Salt Lake City, UT – What will the Obama administration mean for the West? For the always delicate issues of land and environment? We've asked people how they would advise the new President on questions of energy development, wilderness designation, roads, wildlife, water. Should he - can he - undo the policies of the Bush administration and what are his own ideas for the West?
Salt Lake City, UT – Supporters of gay rights scored a small victory on Capitol Hill yesterday, after lawmakers advanced a bill that would extend to gay couples the right to sue in the event of a wrongful death.. Also yesterday, the state senate rejected Governor Jon Huntsman's nominee for a seat on the Utah Court of Appeals, a judge many say, is one of the most respected in Utah. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – There are a few places in the world where the creation of a fine instrument is a labor of love - a matter of craft more than mass production. In his documentary "Note by Note," the filmmaker Ben Niles follows the life of such a piano. It's a 9-foot concert grand - a Steinway with a personality and character all its own. Friday on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Niles and others about craftsmanship, artisans and the relationship between artist and instrument. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Americans are spending somewhere between 11 and 15 billion dollars a year on funerals. Of course, people want fitting memorials for their loved ones, but how much of what we spend is cultural and how much is reaction to marketing at our most vulnerable time? Doug talks to journalist Mark Harris and others about the funeral industry in America. We'll talk about its history, where we are today and about alternatives to the modern burial. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Last year, some Latino students at Utah high schools were the targets of racist harassment as the national debate over immigration reform was raging. This year, with the election of Barack Obama as president, some African-American students are finding they're getting hate messages. Nkoyo Iyamba has that story.
Salt Lake City, UT – A new group aimed at protecting Utah wilderness unveiled its first project at the downtown Salt Lake City library yesterday. Women Protecting Wilderness is a network of women from all walks and ways of life who share a common love for Utah's wild lands. "The Wilderness Quilt" is designed to engage people in conversation about why Utah's wild landscapes matter and what can be done to protect them. KUER's Jenny Brundin attended the opening.
Salt Lake City, UT – Journalism professor Philip Seib says that the battle for hearts and minds around the world isn't being fought on the streets, but rather by bloggers in cybercafes and on newscasts and talk shows of Al Jazeera. New media are being used as tools of conflict and instruments of peace and Seib argues it represents a fundamental reshaping of how the world works. Wednesday, he joins Doug to talk about his new book "The Al Jazeera Effect."
Salt Lake City, UT – Until now, Dan Nailen had about as much experience dancing ballet as watching it -- which is to say, not much. That's why he was swept away by a new production from Ballet West. Dan Nailen is the arts and entertainment editor for Salt Lake Magazine.
Salt Lake City, UT – A California political pollster says Mormons have an image problem and church members need to address the problem head on. Gary Lawrence, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is author of the book "How Americans View Mormonism: Seven Steps to Improve Our Image." Lawrence tells KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce that a recent national poll shows Mormons have high negatives.