Salt Lake City, UT – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has announced it's pulling 34 parcels near National Park land in Utah from an oil and gas drilling auction set for next month. Utah Congressman Jim Matheson was among the many critics of that proposal. He spoke to KUER's Dan Bammes about that and the broader questions of energy development on Utah's public lands.
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.
Salt Lake City, UT – What will the Obama administration mean for the West? For the always delicate issues of land and environment? We've asked people how they would advise the new President on questions of energy development, wilderness designation, roads, wildlife, water. Should he - can he - undo the policies of the Bush administration and what are his own ideas for the West?
Salt Lake City, UT – Supporters of gay rights scored a small victory on Capitol Hill yesterday, after lawmakers advanced a bill that would extend to gay couples the right to sue in the event of a wrongful death.. Also yesterday, the state senate rejected Governor Jon Huntsman's nominee for a seat on the Utah Court of Appeals, a judge many say, is one of the most respected in Utah. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – There are a few places in the world where the creation of a fine instrument is a labor of love - a matter of craft more than mass production. In his documentary "Note by Note," the filmmaker Ben Niles follows the life of such a piano. It's a 9-foot concert grand - a Steinway with a personality and character all its own. Friday on RadioWest, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Niles and others about craftsmanship, artisans and the relationship between artist and instrument. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Americans are spending somewhere between 11 and 15 billion dollars a year on funerals. Of course, people want fitting memorials for their loved ones, but how much of what we spend is cultural and how much is reaction to marketing at our most vulnerable time? Doug talks to journalist Mark Harris and others about the funeral industry in America. We'll talk about its history, where we are today and about alternatives to the modern burial. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Last year, some Latino students at Utah high schools were the targets of racist harassment as the national debate over immigration reform was raging. This year, with the election of Barack Obama as president, some African-American students are finding they're getting hate messages. Nkoyo Iyamba has that story.