Salt Lake City, UT – Earlier this month, the Salt Lake County Council voted down a proposal to extend domestic partner benefits to county employees. RadioWest explores the meaning of that decision: are these kind of benefits a slippery slope toward the eventual endorsement of same sex relationships? Is there a trend toward these benefits among American companies?
Salt Lake City, UT – The Salt Lake Tribune's Matt Canham has written a series on the the shrinking majority of Mormons in Utah. RadioWest talks to Canham, along with historian Will Bagley, demographer Pam Perlich and political scientist Mathew Burbank about what this trend means for the state.
Cedar City, UT – We are wrapping up our week in Southern Utah by showcasing a remarkable play from the Utah Shakespearean Festival. It's Irish playwright Marie Jones' story of Charlie and Jake, two men from a rural village in Ireland who get jobs as extras for a Hollywood film crew that's come to town. It's a lot of work for the two actors who by the end will have performed fifteen different characters.
Washington, D.C. – Republican Utah Senator Orrin Hatch has taken part in confirmation hearings for 8 of the 9 current Supreme Court justices. He knows the process, and he had some advice for Supreme Court nominee Judge John Roberts. Benjamin Shaw caught up with Hatch immediately after he met with Roberts.
Salt Lake City, UT – A Utah state Senator from St. George is taking on Orrin Hatch in the 2006 election. Representative Steve Urquart says he isn't worried about the Senator's senior status or hefty campaign warchest. He says its time for a change. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Washington, D.C. – A new report by the Congressional Management Foundation shows U.S. Senators are sent up to eight million pieces of mail a year and 83 million emails. And almost every item gets a response. The more powerful individual lawmakers become, the more mail they receive. But do Senators read the letters? And do they ever change their minds becuase of pressure from back home? Laura Strickler reports from our Capitol Hill Bureau.
Washington, D.C. – Utah's Senators say they're pleased with the President's choice for the Supreme Court. The opinion of Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch holds considerable sway as former chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Laura Strickler reports from our Capitol Hill Bureau.
Salt Lake City, UT – Thousands of Utahns with serious mental illnesses continue to be without services and the waiting list for services for people with disabilities continues to grow. That was the grim news for a committee of lawmakers on Capitol Hill yesterday. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Cedar City, UT – RadioWest continues its series from Cedar City, Utah. Water has always defined how we settle the West. The question for Southern Utah is whether access to water will limit explosive growth. Is the ethic of water use changing? RadioWest talks to planners, ranchers and environmentalists about a commodity so precious to one of the driest landscapes in the country.
Cedar City, UT – Camelot first opened on Broadway in 1960 when the nation worried about the cold war. This season at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Camelot is playing to an audience that has worries about the questions of war and peace. Does might make right? RadioWest talks about the play and the ideas that inspired it.
Cedar City, UT – RadioWest continues it's series of programs live from Cedar City as we take a look at the issues that matter to Southern Utah. What's on your mind? Is it the prospect of nuclear tests? Jobs? Fires and floods? Water? Growth? Call us at 801-585-9378 or e-mail email@example.com
Cedar City, UT – RadioWest begins its live week of broadcasts from the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City. The conversations kick off with a look at Shakespeare's time and how it shaped his enduring work "Romeo and Juliet." Doug is joined by scholar Dympna Callaghan, Utah Shakespearean Festival executive producer Fred Adams, director Kate Buckley, and actors Paul Hurley and Tiffany Scott.
Salt Lake City, UT – Do individuals have the right to decide how they die? Doug talks to documentary filmmaker Susan Stern about her work "The Self-Made Man." It's the story of her father who made the decision to take his own life rather than endure a terminal disease. He's also joined by elder law attorney Maureen Henry and University of Utah Philosophy professor Margaret Battin, author of "Ending Life: Ethics and the Way We Die."
Salt Lake City, UT – The scholar Reza Aslan joins Doug Fabrizio to explain just how it is that the ancient ideals of Islam have come to be the creed of jihadists and terrorists. Aslan's book "No god but God" explores the origins of the faith of Mohammed and the way it has evolved over time.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug talks with author Chang-rae Lee, who was named by The New Yorker Magazine as one of the 20 Best Writers Under 40. His latest book, Aloft, is set in the American suburb and re-examines the meaning of the American character. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Old roads are seen as the key to control of large areas of public land in Utah, roads that were authorized by a federal law that has long since been repealed. Mike Swenson of the Utah Shared Access Alliance and Heidi McIntosh of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance share opposing views on the legacy of RS 2477.
Salt Lake City, UT – Kids today have little hands-on contact with the natural world. Many learn in school about global warming and acid rain, but have never seen a bunny hop through the woods. Teresa Jordan talks to childhood development author Richard Louv about his new book "Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder."
Salt Lake City, UT – Fred Newman has created voices and sounds for movies including "Gremlins" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" He also tours with Garrison Keillor creating improvised sound effects for "A Prairie Home Companion." He joins RadioWest in the studio to share some secrets on making melodious, whimsical and sometimes rude sounds with your mouth. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug talks to with NPR's senior news analyst Cokie Roberts. Her new book, "Founding Mothers," looks at the stories of women who sacrificed and fought their own battles as part of the American Revolution. (Repeat)
Washington D.C. – Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch is leading efforts to make umbilical cord blood available to patients in desperate need. Stem cells from the blood can help fight Leukemia and other diseases. From our Capitol Hill Bureau, Terry Gildea has the story.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest, we'll explore the issues raised by the Salt Lake City Council's debate over restrictions on large homes in older neighborhoods. Is there an American compulsion to build larger and larger homes? Who defines the character of a neighborhood? Is this a property rights issue? We're joined by architect Andres Duany, Jim Burling of the Pacific Legal Foundation, Mother Jones editor Clara Jeffrey, and Salt Lake City Council Member Nancy Saxton.
Salt Lake City, UT – In his new book "Strength and Honor," author Richard Cote describes the life of Dolley Madison. It was a life lived not as an appendage to her husband President James Madison, but marked by her own extraordinary ability. Cote sees her as a true example of the difference between heroine and mere celebrity.
Salt Lake City, UT – Although children of divorced parents often vow to not repeat the same mistakes, research indicates that they face unfavorable odds. Doug Fabrizio talks to Dr. Nicholas Wolfinger, author of the new book "Understanding the Divorce Cycle: The Children of Divorce in their Own Marriages."
Salt Lake City, UT – Tom Hodgkinson argues that the Western addiction to work has resulted in a lot of ill health, debt and anxiety. In his book "How to Be Idle," he seeks to recover an alternative tradition - one that says not only is idleness good, but that it is essential for a pleasurable life. Hodgkinson joins Doug Fabrizio to make the case for doing less with your life.