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 It forced officials to rethink the voting process and to begin replacing outdated methods.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.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah is among the deadliest states in the nation when it comes to bicyclists killed in accidents involving cars. With summer weather here now, both cars and bikers are filling the roads. KUER's Laura Weiss has this look at making biking safer on Utah roads.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug Peacock is a wilderness legend, a grizzly bear man, and the inspiration for the Hayduke character in Edward Abbey's The Monkey Wrench Gang. He joins Doug Fabrizio to discuss his book Walking It Off: A Veteran's Chronicle of War and Wilderness, a memoir of war, wilderness, and his late friend Edward Abbey. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah writer and poet Katharine Coles' latest novel is "Fire Season." Set in rural Utah, Coles portrays cancer-stricken downwinders, an AIDS suffering black-sheep of a Mormon family, drought and wildfires. It's a story of death and renewal, and ultimately, of the power of human goodness to prevail. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Drought conditions in the southwest have led to an explosive rise in bark beetle populations, causing large die-offs of pine forests. The artist David Dunn began recording the sounds of bark beetles as a way of documenting this destruction, but also found a deep artistic connection to the beetles. Jeff Rice reports for Utah Soundscapes.
Salt Lake City, Ut – With the weather as warm as it's been this past week in Utah, it's hard to imagine spring skiing. But Scott Carrier was doing it just a few days ago, and he says it requires careful timing - and the right point of view.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Bush administration has been encouraging the Bureau of Land Management to make energy exploration easier, and on Tuesday, Utah's BLM conducted a massive sale of oil and gas leases. Doug is joined by NPR's Elizabeth Shogren, along with industry advocates and conservationists, to explore the implications on the American economy and on Utah's environment.
Salt Lake City, Ut – A few years ago, a popular postcard showed a completely black picture with the caption, "Salt Lake City at night." Now there are plans, not yet unveiled, to revitalize and build a new, more lively downtown in Utah's capital city. But Salt Lake City wasn't always dark at night. Shops, restaurants and theaters thrived. Downtown Salt Lake City was the place to be. Producer Anne Milliken visits with Utahns who remember what downtown was like in its heyday. (Ben Bombard assisted in the production of this story.)
Salt Lake City, UT – A recent report from the National Alliance on Mental Illness grades the quality of mental health care in each state. The report singled out the work of Republican Senator Orin Hatch on behalf of mental health programs. Despite Hatch's efforts, Utah only got a D on its report card. Benjamin Shaw Reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – Jim Wallis joins Doug to talk about his book "God's Politics." Wallis questions how the right has been able to co-opt the language of faith to further its political goals, and why the left tries to keep public policy and a discussion of morals separate. Faith, he argues, should be free to challenge both ends of the political spectrum from a consistent moral ground. (Repeat)
Los Angeles, CA – This week, KUER is airing stories related to Mother's Day. In today's piece Connie Alvarez interviews her mother, Blanca, about crossing the border near her home in Nogales, Mexico to join her family in Los Angeles-- more than thirty years later. Kuer's Mother's Day archives.