Salt Lake City, UT – Walter Isaacson's book on Albert Einstein is coming out in paperback next week - so today on RadioWest we're rebroadcasting our conversation with the biographer. Isaacson calls Einstein the paramount icon of our age, and his book weaves together Einstein's scientific thinking with his political beliefs and his complicated personal life. The thing that seems to tie it all together is imagination. The story, Isaacson says, is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Ground will be broken today to build Utah's first geothermal plant in 20 years. A report on renewable energy in the Rockies found the state's geothermal potential is vast. KUER's Jenny Brundin speaks with Raser Technologies CEO Brent Cook.
Salt Lake City, UT – Energy - and the cost of energy - has displaced public education as the most important issue, according to a new study by the Utah Foundation. The rising cost of fuel is central. But, as KUER's Dan Bammes reports, issues of energy supply, technology and conservation are also critical to the discussion.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today we begin a series of portraits of Utahns, the work they do every day and how they feel about it. avid Thomlin is the lead molder at the family owned May Foundry and Machine Company in Salt Lake City. In a dark, noisy, and dirty hangar, Thomlin holds down an old fashioned industrial job - increasingly rare in today's high-tech world.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today on RadioWest we're talking about water: in particular, what some believe is an emerging global catastrophe over the world water supply. This is a story about the trend to privatize water systems, but it's also about polution, politics and economics. In the end, this is about access to clean water and it's effecting every country in the world. We'll profile a film being screened in Utah this week. It's called Flow: For Love of Water.
Salt Lake City, UT – Cities in Salt Lake County have embarked on a plan to rejuvenate the Jordan River. The cooperative effort with the non-profit planning group Envision Utah hopes to involve the public in planning the future course of the river. Michelle Schmitt reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – George Pence has been away from Salt Lake City for 29 years. He recently returned and now spends some of his time wandering through neighborhoods, discovering what's changed, what's preserved and sadly, what's been lost.
Salt Lake City, UT – The writer and journalist Mary Roach says that it took science a long time to get up the nerve to study human sexuality. Even then much of that research went on behind closed doors in laboratories, Alfred Kinsey's attic and yes, brothels. Roach has written a new book called Bonk and Tuesday, she joins Doug to talk about the physiology of sex and about the stigmas that have made studying it so difficult.
Washington D.C. – It could be the Holy Grail of health care reform: a plan that covers everyone AND pays for itself. Turns out budget experts say it really is possible. Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports from our Capitol Hill bureau.