Salt Lake City, UT – Education is the Number Two issue in the top ten list of voter priorities identified by a poll done for the Utah Foundation. Foundation President Steve Kroes says Utah spends less per pupil than any other state, but proportionately more of that money goes to classroom instruction and less to administration than the national average or in five peer states with similar demographics.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah ranks last in the nation in per pupil spending, but how exactly are those education dollars being spent and what is the real impact on students? A new report from Utah Foundation takes on the questions, and Friday, Dan Bammes and guests look at the results of the study.
Salt Lake City, UT – In his latest article for The New Yorker magazine, the journalist George Packer says that there's a reason the least conservative, least divisive Republican is the last man standing for the party's presidential nomination. Packer argues that conservatism is "dying before our eyes." Thursday, he joins Doug to look at the shift in the political party, and at the intellectual despair he says now exists among many Republicans.
Salt Lake City, UT – Lincoln Hall likes to say that on May 25, 2006, he died on Mt. Everest. It was the one of the deadliest climbing seasons on the mountain, and when Hall collapsed shortly after summiting, he was pronounced dead and left behind. His story gets really interesting though the next morning, when he was found very much alive. Lincoln Hall is in Salt Lake City, and joins Doug to tell his story.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1942 the Japanese army forced about 70,000 US and Philippino prisoners of war to march some 80 miles across the Bataan Peninsula on the way to a prison camp. More than 10,000 died or were summarily executed along the way. Among the survivors was Gene Jacobsen - who published a book about the ordeal. Jacobsen joined us back in 2004 to share his story of three and a half years as a prisoner of war. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday on RadioWest, we're profiling the latest production by Plan B Theatre Company. Martin Moran's one-man play "The Tricky Part" is based on his experiences as a teen sexually abused by a man 20 years his senior. The work is a surprising journey through the complexities of Catholicism, desire and human trespass.
Salt Lake City, UT – KUER's Tasha Cook interviews Lynnette Averill, a doctoral psychology candidate who works with Utah veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.She has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study PTSD at the pre-eminent PTSD center in Australia.
Salt Lake City, UT – Earlier this year, Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen joined us. Aside from being a public radio personality, Andersen is also a critic, a columnist and a novelist. His latest book is an historical novel set in 19-century America. It's called Heyday - and it's the story of four people chasing their dreams at a time when America herself is still being dreamed-up. (Rebroadcast)
Saratoga Springs, Utah – Monday is Memorial Day, a day to remember those veterans who have died while serving in the U-S military. It is estimated that more than 4-thousand have been killed while in Iraq and Afghanistan. While others return home alive, they are wounded from combat, not just with physical scars, but with deep psychological ones. These veterans live with what is known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.