Salt Lake City, UT – Have you ever been looking for just the right word, only to realize it doesn't exist in the English language? The early 20th century humorist Gelett Burgess created so many words he published his own dictionary. Families regularly use special vocabulary to explain things like that noise Aunt Zelda makes when eating. Today, we're talking with the author Paul Dickson about words and what they reveal about the way we see the world. We're hoping you'll join us too with your own "familisms."
Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake County's Clerk Sherrie Swensen is hoping 25 to 30% of registered voters turn out for Tuesday's state-wide primary election. Harvard historian Alexander Keyssar says such low numbers show that our democracy has become lethargic, and that the act of voting is not greatly prized. Keyssar is coming to Utah this week, and today he joins Doug to talk about this hard-won right. It's about race and class and the meaning of democracy in contemporary life.
Salt Lake City, UT – Harvard Professor Thomas Forrest Kelly says Beethoven's Ninth Symphony has become the most famous piece of classical music in Western culture. But he says to really appreciate it, you have to try and hear it in the same audiences did when it was first performed in Vienna in 1824. Professor Kelly joined us in March to explain what his Ninth Symphony reveals about Beethoven's genius.
Washington, DC – U.S. senators questioned the government's top mine safety regulator yesterday. They wanted to know who's to blame for the recent disaster that claimed the lives of nine men and injured six others at the Crandall Canyon mine in central Utah. Charles Davis reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – While some candidates for mayor have tried to distance themselves from Salt Lake City's current mayor, Keith Christensen came into the race with Rocky Anderson's endorsement. He's a businessman and former chair of the Salt Lake City Council. KUER's Jenny Brundin has this profile.
Salt Lake City, UT – Monday evening, JD Williams died in his Salt Lake City home. Williams, who taught politics at the University of Utah for some 40 years, was mentor to numerous local and national politicians and a passionate example of service to the community. His friend and student Sharlene Linford said he taught everyone the importance of character. For Williams, being a good person was the foundation for being a better citizen. Thursday, we remember JD Williams, and his lasting impact on Utah and the nation.
Salt Lake City, UT – Dave Buhler's campaign advertising has tried to position him as a reasonable, open-minded guy. That's apparently a response to the public perception of Salt Lake City's incumbent mayor, Rocky Anderson. Buhler's banking on that strategy landing him in the mayor's office. Dan Bammes has this profile.