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KUER Local News
10:59 pm
Tue November 27, 2007

Utah, Most Depressed in the Nation

Salt Lake City, UT – Utah has the highest rate of depression in the nation. That's according to a new study from the non-profit Mental Health America. Jodi Breisler reports from our Capitol Hill bureau:

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:33 am
Tue November 27, 2007

11/28/07: Julia Sweeney - Letting Go of God

Salt Lake City, UT – The actor and writer Julia Sweeney was once - in her words - a "happy Catholic girl." When she really started looking at her faith and its teachings though - it set her on a path to find answers to some of the most difficult questions. Sweeney will be in Utah this weekend and Wednesday she joins Doug to talk about her funny and moving stage show, her attempt to understand religion. She calls it, "Letting Go of God."

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KUER Local News
10:43 pm
Mon November 26, 2007

Utah Refugee Voices - Russian Immigrant Galina Bakina

Galina Bakina

Utah Refugee Voices - Galina Bakina

Salt Lake City, UT – This morning, KUER starts a series of stories called Utah Refugee Voices. Meg Brady and Mary Gould with the University of Utah's YourStory program recorded the life stories of several refugees living in Utah. We begin with the story of Russian immigrant Galina Bakina.

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KUER Local News
9:20 am
Mon November 26, 2007

Bite Sized - Eritrean Coffee

Salt Lake City, UT – In our final instalment of Bite Sized, a series on food, Beth Hoffman introduces us to Rozina Bahlibi, a refugee from the African nation of Eritrea. She and other refugees from this region use a traditional coffee ritual to help them heal from their country's ongoing problems. Almost continuously since 1961, Eritrea has been fighting with its neighbor, Ethiopia -- first for independence, later over border disputes.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:36 am
Mon November 26, 2007

11/27/07: How to Make a Conservative

Salt Lake City, UT – How do you turn a political moderate into a red-meat social conservative? Mitt Romney was the Republican governor of the most liberal state in the Union, and now he's being repackaged by an army of consultants in an effort to galvanize his presidential campaign. Tuesday, Doug talks to the journalist Ken Silverstein about Mitt Romney and the making of a conservative.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
5:21 am
Tue November 20, 2007

11/21/07: Empires of the Word

According to Genesis, God confused the languages of humankind when they united to build the Tower of Babel.

Salt Lake City, UT – You remember that old Steve Martin joke? "It's like those French people have a different word for everything." You ever wonder how it is we've come to use the collection of words we do, and why they're so different from other places? Today Doug talks about the history of language with the scholar Nicholas Ostler. Ostler says that the story of the world is the story of its languages, and that story is constantly changing, adapting to culture, to power and to technology. (Rebroadcast)

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
5:14 am
Tue November 20, 2007

11/22-11/23: Third Coast Audio Festival

Photo by Bill V

Chicago, IL – On Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd, KUER brings you the Third Coast Audio Festival at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Doug Fabrizio returns with RadioWest on Monday.

KUER Local News
3:40 am
Tue November 20, 2007

Utah Lawmakers Are Cold to Global Warming Bill

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Washington, DC – A bill aimed at slowing down global warming is gathering momentum in the Senate. It would limit carbon emissions from burning oil, coal, and natural gas. As Eric Niiler reports from Capitol Hill, the plan is a hard sell among Utah lawmakers.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
1:07 am
Tue November 20, 2007

11/26/07: The World Without Us

New York Without Us After 500 Years. Image by Kenn Brown.

Salt Lake City, UT – If the world were suddenly devoid of humans - not one soul left - what would happen to the planet? Though we imagine our structures built to last, it wouldn't take long for streets and buildings to crumble, and nature to move on quite happily. Monday on RadioWest, Alan Weisman takes us on a tour of "The World Without Us."

Visit worldwithoutus.com for multimedia tours of how the planet would change without humans.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:46 am
Mon November 19, 2007

11/20/07: The Long Walk

Salt Lake City, UT – In 1864, the US military forced thousands of Navajos from their homes to march to an internment camp along the banks of the Pecos River. 2,500 died on the way, and over 8,000 were imprisoned at the Bosque Redondo for 4 years. A new KUED documentary explores the Navajo trail of tears and its legacy for native people. Join guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce for a look at The Long Walk.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
11:53 pm
Thu November 15, 2007

11/19/07: Einstein

Photo by Oren J. Turner (1947)

Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Walter Isaacson about his biography of Albert Einstein. Isaacson calls Einstein the paramount icon of our age, and his book weaves together Einstein's scientific thinking with his political beliefs and his complicated personal life. The thing that seems to tie it all together is imagination. The story, Isaacson says, is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom. (Rebroadcast)

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
1:01 am
Thu November 15, 2007

11/16/07: Untangling the Web

Salt Lake City, UT – Web is a decent way of explaining what the internet has become these days, a complicated maze where you can't tell the legitimate information from the commercial interests, the petty mischief, the exaggeration. Today on RadioWest we're rebroadcasting Doug's conversation with Joe Firmage, a native Utahn and something of an internet wunderkind. Joe is a technological visionary who has set his sights on the clutter of the digital age. There's a lot of information out there, just how much of it can you trust? (Rebroadcast)

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
5:29 am
Wed November 14, 2007

11/15/2007: A Look at the Third Coast Audio Festival

Salt Lake City, UT – Thursday on RadioWest, we're profiling some of the winners of the this year's Third Coast Audio Festival from Chicago Public Radio. We're talking to veteran producers from the US and Canada and this year's Best New Artist. Think of it as Sundance for radio. Join Doug for a preview of these some amazing stories.

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KUER Local News
9:28 am
Tue November 13, 2007

Legislator Plans New Effort Against Illegal Immigration

St. George, UT – A Utah lawmaker is proposing comprehensive legislation to address illegal immigration. Senator Bill Hickman says it's necessary to stem the flow of undocumented immigrants into Utah. Half a dozen similar bills failed in last year's legislative session, but Senator Hickman believes this is the year it will pass. Kerry Bringhurst has this report.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
5:30 am
Tue November 13, 2007

11/14/07: Billion Dollar Baby

Salt Lake City, UT – Just how far do you have to go to be a "good" parent? When is it enough with the knee pads, the music lessons and the shopping trips? Wednesday on RadioWest, we're profiling Salt Lake Acting Company's new production Billion Dollar Baby. Doug is joined by playwright Julie Jensen and others for a look at the obsessive parent.

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KUER Local News
9:30 am
Mon November 12, 2007

Minority Students Look at U of U

Salt Lake City, UT – KUER continues a series of commentaries from students of color at the University of Utah. They're talking about their educational experiences -- what it's like to be one of the small percentage of minority students representing diversity at the University. Today we hear from Thoong Tan Trong, a Master's student in the Department of Education, Culture and Society at the University of Utah.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
6:00 am
Mon November 12, 2007

11/13/07: The Mysterious Papers of John V Long

John Varah Long was born in Yorkshire, England in 1826 and died in Utah, 1869.
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KUER Local News
10:17 pm
Sun November 11, 2007

Utah Coalition Fights for Clean Air

Salt Lake City – A coalition of mothers, doctors, scientists and others intent on improving Utah's air quality gathered last week under hazy skies. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports on how this issue has brought together several different parts of the community.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:09 am
Fri November 9, 2007

11/12/07: Changing America's Schools

Linda Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University

Salt Lake City, UT – Reformer and scholar Linda Darling-Hammond says that bureaucratic solutions to weaknesses in the country's education system will always fail. She argues that instead of handing down solutions from "on-high," the school system will improve by focusing on things like high teacher quality and student equity. Monday, we're broadcasting live from the Utah Education Policy Forum, where Darling-Hammond joins Doug to talk about her ideas for change.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:51 am
Thu November 8, 2007

11/8/07: N*W*C

Learn more about the production and the company at NWClive.com

Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest, we're profiling a stage production. We could probably come right out and tell you the title, but it includes words that are difficult to say or print. They're offensive words, packed with the history and baggage of racial discrimination. Three men are touring Utah this month with their theater piece - N*W*C, and they join Doug to talk about the language of race.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
10:01 pm
Wed November 7, 2007

11/9/07: Oil on the Brain

Photo by Endless Studio

Salt Lake City, UT – In the past month, gas prices in Salt Lake City have gone up about 24 cents a gallon, and with the holidays approaching you may be doing a double-take when you fill up your tank. Friday, we're rebroadcasting Doug's conversation with the journalist Lisa Margonelli. She's written a book that explores the vast world connections that make up the oil industry, and she says the price you're paying may actually be ridiculously cheap given the impacts of this complicated, global industry. (Rebroadcast)

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
7:00 am
Wed November 7, 2007

11/7/07: Andy Warhol's Dream America

Salt Lake City, UT – Andy Warhol created some of the most recognizable American art - from the still life of the Campbell's soup can to portraits of the rich and famous like Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy and John Wayne. The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is currently exhibiting a collection of Warhol prints, and Wednesday Doug is joined by a panel of experts to talk about Warhol's life and work.

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KUER Local News
10:14 pm
Tue November 6, 2007

Utah Rejects School Vouchers, SLC Elects Becker

Teachers against vouchers rally on election night 2007.
Jenny Brundin

Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah legislature passed the nation's broadest school voucher program in its general session earlier this year. It passed by a single vote, and opponents immediately started a referendum campaign that gathered more signatures than were needed to put it on the ballot. A court decision gave citizens the final word on the issue, and they rejected it by a large margin in the November general election.

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KUER Local News
9:07 am
Mon November 5, 2007

President Clinton Visits Utah

Salt Lake City, UT – President Bill Clinton visited Utah yesterday. He was campaigning for his wife, Hillary, in her run for the Democratic Party nomination. KUER's Tasha Cook reports:

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
5:47 am
Mon November 5, 2007

11/6/07: The Autumn of the Multitaskers

Walter Kirn

Salt Lake City, UT – Reaching for his cell phone with a newly delivered picture message, the author Walter Kirn swerved off a snowy two-lane highway and landed in a steep embankment. It was then that he began to rethink the usefulness of technology like the refrigerator-TV set and the camera-phone. In this November's Atlantic Monthly, Kirn writes about multi-tasking and Tuesday he joins Doug to talk about how doing so much is dumbing us down.

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KUER Local News
9:17 am
Fri November 2, 2007

Becker vs. Buhler

Salt Lake City, UT – The voters of Salt Lake City will choose their next mayor on Tuesday. The two men vying to lead Utah's capital are Ralph Becker and Dave Buhler. KUER's Tasha Cook has this election preview.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:57 am
Fri November 2, 2007

11/5/07: Doubt

KUER Local News
9:14 am
Thu November 1, 2007

Utah's School Voucher Debate

Salt Lake City, UT – Utah's school voucher program would provide up to $3,000 for families to send their children to private schools. That's one fact - one of very few - that both sides of the debate agree on. KUER's Dan Bammes talked with officials at some of the real schools and with real families that who could be affected by next week's vote on the issue.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
10:55 pm
Wed October 31, 2007

11/2/07: This I Believe

RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:54 am
Wed October 31, 2007

11/1/07: Author Edward P Jones

Salt Lake City, UT – Author Edward P Jones spent some 10 years mulling over his novel "The Known World." So when he sat down to write it, the manuscript was finished in only three months. The work also earned him a 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Jones' most recent book is a collection of short stories, All Aunt Hagar's Children, and in it, he shows the same commitment to craft and history and an insight into the human condition. Edward P Jones is in Salt Lake City, and joins us in studio to talk about his work.

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