The Utah legislature has hardly been reluctant to pick fights with the federal government in recent years, but a House committee approved a bill yesterday that defines the rules for those fights. Republican Representative Ken Ivory of West Jordan is pushing House Bill 76, which provides additional funding for the state's Constitutional Defense Commission and tells it to try negotiation and mediation before taking the federal government to court.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Folklorist and musician Hal Cannon has spent much of his career telling other people's stories. He creates documentaries and features for NPR, he's the founding director of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, and he's played with a variety of bands in the region. But all along, he says, he was in the closet writing his own tunes. Now, Cannon's produced his first album of all original work, and Thursday he joins us in studio to talk about and to play his music.
Salt Lake City, UT – On Utah's Capitol Hill, lawmakers took up the issue of whether having super clean dishes outweighs murky water and ruined fish habitat. But first, KUER's Jenny Brundin looks at one attempt to make new homes in Utah more energy efficient.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Conservation biologist Cristina Eisenberg says we have a long and complicated relationship with wolves. She actually uses the term "pathological" to describe it. Eisenberg explains some people irrationally love wolves - without taking human needs into consideration. Others have demonized the predators - without recognizing the vital role they play in our ecosystems. Wednesday we continue our series on predators. Eisenberg joins Doug to talk about striking a balance on wolf management in the West.
Salt Lake City, UT – At the State Capitol on Monday, lawmakers deliberated over measures on adoption and health care and received a visit from Congressman Jason Chaffetz. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City – The renowned artist, Trevor Southey, returned to Utah in January to talk about his retrospective exhibition, "Reconciliation." It's now on display through Sunday, February 13 at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. KUER's Michael Chipman begins this report walking through the museum with its executive director, Gretchen Dietrich.
Salt Lake City, Utah – The scholar Susan Jacoby may sound harsh when she says it, but she makes this clear in her latest book: 90 is not the new 50. It's not even the new 70. Jacoby says Americans have been sold a myth about old age. The truth is there is no fountain of youth; people who live into their ninth and tenth decades are likely to face ailments that will exhaust their resources. Tuesday, Susan Jacoby joins Doug to explain how a realistic look at old age can help society and individuals prepare for it.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Biographer Stacy Schiff says that Cleopatra has had "one of the busiest afterlives in history." This Queen of Egypt died over 2000 years ago, but since then she's been the subject of poems and plays, she's had an asteroid and a cigarette named after her. But for all the fame, much of what we think we know about Cleopatra just isn't so. Schiff joins us to rescue the queen from her legend. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Lawmakers made a rare vote against guns yesterday on Utah's Capitol Hill. Also, the attorney general's office announced that drug companies have been pilfering taxpayer's money. But first, lawmakers considered plans to bring back the rest of the state sales tax on food, a tax that Utahns have been without for three years. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.