Salt Lake City, UT – Utah's House Republican caucus voted yesterday to send a letter to Governor John Huntsman urging him to take a position in support of oil shale development. Before that, with lawmakers encouraging them on, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and Congressman Rob Bishop touted oil shale as a way to solve the nation's energy woes. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – The term "gonzo" was coined to describe Hunter S. Thompson's first-person literary approach to journalism. His reporting on everything from the Hell's Angels to the Kentucky Derby to presidential campaigns was always irreverent, frequently exaggerated, but never what you'd expect. In a new documentary, filmmaker Alex Gibney has created a striking portrait of Hunter S. Thompson, and Thursday he joins us, along with historian Douglas Brinkley, for a look at one of America's greatest mavericks.
Salt Lake City, UT – New management for the Leonardo will appear before the Salt Lake City Council Tuesday, hoping to persuade them to release public funding to help build an arts and science museum in the old City Library building. But as KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce reports, it's shaping up to be a tough sell.
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. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – In his new book The Way of the World, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind says that the United States government lost its moral compass in the lead up to war. The book itself has caused quite a bit of controversy. Suskind's allegations include the claim that the forgery of the letter linking al-Qaida to Saddam Hussein was ordered by the White House. Wednesday on RadioWest, Doug talks to Ron Suskind about his book and about what he sees as the nation's struggle to reclaim its moral authority.
Salt Lake City, UT – Crime and security are the sixth highest concern for Utah voters this year, according to a survey commissioned by the Utah Foundation. But in their latest report, crime is down 30 percent from 1995. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce asked Utah Foundation executive director Stephen Kroes why.
Salt Lake City, UT – It's day eleven of the 2008 Olympics, and today on the program we're joined live by NPR correspondents Howard Berkes, Tom Goldman and Frank Langfitt from their vantage point in Beijing. We'll talk about some of the results thus far, about how the games are playing out, and about the process of reporting from China.
Salt Lake City, UT – You know the old saying: Birds of a feather flock together. The journalist Bill Bishop would say it's true. He says there's segregation going on in the country - and not just between red states and blue states. It's happening between towns and neighborhoods. People move, and when they do, they tend to gravitate towards communities that share their religious and political views. Bishop joins Doug to explain how our life-choices are dividing the nation. (Rebroadcast)