Salt Lake City, UT – Fear of the H1N1 virus seems to have subsided - at least for now. The overall message from the CDC seemed to be take it serious, but don't panic. Did we listen? News shows led with terrifying headlines and some talk radio hosts laid the blame at the feet of immigrants. Medical humanities professor Therese Jones isn't surprised by this; she says it's the way people have reacted since the first record of an epidemic. Wednesday, we're talking about swine flu media coverage and our own cultural reaction to disease.
Ogden, UT – The statistics surrounding youth violence are sobering. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, 30 percent of 6th to 10th graders in the United States were either a bully, a target of bullying, or both last year. Over 12 percent reported being in a fight at school while nearly 8 percent reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property.
Salt Lake City, UT – The short-eared owl has a reputation for being relatively quiet as owls go. But that reputation is being challenged as more audio recordings are made. As part of the Western Soundscapes radio series, Jeff Rice has this audio postcard.
The Western Soundscapes radio series is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and is produced in cooperation with the Western Soundscape Archive at the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library.
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. Tuesday, Christopher McDougall joins Doug to explain why humans are "Born to Run."
Salt Lake City, UT – Seventy-five years ago, a young explorer named Everett Ruess rode off alone into the Utah wilderness and was never heard from again. The mysterious disappearance of the 20-year-old artist and writer baffled thousands and inspired several books and a film. Recently, a team of geneticists and forensic anthropologists finally put the mystery to rest. KUER's Jenny Brundin brings us this retrospective on one of the most vexing mysteries of the West.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Passion of Sister Dottie S Dixon has been playing to sold-out crowds in Salt Lake City. It's a comedy - the story of a Mormon mom from Spanish Fork, Utah who's on a mission. Her son Donnie is gay - and Sister Dottie loves him and her church so much she's determined to find a way to bridge the two worlds. Monday, we're joined by creators Charles Lynn Frost and Troy Williams.
Salt Lake City, UT – Friday, we're profiling a powerful documentary by the filmmaker Stanley Nelson. It's the story of the stand-off at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1973. More than 200 Indian activists occupied the reservation and kept the federal government at bay for 71 days. The occupation was a desperate act for native people to regain their dignity and get the world's attention. The film is called "Wounded Knee." (Rebroadcast)
Moab, UT – This week operations in Moab to relocate uranium tailings are expected to reach full speed. Monday Gov. Jon Huntsman and other dignitaries came to cut ribbons, eat yellow cake and brag that the project has attracted federal stimulus funds because it is "shovel ready." Jon Kovash reports from Moab.
Salt Lake City – An internationally acclaimed young musician and a prize winner at last year's Gina Bachaeuer Competition recently visited Salt Lake City. The pianist performed before nearly one thousand Utah school children as part of the part of the Gina Bachauer Music-in-Our-Schools program. KUER's Tasha Cook has this profile.