Salt Lake City, UT – Whatever you think about today's voting system - it has come a long way since the earliest days of American democracy. It was 1634 when Massachusetts abandoned a show of hands and elected its governor "by papers," and it was 1859 before any officials actually provided ballots to the voters. Electing our leaders has been an evolving process, and Monday, Doug is joined by Harvard historian Jill Lepore and University of Utah political scientist Thad Hall for a look at the past and future of voting.
Salt Lake City, UT – Conservation biologist M.A. Sanjayan has 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. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday, as we gear up for our Halloween radio drama, we're talking about Frankenstein. It all began as the nightmare of an unwed, teenage mother in Geneva, Switzerland in 1816. Mary Shelley created a story about hubris transformed into horror, but this is also about compassion and accountability. We'll explore the story and the surprising impact it has had on popular culture. If you learned Frankenstein from the movies, this may not be the story you think you know.
Salt Lake City, UT – Democrat Morgan Bowen is challenging incumbent Republican Congressman Rob Bishop for Utah's 1st Congressional District seat. Bowen was an international consultant before becoming a Mormon seminary teacher. KUER's Tasha Cook talks with Bowen about his candidacy.
Salt Lake City, UT – We've been talking this week with a group of Utah voters about issues that are motivating them to go to the polls. We conclude our "Voice of the Voter" series with a look at health care reform. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Seven Utah voters recently came to KUER's studios to talk issues and what they'd like to see come from the upcoming election. In this second part of our Voice of the Voter series, panelists talk about what it's going to take to keep Utah's economy strong. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Republican Mark Shurtleff is seeking another term as Utah's Attorney General and polls show him with a comfortable lead over his Democratic opponent, Jean Welch Hill. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce asked Shurtleff why Utah voters should give him another four years on the job.
Salt Lake City, UT – Presidential politics is naturally dominating this election season, but we wondered what other issues are driving Utahns to the polls. KUER recently invited seven registered voters to our studios to talk about what's on their minds. While panelists differed on how to improve schools, they all agreed education is their top concern. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce reports.