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Salt Lake City, Utah – Friday, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with David Campbell, co-author of the book "American Grace." It's a sweeping look at the role religion plays in the fabric of our politics and culture, and Campbell says America is unique among nations. As a country we are deeply religious and religiously diverse, but this hasn't led to sectarian violence seen so often around the world. Doug talks to Campbell about how the religious landscape has changed in the US, and about the "grace" that holds us together. (Rebroadcast)
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Salt Lake City, Utah – Being cheap is often synonymous with being miserly, stingy, a tightwad. But the journalist Lauren Weber argues that frugality is actually more virtue than vice. In her book, "In Cheap We Trust," Weber delves into the history of thrift - from the maxims of Ben Franklin to the art of Dumpster diving - and explores the psychology of cheapskates. On Thursday, she joins guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce to discuss the wisdom and pleasures of not spending every penny.
Salt Lake City, UT – Governor Gary Herbert signed four immigration bills today that he says he hopes will force the federal government to act on the divisive issue. The move puts Utah on a path that could go one of two ways - spurring the federal government to adopt a model similar to Utah's, or --litigation. KUER's Jenny Brundin retraces the long and twisting path to the bill signing.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Wednesday, Doug talks to New York Times columnist David Brooks about his new book, The Social Animal. It's an exploration of the successful, happy life. Brooks peels back the layers of rational thought and individual decision making to reveal how our subconscious, our emotions and our relationships determine who we are. But this isn't just about our private lives - it's also a way of understanding how we construct business, politics and the world in which we live.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Medical historian Holly Tucker says that the past is an excellent starting point for discussions about the future. Her new book "Blood Work" tells the story of a 17th century experiment in blood transfusion that became the focus of feverish ethical debate and led to a Parisian murder. Tucker is in Utah and she joins Doug to talk about the question she says still resonates today: how far are we willing to push the limits of medical science?
The phones ringing, the baby's crying, emails, texts and tweets keep coming. We're constantly bombarded and frequently have to do more than one thing at the same time. Most of us think we're good at multi tasking, but as Kim Schuske finds, ninety-nine percent of us are not.
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Salt Lake City, Utah – Governor Gary Herbert signed legislation on Tuesday that changes Utah's open records law. After having been made public only one week earlier, critics say it goes too far in keeping electronic correspondence from public scrutiny. Herbert's signature came after implementation was pushed back to July 1, and a special session focusing on revisions is expected in June. Monday, we're talking about the next steps in the debate and about what's happening to open records laws across the country.
Salt Lake City, UT – Lawmakers wrapped up their 45-day legislative session finalizing a $12 billion dollar spending plan - and - signing off on major reform bills in immigration and Medicaid. The final week though, was filled with controversy, capped off with a storming of the Capitol of sorts last night. KUER's Jenny Brundin brings us this legislative wrap-up.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah legislature passed a bill that will make it more difficult for citizens initiatives to make it on the ballot. The bill overturns a Utah Supreme court decision, which ruled electronic signatures legal under Utah law. Kim Schuske reports from the Capitol.
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Salt Lake City, Utah – Wind, solar and geothermal energy are often touted as clean and green. But even renewable energy sources require land and water and can take a toll on wildlife. On Friday, Jon Hoekstra and Joe Fargione with The Nature Conservancy join guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about what they've termed energy sprawl and how to minimize the costs associated with clean energy development.