Salt Lake City, UT – Recent antiretroviral medications are allowing those with HIV and AIDS to lead longer and healthier lives. But new data show there's a dark side to the optimism about living with AIDS. The number of Utahns newly infected with HIV is up in the first quarter of this year. Researchers and activists are left wondering - why the uptick and what can be done about it? Friday, guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce leads a conversation on the fight against AIDS.
Washington, DC – Immigration legislation is coming back to Congress piece by piece. This approach is becoming a political headache that could have some unintended consequences for Utah. Jodi Breisler reports from Washington.
Moab, UT – Thursday on RadioWest we're wrapping up our series of programs from Moab with a conservation with a true American original - Heidi Redd. About an hour south of Moab on the border of Canyonlands National Park, you'll find Heidi's home for the last 40 years, Dugout Ranch. About 10 years ago, worried about the prospect of development, she sold the ranch to the Nature Conservancy to preserve it. But that's only one part of the story of a remarkable life.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador – A group of KUER listeners recently went on the station's "Citizens of the World" voyage to the Galapagos Islands -- an archipelago of volcanic islands 600 miles west of the cost of Ecuador. The islands are rich in endemic species, species found nowhere else in the world. KUER's Jenny Brundin recorded some of their sounds, and some thoughts from Ecuadorian naturalists about this special place.
Moab, UT – For years tourism has driven the economy of Moab, but residents are hoping that people see the place as more than just a playground for mountain bikers and four-wheelers. The landscape of the red rock desert of southern Utah provides another kind of inspiration - and an energetic arts community is emerging here. Wednesday we're talking about the influence of place - this place - on the life of an artist.
Salt Lake City, UT – The writer Amy Irvine joined us earlier this year to talk about her book called "Trespass." Four months after her father had committed suicide, Amy left Salt Lake City for the high desert town of Monticello. As a wilderness activist and apostate Mormon, she was the ultimate outsider in a community of Mormon ranchers. At its heart this book is an elegy to her father, to the desert and to the connection between body and nature. (Rebroadcast)