Denver, CO – Utah delegates to the Democratic National Convention are excited to support Barack Obama and the Democratic Party platform, according to Wayne Holland, chair of the Utah Democratic Party.
"This is an historic event. With Barack Obama being the nominee, the convention being in the western United States. The energy of our delegation is something we haven't seen in at least a generation," Holland said.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah legislature appropriated 20-million dollars this year to pay the best teachers more money -- but identifying just who those teachers are has turned out to be a sticky problem. The Utah Foundation says teacher quality was among the education issues identified in its survey of voter concerns earlier this year. But foundation president Steve Kroes says you can't reward teachers based solely on their students' test scores.
Salt Lake City, UT – Throughout their history, conventions have more than once turned into a circus. The 1924 Democratic Convention took 103 ballots - and some fistfights between governors - before a nominee was decided. The 1912 Republican Convention was so divisive, Taft and Roosevelt hurled brutal public insults at each other. Monday, Doug and political historian Byron Shafer have a civil conversation about the role conventions have played in the Presidential election process - and just what they do for democracy today.
Salt Lake City, UT – Washington post reporter TR Reid says when it comes to health care, the United States - the richest country in the world - is a fourth rate power. Reid is writing a book about health care around the world - and earlier this year he hosted a film for the PBS documentary series Frontline. Reid traveled to five wealthy capitalist countries trying to figure out how they do it - that is offer health care to everyone and for a heck of a lot less. TR Reid joined Doug to talk about what he learned. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah's House Republican caucus voted yesterday to send a letter to Governor John Huntsman urging him to take a position in support of oil shale development. Before that, with lawmakers encouraging them on, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and Congressman Rob Bishop touted oil shale as a way to solve the nation's energy woes. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – The term "gonzo" was coined to describe Hunter S. Thompson's first-person literary approach to journalism. His reporting on everything from the Hell's Angels to the Kentucky Derby to presidential campaigns was always irreverent, frequently exaggerated, but never what you'd expect. In a new documentary, filmmaker Alex Gibney has created a striking portrait of Hunter S. Thompson, and Thursday he joins us, along with historian Douglas Brinkley, for a look at one of America's greatest mavericks.
Salt Lake City, UT – New management for the Leonardo will appear before the Salt Lake City Council Tuesday, hoping to persuade them to release public funding to help build an arts and science museum in the old City Library building. But as KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce reports, it's shaping up to be a tough sell.
Salt Lake City, UT – In her new book, Alexandra Fuller writes about the simple life and heartbreaking death of a roughneck working on a Wyoming oil patch. "The Legend of Colton H. Bryant" explores the impact Wyoming's stark, rugged terrain has on a person's character and the effect of the oil and gas industry on rural communities. Fuller joins guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about one man's abbreviated life and the human costs of energy development. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – In his new book The Way of the World, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind says that the United States government lost its moral compass in the lead up to war. The book itself has caused quite a bit of controversy. Suskind's allegations include the claim that the forgery of the letter linking al-Qaida to Saddam Hussein was ordered by the White House. Wednesday on RadioWest, Doug talks to Ron Suskind about his book and about what he sees as the nation's struggle to reclaim its moral authority.