Salt Lake City, U T – Neither Republican Mike Lee nor Democrat Sam Granato has ever been elected to political office. The two are vying for Bob Bennett's old set in the U-S Senate. But it is a contest marked by little public debate and by lots of political rhetoric. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Today's popular vampires range from the comical Count on Sesame Street to the sexy Edward of the Twilight novels. But the ultimate vampire icon remains Bram Stoker's Dracula. With his insatiable appetite for blood, hypnotic powers and the promise of immortality at a terrible price, Stoker's Dracula plays on the basic human fears of death and evil. On Friday, we sort through the mythology and themes surrounding this most famous bloodsucker.
Salt Lake City, Utah – In 1995, Salt Lake Acting Company was one of the first regional theaters to produce Tony Kushner's seminal play "Angels in America." SLAC's Keven Myhre says it's a work that helped define the company, so it made sense to make it part of the 40th anniversary season. But "Angels" also opens in New York this week, where seats are already sold-out and the run has been extended. Thursday, Tony Kushner and others join us to talk about the epic work and its place in the American canon.
Salt Lake City, UT – Gary Herbert became Utah's governor last year when Jon Huntsman Jr. resigned to serve as U.S. ambassador to China. Utah's constitution requires him to run in a mid-term election to fill out the remainder of Huntsman's term. Herbert is a Republican. His Democratic challenger is Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Wednesday, Doug hosts the last of our Utah congressional debates. This time, we're looking at the 1st district, where Republican Rob Bishop is seeking his fifth term in the House of Representatives. His challenger is Democrat Morgan Bowen who also ran against Bishop in 2008. We'll talk to both candidates about what brings them back to the race and about what they see as the priorities for Washington.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Rick Peay says his first experience with euphoria was like an anointing from God. Peay has bipolar disorder and it wasn't until he landed in jail that he realized something was wrong. In fact, 40% of adults with serious mental disorders end up in jail or prison; it's become a sort of default treatment. This week, KUED premieres a new documentary on the mental health system and Tuesday, we'll talk to Peay and others about what's going wrong and what treatment programs are offering new hope.
Salt Lake City, UT – The fight to become Salt Lake County's top prosecutor was so close in 2006 that four years later, the same two candidates are back in the ring, with Democrat Sim Gill throwing the punches and Republican Lohra Miller defending her record. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report: