Salt Lake City, UT – Last week a jury in Kingman, Arizona convicted Kelly Fischer of having sex with a 16 year old girl. Fischer is a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he had taken the girl as one of his multiple wives. Tuesday on RadioWest, we are exploring the significance of the case, and asking what the conviction reveals about the difference between the way Arizona is dealing with the enduring issue of polygamy and the way Utah is approaching it.
Salt Lake City, UT – Homeowners who participate in Utah Power's "Blue Sky" program may think the wind power they're buying for their electricity comes from Utah. It doesn't. It's from wind turbines in Idaho. Although Governor Jon Huntsman has said he supports clean and renewable energy, Utah is lagging far behind other states in the Mountain West in wind power development. Anne Milliken reports. (Story produced by Ben Bombard.)
Salt Lake City, UT – The ability to assist one another - to make sacrifices for one another - is a characteristic that makes us human. But "help" isn't an overly simple concept. We all need it from time to time, but how do we know that the aid we are offering is actually wanted or effective? What does it mean to help? Author Garret Keizer joins Doug for a look at the necessity, the limits and the contradictions of helping our fellow man.
Salt Lake City, UT – As a child, Jean-Michel Cousteau was thrown overboard with newly invented SCUBA gear on his back by his ocean-exploring father Jacques Cousteau. After a lifetime of relationship with the water, Jean-Michel is himself an explorer, environmentalist, educator and film producer. He joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about his career and his passion for one of Earth's greatest resources. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Does the desert heat have a sound? Today on Utah Soundscapes, three artists-- a writer, a musician and a poet-- share their thoughts for this week's audio postcard. Our piece on the sound of desert heat was produced by Jeff Rice for Utah Soundscapes. You heard the voices of Charles Bowden, Steve Roach and Ofelia Zepeda. Music was composed and performed by Steve Roach.
Bonneville Salt Flats, UT – Some of you may have used the day off yesterday to mow the lawn. Bobby Cleveland took his lawnmower to the Bonneville Salt Flats. And there he tried to set the record for the world's fastest lawnmower. Anne Milliken and producer Ben Bombard have the story.
Salt Lake City, UT – Though the cooler temperatures and rain of the past few days have helped fire fighters contain several of Utah's wildfires, thousands of acres have already burned this season, and warmer, drier weather is on the horizon. Environmental reporter Rocky Barker is the author of Scorched Earth: How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America. He joins Doug to talk about fires in the American West, and about how clashing values and science inform our environmental policies.
Salt Lake City, UT – In his book "Strength and Honor," author Richard Cote describes the life of Dolley Madison. It was a life lived not as an appendage to her husband President James Madison, but marked by her own extraordinary ability. Cote sees her as a true example of the difference between heroine and mere celebrity. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Pulitzer prize winning critic Gail Caldwell poses a complicated question in the first line of her new memoir -- How do we become who we are? "A Strong West Wind" is her journey -- from the daughter of a World War II veteran in the Texas Panhandle to a passionate rebel navigating the turbulent 60s. Caldwell joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about how place, family, art and love mold us all. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – So you've got your cell phone and your iPod and your children are playing on the Game Boy -- are we connected, or have we isolated ourselves in a world of technology? Do you have a place where you shut off the devices and listen to the world around you? Doug Fabrizio talks to Michael Bugeja, author of "Interpersonal Divide: The Search for Community in a Technological Age," about how we control our gadgets while making certain they don't control us. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – What's the most unusual sound you've ever heard? Utah Soundscapes producer Jeff Rice has been asking people that question from time to time. Recently, he asked one Utah graduate student. The answer turned into this week's audio postcard. Jeff Rice introduces it.
Salt Lake City, UT – In one of the most closely watched Republican primary election races in the country, incumbent Congressman Chris Cannon won the nomination yesterday to seek a sixth consecutive term representing Utah's 3rd District in the U-S House of Representatives. KUER's Tasha Cook has more on that story. KUER's Jenny Brundin looks at some state legislative races in yesterday's primary, and KUER's Dan Bammes reports on how the state's new electronic voting machines performed in their first real test.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tomorrow is National HIV Testing Day, and we're marking that day with a profile of one man. The story is about the promise he has kept for the past 15 years -- a promise that has changed his life. Producer and University of Utah student Heidi Bogus has this profile of a man who kept that promise in a particularly stressful job.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tonight at eight thirty at the Utah Arts Festival in downtown Salt Lake City's Library Square, the Utah Symphony and Opera will present portions of an operatic adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel, "The Grapes of Wrath." This work-in--progress performance is the opera's first with an orchestra. KUER's Tasha Cook met with the opera's Obie Award-winning composer, Ricky Ian Gordon.
Salt Lake City, UT – Another offering of the Utah Arts Festival is "Reflective Skin." It is an unusual sound installation produced by Salt Lake City artists Gary Vlasic, Erik Dodd and Jesse Walker. Audiences will be treated to an evocative, layered soundscape at 6:30 and 10:45 nightly through Sunday. KUER's Tasha Cook discussed the meaning of "Reflective Skin" with the trio and sent this audio postcard.
Salt Lake City, UT – The 30th annual Utah Arts Festival opens today in downtown Salt Lake City. The festival brings together hundreds of visual artists, poets, musicians and street performers. KUER's Tasha Cook spoke with Arthur Pembleton, a featured artist and the creator of the "Dead Momma Database."
Salt Lake City, UT – Brown-headed cowbirds are common in rural areas throughout the state of Utah. A local scientist has made some interesting discoveries about this bird's unusual song and dance routine. Jeff Rice reports for the Utah Soundscape series.
Salt Lake City, UT – Considered a propogandist by some and a revolutionary by others, Upton Sinclair's writing blurred the lines between life, politics and art. He published over 90 books, but is perhaps best known for The Jungle, his 1906 expose of the inhuman working conditions in Chicago's stockyards. In the new book "Radical Innocent," biographer Anthony Arthur looks at the social activism that informed Sinclair's writing, and that helped him transform a nation.
Salt Lake City, UT – If you were into obscure, but raw music, there was one brief moment in the early 90s when Utah's underground music scene really lived up to its name. They called it punk, but that wasn't the best way of defining the sound. Some of these musicians came out of hardcore straight edge bands. They fused coarse riffs with atonal jazz and hard rock. In the process, they also developed a tight community infused with a remarkable energy. Doug talks with veterans of Salt Lake's punk scene Tuesday on RadioWest.
Washington, DC – It's been called a new Cold War. About 40-percent of all the people on earth live in two countries -- India and China. The economies of those countries are growing exponentially, and both nations have beefed up their military arsenals over the past 20 years. These nations are siphoning off service sector computer jobs from Utah, and that concerns the state's lawmakers in Congress. In the first of a special two-part series, Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill.