Salt Lake City, UT – Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson has been making headlines recently for disagreeing with his party on health care reform legislation. Matheson is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition - a group of fiscally conservative Democrats and he's also broken with Democrats on issues like energy and gun control. Monday, Jim Matheson is in Utah and he joins us in the studio. We'll also talk to political analysts about where Matheson fits in the Utah political landscape.
Salt Lake City, UT – Friday, the behavioral science writer Winifred Gallagher is with us to talk about paying attention - which can be tough in a world with so many distractions. Her book is called Rapt and in it, she uses the latest neuroscience and psychology to help us understand how attention really works. Apparently we only have a limited store of this stuff, so we have to invest it wisely. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah health officials are reporting that at least 16 people have died in Utah from swine flu and that 294 infected with the virus have been hospitalized so far. KUER's Tasha Cook has this interview with Doctor David Sundwall, the executive director of the Utah Department of Health.
Salt Lake City, UT – When Jason Kersten sat down to interview convicted counterfeiter Art Williams - he remembered one of the crucial lessons from journalism school. "Don't get too close to your source." But to really understand how and why Williams applied his genius to printing millions of dollars in fake but nearly perfect $100 bills - Kersten had to get close. Jason Kersten is in Salt Lake City, and he joins Doug to talk about the rise and fall of a modern-day criminal mastermind.
Salt Lake City, UT – With communities looking for ways to divert trash from the landfill, roughly 40 cities along the Wasatch Front have started curbside recycling. While the system may be convenient and efficient for residents, Ross Chambless reports there's still room for improvement. This is the first in a series of stories on recycling in Utah.
Salt Lake City, UT – We continue our series of Bite-size poems - poems that can be read in a minute or less - with a look at a piece by poet and performance artist Alex Caldiero. Utah's Poet Laureate Katherine Coles tells KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce that the way a poem is read can illuminate and complicate a poem's meaning.
Click here for a video of "Untitled" performed by Alex Caldiero.
Salt Lake City, UT – Journalist Christopher McDougall says we think about running all wrong in the West. We believe it will hurt, it's a sort of punishment for eating and that we need special equipment to do it. When McDougall sustained his own injury, he had a lot of questions about running. That's when he met the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico. They run hundreds of miles - in sandals - and have a blast doing it. Christopher McDougall joins Doug to explain why humans are "Born to Run."
Salt Lake City, UT – It all started with a bottle of French wine allegedly owned by Thomas Jefferson in the 1780s. Questions about the authenticity of the Jefferson bottles, which rattled the collecting establishment and launched a lawsuit, form the centerpiece of "The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the Worlds' Most Expensive Bottle of Wine." Doug talks with journalist Benjamin Wallace about the obscure world of rare wines and how he traced the controversy told in his best-selling book. (Rebroadcast)