Salt Lake City, UT – On Utah's Capitol Hill Tuesday, lawmakers advanced bills to greatly expand drug treatment programs in Utah and also to make sure methamphetamine cooks can't buy the ingredients they need to make the deadly drug. They also passed bills aimed at parents who don't pay child support, protesters at funerals and children who want to hunt big game. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – A major tax-cutting bill is heading to the Utah House of Representatives. It would cut taxes by 250-million dollars and eliminate the state's portion of the sales tax on food. Supporters say it continues the tax reforms begun last year, but public schol officials and advocates for low-income families say there are problems with the bill. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday, RadioWest is live in Park City with Ira Glass, host of This American Life. Ira is in town for the Sundance Film Festival. He's promoting his new Showtime television program based on the radio show. Just how do you translate compelling radio into good TV? Doug talks to Ira Glass, Director Chris Wilcha and Director of Photography Adam Beckman.
Park City, UT – Sundance Film Festival-goers have a rare chance to hear first-hand accounts from survivors of the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in 1945. KUER's Tasha Cook met with Academy-award winning director Steven Okazaki to discuss his film in Park City.
Salt Lake City, UT – In the 1960s, young urban songwriters were searching for a new form of artistic expression to talk about cultural and political change. That search for something "new" took them back to something old. In Utah, musicians like Bruce "Utah" Phillips and Rosalie Sorrels and groups like "Uncle Lumpy" and "Polly and the Valley Boys" called on a rich musical tradition to create a "folk revival." Doug is joined by Rosalie Sorrels, Polly Stewart and Hal Cannon for a look at the heyday of folk music in the state.
Salt Lake City, UT – The first in a series on food from producer Beth Hoffman. She wants us to stop for a moment and think about food in a deeper way...to reflect upon the environmental, cultural and artistic connections we have to cooking and eating in Utah. She'll also introduce us to people here who are, well, really passionate about food. People like Valter Nassi, the host and concept man at the restaurant Cucina Toscana.
Park City, UT – The Sundance Film Festival's first days kicked off with a smorgasbord of sights and sounds. It's about film buffs and celebrity hounds swarming the streets of Park City. In her audio-postcard, KUER's Tasha Cook begins with actor and Sundance founder Robert Redford and festival director Geoffrey Gilmore as they kick off events. And then she captures the voices of fans at the festival:
Washington, DC – They've complained about big oil profits for years while in the minority, AND in their new role as Congressional majority Democrats today (Thursday) stuck it to oil companies in a major way - saving one of their most partisan bills for the last of their first 100-hours agenda. From Washington, Neil Simon reports.
(NARR) The new bill is the Democrat way of getting federal money from an energy industry seeing record profits.
Park City, UT – The Sundance Film Festival officially kicked off yesterday in Park City. The premier independent film festival is celebrating 26 years of showcasing feature films, shorts and documentaries by new artists. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah lawmakers took up a number of wide-ranging bills yesterday, from state park fees to tanning and from voting to dating violence. But first, KUER's Jenny Brundin reports that a controversial bill appears to be on the fast track on Utah's Capitol Hill -- government vouchers that parents could spend on private school education for their children.
Salt Lake City, UT – On February 28th, 1957, at the dedication ceremony for the new University of Utah Olpin Union Building, a time capsule was sealed and hidden somewhere in the building. But the opening of the copper box 50 years later as intended almost didn't happen. Last spring, university officials discovered no one had a clue as to where it was. So the 7-month search was on. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – At Utah's state capitol yesterday, lawmakers wrangled over criminal justice, health care and education issues that could have far-reaching effects on Utah's youth. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Health care advocates were back on Utah's Capitol Hill yesterday, pushing for what's called a "preferred drug list" that doctors could prescribe from for Medicaid patients. That's the state's health insurance program for the poor. Advocates say it can save the state millions of dollars a year. But they're up against a powerful pharmaceutical lobby. Also introduced yesterday were a handful of bills that get tough on child sex offenders. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – On Tuesday evening, January 16th, KUER presented An Evening with Diane Rehm. Her interview with Doug Fabrizio on RadioWest was broadcast live, and after the show we continued the conversation with questions from the theater audience. Listen here for this exclusive on-line audio presentation.
Salt Lake City, UT – Acclaimed director Robert Stone offers a new look at the most tangled and far-reaching murder mystery of all times. His American Experience documentary looks at the mythologies and the controversies which surround JFK's assassination - but it also probes the psychological wounds that haunt American politics and culture to this day. Stone joins Doug in studio to talk about Oswald's Ghost.
Farmington, UT – The Group Four Terrier Club hosted a Dog Agility Trial at the Davis County Fairgrounds in Farmington last weekend. More than 100 canine and human teams competed, and KUER's Elaine Clark brought back this audio postcard.
Washington, DC – In the first hours of the new Congress the House passed new rules aimed at limiting spending. They were pushed hard by moderate Democrats, like Utah's Jim Matheson, known as Blue Dogs. Neil Simon reports from Washington.
Salt Lake City, UT – Albert Maysles has created more than 3 dozen films - many of which are landmarks in documentary filmmaking. He and his brother David were pioneers in non-fiction feature films, and their work includes Salesman, Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens. The power of truth lies at the core of Maysles' work, but it is love that drives it. "After all," he says, "the knowledge of the real world is exactly what we need to better understand and therefore possibly to love one another." (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – For more than 25 years, The Diane Rehm Show has offered listeners thoughtful programs with many of the most distinguished people of our time. Tuesday at 7:00, Diane Rehm joins RadioWest and Doug Fabrizio live in Salt Lake City for an intimate evening of conversation.
Washington, D.C. – Utah Republican Congressman Chris Cannon reintroduced legislation today called Ag JOBS. It aims to fill vacant jobs in agriculture with immigrant labor. Jill Morrison has more from Capitol Hill.
Washington, D.C. – The U-S House again passed a bill today expanding federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. It was the second time around for the bill since May. Backers picked up even more support than they had last time. But Utah's lawmakers remain divided on the issue. Todd Zwillich has more from our Capitol Hill bureau.
Washington, D.C. – Utah Republican Congressman Chris Cannon reintroduced legislation on Wednesday called Ag JOBS. It aims to fill vacant jobs in agriculture with immigrant labor. Jill Morrison has more from Capitol Hill.