Salt Lake City, Utah – For 10 years the aspiring artist Billy Pappas worked on one life-sized portrait. He had set out to reinvent realism - to invent a new art form. Doug talks to filmmaker Julie Checkoway about her new documentary "Waiting for Hockney." Checkoway followed Pappas through what some might call his compulsive, eccentric process - and on his quest to meet the one person he felt could validate his work. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – A brilliant meteor lit up the sky across much of the West last night. People reported seeing the light in the sky from Idaho to southern Utah. Some even reported a sound like a sonic boom. Security cameras a the University of Utah's new Willard L. Eccles Observatory caught the flash as it lit up the mountaintop at Frisco Peak like daylight.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 2002, Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her bedroom in Salt Lake's Federal Heights neighborhood and found nine months later walking down the street in Sandy with her accused kidnappers. Tuesday, one of the suspects pleaded guilty to the crime. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce was in the federal courtroom and filed this report.
Salt Lake City, Utah – NASA's David Morrison has received thousands of letters from people who are terrified over what 2012 may bring. Morrison says there's nothing to worry about, but websites dedicated to surviving a coming doomsday and a new feature film have some panicked. For Daniel Pinchbeck the predictions of the Mayan calendar give us an opportunity for a transformation of human consciousness. Wednesday, Doug talks to Pinchbeck, whose book helped introduce the Mayan Calendar to the world.
Park City, UT – YouTube and cheap video cameras are putting their stamp on the venerable Sundance Film Festival. The 2010 festival is adding a new category for low-budget films called NEXT. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce spoke with the festival's Operations Director Sarah Pearce about the changes. This year's Sundance Film Festival begins January 21st.
Salt Lake City, UT – Growing crops in Utah's most populous county is more the exception than the rule. But a proposal to convert Salt Lake County's open space into farm land is starting to take root. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce asked County Councilman Jim Bradley - who sponsored the urban farm plan - about the origins of the idea.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Sports writer Mark Hyman admits he was once one of them. You've probably met over-zealous sports parents who seem more interested in bragging rights at cocktail parties and dreams of college scholarships than in how sports are impacting their kids. Hyman joins Doug for a look at how adults have taken over the world of kids sports and what it means for the health - and happiness - of children. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake Magazine Arts and Entertainment Editor Dan Nailen is enthusiastic about the upcoming Emmylou Harris concert in Salt Lake -- but equally enthusiastic about the cause she's supporting.
Salt Lake City, Utah – When the journalist Michael Kodas went to climb Mount Everest in 2004, he envisioned the project as an adventure piece. By the time he returned he had a crime story. Kodas discovered an atmosphere of corruption on Everest: petty thieves and con men, prostitutes, extortionists. Michael Kodas joins Doug to talk about the book he's written on the experience. It's an expose of a culture that exploits the grand impulse for adventure. (Rebroadcast)