Salt Lake City, UT – Daniel Levitin spent over a decade producing music, and he met many talented musicians that just never rose above obscurity. This led him to questions like why some songs move us while others leave us cold. Today, Levitin is on the faculty of Psychology at McGill University, and he's written This is Your Brain on Music. Wednesday he talks to Doug about how the human brain and music interact and how the process gives rise to thoughts, feelings and the experience of beauty.
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest continues its series on school vouchers. We're joined by Kim Burningham, Director of the Utah State Board of Education, and Peggy Cain of the School of Education at Westminster College. They are critics of proposed voucher systems and argue that such plans deplete public schools of crucial funding, support religious education with tax dollars and create a two-tiered education system. We'll talk about their concerns, and take your calls.
Park City, UT – Two of the youngest filmmakers at this year's Sundance Film Festival are Salt Lake City residents. Their film, Mother Superior, focuses on a growing number of Utah women with a methemphetamine addiction. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Religious scholar Marcus Borg agrees that the US is Christ-haunted. More than any other country in the historically Christian world, the figure of Jesus is prominent in the media and in public discussion. But while America has the highest percentage of people who identify themselves as Christians, they sharply disagree on who Christ was. Marcus Borg is coming to Salt Lake City, and joins us for a conversation about Jesus, what he taught, and why he plays such a prominent role in our culture today.
Salt Lake City – Radioactive waste issues are once again the focus of action on Utah's Capitol Hill. State lawmakers took up a bill that deals with the hazardous waste company Energy Solutions. They also took action on measures dealing with the sales tax on food, and booster seats for children over the age of 5. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Park City, UT – At this year's Sundance Film Festival, a film explores the lives of parents who are raising autistic children. The filmmakers and some of the parents came from New York to Park City this week to promote Autism Every Day. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – On Utah's Capitol Hill Tuesday, lawmakers advanced bills to greatly expand drug treatment programs in Utah and also to make sure methamphetamine cooks can't buy the ingredients they need to make the deadly drug. They also passed bills aimed at parents who don't pay child support, protesters at funerals and children who want to hunt big game. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.