Salt Lake City, UT – As downtown economies sag nationwide, investment in Salt Lake City's central business district is expected to top $5 billion dollars by 2012. That's more than three times the investment during the run-up to the Olympic games. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports on progress so far in the city's "Downtown Rising" project.
Anchorage, Alaska – It's not everyday a worldwide celebrity drops in unannounced in a small town on the west desert. But that's exactly what happened eighty years ago in Eureka, Utah. The celebrity was Amelia Earhart- the pioneering aviator who's daring life is recounted in a new movie. The renewed interest in Earhart convinced public radio reporter Annie Feidt to look into her own family's history hosting the pilot during Earhart's unexpected Utah layover.
Salt Lake City, Utah – To say that Utah State English professor Christopher Cokinos' new book is about meteorites is to tell only part of the story. His 8-year quest to learn about space rocks and the people who have studied them took Cokinos from Greenland to Kansas to Antarctica. Along the way though, he says he discovered new things about himself and about home. Monday, our conversation with Christopher Cokinos about his book. It's called "The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars." (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – For 20 years running, actors have terrorized paying customers at Nightmare on 13th, one of Salt Lake's renowned haunted houses. Benjamin Bombard went behind the scenes there to find out what it's like to be a professional spook-house freak.
Salt Lake City, UT – Our series of bite-size poetry - poems that can be read in a minute or less - continues this morning with a psalm. Utah Poet Laureate Katherine Coles tells KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce about the poet Jacquelyn Osherow.
Salt Lake City, UT – Thursday, Doug talks to NPR reporter Barbara Bradley Hagerty about her book Fingerprints of God. It's an exploration of the science behind spirituality, but it is not just a third person telling. The book is quite personal - the story of her own quest to understand faith. There are some big questions here: Is spiritual experience real or delusional? Can prayer affect the body? Mostly it gets at this one - Is there more than this? (Rebroadcast)