Salt Lake City, UT – The writer Julia Alvarez describes herself as a "Dominican, hyphen, American," and she says that her work is about the things that happen in the hyphen - that place between two worlds. Her most recent book is for young readers, and it tackles questions about immigration from the point of view of two children - an 11-year-old Vermont boy and the daughter of an undocumented family. Alvarez joined Doug to talk about the truths that transcend borders. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – The journalist Robert Kaiser says that Washington D.C. has become a dysfunctional capital, and you probably won't be surprised to hear that at the root of it all is money. Politicians need it and special interests are eager to give it. Kaiser has spent some 45 years monitoring politics for the Washington Post, and he's written a new book on the impact of lobbying on American government. He joins Doug to explain how Washington really works and why in his opinion - it works so badly. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – For 20 years, composer Phillip Bimstein has been part of the rural community around Zion National Park. The park is marking its 100th anniversary this year, and for Bimstein, it's the perfect opportunity to celebrate not just the landscape, but also the history and the people who are part of it. Phillip Bimstein has set some of the stories of Zion to music, and Tuesday, he joins us - along with the musicians of Red Rock Rondo - to explore the people and the place.
Salt Lake City, UT – With lost mines and the Three Nephites, grieving Indian maidens and a lake monster - Utah is full of legends. Whether they can be proven true or not, they're great stories and they teach us a lot about who we are. Thursday, Doug talks to folklorist David Stanley and historian Will Bagley. From Bryce Canyon to Bear Lake, we'll talk about the state's best loved stories. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – The University of Utah power system suffered an outage on Thursday, April 23rd. It affected the lower campus along with some facilities that reach into every part of the state. The University has been spending money every year to bring it up to modern standards, and there may be an opportunity to do a lot more work soon. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Thursday on RadioWest we're talking about the issues of interfaith marriage. It's at the center of a documentary film that will air tonight on PBS stations around the country. It's the story of Leah Welbel, a survivor of Auschwitz who stopped speaking with her grandson Danny when he married a non-Jew. We'll use the film called "Out of Faith" to work through the questions that come from any marriage that brings together people of different belief systems and identities.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah now has at least three suspected cases of the H1-N1 flu, the so-called swine flu. The Park City school district has closed its schools through next Monday to avoid any further spread of that virus... and cases have been confirmed in at least 11 states.
With that background, the nation's strategy to fight a pandemic is being tested.
Park City, UT – Students in the the Park City School District are staying home for the next few days because three students are suspected of having the H1-N1 flu strain that has been causing concern worldwide. Superintendent Ray Timothy says the decision was made in a late-night emergency school board meeting. He spoke to KUER's Doug Fabrizio.