Salt Lake City, UT – The riskiest part of geothermal energy development is proving that there's enough hot water underground to run a power plant. That's where researchers would like to see the new money made available from the federal government used as private industry scrambles to meet the demand for renewable energy. KUER's Dan Bammes has the story.
Salt Lake City, UT – Director Kirstie Rosenfield says nobody understands when she says the play "End Days" is a post-9/11 comedy, but it is a comedy about a tragic world. Arthur was the only person from his business who survived that day, and now his wife has become a born-again Christian and his goth daughter is seeing visions of Stephen Hawking. Salt Lake Acting Company's "End Days" closes this weekend, and Tuesday we're talking to Rosenfield, the playwright and others about faith, love and finding your way.
Salt Lake City, UT – David McCullough once warned that America's illiteracy in history is a "disease that is eating away at our national memory." The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of "1776" and "John Adams" is delivering this year's commencement address at the University of Utah. Thursday, he joins Doug to talk about the lessons history has to offer - and what it means to us as a nation if we "lose our story."
Salt Lake City, UT – An estimated 18-thousand jobs in Utah's construction industry have been lost since the fall of 2007. As a result, politicians and business leaders have been working to rebuild the struggling sector. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report:
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah filmmaker Trent Harris has created another of what he calls his "screwball comedies." Films like "Plan 10 from Outer Space" have earned him a cult following - and the new "Delightful Water Universe" follows in the same vein. Harris says they provide him some balance, because he also makes documentaries. His work has taken him from the diamond mines of Sierra Leone to the dumps of Cambodia, where children scavenge to eke out a living. Harris joins Doug to talk about his career and the universe as he sees it.
Salt Lake City, UT – Next week marks the 10th anniversary of the tragedy at Columbine High School in Colorado. Two students set out to "leave a lasting impression on the world," and their shooting spree left 23 wounded and 15 dead. Despite the theories that soon followed, journalist Dave Cullen says that 18-year-old Eric Harris and 17-year-old Dylan Klebold had lived fairly normal lives. Cullen has written a new book, and Tuesday, he joins Doug to explain the psychological journey of the boys who became killers.
Salt Lake City, UT – Pixar writer and director Pete Docter has said he loves animation because even though you know it's not real - you get sucked in and you fall in love with the characters anyway. Docter created the award winning Monsters, Inc. and WALL-E, and next month, he's back again with Pixar's latest film, Up. Pete Docter is in Utah, and joins Doug in studio to talk about imagination, adventure and his newest creation, a grumpy 78-year-old balloon salesman who sets out to fulfill his life-long dream.