Salt Lake City, UT – On Utah's Capitol Hill, state senators advanced a controversial bill to let patients choose doctors outside their regular health care networks. And House lawmakers voted to keep the right to "sneak a peek" at how their colleagues vote after floor debates. Also yesterday, lawmakers once again killed a bill to establish and effective hate crimes law in Utah. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – David Ives' play "Polish Joke" looks at how we connect with or sometimes run from our ethnic identity. Doug talks to Ives, as well as director Kirstie Rosenfield and actor Michael Behrens about Salt Lake Acting Company's new production.
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Salt Lake City, UT – Lawmakers on Utah's Capitol Hill updated a state law that targets so-called 'spyware,' computer programs that automatically send information from your computer without your knowledge. And a leigslator appears to be backing away from a controversial divorce bill. Meantime, House lawmakers threw the first wrench into Governor Jon Huntsman's proposal to phase out the corporate income tax in Utah, because it might cost the state's public schools too much. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports
Salt Lake City, UT – Award-winning journalist Andrea Moore-Emmett's new book tells the story of 18 former polygamist wives. Doug talks to the author of "God's Brothel" about these women and the fundamentalist sects they left behind. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – A bill before the legislature would make lay midwifery legal again in Utah. Proponents say it would legalize a viable birthing option for parents. Opponents argue it will make homebirths less safe. RadioWest looks at the history of midwifery in America, and talks to people on both sides of the debate.
Salt Lake City, UT – A battle is brewing between Utah Governor Jon Huntsman and Republican lawmakers over a proposal that weakens the governor's leverage in passing certain budget priorities. The bill's sponsor argues that it's simply a stop-gap measure intended to keep government running should lawmakers fail to agree on a budget by the last day of the legislative session. Lawmakers also advanced a message to Congress on federal education policy. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Thursday, February 3, 2005 – RadioWest looks at the forced resettlement of Bushmen to clear the way for diamond mining in Botswana. Doug is joined by journalists and activists Tom Price and Rupert Isaacson who have both written extensively on the issue.
Friday, February 4, 2005 – Doug talks to Christine Rosen about technology, especially television, and its narrowing of our world view. Her article The Age of Egocasting appears in the current issue of The New Atlantis Monthly.
Wednesday, February 2, 2005 – Following a legislative update from KUER's Jenny Brundin, RadioWest talks to documentary filmmaker Steven Greenstreet about his new film This Divided State. The work follows the controversy over Michael Moore's visit to Utah Valley State College.
Salt Lake City, UT – A legislative committee witnessed an emotional debate on Wednesday (2/2) over how to protect parents and families from false accusations of child abuse while protecting children at the same time. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – I.J. Wagner will be remembered as the namesake of the I.J and Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center and the patron of the Rose Wagner Center for the Performing Arts. But KUER's Elaine Clark remembers Izzi Wagner in a much more personal way.
Salt Lake City, UT – Lawmakers on Utah's Capitol Hill had a full day Monday (1/31), taking up issues as diverse as divorce, child abuse, pet abuse, telecommunications deregulation and recovery from the flooding disaster in southern Utah. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Tuesday, February 1, 2005 – Geneticist Dean Hamer's book "The God Gene" explores how our inclination towards faith is influenced by our genes. Dr. Hamer joins Doug Fabrizio for a conversation that explores an intersection of science and religion. (Repeat)
Monday, January 31, 2005 – Utah Senator Greg Bell has introduced the Mutual Dependence Benefits Contracts, which would give some benefits to couples who can't legally marry. The bill will get its final reading in the Senate this morning. RadioWest will talk to Senator Bell as well as supporters and detractors of SB 89.
Park City, UT – The Sundance Film Festival attracts thousands of people from around the world, and while they're in Park City, they're exposed to the Slamdance, TromaDance, even the 'SchmoozeDance' festivals. Metro Networks Salt Lake City News Bureau Chief Tom Jordan has been to all the alternative 'dance' festivals in Utah and explains to KUER's Dan Bammes just where they fit in.
Salt Lake City, UT – In a committee room packed with health insurance executives and patients, lawmakers took up a controversial bill that would allow consumers to go to any doctor or hospital they choose, even if that doctor or hospital is not part of their insurance network. Senators on Utah's Capitol Hill, meantime, advanced a bill to ban smoking in private clubs. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports
Thursday, January 27, 2005 – RadioWest profiles two documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival. "Frozen Angels" explores the world of human-reproductive technologies. Then, "The Education of Shelby Knox" takes on the question of sex education in America's schools.
"Frozen Angels" Thursday, January 27, 2:30 p.m., Prospector Square Theatre Friday, January 28, Midnight, Holiday Village Cinema
Friday, January 28, 2005 – Doug talks to premiere jazz pianist Marcus Roberts. Roberts will play live piano from the studio, and discuss his career playing with Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
Salt Lake CIty, UT – Tuesday on Utah's Capitol Hill, a legislative committee passed a bill targeting repeat drunk drivers. Lawmakers also took up the issue of seat belt use, surrogate parenting and the perennial squabble between banks and credit unions. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Tuesday, January 25, 2005 – Doug talks to director Greg Whiteley and producer Seth Gordon about their new documentary "New York Doll." It's a funny and touching look at bass player Arthur "Killer" Kane's search for God, happiness and a reunion of the band "New York Dolls."
Salt Lake City, UT – On Utah's Capitol Hill Monday, lawmakers took up a number of issues, including legalizing the practice of midwifery, giving parents more power to make medical decisions for their children, and planning for Utah's booming aging population. But first, KUER's Jenny Brundin reports on how final action on whether Utah will accept higher levels of radioactive waste could come later in the legislative session.
Monday, January 24, 2005 – Doug talks to director Stephen Marshall and Amy Redford about Marshall's Sundance entry "This Revolution." Also joining us is director Peter Raymont of "Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire."
Salt Lake City, UT – A legislative committee passed a bill Wednesday (1/19) that sets up a sweeping set of guidelines for how courts determine who parents are, and whether couples can use surrogate mothers. They also signed off on a bill to help more children who live in homes where they experience domestic violence. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports from Utah's Capitol Hill.
Friday, January 21, 2005 – Doug talks to Julia Heiman, director of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, and Barak Goodman, producer, writer and director of American Experience's new documentary Kinsey. The conversation looks at the controversial and ground-breaking work on human sexuality by Alfred Kinsey in the 1940s.
Thursday, January 20, 2005 – RadioWest looks at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival with festival director Geoff Gilmore and Salt Lake Tribune film critic Sean Means. Doug is also joined by Dan Roos, director of "Happy Endings," which opens the festival January 20th.