Salt Lake City, UT – Some topics - no matter how common they are to all of us - just leave people a little uncomfortable. But one of these - practiced behind closed doors and talked about in euphemisms - is central to clean water and health throughout the world. Monday on RadioWest, we're talking about - well, human waste. The journalist Rose George will join us for a look at something as natural as breathing and yet so unmentionable. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Legislators struck a deal that dramatically changes Utah's decades old liquor laws. The state's political leaders announced the compromise yesterday and both the House and Senate gave their approval. KUER's Tasha Cook has more on this story.
Salt Lake City, UT – Music - according to neuroscientist Daniel Levitin - is the "soundtrack of civilization." In his latest book, Levitin argues that music played an important role in our evolutionary process, and that songs of friendship, joy, comfort, knowledge, religion and love have made us who we are today. Tuesday, Daniel Levitin and "The World in Six Songs." (Rebroadcast)
Washington, DC – Utah's newest representative in Washington is wasting no time becoming a household name. He's garnering attention in old AND new-fashioned ways - including a starring role in an online "reality" series. Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – The biographer Mayank Chhaya has said he was never in awe of his most recent subject - the Dalai Lama. But after interviewing the Tibetan leader and talking to hundreds of people connected to his story, Chhaya says he admires the qualities that have made him a renowned figure. Chayya's book looks at the various roles of the Dalai Lama - a monk, a mystic, a political leader and a man. This month marks the 50th anniversary of his exile from Tibet, and Monday, Mayank Chhaya joins us for a portrait of the 14th Dalai Lama.
Salt Lake City, UT – On Utah's Capitol Hill yesterday, lawmakers debated health care, whether a TRAX station should be built on a 3,000 year old archeological site, a Choose Life license plate, and testosterone. But first -Democratic legislators unveiled their own budget proposal- one that lessens the severe budget cuts under consideration now. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah lawmakers are finalizing next year's state budget with a plan for a big tax break for movie producers. Money from the president's economic stimulus package would be used for the incentives. KUER's Dan Bammes also looks at debate on an abortion bill, access to government records and what kinds of animals ought to have legal protection as service animals under the law.
Salt Lake City, UT – On Tuesday, lawmakers took up beer on tap and pay day lending. They didn't get to hear testimony from a 10-year-old on a health bill .so we will in this story. But we begin with a bill killed by the Utah House that would have limited public access to river and stream beds. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.