Salt Lake City, UT – Two thousand protestors in support of same sex marriage rallied in front of the City-County building in the state Capitol on Saturday morning. They called for love and equality, just two weeks after California voters approved a ban on gay marriage. KUER's Jenny Brundin has more.
Salt Lake City, UT – Organizers expected more than 3,000 people to attend Saturday's Salt Lake City demonstration protesting the passage of California's ban on same-sex marriage. These are peaceful events - but stories of sign burnings, church defacement and potentially hazardous mailings have supporters of Proposition 8 on the defensive. Monday on RadioWest, we're talking about the reaction from the GLBT community. Do the protests invoke earlier civil rights struggles and how is this activism being understood by their LDS neighbors?
Salt Lake City, UT – By 2014, homeless advocates hope to have most of Utah's chronically homeless in apartments. At the same time, the state has launched several pilot programs aimed at preventing the next generation of chronically homeless. One high risk group is those coming out of jail, especially inmates struggling with alcohol or drug addiction. KUER's Jenny Brundin brings us another profile of a man on the road to recovery, because he now has a roof over his head.
Salt Lake City, UT – Journalist and writer Mark Abley predicts that by 2015 half the world's population will be speaking - or at least learning - English. But as the language sweeps the globe, it's not just changing those it encounters - it's changing too. New words are being added at a "break-neck" rate from other languages, from hip-hop lyrics, from the blogosphere. Abley joins Doug to talk about the journey English is taking and what the future of the language sounds like. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday at this time, we aired a story about a program targeting Utahns leaving government run institutions like jails and drug treatment centers - men and women who are often released directly into homelessness. Getting them into assisted housing is the idea behind HARP, the Homeless Assistance Rental Project. This week KUER's Jenny Brundin brings us two success stories of men helped by HARP.
Salt Lake City, UT – Literary icon Peter Matthiessen is a novelist, a non-fiction writer, an environmental activist and a Zen master. He co-founded The Paris Review and his books include "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse," "At Play in the Fields of the Lord" and "Shadow Country." Matthiessen is in Salt Lake City this week, and Thursday he joins Doug to talk about revealing the world through words.
Salt Lake City, UT – The vast majority of Americans apply for a social security number without reservation. That little blue card becomes a permanent part of your identity, nine digits that are yours alone. But one Salt Lake man is starting his adult life without a social. And the decision to stand outside the mainstream complicates everything. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce has the story.
Salt Lake City, UT – Another plank in the state's 10 year plan to end chronic homelessness is prevention. Many government-run institutions - jails, prisons, hospitals, mental health facilities, and the foster care system - often release people directly into homelessness. A number of pilot programs are exploring if there's another way. KUER's Jenny Brundin continues our series on homelessness with a look at one program aimed at men who are at high-risk of becoming homeless.
Salt Lake City, UT – The tenth-century Muslim philosopher Abu Hayyan at-Tawhidi said that handwriting is jewelry fashioned from the pure gold of the intellect. Islamic art is perhaps best known for its calligraphy - but there's also extensive ornamentation, color and even abstract figures that reflect a diversity in Islamic civilization. Wednesday, we're joined by art historian Sabiha al-Khemir for a look at Islamic art and the window it opens to the culture that created it.
Thermo, UT – The typical way of seeing an electric power plant is to generate power on a grand scale, with huge and expensive equipment. But a new plant in southern Utah is ready to start operations using a different concept - dozens of small generating units hooked together to use geothermal water that wouldn't be hot enough for a past generation of power plants. KUER's dan Bammes has the story.