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KUER Local News
3:07 am
Thu May 11, 2006

Utah Soundscapes: Mexican Free Tail Bats

Mexican Free Tail Bat
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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.

Click here to link to the archives of Utah Soundscapes by Jeff Rice.

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KUER Local News
11:57 pm
Wed May 10, 2006

Part D for Utah Seniors

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
10:39 pm
Wed May 10, 2006

5/12/06: Mission to America

Author Walter Kirn

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)

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KUER Local News
3:10 am
Wed May 10, 2006

Cathy, 16, Mom

Cathy, 16, Mom

Salt Lake City, UT – In this piece, we enter the world of 16-year-old Cathy. She's a freshman in a high school for teen moms, and the mother of two little boys. This story was produced by Sarah Elzas.

Click here to link to the archives of KUER's Mother's Day series.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
1:42 am
Wed May 10, 2006

5/11/06: The Value of Motherhood

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:16 am
Tue May 9, 2006

5/10/06: Miracle in the Andes

Nando Parrado
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KUER Local News
3:10 am
Tue May 9, 2006

Dear Mom

Omar Macias

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.

Click here to link to the archives of KUER's Mother's Day series.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:41 am
Mon May 8, 2006

5/9/06: Mo & Me

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.

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KUER Local News
3:11 am
Mon May 8, 2006

Memorial

Dmae Roberts and her mom Chu Yin Roberts.
Dmae Roberts

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.

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KUER Local News
2:04 am
Mon May 8, 2006

Utah & Drought

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:

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:12 am
Fri May 5, 2006

5/8/06: Politics Lost

Political Journalist and TIME Magazine Senior Writer Joe Klein

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.

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KUER Local News
11:49 pm
Thu May 4, 2006

Taxing Issues

Salt Lake City, UT – A recent annual tax conference brought state policy makers together to discuss a slew of public policy issues that demand taxpayer money. KUER's Tasha Cook has more on this story:

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
9:12 am
Thu May 4, 2006

5/5/06: Howard Hughes and the "Mormon Will"

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)

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KUER Local News
5:43 am
Thu May 4, 2006

Utah Soundscapes: Sage Grouse

Sage Grouse
Gail L. Patricelli

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.'

Click here to link to the archives of Utah Soundscapes by Jeff Rice.

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KUER Local News
2:53 am
Thu May 4, 2006

Reality of Real Salt Lake

Salt Lake City, UT – The ball is now up in the air as to the future of a multi-million dollar plan to build a pro-soccer stadium in Sandy. KUER's Tasha Cook has more on this story:

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KUER Local News
11:37 pm
Wed May 3, 2006

Utah & Rural Development

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:


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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:04 am
Wed May 3, 2006

5/4/06: Public Financing and Real Salt Lake

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:23 am
Tue May 2, 2006

5/3/06: Why We Curse

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KUER Local News
11:01 pm
Mon May 1, 2006

Rallies Draw Crowds on 'Day Without Immigrants'

'Day Without Immigrants' rally gather in Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT.
Pablo Celis

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.

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KUER Local News
9:56 am
Mon May 1, 2006

Utah Farmers Hurt by High Fuel Prices

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:10 am
Mon May 1, 2006

5/1/06: The Divine Strake Weapons Test

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:14 am
Mon May 1, 2006

5/2/06: Immigration and Assimilation

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
12:32 am
Thu April 27, 2006

4/28/06: The Gangs of Zion

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KUER Local News
11:24 pm
Wed April 26, 2006

Utah Soundscapes: Boreal Chorus Frogs

Boreal Chorus Frog
Image ? Suzanne L. Collins, 2001

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.

Click here to link to the archives of Utah Soundscapes by Jeff Rice.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:09 am
Wed April 26, 2006

4/27/06: Bela Bartok's "Bluebeard's Castle"

Hungarian Composer Bela Bartok
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KUER Local News
12:35 am
Wed April 26, 2006

State Energy Efficiency Plan

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:

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:37 am
Tue April 25, 2006

4/26/06: The Donner Party at Alder Creek

A monument at California's Donner Memorial State Park commemorates the plight of the ill-fated group.
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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
10:50 pm
Mon April 24, 2006

4/25/06: Global Warming: The Signs and the Science

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)

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KUER Local News
9:18 am
Fri April 21, 2006

Aging in Utah

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:21 am
Fri April 21, 2006

4/24/06: Blue Shoes and Happiness

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.

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