Salt Lake City, Utah – Researchers say creativity - the ability to generate new ideas and rearrange those ideas into the best possible outcomes - is declining sharply among America's school children. And experts say the consequences for innovation, the economy and public policy are sweeping. Tuesday, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman join guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce on why creativity is waning and how to turn the trend around. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, Utah – For many, George Washington is a mythic figure: a hero of the revolution and the face on our dollar bill more than a man of flesh and bone. The biographer Ron Chernow explains that Washington worked hard to conceal his inner-life. "With me," said Washington, "it has always been a maxim rather to let my designs appear from my works than by my expressions." In his book, Chernow has created a vivid portrait of America's first president and he joins Doug to talk about who Washington was. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday, Utah's main legislative budget committee heard recommendations over where cuts should be and what deserves funding. But first, advocates are using a new study as ammunition as they lobby for a bill to reign in pay day lenders. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday was Latino Day at Utah's state capitol, with a brass quintet from the Utah National Guard playing as a crowd ate lunch in the rotunda. Among the honors this year - the Utah Compact was recognized for helping to moderate the debate on illegal immigration. Archie Archuleta with the Utah Coalition of La Raza says their awards usually go to people, but this time it honored an idea.
Salt Lake City, Utah – The Tucson shootings last month and the high-profile recovery of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords have put a spotlight on brain injuries. How does the brain heal and what are the particular challenges facing traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors? On Friday, guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce talks with a brain expert, a TBI survivor and a caregiver about how people learn to live with what is often a hidden disability.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Thursday, we continue our documentary film series "Through the Lens" with director Eugene Jarecki. Jarecki's latest work explores the life and myth of Ronald Reagan. This month marks the 100th anniversary of the "Great Communicator's" birth, and Jarecki says that America has in many ways become the "United States of Reagan." We'll talk to him about filmmaking and about the 40th president.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah lawmakers took up another immigration bill yesterday, one the sponsor says, is meant to deal with the reality of an estimated 110,000 undocumented workers who are integrated into Utah's economy. It's a guest worker program, one he says would cost the state about $2 million to start, but could generate more than $11 million through payroll taxes from workers in the program. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, Utah – President Obama has called nuclear power plants a "necessity." Closer to home, Governor Herbert says Utahns shouldn't be afraid of discussing nuclear energy. So Wednesday on RadioWest we're doing just that. Is a "nuclear renaissance" the way to wean America off of fossil fuels and combat global warming as some environmentalists contend - or are the costs associated with waste disposal and with building water thirsty plants in the desert too high?