Salt Lake City, UT – Lawmakers unveiled plans to reform the state's health care system, in an effort to cover more of the 300,000 Utahns without health insurance. But first - a bill that would mandate health coverage for autism cleared a Senate committee yesterday before a room packed with autistic children and their parents. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – During their lunchtime break, five couples paid a visit to the City County Building yesterday to apply for marriage licenses. Along with others across the nation, they were celebrating Freedom to Marry Day. But none of the couples walked away with a license. KUER's Anne Milliken reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – What must have it been like to work for Abraham Lincoln? John Nicolay, John Hay and William Stoddard served as his secretaries - and his confidants during the difficult years of the civil war. Poet-biographer Daniel Mark Epstein has written his third work on Lincoln, and Monday he joins Doug for a look at the 16th presidency from the unique vantage point of those closest to it.
Salt Lake City, UT – America is fascinated with magic -- from blockbuster movies to television and computer games. When former religion writer and author Christine Wicker set out across the country to find out why, she found a diverse collection of people who believe in the paranormal. Doug Fabrizio talks to Wicker -- on the Friday the 13th no less -- about these beliefs, and about how they survive in seeming contradiction to the traditional religions generally espoused in our country. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Last week, the student newspaper at the University of Utah announced it was paring back its print edition to four days a week. Same story for the Daily Herald which circulates in Utah County. So what's in store for Utah's two largest dailies? KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Lawmakers on Utah's Capitol Hill took a stab again at trying to equalize property taxes among school districts. But first, KUER's Jenny Brundin reports on the news that ricocheted around the country- that Governor Jon Huntsman supports civil unions for gay couples.
Salt Lake City, UT – Critic and author David Denby is concerned about the way Americans talk to one another. People have been "snarky" - hurling personal insults and sharpening their wit - since ancient times. But Denby says that in the age of the internet, snark is spreading like pink-eye. Thursday on RadioWest, Denby joins Doug to talk about civility, humor and when it's appropriate to be cruel.
Salt Lake City, UT – The writer Julia Alvarez describes herself as a "Dominican, hyphen, American," and she says that her work is about the things that happen in the hyphen - that place between two worlds. Her most recent book is for young readers, and it tackles questions about immigration from the point of view of two children - an 11-year-old Vermont boy and the daughter of an undocumented family. Alvarez is in Salt Lake City, and she joins us in studio to talk about the truths that transcend borders.