Moab, UT – Thursday on RadioWest we're wrapping up our series of programs from Moab with a conversation with a true American original - Heidi Redd. About an hour south of Moab on the border of Canyonlands National Park, you'll find Heidi's home for the last 40 years, Dugout Ranch. About 10 years ago, worried about the prospect of development, she sold the ranch to the Nature Conservancy to preserve it. But that's only one part of the story of a remarkable life.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador – A group of KUER listeners recently went on the station's "Citizens of the World" voyage to the Galapagos Islands -- an archipelago of volcanic islands 600 miles west of the cost of Ecuador. The islands are rich in endemic species, species found nowhere else in the world. KUER's Jenny Brundin recorded some of their sounds, and some thoughts from Ecuadorian naturalists about this special place.
Moab, UT – For years tourism has driven the economy of Moab, but residents are hoping that people see the place as more than just a playground for mountain bikers and four-wheelers. The landscape of the red rock desert of southern Utah provides another kind of inspiration - and an energetic arts community is emerging here. Wednesday we're talking about the influence of place - this place - on the life of an artist.
Salt Lake City, UT – The writer Amy Irvine joined us earlier this year to talk about her book called "Trespass." Four months after her father had committed suicide, Amy left Salt Lake City for the high desert town of Monticello. As a wilderness activist and apostate Mormon, she was the ultimate outsider in a community of Mormon ranchers. At its heart this book is an elegy to her father, to the desert and to the connection between body and nature. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Education is the Number Two issue in the top ten list of voter priorities identified by a poll done for the Utah Foundation. Foundation President Steve Kroes says Utah spends less per pupil than any other state, but proportionately more of that money goes to classroom instruction and less to administration than the national average or in five peer states with similar demographics.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah ranks last in the nation in per pupil spending, but how exactly are those education dollars being spent and what is the real impact on students? A new report from Utah Foundation takes on the questions, and Friday, Dan Bammes and guests look at the results of the study.
Salt Lake City, UT – In his latest article for The New Yorker magazine, the journalist George Packer says that there's a reason the least conservative, least divisive Republican is the last man standing for the party's presidential nomination. Packer argues that conservatism is "dying before our eyes." Thursday, he joins Doug to look at the shift in the political party, and at the intellectual despair he says now exists among many Republicans.