An itinerant son of the western soil, Lewis earned two degrees in geology, then fell into broadcast engineering in the 1980's by doing a radio show featuring music from the cutting edge of many a bygone era on a community station. Some experience as an amateur radio operator and running a phone patch station from Viet Nam in the 1970's didn't hurt. The rest is just history. Despite repeated warnings, he still insists on playing the harmonica.

The Two-Way
1:17 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Warm Winter Leads To Early Blooms In Northeast

Kristin Schleiter, of the New York Botanical Garden, in front blooming red camellias.
Margot Adler NPR

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 4:16 pm

If you live in the Northeast, this has been a wacky winter: It has been deathly cold in Eastern Europe, as flowers bloom in New York City and temperatures rise to the high 40s and even 50s.

I went in search of flowers in bloom and was not disappointed. There were bushes of red camellias, and gorgeous yellow flowering Adonis. Kristin Schleiter is the acting director of outdoor gardens at the New York Botanical Garden. She took me to an outdoor test garden.

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1:15 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Snowstorms Take A Toll In Afghan Refugee Camps

Aw Muhammad, a resident of a refugee camp in western Kabul, pulls back a shade as one of his six surviving children looks out on the snow. Afghanistan is suffering one of its harshest winters in many years.
Quil Lawrence NPR

Kabul's fourth snowstorm in the past month brought children out to play across the city, including those in the Charahi Qambar refugee camp in the western part of the capital.

Many of the children in the camp don't remember any other life outside of this mud-brick shantytown. Most of their parents fled the southern province of Helmand when the war heated up there four years ago.

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Peter Kenyon is NPR's international correspondent based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Prior to taking this assignment in 2010, Kenyon spent five years in Cairo covering Middle Eastern and North African countries from Syria to Morocco. He was part of NPR's team recognized with two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University awards for outstanding coverage of post-war Iraq.

In addition to regular stints in Iraq, he has followed stories to Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain, Qatar, Algeria, Morocco and other countries in the region.

Middle East
1:13 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Iran Can Disrupt Key Waterway — But For How Long?

The USS Abraham Lincoln sailed from the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday. This photo was taken from the bridge of the aircraft carrier and shows U.S. aircraft parked on its flight deck. In the background, a U.S. destroyer patrols.
Hassan Ammar AP

The dispute over Iran's nuclear program has again rocked oil markets. And Iran is threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, which is just 34 miles wide yet serves as the passageway for 20 percent of the world's oil.

This is not a new drama. In fact, it was a recurring issue in the 1980s. Still, there's been relatively little activity among Gulf oil producers to find alternative routes to get their oil to market.

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Gayle moved back to her hometown of Salt Lake City in 2007 after completing her bachelor's degree in Communication at the University of San Diego. She worked as an Events Coordinator at Tuscany Restaurant for two years before deciding to start her master's degree in Communication at the University of Utah. She began working at KUER in 2010 while finishing the last year of graduate school. Gayle strives to grow KUER's audiences through community engagement and marketing efforts. She loves every aspect of public radio and is so thrilled to work with the KUER team. While not working, Gayle enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, reading, and spending time with her husband, Josh, and dog, Scooby.

The Two-Way
1:11 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Westminster Set To Name Top Dog; Out West, A Dog's Star Rises

Miu Miu, a Chihuahua, poses for photographers at a fashion show held before the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.
Michael Nagle Getty Images

The Westminster Kennel Club dog show is under way, and that means dogs are being pampered, brushed and cajoled to walk before the event's judges. First held in 1877, the Westminster show claims to be second only to the Kentucky Derby in terms of continuously held sporting events.

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Winter Songs
1:02 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

A Skating Rink's 'Ribbon In The Sky'

hey.kiddo via Flickr

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 4:16 pm

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Becky joined our team in 2010 and is thrilled to combine her love of public radio with her love of fundraising at KUER!  Her passion in life is working for various nonprofit organizations which she has done for over 13 years. She has worked for various organizations including The Make-A-Wish Foundation, The MS Society and for The Christmas Box House. She received both her bachelor's degree and her master's degree from the University of Utah. In her spare time Becky is found chasing her toddler, practicing yoga, running, baking, blogging and trying to balance being a mom/wife/fundraiser. 

Ja’Naye received her BS in Communications from the University of Utah. Mostly known for her work in the land of coffee as manager of The Salt Lake Roasting Co., you can bet she knows how to make an incredible latte. In her spare time from the Roasting Co. she cut her teeth in public radio as a Production Assistant with KCPW. Now she’s looking forward to expanding her knowledge of public radio within the illustrious halls of KUER. Her passions include cooking, traveling with her boyfriend whenever possible, learning how to knit, great coffee, and her little dog Tucker.