Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday, we're talking about the high-cost debt industry in this country. In particular, we're focusing on payday lenders, who found a niche in places where there are a high number of working poor, minorities and elderly. Our guest is University of Utah law professor Christopher Peterson, who has just published an intriguing study that shows a link between what some regard as predatory loan places and conservative Christian populations like the Bible belt and the Mormon mountain west.
Salt Lake City, UT – Thursday on RadioWest the writer and ethnobotanist Gary Nabhan will join us to talk about food and place. Nabhan has spent his life exploring the relationship of people to the land and its native sustenance. So when he talks about preserving the agricultural heritage of rural America or the cuisine of traditional societies or our own biological connection to certain foods, he's talking about culture and its deep dependence on the dwindling natural world.
Salt Lake City, UT – When is a $613 million dollar surplus in state revenue -- the third-highest surplus in Utah history -- a disappointment? The answer is when legislators were expecting a surplus of close to a billion dollars. Now they have to turn down all kinds of proposals for new state spending, and that could be the hardest work of the final two weeks of this legislative session.
Salt Lake City, UT – Conservative thinker Dinesh D'Souza says that America has earned its bad reputation around the world. More specifically, he argues that it is the cultural left that bears the responsibility for anti-Americanism. D'Souza points to the decadence of American culture and a global campaign to promote secular values as the causes of 9/11. Tuesday, Doug talks to Dinesh D'Souza about his book "The Enemy at Home."
Salt Lake City, UT – Monday on the program we're rebroadcasting our conversation with one of the country's leading presidential historians - Michael Beschloss. In his recent book, Beschloss has selected stories of American presidents who jeopardized their political careers, reputations, and even their lives to make the right decision. Beschloss writes: "Throughout our history it has been important for presidents to summon the courage to dismiss what is merely popular." (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – A national bill to designate 9 million acres of wilderness in Utah isn't very popular among many of the state's lawmakers. A debate on the issue dominated House floor action. But first, the volatile issue of immigration continues to heat up on Utah's Capitol Hill. KUER'S Jenny Brundin reports.