Salt Lake City, UT – The scholar Nicholas Ostler has written a history of our world through the prism of the languages that we speak. Today, there are between six and seven thousand language communities, and their stories range from conquering nations spreading culture across the globe to small groups struggling for survival. Nicholas Ostler is with us Thursday for a look at our history - and our future - through the words we speak.
Logan, Utah – The 21st annual small satellite conference at Utah State University in Logan recently ended. Throughout the week, attendees from the military, academia, aerospace industry and government agencies and even children--gathered to share ideas and explore emerging spacecraft technologies. Producer Sheri Quinn has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation about America's Constitution. The scholar Akhil Reed Amar calls his book about America's founding document a biography. It's more than an exploration or an interpretation of what the Constitution says. Amar is trying to explain why it says it. He joined us to talk about how the 8,000 words of the Constitution reflect the story of America. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Though some support groups refer to it as "neurodiversity," a life lived with Asperger's Syndrome is - in the words of Tim Page - lived "alongside, but distinctly apart from, the rest of humanity." It wasn't until his mid-40s that Page, the Pulitzer-prize winning classical-music critic for The Washington Post, was diagnosed with Asperger's. Wednesday on RadioWest, Doug talks to Tim Page about the preoccupations, the social isolation and even the advantages of this autistic condition.
Salt Lake City, UT – Writer and journalist Charles Bowden traveled some 7,000 miles documenting the experience of the thousands of illegal immigrants who make their way across the border of the southern United States. It's a dark portrait, but also humane and completely honest. On Friday, we're rebroadcasting Doug's conversation with Bowden about his conclusion that illegal immigration has become an issue beyond the reach of power and will.
The British journalist Jon Ronson had always wondered whether the theories - or parts of theories - of conspiracy theorists were true. Ronson set out to settle the matter for himself. In his book, "Them: Adventures with Extremists," he explores a world of fringe dwellers, which includes Islamic fundamentalists, Ku Klux Klan members and Christian separatists. On Thursday, Doug talks with Ronson about what he's learned.
Huntington, UT – It has been a long 10 days for the people in coal mining towns near Crandall Canyon, Utah .where six miners are trapped underground. KUER's Jenny Brundin has been talking to people in these close-knit communities. With each passing day, residents are struggling to stay optimistic. But they say even if there's the slimmest chance the men are alive .prayer, personality, and the humor intrinsic to the mining culture will be crucial to their survival.
Salt Lake City, UT – The history of coal mining is fraught with cave-ins and accidents, and, as events unfolding at the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah show, excavating the riches of the planet remains a dangerous business.
Wednesday, Doug talks with mine historians and others about mining practices past and present, current safety standards, and what more can be done to keep miners out of harm's way.
Huntington, UT – A camera lowered into a collapsed coal mine yesterday revealed equipment but not the six miners trapped underground in a Central Utah mine. Officals planned to drill yet another hole today. It's been a frustrating and agonizing 8 days for the families and friends of the men. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports from Huntington, Utah.
Huntington, UT – Seismic activity has completely shut down efforts to reach six miners, and frustrated rescuers say it could take up to a week to reach the men if they're still alive. The men are trapped 15-hundred feet underground in the Crandal Canyon mine in the rugged forests of central Utah. The news was hard for residents of the region's mining towns, who say all they can do is wait, hope and pray.
Huntington, UT – Hundreds of rescuers struggled with falling rock and debris Monday in a desperate race to reach six coal miners trapped underground at the Crandall Canyon mine in Central Utah. The crews don't know whether the six coal miners are alive. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports from Emery County.
Salt Lake City, UT – Home prices in Utah have been appreciating rapidly, even as the mortgage industry is reeling from the impact of sub-prime loans and tighter credit. The net effect could be fewer families in Utah who are able to buy homes - and fewer homeowners who will be able to sell their properties quickly and easily. On this edition of Your Personal Economy, Dan Bammes and guests look at the impact of rising home prices and tighter lending.
Salt Lake City, UT – How do you judge your experience at a restaurant? Is it the ambiance, the service, the wine list or the culinary adventure? Vanessa Chang is the new restaurant reviewer - or "pro-eater" as she calls herself - at the Salt Lake Tribune. Chang says that with each review, she's trying to bring the reader "the entire experience." Tuesday on RadioWest, Jennifer Napier-Pearce is joined by a panel of area food critics to talk about the beauty of writing on food and the role of the reviewer in the dining community.
Salt Lake City, UT – Some of the world's finest harp players came to Salt Lake City in August for an international harp festival at Westminster College. This is the second time the festival has come to Utah, putting the spotlight on a state that's become a center of the harp world. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg argues that conservatives aren't just better at framing political debate or finding the best catch phrase, but that they've actually been able to capture the language of everyday political discussion. For proof, Nunberg says, don't listen to Fox News or Limbaugh, listen to how liberals themselves talk. His book Talking Right came out in paper back last month, so we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Nunberg about the transformation in the country's political language. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Families and child advocates are anxiously watching a political battle taking place this week in Washington - one that will decide whether 3 million more children will have health insurance. Observers call it the most significant health care debate in a decade, and it's pitted Utah's Republican senators against President Bush and Utah's Mike Leavitt, Secretary of Health and Human Services. Wednesday, Jenny Brundin and guests look at the reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program.
Salt Lake City, UT – For 25 years, Lieutenant Laurel Hester served the citizens of Ocean County, New Jersey and gained the respect of her peers and commanders. Her dying wish - to have her death benefits awarded to her same-sex partner - sparked a debate being echoed in communities across the country. Jennifer Napier-Pearce is joined by award-winning documentary filmmaker Cynthia Wade for an examination of the of the controversy surrounding partner benefits.
Salt Lake City, UT – Last week, 2.6 million viewers tuned in to watch a new kind of political debate. CNN and YouTube received some 3,000 questions from video bloggers for the Democratic presidential candidates. Conventional wisdom says that the internet is revolutionizing politics and the public's access to their representatives. Guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce is joined by Mother Jones reporters Josh Harkinson and Daniel Schulman for a look at the truths and the myths of "Politics 2.0."
Salt Lake City, UT – Teens aging out of Utah's foster care system numbered more than three hundred last year alone. When these children leave foster care at age 18, they face daunting obstacles. They lack family support. They have no place to live. They have almost no money. Most are poorly-prepared to live on their own. This year's "Kids Count" report looks at the unique challenges facing these young adults. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.