Salt Lake City, UT – Monday's legislative agenda included the Drug Offenders Reform Act, a plan to help those convicted of drug-related crimes get treatment and stay out of jail. A bill that was meant to regulate clubs for gay students passed in a weakened form. And the House passed a bill meant to make it harder for state employees to collect retirement pensions and still work full time in government. KUER's Dan Bammes has more.
Salt Lake City, UT – Arvol Looking Horse is the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle Keeper and a spiritual leader of the Lakota-Dakota-Nakota Nation. Understanding the sacred rites of indigenous peoples has given Mr. Looking Horse a unique perspective on global issues -- issues of peace, the environment and human rights. He is in Salt Lake City this week, and joins Doug Fabrizio in studio, along with Forrest Cuch, Director of Utah's Division of Indian Affairs. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Every 10 minutes, there is a motor vehicle crash in Utah. It probably doesn't surprise you. You've seen the "idiot driver" talking on his cell phone or speeding past you or going much slower than you. In fact, 80% of you firmly believe that you drive better than most others on the road. So, how do Utah drivers (including you) compare with the rest of the country? Doug talks to the driving psychology specialist James Leon and others to gauge the state of Utah driving.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah legislative leaders proposed a constitutional amendment yesterday that would change the opening day of the legislative session so that it no longer conflicts with the holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Junior. They also took up measures to make wearing a seat belt a primary offense and a controversial measure to have political parties choose school board members. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – This past weekend, Salt Lake Acting Company opened its production of Sexsting. It's the story of the relationship between a suspected Internet predator and an FBI agent posing as a young girl. Playwright Doris Baizley created the piece with criminal defense attorney Susan Raffanti - adding insight into questions about intent, responsibility and the double-edged nature of the information age. Baizley, Raffanti and others join Doug to talk about production and the issues it raises.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah legislature considered bills yesterday to expand or limit the power of local authorities. Among the bills debated at the Capitol were measures about law enforcement, undocumented immigrants and land use. KUER's Tasha Cook reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – The political columnist Molly Ivins insisted didn't think George W Bush is stupid or mean, and she didn't hate him. But she did understand him. She put his life, his public persona, even his policies in context and fixed them all to a place: Texas. Molly Ivins died this week in Austin after a 7 year battle with breast cancer. We talked with her back in 2004 about George W. Bush, but also her life and her role in the American conversation about politics. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – State lawmakers took up three highly controversial bills yesterday. One would all but ban abortions in Utah in the event Roe versus Wade is overturned. Another would give parents taxpayer-financed vouchers to send their children to private schools. But first, KUER's Jenny Brundin reports on a bill to repeal Utah's law allowing children of undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at colleges and universities.
Salt Lake City, UT – In Monday's legislative action, a House committee advanced a bill to change the standards for imposing the death penalty for crimes against children. A bill allowing 6-year-olds to ride off-highway vehicles was heard in committee, but no action was taken. And a bill to regulate the use of tanning beds by teenagers easily passed a critical vote in the Utah Senate. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Daniel Levitin spent over a decade producing music, and he met many talented musicians that just never rose above obscurity. This led him to questions like why some songs move us while others leave us cold. Today, Levitin is on the faculty of Psychology at McGill University, and he's written This is Your Brain on Music. Wednesday he talks to Doug about how the human brain and music interact and how the process gives rise to thoughts, feelings and the experience of beauty.
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest continues its series on school vouchers. We're joined by Kim Burningham, Director of the Utah State Board of Education, and Peggy Cain of the School of Education at Westminster College. They are critics of proposed voucher systems and argue that such plans deplete public schools of crucial funding, support religious education with tax dollars and create a two-tiered education system. We'll talk about their concerns, and take your calls.
Park City, UT – Two of the youngest filmmakers at this year's Sundance Film Festival are Salt Lake City residents. Their film, Mother Superior, focuses on a growing number of Utah women with a methemphetamine addiction. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Religious scholar Marcus Borg agrees that the US is Christ-haunted. More than any other country in the historically Christian world, the figure of Jesus is prominent in the media and in public discussion. But while America has the highest percentage of people who identify themselves as Christians, they sharply disagree on who Christ was. Marcus Borg is coming to Salt Lake City, and joins us for a conversation about Jesus, what he taught, and why he plays such a prominent role in our culture today.
Salt Lake City – Radioactive waste issues are once again the focus of action on Utah's Capitol Hill. State lawmakers took up a bill that deals with the hazardous waste company Energy Solutions. They also took action on measures dealing with the sales tax on food, and booster seats for children over the age of 5. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Park City, UT – At this year's Sundance Film Festival, a film explores the lives of parents who are raising autistic children. The filmmakers and some of the parents came from New York to Park City this week to promote Autism Every Day. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – On Utah's Capitol Hill Tuesday, lawmakers advanced bills to greatly expand drug treatment programs in Utah and also to make sure methamphetamine cooks can't buy the ingredients they need to make the deadly drug. They also passed bills aimed at parents who don't pay child support, protesters at funerals and children who want to hunt big game. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – A major tax-cutting bill is heading to the Utah House of Representatives. It would cut taxes by 250-million dollars and eliminate the state's portion of the sales tax on food. Supporters say it continues the tax reforms begun last year, but public schol officials and advocates for low-income families say there are problems with the bill. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday, RadioWest is live in Park City with Ira Glass, host of This American Life. Ira is in town for the Sundance Film Festival. He's promoting his new Showtime television program based on the radio show. Just how do you translate compelling radio into good TV? Doug talks to Ira Glass, Director Chris Wilcha and Director of Photography Adam Beckman.
Park City, UT – Sundance Film Festival-goers have a rare chance to hear first-hand accounts from survivors of the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in 1945. KUER's Tasha Cook met with Academy-award winning director Steven Okazaki to discuss his film in Park City.
Salt Lake City, UT – In the 1960s, young urban songwriters were searching for a new form of artistic expression to talk about cultural and political change. That search for something "new" took them back to something old. In Utah, musicians like Bruce "Utah" Phillips and Rosalie Sorrels and groups like "Uncle Lumpy" and "Polly and the Valley Boys" called on a rich musical tradition to create a "folk revival." Doug is joined by Rosalie Sorrels, Polly Stewart and Hal Cannon for a look at the heyday of folk music in the state.
Salt Lake City, UT – The first in a series on food from producer Beth Hoffman. She wants us to stop for a moment and think about food in a deeper way...to reflect upon the environmental, cultural and artistic connections we have to cooking and eating in Utah. She'll also introduce us to people here who are, well, really passionate about food. People like Valter Nassi, the host and concept man at the restaurant Cucina Toscana.
Park City, UT – The Sundance Film Festival's first days kicked off with a smorgasbord of sights and sounds. It's about film buffs and celebrity hounds swarming the streets of Park City. In her audio-postcard, KUER's Tasha Cook begins with actor and Sundance founder Robert Redford and festival director Geoffrey Gilmore as they kick off events. And then she captures the voices of fans at the festival:
Washington, DC – They've complained about big oil profits for years while in the minority, AND in their new role as Congressional majority Democrats today (Thursday) stuck it to oil companies in a major way - saving one of their most partisan bills for the last of their first 100-hours agenda. From Washington, Neil Simon reports.
(NARR) The new bill is the Democrat way of getting federal money from an energy industry seeing record profits.
Park City, UT – The Sundance Film Festival officially kicked off yesterday in Park City. The premier independent film festival is celebrating 26 years of showcasing feature films, shorts and documentaries by new artists. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.