Salt Lake City, UT – State lawmakers decided yesterday not to debate a proposal from the Utah governor for providing two million dollars for dental services to the state's neediest. The action comes as Utah legislators this year continue to divide up a record one billion dollar state surplus. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report:
Salt Lake City, UT – As recently as 10 years ago, psychiatrists and doctors thought children didn't suffer from bipolar disorder. It's a tricky and controversial diagnosis but its estimated that half a million American children have the disease. RadioWest will profile a fascinating documentary, A Mind of Their Own, and talk to doctors, parents and children who suffer from this devastating disease. (Repeat)
Washington, DC – Supporters of embryonic stem cell research are upping the pressure on Senate leaders to schedule a vote on a bill expanding the studies. The bill undoes a policy laid down by President Bush in 2001 that limited government funding to a handful of stem cell lines already created at the time. Utah Republican Orrin Hatch is one of their staunchest allies and this week, Hatch is lending his Senate clout to getting the popular measure to the Senate Floor. Todd Zwillich reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Salt Lake ecosystem is one of the premier places in north America to see and hear migratory birds. More than 200 species of birds can be found near the lake and Jeff Rice visited its shores for the Utah Soundscapes series. He brought back this audio postcard.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah is among the deadliest states in the nation when it comes to bicyclists killed in accidents involving cars. With summer weather here now, both cars and bikers are filling the roads. KUER's Laura Weiss has this look at making biking safer on Utah roads.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug Peacock is a wilderness legend, a grizzly bear man, and the inspiration for the Hayduke character in Edward Abbey's The Monkey Wrench Gang. He joins Doug Fabrizio to discuss his book Walking It Off: A Veteran's Chronicle of War and Wilderness, a memoir of war, wilderness, and his late friend Edward Abbey. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah writer and poet Katharine Coles' latest novel is "Fire Season." Set in rural Utah, Coles portrays cancer-stricken downwinders, an AIDS suffering black-sheep of a Mormon family, drought and wildfires. It's a story of death and renewal, and ultimately, of the power of human goodness to prevail. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Drought conditions in the southwest have led to an explosive rise in bark beetle populations, causing large die-offs of pine forests. The artist David Dunn began recording the sounds of bark beetles as a way of documenting this destruction, but also found a deep artistic connection to the beetles. Jeff Rice reports for Utah Soundscapes.
Salt Lake City, Ut – With the weather as warm as it's been this past week in Utah, it's hard to imagine spring skiing. But Scott Carrier was doing it just a few days ago, and he says it requires careful timing - and the right point of view.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Bush administration has been encouraging the Bureau of Land Management to make energy exploration easier, and on Tuesday, Utah's BLM conducted a massive sale of oil and gas leases. Doug is joined by NPR's Elizabeth Shogren, along with industry advocates and conservationists, to explore the implications on the American economy and on Utah's environment.
Salt Lake City, Ut – A few years ago, a popular postcard showed a completely black picture with the caption, "Salt Lake City at night." Now there are plans, not yet unveiled, to revitalize and build a new, more lively downtown in Utah's capital city. But Salt Lake City wasn't always dark at night. Shops, restaurants and theaters thrived. Downtown Salt Lake City was the place to be. Producer Anne Milliken visits with Utahns who remember what downtown was like in its heyday. (Ben Bombard assisted in the production of this story.)
Salt Lake City, UT – A recent report from the National Alliance on Mental Illness grades the quality of mental health care in each state. The report singled out the work of Republican Senator Orin Hatch on behalf of mental health programs. Despite Hatch's efforts, Utah only got a D on its report card. Benjamin Shaw Reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – Jim Wallis joins Doug to talk about his book "God's Politics." Wallis questions how the right has been able to co-opt the language of faith to further its political goals, and why the left tries to keep public policy and a discussion of morals separate. Faith, he argues, should be free to challenge both ends of the political spectrum from a consistent moral ground. (Repeat)
Los Angeles, CA – This week, KUER is airing stories related to Mother's Day. In today's piece Connie Alvarez interviews her mother, Blanca, about crossing the border near her home in Nogales, Mexico to join her family in Los Angeles-- more than thirty years later. Kuer's Mother's Day archives.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 2004 with 72% of the vote, Utah delivered Bush his largest margin of victory of any state. With such a strong foothold, the annual Republican Convention is pivotal in shaping the politics of Utah. Doug Fabrizio is joined by party leaders and observers for a look at the results of the convention and the direction of Utah's Republican Party.
Salt Lake City – A documentary film about the war is being screened tonight and tomorrow at downtown Salt Lake City's Tower Theatre. KUER's Tasha Cook spoke recently with the filmmaker of Inside Iraq: The Untold Stories.
Washington, DC – Utah could earn more sway in Washington if Congress approves a plan to give the District of Columbia a seat in the House of Representatives. Currently, Washington, DC is alloted three electoral votes in the electoral college, but doesn't have a vote in the house...or two senators. This is a compromise that stops short of granting the nation's capital statehood. Chad Pergram reports from our Capitol Hill bureau.
New York, NY – This week, KUER is airing stories related to Mother's Day. Today's piece comes from Mombo, which produces radio pieces about motherhood. Here Todd Melby has some comic relief for us from Amy Borkowsky. You can find the answering machine messages from Amy Borkowsky's Mom at www.sendamy.com.
Salt Lake City, UT – Every year, Mexican freetailed bats gather at a roost in Davis County. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources monitors this colony, and not long ago they allowed Jeff Rice to visit there to make recordings for the Utah Soundscapes series. He brought back this week's audio postcard.
Washington, DC – Monday is the deadline for seniors to sign up for Medicare's prescription drug benefit. The Bush Administration is on a final push to get seniors to enroll. But Congress has been locked in a fierce debate over whether to extend the deadline to give beneficiaries need more time to choose a plan. One Utah lawmaker doesn't think so. Todd Zwillich reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – Walter Kirn's novel "Mission to America" looks at the collision between faith and a spiritually overextended nation. When an isolated, waning Montana sect sends missionaries to bring back converts, or more specifically brides, the two men meet head-on with the bewildering, seductive diversity of America. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – How do you measure the value of a mother? We all have intangible ways of recognizing our own moms, but what of mothers in the broader sense? What is the value of motherhood to the economy, to our society and to our culture? At 11:00 a.m., Doug profiles "A MOMbo Mother's Day 2006," which looks at the history and significance and Mother's Day and motherhood. Then at 7:00 p.m., RadioWest presents the documentary in its entirety.
Chicago, Il – Today we hear from Omar Macias, who wrote and produced this piece after he joined the Marines. In this letter to his mom, he tries to end the battle he had with her about signing up for service in the first place, and he tries to calm her fears.
Salt Lake City, UT – Kenyan photojournalist Mohamed Amin survived imprisonment, torture and even amputation to bring the stories of Africa to the world. Best known for his coverage of Ethiopa's 1984 famine, his work inspired Bob Geldof's "Live Aid" concerts. After his untimely death on a hijacked airplane in 1996, his son Salim Amin took up his work. Amin talks about Mo & Me, the new documentary which chronicles his father's legacy, and about his own efforts to give voice to an oft-misunderstood continent.