Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday on RadioWest we're rebroadcasting our conversation about pornography. The questions about it are usually related to the effects of sexually explicit photos and movies on women, on young people and on the culture at large. The journalist Debbie Nathan has written a book on the subject. In it, she goes beyond the moral apprehension and explores the broader questions. What is it exactly? Where does it come from? What are the real impacts of pornography? (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died yesterday at the age of 97. Today on the program, we're talking about the life and legacy of the man who led the church since 1995.
At 7:00 p.m., KUER will air the State of the Union address in place of RadioWest.
Salt Lake City, UT – House lawmakers signed off on an initial budget for Utah's public schools yesterday. And Congressman Jim Matheson gave legislators a reality check on road funding. Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. says he's willing to consider a property tax cut this legislative session, even though it's not in his budget.
Salt Lake City, UT – Friday on RadioWest we're talking about an extraordinary film at the Sundance Film Festival. It's the adventure of Philippe Petit, who in 1974 managed to rig a cable on the very top of the World Trade Center and walk across the two towers. This was illegal mind you, and the film is more than a documentary. It's also been described as a kind of bank robbery film. It's also a very beautiful portrait of this strange obsession that is framed by death.
Salt Lake City, UT – On their third day of a 45-day legislative session, lawmakers took up bills on drunk driving, how to bring retired teachers in the classroom, and whether police agencies can force traffic cops to issue a certain number of tickets a week. But first, KUER's Jenny Brundin brings us the latest on a report issued to the Governor on how to make Utah's mines safer.
Salt Lake City, UT – The six-week-long session of the Utah Legislature began this week. Yesterday, state lawmakers dove into their first full day of serious lawmaking and Governor Jon Huntsman presented his state of state address. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Thursday on RadioWest, Doug is joined by author Chuck Palahniuk. His dark comedy Choke has been made into a film, and it premiered this week as part of the Sundance Film Festival's Dramatic Competition. We'll also look at the documentary Triage, which follows a humanitarian aid worker to some of the world's greatest tragedies.
Salt Lake City, UT – Anyone who walks the halls during the legislative session at Utah's state capitol will see highly-paid lobbyists who spend day after day trying to influence the outcome of votes, push bills that benefit their clients and schmooze lawmakers, sometimes with gifts and perks that raise eyebrows. But there's another group of lobbyists working to influence the legislature who aren't handing out tickets and trinkets. KUER's Dan Bammes has their story.