Salt Lake City, UT – This winter, writer and photographer Stephen Trimble came face to face with a cougar on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley. He writes about the experience in the current issue of The Wasatch Journal - and about a 12-year scientific research project involving 170 radio-collared cougars. Trimble talks with KUER's Jenny Brundin about the private land on the Valley's west side that makes for a healthy population of cougars and the deer they hunt.
Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Jim Matheson insists he's not anti- nuclear power. But he wants to make sure the U.S. does not become a dumping ground for nuclear waste from foreign countries. His proposed bill got a hearing today in Congress. Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – Jeff Metcalf is a writer, so when he discovered he had prostate cancer, that's how he worked his way through the experience. He set about organizing a clear story out of the more abstract jumble of desperation, humiliation and revelation. Today on RadioWest, we're playing excerpts from the latest incarnation of Jeff's story, it's a piece of radio theater. Jeff will join us to talk the work - it's call "A Slight Discomfort"
Salt Lake City, UT – Last month, the Vatican sent a letter to Catholic dioceses around the world. In it, they were told not to give parish records to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for their genealogical holdings. The letter cited concerns for Catholic Church members' privacy and also with the "detrimental" and "erroneous" LDS practice of baptism for the dead. Wednesday, we'll look at the directive from the Catholic Church and at what is at stake for Mormons practicing their faith.
Salt Lake City, UT – Veteran political journalist Howard Fineman says that there are certain debates that have been with us since the founding of the nation. And thankfully, for Fineman, they defy resolution. In his new book, "The Thirteen American Arguments," Howard Fineman explores questions like Who is a "person?" and Who judges the law? Monday, he joins Doug to talk about how these arguments continue to define us and to keep us free.
Washington D.C. – Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch told lawmakers on Capitol Hill they need to stop getting in the way of Utah's development of oil shale. Matt Laslo reports from our Washington bureau.
Salt Lake City – On Monday, the Veteran's Medical Center in Salt Lake City will host a seminar for the media on Battlemind, a self-assessment tool given to veterans when they return from war. The program wasn't around when Iraq war veteran Bryan Catherman came home. In his essay, he talks of his own struggles after coming home . and of the VA staff who've tried to help him.
Salt Lake City, UT – In her new book, Alexandra Fuller writes about the simple life and heartbreaking death of a roughneck working on a Wyoming oil patch. "The Legend of Colton H. Bryant" explores the impact Wyoming's stark, rugged terrain has on a person's character and the effect of the oil and gas industry on rural communities. Fuller joins guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about one man's abbreviated life and the human costs of energy development.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest the conservation biologist M.A. Sanjayan will join us. He's spent his professional life fighting for the concept of biodiversity, but he's pushing the environmental community to define the term in a broader way. Sanjayan is trying to get more racial diversity within the movement and he's integrating the fight for conservation with the struggle against global poverty. He says the common denominator is that need to connect with nature.
Salt Lake City, UT – Piano lovers were in for a treat last night at the University of Utah's Libby Gardner Hall. Australia's finest classical and jazz pianists - Simon Tedeschi and Kevin Hunt - played everything from Duke Ellington to Johann Sebastian Bach. The Gina Bauchauer International Piano Foundation also invited the duo here to perform at elementary schools in West Jordan and South Jordan and Bluffdale. KUER's Jenny Brundin sat in on a practice session and produced this sound portrait.