Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest, we're trying to figure out what's behind the suspicion of a handful of Utah lawmakers to the United Nations. Concerns about the UN prompted a Senate committee last week to reject a bill that would provide funding for International Baccalaureate programs in high schools. These are voluntary programs that teach students international issues. Two parts to the program: that uneasy relationship between conservatives and the UN and the kind of education young people are getting about the world.
Salt Lake City, UT – A recent legislative audit was highly critical of the Utah Transit Authority in a number of areas. A couple of bills intended to address the audit findings have been working their way through the legislature, but in the end it appears they'll make only minor changes in the way U-T-A is run. KUER's Dan Bammes has more.
Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday, Doug talks to author and conservationist Amy Irvine. She's just published a new book called Trespass: Living on the Edge of the Promised Land. It's a memoir of Irvine's move to the desert in the wake of her father's suicide and the struggle to find her place in the rural, conservative community. It's also an elegy though - to the rugged landscape of the Colorado Plateau and to our dwindling connection to the land.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Mighty Cheetahs had two undefeated seasons under their belt, and the team's coach decided it was time to find these third-grade girls a little competition. So the Salt Lake City soccer team joined the boys division. Filmmaker and coach Jenny Mackenzie has created a short documentary of the season, and the result is a look at what sports help girls and boys learn about winning, losing and playing your best. Monday, Doug is joined by Mackenzie and others to talk about youth sports and gender.
Salt Lake City, UT – Friday on RadioWest, we're broadcasting live from the University of Utah's Science and Literature Symposium "Measuring Scale." Doug talks to physicist Lisa Randall, poet Linda Gregerson and philosopher of architecture Sanford Kwinter about how size - from the tiniest of particles to the vastness of the cosmos - informs how they think about their work and our world.
Bills Targeting Unions, Road Safety and Higher Education
Salt Lake City, UT – At the State Capitol yesterday, state lawmakers considered a bill that would affect unionizing efforts and measures that would transform career and technical training in Salt Lake Valley and attempt to ensure the safety of all Utah drivers. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report: