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.
Washington D.C. – Yesterday, the house passed a bill raising the minimum wage by 2 dollars and 10 cents. But one Utah lawmaker says if the same bill gets through the Senate the President should veto it. Benjamin Shaw reports from Capitol Hill.
Washington, D.C. – The debate over the use of embryonic stem cells is returning to Capitol Hill this week. Senator Orrin Hatch is predicting victory for supporters of the research, despite President Bush's opposition. The Senate could be on the verge of overriding the president. Todd Zwillich reports from our Capitol Hill bureau.
Salt Lake City, UT – Monday on RadioWest, we're bringing you a conversation that might just help as you craft your New Year's resolutions. The writer Po Bronson profiled nearly 900 people for his book What Should I Do With My Life? What he found was that people were rarely struck with epiphanies, but with a sort of urging whisper. Some people succeeded in finding their passions - many didn't. Doug talks to Bronson about the questions we all ask ourselves. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Imagine some of the greatest classical music climbing the charts with people streaming thousands of videos on the web - it's Stravinsky or Dvorak with a bullet. This year's album No Boundaries by the extraordinary piano quintet The Five Browns was immensely popular. These five siblings from Alpine, Utah joined us this summer to tell their family story - and to talk about their collective and separate passion for music. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – The sights and sounds of daily ranch life in Montana inspire singer songwriter Stephanie Davis -- from the trills of sandhill cranes in the spring and herding cows to new grass in the summer, to the choir of coyotes in the dead of winter. Davis is a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion," and she joined us last March -- guitar in hand -- to talk about her music, and the music of the American West. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday on RadioWest we're offering you another conversation with one of America's great musicians - Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal has said music requires commitment - and it's more than just attention to your craft or hard work on the road. Music, says Taj Mahal, requires a commitment to the principles of humanity. Doug talked to the bluesman in 2003 about his career and his music, and the deep and diverse roots that make up his body of work. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Tim O'Brien has said that creating music is as simple as making something new out of something old. This philosophy, along with his talent and versatility, has resulted in over 30 years of music well-grounded in the traditions of the American South and Ireland. In his hands though, the rhythms and themes morph into modern expressions. Doug talked to this 2006 Grammy Award Winner last August when he was in Salt Lake City. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday we begin a series of conversations with key legislative players for the 2007 session. Doug first talks to Rebecca Walsh of the Salt Lake Tribune about who the people are to watch. Then, we profile Senate Majority Leader Curt Bramble and House Majority Leader David Clark.
Salt Lake City, UT – There are those that claim that there is "nothing" to be found on the 1.7 million acres of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. But as writer Brooke Williams explains, "nothing is not absence, but presence." In his new book, Williams and photographer Chris Noble tour the chasms and gorges, the mesas and the buttes that harbor flora, fauna and a rich history. Williams joins Doug to talk about "Escalante: The Best Kind of Nothing."
Salt Lake City, UT – We know you're busy getting the last minute details ready for your holiday weekend. Why not take a break, sit down, and enjoy two moving stories. RadioWest presents Truman Capotes "A Christmas Memory" and Ron Carlson's "The H Street Sledding Record." They'll make you remember why the season is so important ... (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Everyone would agree that using money well can make the world a better place, but what is the real effect of money on the soul? On this edition of Your Personal Economy, Radio West takes a look at the Spiritual Side of Money with help from the Episcopal Bishop of Utah, Carolyn Tanner Irish and Buddhist meditation teacher Shirley Ray. John Bird from the Albion Financial Group will also join Dan Bammes for this special holiday program, looking not at what money can buy, but at what it means.
Salt Lake City, UT – Winifred Graham made headlines throughout the United States and England with warnings of young women - Mormon converts - leaving for Utah by the thousands. As part of her campaign, she published a novel in 1911, which was later made into the now-cult classic film "Trapped by the Mormons." The film has been released again on DVD, and Doug is joined by film historians for a conversation about the fears that drove early 20th century anti-Mormon sentiment and how those were reflected in cinema.
Salt Lake City – When Democrats take control of Congress next month, one thing they plan to do immediately is to raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to more than seven dollars an hour. A new study by the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Utah says that would affect more than 84-thousand workers in Utah who earn seven dollars or less. Community advocate Pamela Atkinson serves on the task force that commissioned the study. She spoke with KUER's Dan Bammes.
Salt Lake City, UT – Last Tuesday, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided 6 Swift & Company meat plants across the country. One of those facilities is in Hyrum, Utah, where 145 people were arrested on criminal charges or immigration violations. Monday on RadioWest we'll look at what part the raids play in ICE's plans to address immigration issues and at the fall-out for Cache Valley's Latino Community.
Salt Lake City, UT – The writer and cultural observer Juliet Schor joins Doug to talk about how the advertising industry is targeting children. Schor says ads aimed at kids are everywhere these days. One writer said the marketing effort is turning young people into oversexed, status-obsessed, attention deficient little consumers. Schor talks about the trend, and what it means to have commercialized children. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – It's the largest budget in Utah history --10.7 billion dollars, padded by a huge revenue surplus. Governor Jon Huntsman unveiled his spending plan yesterday in advance of the legislative session. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.