Salt Lake City, UT – Water ranks as the seventh highest issue on voters' minds this year, according to a survey commissioned by the Utah Foundation, a non-partisan think tank based in Salt Lake. Foundation president Steve Kroes tells KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce that water in the West is complicated by population growth, geology, politics and of course, the weather.
Salt Lake City, UT – When the journalist Jennifer 8. Lee learned that fortune cookies weren't actually Chinese, she said it was like "learning I was adopted while being told there was no Santa Claus." Actually, many restaurant favorites like General Tso's Chicken or broccoli and lo mein have little to do with Chinese cuisine. Lee joins Doug to talk about the roots of Chinese food as we know it - and about just how American it really is. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah 1st Congressional District Democratic candidate Morgan Bowen says that incumbent Rob Bishop is "not doing his job" in Congress.
"Congress has been very dysfunctional over the past years... and has been very irresponsible about how they're handling the budget, how they're handling the war, how they're handling the energy crisis we're in, how they're handling the economy," Bowen said.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Irish-born Paul Muldoon has been called "one of the five or so best poets alive." He's won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, chairs the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton and is Poetry Editor for The New Yorker Magazine. But before you settle on an image of the poet and professor, you should also note that he owns an arsenal of electric guitars and is in a garage band called "Rackett." Muldoon is in Salt Lake City and joins Doug to talk about great poets, his own poetry, and rock-n-roll.
Salt Lake City, UT – This weekend the Utah Symphony will perform an evening of Beethoven's work - including the 9th Symphony. So we're taking the opportunity to rebroadcast our conversation on the story behind the 9th. Our guest the Harvard professor Thomas Forrest Kelly says to appreciate the 9th symphony, you have to hear it in the way audiences when it was first performed in Vienna, in 1824. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – A former Salt Lake County Commissioner, Utah Attorney General Shurtleff graduated from the University of Utah College of Law and was elected as Attorney General in 2000. He's made headlines for prosecuting polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, cracking down on meth labs and initiating the AMBER Alert missing child system. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce asked Shurtleff why he's seeking a third term.
Richfield, UT – The battle over a coal-fired power plant planned for Sevier County has been described in terms of air quality, water rights and toxic waste. But yesterday, in a courtroom in Richfield, it came down to the question of who has the right to change local zoning laws. KUER's Dan Bammes says a court ruling upheld new limits on lawmaking by initiative in Utah.