Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest talks to two biologists from Utah State University that are examining cougar populations in Utah. There's a controversy about the impact of these predators on domestic live-stock and wild game. Biologists are worried about hunting permits being issued without complete information.
Salt Lake City, UT – Lawmakers in Utah's House of Representatives sent a message to Washington, passing two bills challenging the federal No Child Left Behind Act. They also took up a bill to ban smoking in private clubs and another to prevent cities from favoring companies that pay more than the minimum wage, along with a ban on gifts to state employees. But KUER's Jenny Brundin starts today's legislative report with a brief update on the state budget.
Salt Lake City, UT – A Utah State Senate audit has indicated that as many as 58,000 driver's licenses have been issued to undocumented aliens. Four House bills and one Senate bills seek to limit access of licenses. Opponents argue that the proposed solutions could lead to, among other problems, an increase in the number of uninsured drivers and differential treatment of minorities. RadioWest looks at the bills and at the arguments surrounding them.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah lawmakers took up a number of controversial issues on Monday (2/14), including phasing out unused sick leave for state employees and whether to let cities use photo radar to catch drivers who run red lights. But the big news was a Valentine's Day surprise -- new revenue estimates showing they have $121 million more in state revenue to spend in next year's budget. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – "Her Majesty" is a family film that delivers a parable on race relations, colonialism and identity. As a New Zealand town prepares for a visit by Queen Elizabeth, they come in conflict with an old Maori woman whose home is an "embarrassment" on the parade route. The young heroine Elizabeth must choose between her loyalty to her friend and her dream of meeting the Queen. RadioWest talks to writer and director Mark Gordon, and locally based cinematographer Steven Katz.
Salt Lake City, UT – Producer Miguel Macias took three years to create "Chasing Love." It's an intricate montage of sound and voice that beautifully considers that complication emotion - or idea - of love.
Chasing Love: Listen to the full hour, join a conversation or talk to the producer at Transom.org
Salt Lake City, UT – The United States offered homes for Bantu Muslims fleeing the Somalian civil war. RadioWest looks the journey that brought them here and the struggle to recreate an existence so far from home. Doug talks to Aden Batar of Catholic Community Services and Awad Gure, a Bantu who now makes his home in Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City, UT – Beginning teachers are on their way to a salary boost after House lawmakers narrowly passed a bill to do that. And two competing tax reform bills faced off yesterday -- one calls for a flat tax and the second limits the number of child deductions a household can take. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – The long and contentious battle to ban hotter radioactive waste from Utah -- the so-called B and C waste -- is coming to an end. All that's needed now is the signature of one man -- Governor Jon Huntsman. And round one of building the state's $8 billion dollar budget took place last night, with a few surprises. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
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.