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.
Salt Lake City, UT – Cochlear implants have been available for children since 1985. They are small electronic devices that can help those who are deaf to hear. There are 36,000 people in the United States who have the implants. Most of them are children. But until recently, cochlear implants were considered experimental and insurance companies wouldn't cover them. One Utah family has led the battle to get that coverage in Utah. Producer Sheri Quinn reports.
Salt Lake City, Ut – Scientists say there are parallels between the way that humans learn to speak and the way that songbirds learn to sing. University of Utah biology professor Franz Goller studies the physiology and singing behavior of birds. Utah Soundscapes producer Jeff Rice spoke with him for this week's audio field guide.
Washington, DC – President George W. Bush is pushing the benefits of nuclear power again. But leaders in Congress are increasingly expressing doubts about the viability of a planned nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain--especially representatives from Western States. Some experts say nuclear power companies won't break ground on new plants until the nuclear waste dilemma is resolved. Laura Strickler reports from our Capitol Hill bureau.
Salt Lake City, UT – This year's Utah Pride events lured thousands of festival goers and parade spectators to downtown Salt Lake City yesterday. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Utahns and their supporters came to celebrate this year's festival theme: Pride, Not Prejudice. KUER's Tasha Cook has more on this story:
Fort Duchesne, UT – In past generations, less than half of Utah's Ute Indian population graduated from high school. The situation is looking somewhat better today, thanks to the pressure put on public schools by school accountability laws such as No Child Left Behind. Efforts by the Ute tribe itself are also making a substantial difference, including their own high school in Fort Duchesne. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
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. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Each week at this time, KUER brings you Utah Soundscapes, audio postcards from around the state and region. Today, Jeff Rice talks with Emmy award-winning nature recordist Gordon Hempton.
Salt Lake City, UT – The 2000 Presidential election underscored problems and inefficiencies in the US electoral system. It forced officials to rethink the voting process and to begin replacing outdated methods. Critics of new electronic technology worry though about ease of use, security, poll worker training and more. Doug is joined by the University of Utah's Thad Hall, former Emery County Clerk Bruce Funk and Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swenson for a look at the evolution of electronic voting and the disputes of a developing system.
Salt Lake City, UT – Veteran Salon.com writer Michelle Goldberg argues that America is undergoing a cultural revolution - a fevered religious radicalism where every political issue is a battle between good and evil. In her new book Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism, Goldberg examines the structure of the religious right, the debates that are fueling its growth and the ramifications of a truly Christian nation.
Salt Lake City, UT – Stan Penfold of the Utah AIDS Foundation says the awareness for AIDS may be the lowest it's been since the 1980s. Better medical treatment and an increasingly conservative social atmosphere have made the crisis somehow seem less urgent. The fact is, while 25 million people have died from AIDS related illness since the virus emerged out of obscurity, more than 40 million people carry it right now. Tuesday on RadioWest, we're examining 25 years of AIDS, its effect on the globe and the course its running in Utah.
Salt Lake City, UT – Dr. Gene Jacobsen recounts his three-and-a-half year experience as a prisoner of war during World War II. Captured at the age of 20 in 1941, he survived the Bataan Death March and imprisonment in Japan and the Phillipines. Jacobsen was one of only sixty-five men of his Army Air Corps squadron to return home. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – State lawmakers decided yesterday not to debate a proposal from the Utah governor for providing two million dollars for dental services to the state's neediest. The action comes as Utah legislators this year continue to divide up a record one billion dollar state surplus. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report:
Salt Lake City, UT – As recently as 10 years ago, psychiatrists and doctors thought children didn't suffer from bipolar disorder. It's a tricky and controversial diagnosis but its estimated that half a million American children have the disease. RadioWest will profile a fascinating documentary, A Mind of Their Own, and talk to doctors, parents and children who suffer from this devastating disease. (Repeat)
Washington, DC – Supporters of embryonic stem cell research are upping the pressure on Senate leaders to schedule a vote on a bill expanding the studies. The bill undoes a policy laid down by President Bush in 2001 that limited government funding to a handful of stem cell lines already created at the time. Utah Republican Orrin Hatch is one of their staunchest allies and this week, Hatch is lending his Senate clout to getting the popular measure to the Senate Floor. Todd Zwillich reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Salt Lake ecosystem is one of the premier places in north America to see and hear migratory birds. More than 200 species of birds can be found near the lake and Jeff Rice visited its shores for the Utah Soundscapes series. He brought back this audio postcard.