Salt Lake City, UT – Utah has a bit of a reputation for shall we say "unique" names. Collectors have come up with gems like LaVaughn for a girl and DeLoyal for a boy. But the author Lauren Wattenberg says that the country as a whole is following the trend. Parents are choosing monikers that help their children stand out from the crowd - for better or worse. Lauren Wattenberg is the author of "The Baby Name Wizard," and joins us today to help us kick off KUER's Fall Fund Drive.
Salt Lake City, UT – Polygamist-sect leader Warren Jeffs was relying on an argument made by his attorneys that his trial for arranging the marriage of an under-aged girl was really about religious persecution. Yesterday, a jury dismissed the idea and convicted him on two felony charges. The jurors said the case was really about the age of the bride: she was 14 at the time. We're talking about the case and about the fallout of the verdict. We're also looking at the history and the future of fundamentalist Mormonism.
Salt Lake City, UT – Veterans of World War II are dying at a rate of 1,000 a day. It was their first hand accounts, the deeply personal narratives of those who lived through the war that acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns set out to capture. It's not the story told by generals or historians, but by the men and women who were on the ground. Today on RadioWest, we're broadcasting Doug's interview with Burns about "The War."
Salt Lake City, UT – Responding to PBS stations' worries about language content in his new documentary "The War," Ken Burns created a version that expunged the twice used "f-word" and the few "s-words." KUED is running the edited version during prime-time, and the full version during the "safe harbor" after 11 p.m. Monday, Doug is joined by author Jeremy Lipschultz and others for a look at the FCC, its vague rules about indecency, and the careful balance between defining obscenity and protecting the First Amendment.
Salt Lake City, UT – On Friday evening, September 21st, KUER and RadioWest presented its third evening of silent film. This year, we took on the great Charlie Chaplin. If you weren't able to join us last night - go out and rent Charlie Chaplin's City Lights and watch it after listening to show. It won't be quite the same as watching it in an audience of some 1250 people, but it will be worth your time.
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest's Host Doug Fabrizio talks to NPR film critic Bob Mondello, Hunter Hale of The Organ Loft and organist Blaine Gale about the silent film era and the work of actor Charlie Chaplin.
Salt Lake City, UT – Guest host Teresa Jordan is joined by childhood development author Richard Louv to talk about his book Last Child in the Woods. Kids today have little hands on contact with the natural world, they learn in school about global warming and acid rain, but many have never seen a bunny hop through the woods. Does it matter? Saving our children from Nature Deficit Disorder, today on RadioWest. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – A legislative committee has taken up a controversial piece of legislation that would pave the path for a nuclear power plant in Utah. Testimony focused on the risky economics of the venture. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Washington D.C. – A bid to give Utah and the District of Columbia new voting representation in the House failed in the Senate today. As Todd Zwillick reports from our Capitol Hill Bureau, Utah may now have to wait several years to get another representative.