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.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Charles Bowden about his book Shadow in the City. For nearly a decade, Bowden wrote about the illegal drug trade. When he met a narcotics agent Joey O'Shay, he realized both men wanted the same thing, they wanted out. O'Shay had spent more than 20 years undercover and he realized he had stopped believing in what he was doing. But as Bowden points out it's not a story about the drug problem, it's a story of the human heart. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – I'm attending the 34th Annual International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) conference in NYC in early January. This is the largest assembly of Jazz industry people in the world. Players, educators, Radio and TV people along with promoters and record company folks.
Salt Lake City, UT – "Fair Trade" is a business model which links retailers directly to producers in developing countries to guarantee them greater equity in the global economy. Doug Fabrizio is joined by Katie Olsen and Doug Dirks of Ten Thousand Villages, and by Kimberly Grimes, author of "Artisans and Cooperatives," for a look at the challenges of the global market and at the impact of Fair Trade on the lives of artisans throughout the world. (Rebroadcast)
Washington DC – The Republican leadership of the Utah legislature met the deadline for acting on new district boundaries to give Utah a 4th seat in the U.S. House of Representatives this week, but the proposal was going nowhere in Washington, DC. KUER Capitol Hill Correspondent Chad Pergram reports.
Washington, D.C. – A commission headed by former Secretary of State James Baker will make its recommendations on the Iraq war to President Bush. And at least one Utah lawmaker wants to "wait and see" what the so-called "Iraq Study Group" will recommend. Our congressional correspondent Max Cacas reports:
Washington, D.C. – Republican congressional leaders on Capitol Hill have decided against awarding Utah another seat in the House of Representatives. Lawmakers mulled the idea of increasing the size of the House by two seats. To accomplish that, they would grant the District of Columbia representation...and balance it with a seat in Utah. Chad Pergram has this report from our Capitol Hill bureau:
Salt Lake City, UT – When the Utah Jazz and EnergySolutions announced the name change for The Delta Center, it didn't take long for the public to invent their own monikers. EnergySolutions is best known for its nuclear waste disposal, reflected in nicknames for The EnergySolutions Arena like The Radium Stadium, The Glow Dome or The Waste Basket. Wednesday on RadioWest, we'll talk about the deal, and about what part naming rights play in a corporation's strategy to create an image.
Washington DC – RadioWest will not be heard today. KUER and NPR will bring you live anchored coverage of the Senate Armed Services Committee's hearings to consider the nomination of Robert M. Gates to be Secretary of Defense. The coverage will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will conclude with a wrap up at 7:00 p.m. During the committee's lunch break, The Diane Rehm Show will look at some of the challenges Gates will face if confirmed as expected.
Salt Lake City – The non-partisan research group Utah Foundation released a report this week analyzing five options for health care reform. The ideas are focused on controlling the costs of health coverage, something that's at the top of many business leaders' list of concerns. The Salt Lake Chamber's Employer's Healthcare Coalition helped to set the agenda for the study. Greg Fredde, a vice-president of Merit Medical, served on that committee. Steve Kroes is the executive director of the Utah Foundation. They spoke with KUER's Dan Bammes.
Salt Lake City, UT – When comedian Larry Miller says Americans are spoiled, he isn't saying we're awful people. "It just means that we're a little on the softside." But like many cultural observers before him, he thinks that as long as we can laugh at ourselves, we'll be alright. Miller is known for his roles in movies like Best in Show, but he is also a commentator with a regular humor column for The Weekly Standard. He's in Salt Lake City and joins Doug to talk about satire and about being "Spoiled Rotten in America."
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Jenni Jackson, who earlier in her life was man - a Sandy city councilman and a leader in his LDS community. Jackson is now a woman, and despite all the change in her life she's still outgoing and ambitious. Jackson joined Doug last March - along with others in the transgendered community - to talk about their journey of transformation, the choices they've made, and the deepest meaning of identity. (Rebroadcast)
Park City, UT – A Utah legislative committee heard public comment yesterday in Park City on the proposed maps for an added 4th Congressional District. The committee members gathered at Miner's Hospital Community Center to hear concerns from residents. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – With Utah considering plans to create a fourth congressional seat, many questions come into play. It's not just about what that district should look like. Critics are also asking about the process itself. Thursday on RadioWest, we'll look at how redistricting is playing out in the state, and at the broader implications for a representative democracy.