Salt Lake City, UT – A national translators group met this week in Utah, a state where much of the population speaks foreign languages. But the group says the United States is falling behind because of a lack of people trained to do the detailed work of translation. KUER's Tasha Cook reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – In his memoir "No One Makes It Alone," Judge Andrew Valdez traces his journey from poor, fatherless paperboy to respected judge in Utah's Third District Juvenile Court, and honors his mentor, businessman Jack Keller, along the way. On Tuesday, Doug talks with Judge Valdez about his life, his accomplishments and his on-going commitment to helping troubled youth. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Author Jay Heinrichs says that Americans aren't argumentative ... but that they should be. It's not about fighting though, it's about rhetoric. The art of persuasion used to be at the core of education and according to Heinrichs, "the better we do it, the more civil our society is." Jay Heinrichs has a new book on the history and the strategies of rhetoric, and joins Doug to explain what orators from Cicero to Homer Simpson can teach us about skillful discourse.
Washington DC – Utah could potentially score a fourth Congressional seat and an additional electoral vote if House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland has his way. Last night, Hoyer announced he'd call a vote by the end of the month to grow the size of the House by two seats. The plan would award the District of Columbia a seat...and Utah an at-large seat. Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – During the Rwandan genocide in 1994, hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina refused to succumb to the madness that surrounded him. Instead, he protected more than 1200 Tutsis and Hutu moderates who were in danger of losing their lives to homicidal mobs. Rusesabagina's actions were the subject of the film "Hotel Rwanda." Now he's written his autobiography. It details the inner life of a man who found a vast reserve of courage ... an "Ordinary Man" who became a hero.
Salt Lake City, UT – Chances are, you've heard the finale from Beethoven's Ninth many times. Ode to Joy is common in cartoons and commercials and is still played to mark pivotal events like the fall of the Berlin wall. Its premiere 183 years ago was entirely different though. The musicians who first performed it had only rehearsed three times. Renowned musicologist Thomas Forrest Kelly is coming to Utah to talk about Beethoven's Ninth, Then and Now, and joins Doug for a look at the First Night of the Choral Symphony.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah's 2007 legislative session closed late Wednesday evening. It was a relatively quiet session because of a large budget surplus that lawmakers were willing to spend. Friday on RadioWest, Dan Bammes is joined by the University of Utah's Matthew Burbank, Salt Lake Tribune reporter Matt Canham and Richard Piatt of KSL for a look at the victories and failures on Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake CIty, UT – Utah lawmakers ended their 45-day general session last night, putting the finishing touches on a budget expected to add up to 10.7 billion dollars and passing 422 bills. Using the biggest surplus in state history -- 1.7 billion dollars -- lawmakers carved up most of the money between education, roads and a 220-million dollar tax cut. Most lawmakers agreed this was a kinder, gentler session and most everyone went home happy. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Lawmakers are racing towards tonight's midnight deadline to finalize a 10-point-7 billion dollar budget. $900 million dollars in new spending was approved yesterday for roads, schools and other programs. But first -- last night, Governor Jon Huntsman refused to sign or veto a bill allowing the controversial expansion of a radioactive waste dump in Utah's West Desert. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – The biologist EO Wilson has been described as "one of the 20th century's greatest thinkers" and "Darwin's natural heir." Wilson himself often says he just never outgrew "the bug phase" that most children go through. The Harvard Professor Emeritus believes in the truth of nature and science, and that this truth holds the key to improving the human condition. EO Wilson is in Salt Lake City, and joins Doug in studio to talk about saving nature - and in turn ourselves.
Salt Lake City, UT – As the end of the legislative session approaches, bills can disappear into the Rules Committee -- and that may be the final fate of a compromise worked out between Utah's public universities and gun rights activists. At the same time, Utah lawmakers were debating a bill putting restrictions on the state's largest teachers' organization, all the while not mentioning the UEA by name. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – What do hospital rooms, dining room tables, high school proms and funerals have in common? Americans like to say it with flowers, buying around 10 million stems per day. In her new book Flower Confidential, Amy Stewart follows our quest for bigger, more beautiful and cheaper blooms. The journey takes her around the globe, and on Tuesday, Stewart joins Doug to talk about what is gained and lost in this mass commercialization of nature.
Salt Lake City, UT – As four gun-related bills wind their way through Utah's Capitol Hill, the community is still trying to make sense of the February 12 Trolley Square shooting. Gun-rights advocates feel that greater citizen access to concealed weapons could prevent such tragedies, while critics argue that it's ready access to firearms that lead to this sort of incident. Monday on RadioWest, we'll hear from both sides of this divisive issue, and ask what role American culture plays in fueling the debate.
Salt Lake City, UT – Among the legislation taken up at the Utah state capitol yesterday were education bills that deal with the shortage of teachers and that limit the creation of student clubs. Legislators also heard from U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Surveying the history of "doubt" is for author and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht "like seeing a map upside down." It's a bit disorienting because we tend to study our world through its moments of certainty. Doubt, though, is what drives us forward. As Hecht argues "every time you ask a question, you've got to come up with an answer." Jennifer Michael Hecht was in Utah last year, and she joined Doug to explain how doubt is just as vibrant as belief in its prescriptions for a good life. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Every year, Democrat Ralph Becker tries to persuade his colleagues in the Utah legislature to prohibit all but the smallest gifts from lobbyists. Every year his bills have been rejected. But this year, the House tightened the rules for reporting gifts even as they rejected Becker's proposal.
Salt Lake City, UT – Beth Hoffman wants us to stop for a moment and think about food in a deeper way at the environmental, cultural and artistic connections we have to cooking and eating in Utah. On Sunday, February 18th, Hoffman celebrated the Vietnamese New Year, also known as Tet.
Salt Lake City – Lawmakers take up measures on wearing seat belts, how to get people to pay child support, how students can form school clubs, and how to encourage people to buy fuel efficient cars. But first, KUER's Jenny Brundin reports on a rally of citizens on Capitol Hill, urging Governor Jon Huntsman to veto one bill in particular.
Salt Lake City, UT – Abraham Lincoln is often portrayed as a moderate whose main mission was to keep the country united. Biographer Richard Striner sees him not as a politician who only pragmatically freed the slaves though, but rather as a visionary political ethicist who from the beginning of his career strove for justice and human equality. Doug Fabrizio talks to Striner about his interpretations of Lincoln's speeches and writings. (Rebroadcast)