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.
Portland, OR – This week, KUER continues its on-going series of radio pieces that aren't often featured on NPR's regular news programs . This week we're looking at stories related to Mother's Day and this morning a piece from radio producer Dmae Roberts called "Memorial". She saved phone messages from her mother -Chu Yin Roberts - who passed away two years ago as a living memorial. It's her way of still getting a phone call from her mom.
Washington, DC – Talk of natural disaster brings to mind floods, earthquakes and hurricanes. But another weather pattern can be just as devastating: Drought. Although Utah has had a very wet year - Some lawmakers on Capitol Hill are looking ahead and recommending the creation of a national drought monitoring system. Congressional correspondent Benjamin Shaw reports from our Capitol Hill bureau:
Salt Lake City, UT – As divided as the American public may be on the important issues of the day, both red and blue can agree that something is wrong in Washington. Politics has become less about ideology and more about how to gain and keep power. Doug's guest is Joe Klein, author of "Politics Lost: How American Democracy Was Trivialized by People Who Think You're Stupid." They'll talk about the decline of courage and leadership, and about what can be done to get us out of this mess.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1976, a handwritten will found in Salt Lake City left $150 million of Howard Hughes' fortune to a rural Nevada meat delivery driver, Melvin Dummar. Hughes' "Mormon Will" was declared a fraud by the courts, and Dummar lost everything, including his reputation. Former FBI agent Gary Magnesen has written "The Investigation," which reposes the central question: has Dummar been telling the truth all along? (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – There's a ritual that happens out in the sagebrush each spring. From March until about mid May sage grouse gather at their breeding grounds throughout Utah. Jeff Rice visited a sage grouse 'lek' just before dawn to record some of the sounds for this week's Utah Soundscapes 'audio postcard.'
Washington, DC – Some lawmakers on Capital Hill want to overhaul the Universal Service Fund. It's a tax paid by large phone companies to keep service in rural areas affordable for consumers. One solution is mandating other communication companies pay into the fund, but Utah Congressman Chris Cannon says taxing internet service is not the answer. From our Capitol Hill bureau, Terry Gildea reports:
Salt Lake City, UT – On Wednesday, Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Carroon announced his decision to deny Real Salt Lake's request for 35 million dollars in public financing to build a soccer stadium in Sandy. Franchise executives have argued that the funding is critical to the team's survival in Utah. Doug Fabrizio and guests look at the economics of public money and private sports teams, and at the value and culture a team brings to a community that can't be measured in currency.
Salt Lake City, Ut – Monday's demonstrations in support of immigrants in Utah didn't have the massive turnout that the marches a month ago did, but there was widespread community support, particularly among Latino business owners. Supporters of stricter immigration laws also continued to make themselves heard. Pablo Celis reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Local farmers spent a morning off of their tractors to go behind the microphones. At a news conference in Salt Lake City, they called on Congress to address the issue of high fuel prices, which they say are driving Utah farmers out of business. KUER's Mikenna Clokey reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday, Latinos in Utah and across the country demonstrated their impact on the American economy, but that impact goes beyond dollars and cents. Spanish is becoming common in public places - from store signage to a new version of the national anthem. Do immigrant populations need to assimilate in order to achieve the American dream? We'll look at how earlier groups have both maintained their identities and joined the melting pot, and how American culture changes with each new wave.
Salt Lake City, UT – For the next six months, KUER brings you Utah's call of the wild. Each week at this time, Utah Soundscapes will profile the natural sounds of the Wasatch Front and region. We kick off the series with a trip to the Great Salt Lake. April and May are good months to hear boreal chorus frogs. Jeff Rice has this audio postcard.
Salt Lake City, UT – A new statewide plan announced yesterday puts Utah on the fast track toward becoming a leader in energy efficiency in the Intermountain West. KUER's Tasha Cook has more on this story:
Salt Lake City, UT – A growing body of scientists are blaming global warming for phenomena such as stronger hurricanes, urban heat spikes and the rise of infectious diseases. KUER's Jenny Brundin talks with Michael Taylor, director and co-writer of the new documentary Global Warming: The Signs and the Science, along with other experts about what is causing global climate change, what the future holds and what is being done about it. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah legislature created the Utah Commission on Aging this year to help state government and the private sector get ready for a wave of aging baby boomers. Of top concern will be the ability to provide for the health, financial and social needs of the elderly. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Author Alexander McCall Smith has described his predilection for serial novels as his "condition." Having newly published Blue Shoes and Happiness, the seventh in his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and last year's 44 Scotland Street which appeared as a daily serialized novel for The Scotsman in his native Scotland, no antidote seems on the horizon. McCall Smith is in Salt Lake City, and joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about the adventures of Mma Precious Ramotswe and about the charm of storytelling.