Salt Lake City, UT – We've all heard the nuggets of wisdom that would guide the listener to a happier life: "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you" or "Life is what you make of it." Award-winning psychologist Jonathan Haidt has applied the scrutiny of science to your grandmother's sayings to see just how true they are. He joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about his book "The Happiness Hypothesis," where he finds fresh insight on the age-old quest for contentment.
Salt Lake City, UT – America has long attracted the brightest minds from around the world to work in high-tech and scientific jobs. In the last decade, however, that trend has been changing. Many PhDs are being recruited by other countries aggressively seeking top knowledge workers. Jenny Brundin talks to David Heenan, author of Flight Capital: The Alarming Exodus of America's Best and Brightest. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake Acting Company has once again turned its creative energy to a topic that concerns all Utahns ... water. The evening is a serious of short, original pieces from the pens of nine playwrights. Doug is joined by three of them -- Julie Jensen, Mike Dorrell and Mary Fengar Gail -- as well as by two of the performers for a look at the west and one of its most precious commodities.
Salt Lake City, UT – A national summit on identity theft has brought together officials from 21 states to talk about ways to combat one of the fastest growing crimes in the country. The meeting was also an opportunity to launch Utah's new reporting system designed to help victims report identity theft crimes to law enforcement agencies. KUER's Tasha Cook has more.
Salt Lake City, UT – Thousands of immigration reform advocates protested yesterday at the City-County Building in downtown Salt Lake City. Monday's event followed a similar march on Sunday, which was the largest protest rally in state history. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Michael Pollan says America is suffering from a national eating disorder. Pollan, author of the new book The Omnivore's Dilemma, has spent the last five years following the food chains that sustain humans. He was trying to answer the most straightforward of questions - What should I eat? - but he realized he couldn't get at that without understanding these two others: Just what am I eating? And Where in the world did it come from?
Salt Lake City, Ut – Alternative fuel advocates recently gathered at the downtown Salt Lake City library to discuss Utah's bio-diesel industry. The discussion has become more pressing as fuel prices continue to rise and air quality is worsened by Utahns who drive their cars more miles than ever before. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, Ut – Crowds much larger than either organizers or police expected turned out Sunday for a march through downtown Salt Lake City, demonstrating both Latino pride and opposition to the harsh immigration laws proposed in Congress. Pablo Celis reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – After 20 years, the story of Mark Hofmann's crimes -- consummate forgeries and subsequent murders -- continues to reveal new layers of intrigue and evidence. In his book, Motive for Murder, Salt Lake City Police Department forensic examiner George Throckmorton writes his account of the investigation. He and his colleagues believe they have uncovered a motive, a piece of the puzzle that has eluded the legal establishment. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – In a world where religion is increasingly a driving force for politics, culture and community discourse, what is the role of secularism? Next week, the University of Utah's Vincent Pecora will deliver the third annual Gordon B Hinckley Lecture in British Studies entitled "Religion and Culture: Secularism and its Discontents," and joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about what meaning and value there may be in ethics that are not driven by religious doctrine.
Salt Lake City – With major immigrant-rights rallies raging across the country- and descending on the nation's Capitol- the Senate Judiciary Committee finally reached agreement on an immigration reform bill. The legislation is expected to hit the Senate Floor as early as Wednesday. Utah's Senators say there is more work to be done on the bill, which includes a controversial guest worker program. From our Capitol Hill bureau, Jill Morrison reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Thirty years after the glam-rock band The New York Dolls had flamed out and broken up, film maker Greg Whitely found bassist Arthur "Killer" Kane in the Mormon Church's Family History Library in Los Angeles. He had quit drugs and found God but he had this beautiful dream to get the band back together. RadioWest looks at the making of the film and the remarkable influence of the New York Dolls. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Part 2 looks at Jennifer Lee Jackson new life as a woman, how it has affected her relations with family and friends and her bid for political office in one of the most conservative states in the country.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday and Wednesday, KUER's Jenny Brundin has brought you the extraordinary story of Jenni Jackson, a man who became a woman and is now running for the Utah State Senate. Wednesday on RadioWest, Doug is joined by Brundin and Jackson, as well as others from Utah's transgendered community, for a look at their journey of transformation - the choices they've made, the lives they live, and their honesty about who they are.
Salt Lake City, UT – In part 1 of "Jenni's Story," we go back to her early years as a young boy named Ken Prince who felt he was born with the body of a male, but who had the mind and soul of a female. Later in life, Ken Prince was a successful salesman, church leader and father of six. But he endured years of anguish, overwhelmed by his desire to be a woman.
Salt Lake City, UT – When a herd of cows is gunned down on a lonely dirt road in the Grand Staircase National Monument, an investigative journalist, a U.S. Ranger and a Dineh Indian elder set out to to find out who's responsible and head-off a full scale land war. Mark Taylor's new novel "Patriots: the Redrock Land War" has been named a finalist for the 2005 Utah Book Award for fiction, and Taylor joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about misguided patriotism, violent confrontation, political conspiracy and sacred Native American belief.
Salt Lake City, UT – Andrew Carroll traveled throughout the US and 35 countries to collect the personal correspondence of troops and civilians in times of war. The result was 200 letters that portray the realities of conflict and sacrifice from the American Revolution to Iraq. He's collected them into the new book "Behind the Lines," and joins Doug Fabrizio in studio to talk about his search ... and about what he found. (Repeat)
Washington, DC – Republican Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and all three of Utah's House members stand for re-election this fall. President Bush's flagging poll numbers on Iraq are exciting Democrats as the midterm elections creep closer. Experts believe Democrats could make gains in both the House and the Senate, but it's doubtful the president's vulnerability could have much of an impact here in Utah. Chad Pergram examines the influence of the war at the ballot box.
Washington, DC – Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and all three of the state's house members stand for re-election this fall. President Bush's flagging poll numbers on Iraq are exciting Democrats as the mid-term elections creep closer. Experts believe Democrats could make gains in both the House and the Senate. But it's doubtful the president's vunerability could have much of an impact in Utah. From our Capitol Hill Bureau, Chad Pergram examines the influence of the war at the ballot box.
Salt Lake City, UT – Next month marks the 40th anniversary of the University of Utah Seismograph Stations and the 100th anniversary of the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Mary Lou Zoback's lecture tonight at the Salt Lake City Library will highlight the disaster of the California quake, and what we, in Utah, can learn from earthquake science. In an interview, Zoback shares her research findings about the great Wasatch Fault with KUER's Tasha Cook.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1945, the sacred text of one of the world's earliest Christian sects was uncovered in Upper Egypt. The discovery of the Gnostic Gospels -- including the Gospel of Thomas -- has fascinated scholars and ignited imaginations since. Preeminent theologian Elaine Pagels is in Salt Lake City, and joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about how Christianity may have been different had these teachings of Jesus been a part of church canon from the earliest days.