Salt Lake City, Utah – Most of us know the paintings of the artist Douglas Snow through his public installations - at the airport and the lobby of the Pioneer Theatre. His pieces are often shocking when you first come upon them and they prompt a strong reaction. That reaction must have delighted Snow, who never created his works to simply blend in. Doug Snow died this week at the age of 82, and Friday, we're rebroadcasting our 2004 conversation with him about his connection to place.
Salt Lake City, Utah – If you were born any time after 1963, there's a very good chance you know "Where the Wild Things Are." Of course it's Maurice Sendak's classic children's work, the story of the naughty boy Max and his adventure to an island of monsters. The scholar John Cech says that it's a book that refused to play by the rules and that is part of what accounts for its enduring appeal. The book is now a movie, and we're talking with Cech as well as NPR film critic Bob Mondello about the world of Maurice Sendak.
Salt Lake City, UT – As the national economy sputters, state and local governments have put the squeeze on spending. One of the first areas to feel budget cutbacks is parks and recreation. State parks and after-school rec programs are on the chopping block - at a time when demand for these services is shooting up. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – As part of the University of Utah's Frontier of Science lecture series, Robin Bush, a swine flu expert and science professor at the University of California, Irvine will be delivering a talk this evening at the University of Utah's Skaggs Biology Building Auditorium. The topic: "Why Can't We Eliminate the Flu?" KUER's Tasha Cook has this interview.
Salt Lake City, Utah – What would drive you to steal? Hunger? Greed? For John Charles Gilkey, it's a sort of love that led him to his crimes. Gilkey is obsessed with books and stole them to satisfy his lust. The journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett has just published a book about Gilkey - and about Utah's own self-described "bibliodick" Ken Sanders, who hunted the thief plaguing his trade. Bartlett is coming to Salt Lake, and she joins Doug to talk about the romance of books and the lengths some will go to possess them.
Salt Lake City, UT – This month, we've been visiting with refugee youth to understand their challenges, vulnerabilities, and successes. Today we examine some of the programs that are creating success stories. We start with a young woman from the Sudan, who remarkably, despite tremendous odds, is moving forward in life to achieve her goals. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, Utah – We're taking the title of today's program from a cover article in Newsweek last month. It was called The Case for Killing Granny. The article gets at one of the critical reasons for spiraling health care costs - over treating patients, particularly those in the final days of life. Just how do you decide which treatments to cut out? And if you have a loved one in pain or afraid, how do you know when enough is enough?
Salt Lake City, UT – This month, we're examining the multiple challenges Utah's refugee youth face, and how some slowly become disengaged from school - and even from society. Today, we look at 16 year old Mohamed Ali from Sudan, and the intervention efforts to help him. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.