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Salt Lake City, UT – This week all across the Wasatch Front, rattlesnakes are headed back to their dens for the winter. They're more likely to bite this time of year because if they don't reach their dens, they'll freeze to death. The Great Basin Rattlesnake is the only species of rattler that lives on the Wasatch Front. But, as Sheri Quinn reports, their populations are steadily decreasing.

Salt Lake City, UT – Squatters, the popular brew-pub in downtown Salt Lake City, lets patrons read the story of its origins inside a little booklet that lies on each of its tables. The restaurant, like its owners, is constantly changing, adopting new ideas, practices and philosophies. That's made it one of downtown Salt Lake's most impressive and unique success stories. Producer Benjamin Bombard starts this business profile with a sketch from Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in the characters of Derek and Clive.

Salt Lake City, UT – In an age that is in natural historian David Petersen's words "increasingly urbanized, denatured, domesticated, and virtualized," why do so many people still engage in the ancient ritual of hunting? For Petersen, it is a love - a sacred game that places the human animal squarely at the heart of nature. As the West enters the Fall hunting season, Petersen talks to Doug Fabrizio about the ethics and responsibilities of the modern hunter.

Salt Lake City, UT – Nevada is the driest state in the nation. Utah, the second driest. It's a story as old as the West itself. Individuals and communities need water to survive, and who has access to how much is always a question. KUED's new documentary Desert Wars: Water and the West looks at the case of the Snake Valley aquifer, and the competition between a growing urban landscape and the ranches and resources of the desert. Doug talks to producer John Howe and others about the culture of water in our region.

Salt Lake City, UT – Last December marked the 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith's birth. As the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Smith's life and theology has had a profound effect on American religion, and on the culture of Utah. Nevertheless, he remains an enigmatic and controversial figure. Historian Richard Bushman, author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, will be in Utah next Monday, and we're taking this opportunity to rebroadcast Doug's conversation with him. (Repeat)

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Salt Lake City, UT – Monitoring by the National Park Service shows that parts of the Utah desert can be among the quietest places on earth. But the news is mixed. Even in the most remote areas, studies show that this quiet is disappearing. Utah Soundscapes producer Jeff Rice reports on the Park Service efforts to preserve this vanishing resource.

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Salt Lake City, UT – After months of political wrangling, Utah lawmakers signed off on a bill yesterday to change the way Utahns pay their income taxes and another allowing counties to place a sales tax increase before voters to pay for transportation projects including light rail, commuter rail and roads. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.


Washington, DC – Utah Republican Congressman Chris Cannon has an indirect connection to Jack Abramoff - his former chief of staff David Safavian worked with the disgraced lobbyist. Safavian was later charged with obstructing justice. But what's currently raising eyebrows are Cannon's ties to another lobbyist - his brother Joe Cannon. The Congressman defended the relationship, in a Capitol Hill interview with Benjamin Shaw.

Salt Lake City, UT – Democrat Pete Ashdown is a lot things: a Bountiful native, a high-tech entrepreneur, a father of three, and an optimist. He's running an uphill campaign to unseat incumbent Senator Orrin Hatch, relying on grassroots support and touting a platform of open and honest leadership, fiscal responsibility and no nuclear testing. Tuesday on RadioWest, Doug kicks off a series of candidate interviews with Pete Ashdown, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

Washington, DC – 2nd District Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson is sponsoring a bill he says will balance the growth and conservation needs of lands in Utah's fastest-growing county. But at a House subcommittee hearing yesterday, an alliance of conservation groups challenged the motives behind the measure. KUER's congressional correspondent Evelyn Lombardo reports.

Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday they will upgrade the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE field office in Salt Lake City. Utah Senator Orrin Hatch played a key role in the decision. From our Capitol Hill bureau, Terry Gildea reports.

Salt Lake City, UT – In 1982, Sister Helen Prejean became the spiritual advisor to a man on Louisiana's Death Row and turned the experience into "Dead Man Walking," a best-selling book on morality, justice and the human and spiritual consequences of capital punishment on the accused and society at large. On Monday, Doug talks with Prejean about the death penalty and her life's work to abolish the practice.

Salt Lake City, UT – If you were into obscure, but raw music, there was one brief moment in the early '90s when Utah's underground music scene really lived up to its name. They called it punk, but that wasn't the best way of defining the sound. Some of these musicians came out of hardcore straight edge bands. They fused coarse riffs with atonal jazz and hard rock. In the process, they also developed a tight community infused with a remarkable energy. On Friday, Doug talks with veterans of Salt Lake's punk scene. (Rebroadcast)

Washington, DC – A U.S. House committee is considering a bill that would give Utah an additional representative in the House, one state officials say it should have earned in the last U-S census. But, as our Capitol Hill Bureau reporter Bob Costantini reports, the bill's other motive - to win a congressional vote for the District of Columbia - may be the bill's downfall.

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Salt Lake City, UT – What's the most unusual sound you've ever heard? This week on Utah Soundscapes, we ask the question of Emmy award-winning nature sound recordist Gordon Hempton. He says sometimes the most unusual sounds-- and the most beautiful-- don't always come across on the tape recorder. They can be hidden in the quiet and solitude of wild places. Here is Gordon Hempton in his own words.

Salt Lake City, UT – In the spring of 1857, President James Buchanan appointed a non-Mormon governor for the Utah Territory and sent off troops to enforce the order. Armed skirmishes between the Mormon militia and the U.S. Army followed, and the roughly year-long conflict is now known as the "Utah War." On Thursday, Doug speaks with independent historians Will Bagley and David Bigler as well as LDS Church Historian Richard Turley about this pivotal moment in Utah history.

West Valley City, UT – Through September 20, the Women's Art Center at 345 Pierpont Avenue in Salt Lake City presents the exhibit, "Visions and Voices," featuring Utah artists with mental illness.

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Salt Lake City, UT – Doug talks to Christine Rosen about technology, especially television, and its narrowing of our world view. Her article "The Age of Egocasting" appeared in the February 2005 edition of "The New Atlantis Monthly." (Rebroadcast)

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Salt Lake City, UT – The forces of industry, immigration and sexual politics all converge in Eric Samuelsen's new play "Miasma." Originally created as part of Plan-B Theatre Company's overnight play-writing project SLAM, Samuelsen has now fleshed out his characters -- a rancher-turned-beef producer, his prodigal daughter, a gay foreman and Mexican laborers -- to create a tableau of a nation in flux. Wednesday on RadioWest, Doug talks with Samuelsen, along with director Adrianne Moore and "Miasma" cast members.

Salt Lake City, UT – The forces of industry, immigration and sexual politics all converge in Eric Samuelsen's new play "Miasma." Originally created as part of Plan-B Theatre Company's overnight play-writing project SLAM, Samuelsen has now fleshed out his characters -- a rancher-turned-beef producer, his prodigal daughter, a gay foreman and Mexican laborers -- to create a tableau of a nation in flux. Tuesday on RadioWest, Doug talks Samuelsen, along with director Adrianne Moore and Miasma cast members.

New York, NY – In the weeks and months after 9/11, The Kitchen Sisters, NPR's Lost and Found sound and the public broadcasting community collected audio traces of the World Trade Center, its neighborhood and the events of September 11, 2001. Listen to this surprisingly intimate portrait produced from voicemails, archival tape, on-site recordings, oral histories, remembrances and stories.

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Salt Lake City, UT – A study by the non-partisan Utah Foundation determined that this year's increase in education funding in Utah was the first in many years to exceed what would be expected with the normal growth of the economy and state government. How to keep that up was the subject of a conference in Salt Lake City on September 7th. KUER's Dan Bammes was there.

Salt Lake City, UT – The annual Greek Festival opens Friday, and we're taking the opportunity to rebroadcast our conversation from last year's centennial of the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake City. Doug Fabrizio was joined by Manoli Sargetakis, historian Constantine Skedros, and Craig Miller of the Utah Arts Council Folk Arts Program for a look at the history of this unique community, and at how ethnicity is preserved in the "melting-pot" of America. (Repeat)

Salt Lake City, UT – In 1945, the sacred text of one of the world's earliest Christian sects was uncovered in Upper Egypt. The discovery of the Gnostic Gospels -- including the Gospel of Thomas -- has fascinated scholars and ignited imaginations since. Preeminent theologian Elaine Pagels joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about how Christianity may have been different had these teachings of Jesus been a part of church canon from the earliest days. (Repeat)