Salt Lake City, UT – The cemetery at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City includes graves going back to the Civil War. Those American soldiers and others, including some who have died in Iraq, were remembered in services held by the U.S. Army Reserve's 96th Regional Readiness Command on Memorial Day. KUER's Tasha Cook attended the remembrance and brought back this audio postcard.
Salt Lake City, UT – Monday on RadioWest, we're exploring the way religion - in particular the Mormon religion - is portrayed in popular culture. We're using as a kind of case study an episode from the animated program South Park called "All About the Mormons?" which takes on the most sacred accounts of the church's origins. Our guests will explain why there's more here then just satire. It's also about belief, faith and the view outsiders have of the fantastic stories that are part of most religions. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Whether or not Utahns will actually be voting on school vouchers in this November's election sunk deeper into already murky water yesterday. Governor Jon Huntsman announced he would not hold a special legislative session to help clarify the issue. Voucher proponents meantime - petitioned the courts to step in and sort the matter out. KUER's Jenny Brundin has the story.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act, creating one of the greatest public works projects in history and a significant development in American culture. As you prepare for your Memorial Day weekend - Whether your journey takes you on the highway or down a meandering side-road -- we're rebroadcasting our conversation about some unforgettable trips and about the appeal of the open road. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – More than 8,500 students a year in Utah miss out on graduating from high school. For many of them, the Clearfield Job Corps Center provides a second chance. KUER's Tasha Cook interviews the center's director.
Spring City, UT – The town of Spring City, Utah was added to the National Historic Register in 1978, and the town boasts some splendid examples of architecture from the mid to late 19th and early 20th centuries. As Spring City prepares for its annual Heritage Day home tours, we're asking questions about historic preservation. What is it about these buildings that make them worth saving? What does "preservation" mean in a living community? Join us for a live broadcast from Spring City Hall.
Spring City, UT – This week, RadioWest is live in Spring City, Utah. On Tuesday, we begin our conversations with a portrait of the town. Settled by Mormon pioneers in 1852, Spring City remains uniquely well-preserved in architecture and charm. In 1978, the entire town was listed as a National Historic District, and throughout the years has become home to many regionally and nationally recognized artists. Join Doug for a look at the history, economy and character of this rural Utah town.
Salt Lake City, UT – In January, a couple from Salt Lake City made an unprecedented offer to Utah's creative community, something that dozens of visual artists found irrestistible. This weekend, the public is invited to see the results. KUER"s Jennifer Napier-Pearce reports.
The 3-3-7 Project is free and open to the public this weekend and next at 337 South 400 East in Salt Lake City. More information is available online at 337project.org.
Washington D.C. – Congress is debating the reauthorization of the controversial No Child Left Behind Act this year. That's the federal law mandating that all of the nation's children read and write at grade level by 2012. One big battle looms over children with limited English skills and whether they should be tested in their own language.
Salt Lake City, UT – Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, with more than 1 million cases annually. And it's not just the summer sun that's placing us at risk. With tanning beds, people are keeping their "golden glow" throughout the year. Doctors warn though that any exposure to UV radiation increases a person's risk of cancer. Tuesday on RadioWest, we'll talk about the price of tanning and about the social and cultural values we place on our complexion.
Washington, DC – Shakespeare wrote that "All the world's a stage," and that includes the U.S. House and Senate. So recently, Republican Utah Senator Bob Bennett joined fellow lawmakers to perform a parody of Romeo and Juliet. It was a benefit performance for Washington's Shakespeare Theatre. From Capitol Hill, Chad Pergram has the story.
Salt Lake City, UT – This Sunday is Mother's Day and this morning, we bring you an essay from a local writer - Peta Owens-Liston. She's the mother of two young boys a mother who has come to understand that her sons' questions and observations have made her life much richer.
Salt Lake City, UT – From grade school lessons to Disney characters, most Americans have some mental image of Pocahontas. But even beyond the romantacized notions, historians characterize her as bold, vivacious and very, very smart. This week, the PBS series Nova premiered a new documentary "Pocahontas Revealed." As America remembers the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, Doug talks to the show's writer and director about the realities of one our nation's most enduring heroines.
Salt Lake City, UT – A national policy, research and advocacy organization publishes a study analyzing the achievement gap and the economic benefit of pursuing a secondary school education in Utah. KUER's Tasha Cook interviews the president of the Alliance for Excellent Education.
Salt Lake City, UT – A group of local doctors recently proposed a list of prescriptions to address Utah's dirty air. Topping the list is a moratorium on new coal-fire power plants in the state, but supporters of proposed facilities like one in Sevier County argue that new plants are safe and a boon to the local economy. Wednesday, we'll look at the politics of coal in Utah and at coal's impact on people and communities.
Salt Lake City, UT – When the Glen Canyon Dam was built, 186 miles of the Colorado River flooded and the Lake Powell Reservoir was born. Katie Lee has called it the "damning of an Eden unequaled." Lee is an author, folk singer, poet and river runner and at 87, she continues to mourn the river that formed her. She joins Doug, along with Ken "Seldom Seen" Sleight, to talk about Glen Canyon and about lives dedicated to environmental activism.
Washington, DC – Last month the House okayed a bill that would award Utah a fourth Congressional seat. Now the plan moves to the Senate. Yesterday, the package scored the support of two key senators. Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill.
Washington, DC – Utah Republican Senator Robert Bennett joined forces with Democrats to introduce a bill that provides health insurance to all Americans. As Jodi Breisler reports, it's a rare bi-partisan effort in a Congress that's deeply divided.
Salt Lake City, UT – Choreographer and University of Utah dance professor Stephen Koester directed a highly respected national dance company in the 1980s and 1990s. But after eight years in Utah, he'd never shown audiences an evening of his own works...until now. Robin Sussingham sat in on a rehearsal of "Dance Koester Dance" to find out why the event is causing such a stir in the local dance community.