflected in nicknames for The EnergySolutions Arena like The Radium Stadium, The Glow Dome or The Waste Basket. Wednesday on RadioWest, we'll talk about the deal, and about what part naming rights play in a corporation's strategy to create an image.
Washington DC – RadioWest will not be heard today. KUER and NPR will bring you live anchored coverage of the Senate Armed Services Committee's hearings to consider the nomination of Robert M. Gates to be Secretary of Defense. The coverage will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will conclude with a wrap up at 7:00 p.m. During the committee's lunch break, The Diane Rehm Show will look at some of the challenges Gates will face if confirmed as expected.
Salt Lake City – The non-partisan research group Utah Foundation released a report this week analyzing five options for health care reform. The ideas are focused on controlling the costs of health coverage, something that's at the top of many business leaders' list of concerns. The Salt Lake Chamber's Employer's Healthcare Coalition helped to set the agenda for the study. Greg Fredde, a vice-president of Merit Medical, served on that committee. Steve Kroes is the executive director of the Utah Foundation. They spoke with KUER's Dan Bammes.
Salt Lake City, UT – When comedian Larry Miller says Americans are spoiled, he isn't saying we're awful people. "It just means that we're a little on the softside." But like many cultural observers before him, he thinks that as long as we can laugh at ourselves, we'll be alright. Miller is known for his roles in movies like Best in Show, but he is also a commentator with a regular humor column for The Weekly Standard. He's in Salt Lake City and joins Doug to talk about satire and about being "Spoiled Rotten in America."
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Jenni Jackson, who earlier in her life was man - a Sandy city councilman and a leader in his LDS community. Jackson is now a woman, and despite all the change in her life she's still outgoing and ambitious. Jackson joined Doug last March - along with others in the transgendered community - to talk about their journey of transformation, the choices they've made, and the deepest meaning of identity. (Rebroadcast)
Park City, UT – A Utah legislative committee heard public comment yesterday in Park City on the proposed maps for an added 4th Congressional District. The committee members gathered at Miner's Hospital Community Center to hear concerns from residents. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – With Utah considering plans to create a fourth congressional seat, many questions come into play. It's not just about what that district should look like. Critics are also asking about the process itself. Thursday on RadioWest, we'll look at how redistricting is playing out in the state, and at the broader implications for a representative democracy.
Park City, UT – A Utah legislative committee heard public comment yesterday in Park City on the proposed maps for an added fourth congressional district. The committee members gathered at Miner's Hospital Community Center to hear concerns from residents. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Washington DC – Lawyers and lawmakers are addicted to the hand-held email device called a BlackBerry. Last year, Capitol Hill nearly came to a standstill when a patent dispute threatened to shut down the message service. The close call spurred lawmakers, including one Utah senator, to resume work on patent reform. Benjamin Shaw Reports from Washington, DC.
Salt Lake City, UT – In his new memoir "No One Makes It Alone," Judge Andrew Valdez traces his journey from poor, fatherless paperboy to respected judge in Utah's Third District Juvenile Court, and honors his mentor, businessman Jack Keller, along the way. On Tuesday, Doug talks with Judge Valdez about his life, his accomplishments and his on-going commitment to helping troubled youth.
Salt Lake City, UT – This is intended to be a listing of artists and recordings deemed to be essential in building a basic jazz library. Some of the recordings are simply a best of recording, so as to introduce a collector to an overall composite of the artist's work, not necessarily the most historic recording. Numbers don't determine importance of one recording over the other.
Washington DC & Salt Lake City – Utah state lawmakers are wrangling over the next couple of weeks to map out boundary lines for potential new Congressional seat. The Salt Lake County Republican Central Committee wants the state to wait to add a seat until after the census in 2010. But in Washington, it appears lawmakers from both parties are ready to forge ahead with bolstering the size of Utah's Congressional delegation. More from Chad Pergram in Washington... and from Jenny Brundin on Utah's Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – In his new memoir "No One Makes It Alone," Judge Andrew Valdez traces his journey from poor, fatherless paperboy to respected judge in Utah's Third District Juvenile Court, and honors his mentor, businessman Jack Keller, along the way. On Monday, Doug talks with Judge Valdez about his life, his accomplishments and his on-going commitment to helping troubled youth.
Salt Lake City – Imagine a computer that is millions of times smaller and billions of times faster than today's machines. Instead of tiny transistors, a quantum computer would use atoms and subatomic particles to manipulate data. A University of Utah researcher Christoph Boehme, has developed a technique that represents another step toward quantum computing, although he says that could still be a long way off. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Ryan Oliver Hansen is an idealist who set out to make a difference. When he arrived at an orphanage in Cameroon, he was confronted with the harsh reality of corruption and abuse of the children he had come to help. But unlike volunteers who left discouraged, Hansen decided to stay. He and his allies risked their lives to create the New Hope Orphanage. Jenny Brundin talks to Hansen about hope, about a world that doesn't operate by Western rules, and about what his role in that world really is.
Salt Lake City, UT – Friday, we're rebroadcasting Doug's conversation with Lawrence Wright, New Yorker writer and author of The Looming Tower. In his book, Wright gives a detailed look at the people and the ideas that led to the tragedy of 9/11. It's the story of the rise of terrorism across the globe, and the failures of Western intelligence to stop it. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – A controversial bill being considered in Washington, D.C. could have big implications for another Washington - Washington county in southwest Utah. Utah lawmakers are working to pass a land bill through Congress before Democrats take control of both houses. Benjamin Shaw reports from our Capitol Hill bureau.
Salt Lake City, UT – In the early 20th century, painter Maynard Dixon used a modernist style to depict the endless skies and towering mesas of the American West. In a new documentary from KUED Channel 7, producer Nancy Green profiles this authentic, iconoclastic, self-created individual. Doug talks to Nancy, along with Dixon's son Daniel and others about the heart and spirit of the West, as seen through Maynard Dixon's art, poetry and social conscience.
Salt Lake City – Saturday, November 11th is Veteran's Day, a day devoted to honoring U.S. military veterans across the country. It's especially poignant that during an unpopular war, Americans on both sides are making it clear that they support the troops in their efforts in Iraq. This was not the case for soldiers returning from Vietnam. Producer Anne Milliken brings us this profile of Utah veteran Quinn Overton of Orem, who, by the age of 24 had already fought in two wars in Kosovo and Iraq.