Salt Lake City, UT – Guest host Teresa Jordan is joined by childhood development author Richard Louv to talk about his book Last Child in the Woods. Kids today have little hands on contact with the natural world, they learn in school about global warming and acid rain, but many have never seen a bunny hop through the woods. Does it matter? Saving our children from Nature Deficit Disorder, today on RadioWest. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – A legislative committee has taken up a controversial piece of legislation that would pave the path for a nuclear power plant in Utah. Testimony focused on the risky economics of the venture. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Washington D.C. – A bid to give Utah and the District of Columbia new voting representation in the House failed in the Senate today. As Todd Zwillick reports from our Capitol Hill Bureau, Utah may now have to wait several years to get another representative.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah native Ron Carlson's new book is the story of three men on a plateau in Idaho who are building a giant ramp for a TV motorcycle stunt. They're your stereotypical, taciturn men of the West, but throughout the story they each reveal themselves in cautious yet profound ways. It's Carlson's first novel in 30 years, and it's been called "bluntly beautiful and unnerving." Ron Carlson is in Logan this week, and joins Doug from the campus of Utah State University.
Salt Lake City, UT – In an age that is in natural historian David Petersen's words "increasingly urbanized, denatured, domesticated, and virtualized," why do so many people still engage in the ancient ritual of hunting? For Petersen, it is a love - a sacred game that places the human animal squarely at the heart of nature. As the West enters the Fall hunting season, Petersen talks to Doug Fabrizio about the ethics and responsibilities of the modern hunter. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Gone With the Wind is one of the most enduring films in American Cinema. The 1939 classic had a record-breaking budget of some $4 million dollars, three years advance publicity - and a screenplay that was essentially written in 5 days. It's the stuff of Hollywood legend, and the focus of Salt Lake Acting Company's new production, Moonlight and Magnolias. Thursday on RadioWest, we're looking at the play, and at David O Selznick's vision of what a film could be.
Salt Lake City, UT – The field of candidates for Salt Lake City's municipal election was narrowed by yesterday's primary election. The early frontrunner in the mayor's race was eliminated. KUER's Dan Bammes has more.
Jenny Brundin, Elaine Clark and Tasha Cook contributed to the story.
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."
Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake County's Clerk Sherrie Swensen is hoping 25 to 30% of registered voters turn out for Tuesday's state-wide primary election. Harvard historian Alexander Keyssar says such low numbers show that our democracy has become lethargic, and that the act of voting is not greatly prized. Keyssar is coming to Utah this week, and today he joins Doug to talk about this hard-won right. It's about race and class and the meaning of democracy in contemporary life.
Salt Lake City, UT – Harvard Professor Thomas Forrest Kelly says Beethoven's Ninth Symphony has become the most famous piece of classical music in Western culture. But he says to really appreciate it, you have to try and hear it in the same audiences did when it was first performed in Vienna in 1824. Professor Kelly joined us in March to explain what his Ninth Symphony reveals about Beethoven's genius.
Washington, DC – U.S. senators questioned the government's top mine safety regulator yesterday. They wanted to know who's to blame for the recent disaster that claimed the lives of nine men and injured six others at the Crandall Canyon mine in central Utah. Charles Davis reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – While some candidates for mayor have tried to distance themselves from Salt Lake City's current mayor, Keith Christensen came into the race with Rocky Anderson's endorsement. He's a businessman and former chair of the Salt Lake City Council. KUER's Jenny Brundin has this profile.
Salt Lake City, UT – Monday evening, JD Williams died in his Salt Lake City home. Williams, who taught politics at the University of Utah for some 40 years, was mentor to numerous local and national politicians and a passionate example of service to the community. His friend and student Sharlene Linford said he taught everyone the importance of character. For Williams, being a good person was the foundation for being a better citizen. Thursday, we remember JD Williams, and his lasting impact on Utah and the nation.
Salt Lake City, UT – Dave Buhler's campaign advertising has tried to position him as a reasonable, open-minded guy. That's apparently a response to the public perception of Salt Lake City's incumbent mayor, Rocky Anderson. Buhler's banking on that strategy landing him in the mayor's office. Dan Bammes has this profile.
Salt Lake City, UT – Ten years of service in the Utah legislature has given Ralph Becker a solid political base in the Avenues neighborhood he represents. Now he's trying to expand that to cover the rest of Salt Lake. KUER's Dan Bammes has a profile.
Stansbury Park, UT – A full lunar eclipse last week gave Utahns an uncommon sight of the moon. That's when the moon passes through the earth's shadow. It's been several years since the last one was visible from Utah. Tuesday morning, a few hours before dawn, amateur astronomers gathered at Stansbury Park Observatory, half an hour west of Salt Lake City, to watch the event. Reporter Sheri Quinn has this audio portrait.
Salt Lake City, UT – Long-time Latino activist John Renteria has tossed his hat into the already crowded ring of Salt Lake City mayoral candidates. What has set him apart from the pack so far have been his run-in with the law and his passion for promoting west-side issues. KUER's Tasha Cook reports:
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with the writer Hampton Sides. His book Blood and Thunder is about the epic conquest of the American West. It's a story with heroes and villains - at the center of it all is Kit Carson, the legendary trapper, scout and soldier. Doug talked to Sides about the conflict between Manifest Destiny and the actual lives of the people in the West. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – J.P. Hughes is a 64-year old physician who has traveled the world, bringing medical supplies to hospitals as far away as Argentina, and India. Closer to home, he's passionate about helping the city's poor and representing ordinary Salt Lakers in City Hall. KUER's Jenny Brundin has this profile.
Salt Lake City, UT – The race for mayor of Salt Lake City is officially non-partisan. But city voters haven't elected a Republican to lead Utah's capital city in more than three decades. Mayoral contender Jenny Wilson, who is the daughter of one former Democratic mayor of Salt Lake City, is hoping that, with enough support, she'll be able to continue that tradition and her family's own. KUER's Tasha Cook reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – The writer Jay Heinrichs says that Americans aren't argumentative enough. Not really. Nothing particularly artful about the shouting that passes for argument in public discourse these days. But for Heinrichs, a proper argument is an art and quite an ancient one. Today on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation about the art of rhetoric. This isn't a fight. Rhetoric, Heinrichs says, is the essential skill of leadership and the better we do it, the more civil our society. (Rebroadcast).
Salt Lake City, UT – The topic for today's RadioWest is joy. The acclaimed writer Barbara Ehrenreich will be our guest to talk about a particular kind of joy - communal joy. The kind that's been expressed throughout the ages when large groups of people have gathered to feast and to dance. Ehrenreich found that dancing has been a critical part of the way humans evolved and thrived, but overtime for various reasons we've resisted this part of our nature. But why? Her book is called Dancing in the Streets. (Rebroadcast)
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.
Salt Lake City, UT – What did you send with your kid to eat today or what are you expecting she'll get from the cafeteria or the vending machine. Nutrition expert Margo Wootan says young people will get nearly half of their calories at school and their options can be limited. Today on RadioWest, we're talking about kids and junk food. The stakes are obvious. Nearly a quarter of all teens are now classified as obese or at risk of becoming overweight, but what exactly do you do about it?
Salt Lake City, UT – On September 11, 1857, pioneers traveling from Arkansas to California stopped to rest in present day Washington County, Utah. In what is now known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre, 120 people were killed by the Mormon Militia and Paiute Indians. 150 years later, and the question of who gave the orders is still creating controversy. A new fictional account of the tragedy opened this weekend and Wednesday, Doug is joined by historians and film experts for a look at its portrayal of the events.