Washington, D.C. – President Bush named Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne to be the new Secretary of the Interior Thursday. Utah lawmakers had praise for the nominee, who is a former U.S. Senator. Benjamin Shaw reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday, Governor Jon Huntsman made Utah the 12th state in the country to pass comprehensive anti-smoking legislation. He signed a bill that bans smoking in private clubs and bars. But the owners of those private clubs say their businesses are unique and they're asking the state to look at them in a different way. KUER's Mikenna Clokey reports.
Washington, DC – The Utah legislature has passed and Governor Jon Huntsman has signed a bill that bans smoking in private clubs and taverns as well as many other indoor areas of Utah. There's one part of America where the movement to ban smoking doesn't seem to have taken hold, and that's in the halls of Congress. Laura Strickler reports from our Capitol Hill bureau.
Salt Lake City, UT – Host Doug Fabrizio takes RadioWest to the stage of Plan B Theatre Company's new production, Amerika. The play, created by Utahn Aden Ross, is an examination of the relationship between money and power, lies and "terrorism." Doug talks to Ross, along with the cast and director, Jerry Rapier. Listeners may join the conversation by e-mail during the special 7:00 p.m. broadcast.
The Night of February 13th, a Monday night Jazz At The Sheraton Concert became a Spanish invasion. Pianist Legend Chick Corea brought his Spanish Band " Touchstone " with three key members from Spain, bassist Carles Benavent, flute and saxman Jorge Pardo and percussionist Rubem Dantas.
Salt Lake City, UT – A recent poll asked American troops in Iraq this question: How long should troops stay in Iraq? An overwhelming 72 percent surveyed think the U.S. should exit the war-torn nation within the next year. More than one in four say the troops should leave immediately. Commentators this past week have debated the accuracy of the poll. But on Saturday, producer Sara Buhr checked in with Utah Guardsmen who've just returned from Iraq, to get their opinions on the matter.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug Fabrizio looks at the document which serves as the basis for the country's law with constitutional law scholar and author Akhil Reed Amar. His new book is called "America's Constitution: A Biography." (Repeat)
America's Constitution will air Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m.
Salt Lake City, UT – The relationship between food and religion is part of tradition around the globe - from keeping Kosher to the Mormon Word of Wisdom founded in religious principles of the 1830s. Today on RadioWest, Doug is joined by Daniel Sack of the Material History of American Religion Project and others to discuss what practices like avoiding hot drinks tells us about obedience and identity.
Salt Lake City, UT – HBO's new series Big Love premiered Sunday night, and the controversy of a television program about polygamy in Utah filled the week's newspapers. Today on RadioWest, we talk to television critics Scott Pierce of the Deseret News and Rob Owen of the Pittsburg Post-Gazette about the writing and the characters of the series. Doug is also joined by Holly Mullen of the Salt Lake Tribune and Soctt Beck of the Salt Lake Conventions and Visitors bureau to discuss the bigger question of how outsiders see Utah.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today, March 10th, is a special day for Tibetans around the world. It's the day commemorating the Tibetan uprising against the Chinese in 1959. Tashi Pelton, a Tibetan woman living in Salt Lake City, experienced first hand the terror of Chinese rule. She spent fifteen years in prison in Tibet for her family's resistance to the Chinese.
Salt Lake City, UT – Even if you've never shopped at Wal-Mart, the ubiquitous store has influenced the products you buy and the economy in your town. Charles Fishman, author of "The Wal-Mart Effect," joins Doug Fabrizio and local business advocates Tony Weller and David Nimkin for a look at how the retail giant has changed American consumerism at its most basic levels.
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest takes a look at the art of burlesque with Utah native Dee Milo from the Golden Days of Burlesque Historical Society, international burlesque performer Miss Dirty Martini, and Jane Briggeman, author of "Burlesque: Legendary Stars of the Stage." (Repeat)
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 is in concert this Saturday, March 11th at the University of Utah. She's agreed to join us -- guitar in hand -- to talk about her music, and the music of the American West.
Salt Lake City, UT – During the Presidency of Spencer W. Kimball, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints underwent significant changes -- giving the priesthood to men of African origin, opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment and the installation of the MX missile system among them. Doug talks to Kimball's son, Edward L. Kimball, author of the new biography Lengthen Your Stride: The Presidency of Spencer W. Kimball.
Salt Lake City, UT – So you've got your cell phone and your iPod and your children are playing on the Game Boy -- are we connected, or have we isolated ourselves in a world of technology? Do you have a place where you shut off the devices and listen to the world around you? Doug Fabrizio talks to Michael Bugeja, author of "Interpersonal Divide: The Search for Community in a Technological Age," about how we control our gadgets while making certain they don't control us.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah lawmakers adjourned their 45-day legislative session at midnight last night, not quite completing their $9.5-billion dollar budget. They failed to pass a $69-million dollar proposal to lower the income tax rate, ensuring that Governor Jon Huntsman will call them back into a special legislative session to determine the nature of the tax cut. And that was just one of the reasons many are calling this legislative session "historic." KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug Fabrizio talks to Craig Childs about his book The Way Out: A True Story of Survival. For years, Childs has walked the spare, most forbidding terrain on the planet. "Between jobs," he writes, "I survive by drinking from water holes in the far country, mapping canyons and routes for my own curiosity." His book is the story of an extreme journey with a friend -- a life or death challenge to explore some of the world's most unforgiving land, and to find their way out. (Repeat)
Salt lake City, UT – Leticia Anderson is a parent who hopes Utah legislators will provide vouchers for Utah families to send their children to public schools. Chad Harris represents the Utah School Boards Association, and he thinks it's a bad idea.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah's 2006 Legislative Session ended Wednesday. Today on RadioWest, Doug is joined by Senate leaders, journalists and analysts for a look at this year's legislation and what it means for the state.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah legislature had a busy day yesterday, its second to last of the 2006 session. Included in the rush of bills debated wree ones that created new restrictions on public records, banned smoking in many places and weighed medical services for the disabled. KUER's Tasha Cook was at the state capitol and has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah House of Representatives voted down a bill that would have required teachers in public schools to tell their students evolution is only a theory, not a fact. Final budget battles are also looming as the legislature moves into the final days of its general session. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has been looking for ways to support victims of abuse and civil rights violations in Utah's polygamist groups. His "safety net" approach isn't so much about prosecution as it is about reaching out to these communities. Wednesday on RadioWest, we look at what the program is teaching us about polygamist culture, and ask if the disturbing dynamics that make the headlines are inherent to the practice.
Salt Lake City, UT – Even great artists have to work within the confines of their material. This doesn't necessarily limit potential -- it can be the beginning of a symbiotic relationship between the artist and his medium. The legendary marble of Carrara exerted an influence on Michelangelo's masterpieces: David, La Pieta and Julius II's tomb. Doug Fabrizio talks to author Eric Scigliano about the allure of the marble, and the man who brought it to life.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Medicare drug benefit is the most expensive change in the Medicare program since its beginnings in the 1960s, but many users have found it confusing and difficult. On this edition of Your Personal Economy, Dan Bammes is joined by his regular guest John Bird, Medicare users Bob and Nikki Zito, Rob Ence of AARP and Kerry Brown of Olympus Pharmacy for a look at how the program works, and what might be done to make it better.
Salt Lake City, UT – At the State Capitol yesterday, debate raged over tuition vouchers for private school scholarships, the formation of gay-straight alliance clubs in Utah public schools and how best to reform the state's tax code. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report: