Salt Lake City, Utah – How do you write a play about coming out when the only gay character in the script is already out? The Mormon playwright Eric Samuelsen says he had personal experiences to draw from - his daughter marrying outside of the faith, his oldest son deciding not to go on a mission. Samuelsen explores the idea of admitting uncomfortable truths in his newest work. It's called "Borderlands," and it premieres this week. Tuesday, Samuelsen and others join us to talk about it.
Salt Lake City, Utah – The Great Basin of Utah and Nevada is among the nation's most sparsely populated - as well as its most urbanized - regions. Urban planner Tim Sullivan visited cities along the Wasatch Front and the Reno-Truckee area to unpack the challenges facing Western cities, such as water, density and transportation. On Friday, he joins guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about his ideas for creating a livable future in the West.
Salt Lake City, Utah – The new musical by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone isn't exactly offending Mormons. Parker recently told "Elle" magazine that a show wouldn't be successful if it just called a group of people "dumb." Yes, it's vulgar and raunchy, but it's also been called "surprisingly sweet" by Mormons who have seen it. Thursday, we're talking about the duo's take on faith, blasphemy and making the world a better place.
<i>Image by <a href=\"http://www.flickr.com/photos/malurisho/2924173228/\">urimal</a>/<a href=\"http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/deed.en\" target=\"_blank\">Creative Commons</a> via flickr</i>
Salt Lake City, Utah – Wednesday, we're talking to physicist Brian Greene about this question: is our universe the only universe? Greene's latest book is called "The Hidden Reality," and he says that major scientific developments have opened the door to the possible existence of parallel universes. It may sound like something from science fiction, and the idea is controversial and speculative, but Greene's goal is to help us imagine how the boundaries of reality could one day be redrawn.
Salt Lake City, UT – Two major announcements were made yesterday that relate to the role Utahns play in the legislative process. A citizens group that thought it had enough signatures to get an ethics initiative for lawmakers on the ballot - was told it has to start over again. And -- Utah Governor Gary Herbert and the House Republicans caucus called for the repeal of a controversial new open records law - the Government Records Management Act or GRAMA. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Robert Gottlieb begins his biography of the legendary actress Sarah Bernhardt with something that should be fairly straight forward - her birth date. She was born, as he says, "in July or September or October of 1844. Or was it 1843? Or even 1841?" Gottlieb says Bernhardt wasn't really concerned about accuracy; she was much more interested in a good story. Monday, we're talking with Gottlieb about the fascinating life of Sarah Bernhardt - on and off the stage. (Rebroadcast)