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KUER Local News
9:17 am
Fri November 2, 2007

Becker vs. Buhler

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:57 am
Fri November 2, 2007

11/5/07: Doubt

KUER Local News
9:14 am
Thu November 1, 2007

Utah's School Voucher Debate

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
10:55 pm
Wed October 31, 2007

11/2/07: This I Believe

RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:54 am
Wed October 31, 2007

11/1/07: Author Edward P Jones

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:36 am
Wed October 31, 2007

10/31/07: Halloween Radio Hour

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.

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KUER Local News
11:17 pm
Tue October 30, 2007

Proposition 1 Drawing Some Criticism

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:39 am
Tue October 30, 2007

10/30/07: The Battle for Peace

General Tony Zinni, USMC Retired

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)

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KUER Local News
1:48 am
Tue October 30, 2007

Transit Tax

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:51 am
Sat October 27, 2007

10/29/07: Utah's School Vouchers Referendum

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.

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KUER Local News
10:16 pm
Thu October 25, 2007

Researchers Change Sexual Orientation in Nematodes

RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
10:08 pm
Wed October 24, 2007

10/26/07: Something in the Air

RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
1:08 am
Wed October 24, 2007

10/25/70: When Madeline Was Young

Jane Hamilton won Pen/Hemingway Award for first fiction for The Book of Ruth, and A Map of the World earned her a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
12:12 am
Tue October 23, 2007

10/24/07: The Very Hard Way

Bert Loper died navigating rapids on the Colorado River at the age of 80.

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)

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:09 am
Mon October 22, 2007

10/23/07: Mothers Who Know

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.

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KUER Local News
9:37 am
Fri October 19, 2007

"Exposed" Looks at Downwinders' Experience

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
5:47 am
Fri October 19, 2007

10/22/07: Acts of Faith

Eboo Patel is the Executive Director of the Chicago based Interfaith Youth Core

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."

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KUER Local News
9:45 am
Thu October 18, 2007

Plans for Mountain View Corridor Challenged

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
12:20 am
Thu October 18, 2007

10/19/07: Miracle in the Andes

Nando Parrado

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)

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
6:01 am
Wed October 17, 2007

10/18/07: Salt Lake Mayoral Debate

Salt Lake City's Trax. Photo by Joel Mann

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.

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KUER Local News
9:20 am
Tue October 16, 2007

Training Rescue Dogs

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:20 am
Tue October 16, 2007

10/17/07: A Woman in Charge

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.

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KUER Local News
9:20 am
Mon October 15, 2007

Minority Students Reflect on U Experience

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
1:46 am
Mon October 15, 2007

10/16/07: Exposed

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."

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:48 am
Fri October 12, 2007

10/15/07: Cheney's Law

Vice President Dick Cheney. March 2007.
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

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."

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
9:30 am
Thu October 11, 2007

10/12/07: Muses, Madmen and Prophets

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)

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KUER Local News
4:13 am
Thu October 11, 2007

WaterWise Utah: WaterWise in Industry

Western Gardens in Salt Lake City, UT.
Tasha Cook

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.

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KUER Local News
12:21 am
Thu October 11, 2007

Utah Water Laws Discourage Conservation on Farms

Charlie Black's farm in Syracuse, Utah
Black Island Farms

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
9:42 am
Wed October 10, 2007

10/11/07: Charting the Course of the Bear River

Bear River Bird Refuge. Photo by Firago

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
9:43 am
Tue October 9, 2007

10/10/07: Nobel Prize Winner Mario Capecchi

Dr. Mario Capecchi is Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics and Biology at the University of Utah's Eccles Institute of Human Genetics
Photo by Tim Kelly

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.

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