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. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – What's the most unusual sound you've ever heard? Utah Soundscapes producer Jeff Rice has been asking people that question from time to time. Recently, he asked one Utah graduate student. The answer turned into this week's audio postcard. Jeff Rice introduces it.
Salt Lake City, UT – In one of the most closely watched Republican primary election races in the country, incumbent Congressman Chris Cannon won the nomination yesterday to seek a sixth consecutive term representing Utah's 3rd District in the U-S House of Representatives. KUER's Tasha Cook has more on that story. KUER's Jenny Brundin looks at some state legislative races in yesterday's primary, and KUER's Dan Bammes reports on how the state's new electronic voting machines performed in their first real test.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tomorrow is National HIV Testing Day, and we're marking that day with a profile of one man. The story is about the promise he has kept for the past 15 years -- a promise that has changed his life. Producer and University of Utah student Heidi Bogus has this profile of a man who kept that promise in a particularly stressful job.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tonight at eight thirty at the Utah Arts Festival in downtown Salt Lake City's Library Square, the Utah Symphony and Opera will present portions of an operatic adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel, "The Grapes of Wrath." This work-in--progress performance is the opera's first with an orchestra. KUER's Tasha Cook met with the opera's Obie Award-winning composer, Ricky Ian Gordon.
Salt Lake City, UT – Another offering of the Utah Arts Festival is "Reflective Skin." It is an unusual sound installation produced by Salt Lake City artists Gary Vlasic, Erik Dodd and Jesse Walker. Audiences will be treated to an evocative, layered soundscape at 6:30 and 10:45 nightly through Sunday. KUER's Tasha Cook discussed the meaning of "Reflective Skin" with the trio and sent this audio postcard.
Salt Lake City, UT – The 30th annual Utah Arts Festival opens today in downtown Salt Lake City. The festival brings together hundreds of visual artists, poets, musicians and street performers. KUER's Tasha Cook spoke with Arthur Pembleton, a featured artist and the creator of the "Dead Momma Database."
Salt Lake City, UT – Brown-headed cowbirds are common in rural areas throughout the state of Utah. A local scientist has made some interesting discoveries about this bird's unusual song and dance routine. Jeff Rice reports for the Utah Soundscape series.
Salt Lake City, UT – Considered a propogandist by some and a revolutionary by others, Upton Sinclair's writing blurred the lines between life, politics and art. He published over 90 books, but is perhaps best known for The Jungle, his 1906 expose of the inhuman working conditions in Chicago's stockyards. In the new book "Radical Innocent," biographer Anthony Arthur looks at the social activism that informed Sinclair's writing, and that helped him transform a nation.
Salt Lake City, UT – If you were into obscure, but raw music, there was one brief moment in the early 90s when Utah's underground music scene really lived up to its name. They called it punk, but that wasn't the best way of defining the sound. Some of these musicians came out of hardcore straight edge bands. They fused coarse riffs with atonal jazz and hard rock. In the process, they also developed a tight community infused with a remarkable energy. Doug talks with veterans of Salt Lake's punk scene Tuesday on RadioWest.
Washington, DC – It's been called a new Cold War. About 40-percent of all the people on earth live in two countries -- India and China. The economies of those countries are growing exponentially, and both nations have beefed up their military arsenals over the past 20 years. These nations are siphoning off service sector computer jobs from Utah, and that concerns the state's lawmakers in Congress. In the first of a special two-part series, Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – Earlier this month, Brigham Young University ended its contract with Jeffrey Nielsen following a Salt Lake Tribune op-ed piece in which Nielsen publicly criticized the LDS Church's stand on gay marriage. The case brings up many questions of academic freedom. Doug is joined by professors from the University of Utah, Notre Dame, Brigham Young University and Utah Valley State College to look at the role of the teacher to challenge -- and respect -- their students and their community.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah legend tells of caverns filled with caches of Spanish Gold hidden before the arrival of Escalante and Dominguez. Since then, there have been those who have hunted for and those who have even claimed to have found these lost treasures. Doug and guests Lee Nelson, Will Bagley and Ken Sanders explore what the oral histories tell us and how those stack up to the academic view of our state's past. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Journalist Tom Zoellner knows all too well the emotional meaning diamonds can carry with them. When his fiancee returned the only diamond he had ever bought, Zoellner visited 6 continents and 14 nations in search of answers. The result is The Heartless Stone, an investigation of the diamond industry from mine to finger. Zoellner will be in Salt Lake tomorrow, and today he joins Doug to talk about the machine that used a pretty hunk of carbon to change cultures and societies around the world.
Salt Lake City, UT – Someone once told producer Jeff Rice that if you howl at a coyote, it just might howl back. In the interest of reportorial research-- or idle speculation-- he found himself out in the sagebrush testing this theory. He has this audio postcard for the Utah Soundscapes series.
Salt Lake City – Philosophy Professor Jeffrey Nielsen knew the risks when he publicly criticized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' position on gay marriage. Just four days after his op-ed piece ran in the Salt Lake Tribune, Nielsen - himself an active member of the Church - was in effect fired by BYU. Wednesday on RadioWest, Nielsen joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about what he calls the moral imperatives that compelled him to speak out, and the risks of taking such a stand.
Washington, DC – The U-S Senate is celebrating Flag Day this year by preparing to debate a constitutional amendment that would ban flag burning. Supporters say protecting the symbol of freedom is of vital importance to the nation. Opponents say this is another move by the ruling party to shore up support among the Republican base. Utah's Senators are split on the issue, as Benjamin Shaw reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – KUER is celebrating Father's Day by airing stories through the week about fathers. The first comes from Joshua Killpatrick, who sees his father's tools and willingness to fix things rather than throw them away as a difference between them, but also a bond.
Salt Lake City, UT – What does it take to get a classical music video to surpass the number of times Madonna's lastest single was streamed? It takes the fresh energy and sound that the hip, Utah-based piano quintet "The 5 Browns" brings to music as diverse as Stravinsky, Dvorak, Copland and Lowell Liebermann. The family is preparing for a world tour of their new album "No Boundaries," and Tuesday on RadioWest, they join Doug to talk about their passion for music and the art that unites them.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Grandmother Project has seen startling results in helping to promote health and social change in developing countries. KUER's Jenny Brundin speaks to Judi Aubel on how the project is reach families through its focus on older women.