Salt Lake City, UT – The voters of Salt Lake City will choose their next mayor on Tuesday. The two men vying to lead Utah's capital are Ralph Becker and Dave Buhler. KUER's Tasha Cook has this election preview.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah's school voucher program would provide up to $3,000 for families to send their children to private schools. That's one fact - one of very few - that both sides of the debate agree on. KUER's Dan Bammes talked with officials at some of the real schools and with real families that who could be affected by next week's vote on the issue.
Salt Lake City, UT – Author Edward P Jones spent some 10 years mulling over his novel "The Known World." So when he sat down to write it, the manuscript was finished in only three months. The work also earned him a 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Jones' most recent book is a collection of short stories, All Aunt Hagar's Children, and in it, he shows the same commitment to craft and history and an insight into the human condition. Edward P Jones is in Salt Lake City, and joins us in studio to talk about his work.
Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday is Halloween, and members of the Plan B Theatre Company will join us to present our third annual live broadcast of radio theater. Utah playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett has created two original plays - Lavender and Exile - based on ghost stories from Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake City voters go to the polls next Tuesday to vote on one of the most expensive bonds in city election history. It's a $192 million bond to pay for new police and fire headquarters, an emergency operations center, a west-side fire center, and a public-safety center in the Sugarhouse neighborhood. Law enforcement officials say the projects are critical to the city's future public safety needs.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 2003, as General Tony Zinni waited to speak to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he recounts listening to the "planners" from the Defense Department testify. What horrified him was that there was no plan - no answer to the complexities that America faced in Iraq. In Zinni's book "The Battle for Peace," the former Commander in Chief of CENTCOM lays out his approach to stabilizing the Middle East. General Zinni joined Doug to talk about that vision, and about America's role in world politics. (Rebroadcast)
Logan, UT – In addition to municipal officers and the statewide referendum on school vouchers, voters have less than a week to find out as much as they can about a range of other ballot issues. Kerry Bringhurst reports from Logan about an issue facing voters in several counties of northern Utah -- an array of tax increases to help pay for transportation.
Salt Lake City, UT – Have Oreo Cookies and the mantra "full of flaws" got you flummoxed? With just over a week to Election Day, Jennifer Napier-Pearce leads a panel of journalists in a conversation about Utah's Referendum 1. The debate is a heated one, and Monday, we'll cut through the rhetoric for a look at the pros and cons of school vouchers.
Salt Lake City, UT – After 9/11, novelist Jane Hamilton didn't think it seemed important to write the typical domestic novel. She was thinking about politics and war, and about the ways families deal with those realities. Her latest novel, When Madeline Was Young, is the story of the Macivers: Aaron and Julia, their children, and Aaron's first wife, who because of a tragic accident, has the brain capacity of a 7-year-old. Hamilton joins us to talk about compassion, love and the challenges that face each generation.
Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday we're rebroadcasting our conversation with the writer and boatman Brad Dimock. His latest book details the extraordinary life of a very ordinary man, Bert Loper. Loper was one of the grand old men of the Colorado, known to have covered more water than any riverman of his time. But there are really two story lines in the Loper tale. One of them is the birth and evolution of river running itself. Dimock is coming to Salt Lake as part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Earlier this month at the LDS Church's General Conference, the head of the Relief Society Julie B. Beck praised the power in motherhood. She encouraged women not to postpone having children, and equated nurturing with homemaking. Her words re-ignited a controversy about the role of Mormon women, and within hours, LDS blogs were inundated with responses. Tuesday on RadioWest, Doug talks to LDS women about Beck's remarks and what those say about women's position in the LDS Church and culture.
Salt Lake City, UT – Mary Dickson has been called an "accidental playwright." But what happened to the Salt Lake writer at the age of 29 wasn't an accident. The experience profoundly changed her life and eventually led to Dickson's first full-length play: "Exposed." It opens October 19th at the Rose Wagner Theater. The docudrama is Dickson's journey investigating the human costs of the nuclear fallout that blanketed Utah in the 1950's and '60's. KUER's Jenny Brundin has the story.
Salt Lake City, UT – Eboo Patel is American - and Muslim - and Indian. He grew up outside of Chicago dealing with racism and his own struggle to decide which of the three identities he would embrace. But Patel came to learn that the power to create change lies at the intersection of religion, ethnicity and nationality - not at the extremes. Eboo Patel is in Utah, and joins Doug in studio to talk about what he calls "the struggle for the soul of a generation."
Lehi, UT – Plans for the $2 billion dollar Mountain View Corridor are inching forward. Yesterday, a draft environmental impact study on the project was released. The Utah Department of Transportation says the new highway would ease congestion on the Salt Lake Valley's west side, where population is expected to increase 500% over the next 25 years. Buty not everyone is happy with plans for the new highway. Producer Sheri Quinn reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1972 a chartered plane carrying members of a Uruguayan rugby team crashed on a 12,000 foot glacier in the Andes Mountains. In his book which candidly recounts the 72 day ordeal, Nando Parrado says his every moment was filled with visceral fear. But weeks into the experience he also came to a kind of epiphany. He realized he had to take the experience one step, one moment, one breath at a time. Doug spoke with Parrado about his improbable story of survival. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – The most recent polls show mayoral candidate Ralph Becker leading his opponent Dave Buhler in the race to lead Salt Lake City. But with just under 3 weeks to Election Day, the contest is heating up. Thursday on RadioWest, Becker and Buhler join Doug to explain their vision for Utah's capitol.
Goblin Valley State Park, UT – When police in Utah get a missing person's report, someone lost on a camping trip or back country hike, they often call the Salt Lake City-based group Rocky Mountain Rescue Dogs. The rescue dogs and their volunteer handlers are highly trained, participating in group exercises or "workouts" each month. Goblin Valley State Park was the scene of a recent workout. Lee Austin traveled there and has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Hillary Rodham Clinton has already helped to define one presidency. The Yale Law School graduate was instrumental in the triumphs and trials of her husband's political career in Arkansas and in the White House. Now Senator Clinton may be poised to shape another presidency, but this time it would be her own. Wednesday Doug is joined by Carl Bernstein, author of the new biography A Woman in Charge.
Salt Lake City, UT – What is it like to be one of the small percentage of minority students represending diversity at the University of Utah? Today we hear from Jessica Solyom, who's finishing her master's degree in interpersonal communication and planning to continue working toward a PhD.
Salt Lake City, UT – Between 1951 and 1992, the US Government tested 928 nuclear bombs in the Nevada desert, and Utah and its unsuspecting residents were downwind. Over time, scientists started to make connections between incidents of cancer and contamination from the fallout of those tests. Utah writer Mary Dickson has created a new play that looks at the human consequence of nuclear testing, and it's a very personal story. Mary Dickson joins Doug to talk about her own family's experience and about being "Exposed."
Salt Lake City, UT – Dick Cheney has been in Washington for some 34 years, and in that time, he says he's seen administrations "[trade] away the authority of the president to do his job." In a new Frontline documentary, producer Michael Kirk looks at Vice President Cheney's efforts to expand the power of the presidency. It's an effort that some view as the most ambitious in American history. Monday, Kirk joins Doug for a conversation on "Cheney's Law."
Salt Lake City, UT – For much of history, those who heard voices were thought of as having a connection to the supernatural world: Socrates, Moses & Joan of Arc. People still hear voices today, but now it's explained as a trick of the human psyche or as a disease. After his own father struggled with voices, the journalist Daniel Smith set-out to understand the phenomenon. Smith joined Doug earlier this summer to talk about the history, the science and the meaning of auditory hallucinations. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – As part of our Waterwise Utah series, we explore how consumers are cutting their water consumption by investing in drought-tolerant plants. KUER's Tasha Cook looks at the business of garden centers and nurseries.
Salt Lake City, UT – While residents of Utah's urban areas are constantly reminded to "Slow the Flow" and conserve water, many of Utah's farmers are finding few reasons to change their water-using habits. Those who are conserving do it to increase crop yields, minimize labor costs or for reasons other than public policy. As KUER's Dan Bammes reports, there's just not much incentive under current law to encourage them to use less.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Bear River is the main source for the Great Salt Lake, and on its journey from the high Uinta Mountains through three Western States, the water is used for habitat, farms, electricity, recreation, lawns and homes. Craig Denton has written a new book, and in it, he describes how Urban Utah's thirst for water will chart the course of the river. Thursday on the program, Denton joins Doug as part of Water Wise Utah.
Salt Lake City, UT – Mario Capecchi is persistent. He learned the trait early in life surviving as an orphan on the streets of war-torn Italy. He practiced it in the mid-80s when the National Institutes of Health told him his research was "not worthy of pursuit." But his persistence has paid off. This week, Capecchi and two others were awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for their work in genetics. Wednesday, Mario Capecchi joins us for a conversation about science, his research and the determination to succeed.