Salt Lake City, UT – There are those that claim that there is "nothing" to be found on the 1.7 million acres of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. But as writer Brooke Williams explains, "nothing is not absence, but presence." In his new book, Williams and photographer Chris Noble tour the chasms and gorges, the mesas and the buttes that harbor flora, fauna and a rich history. Williams joins Doug to talk about "Escalante: The Best Kind of Nothing."
Salt Lake City, UT – We know you're busy getting the last minute details ready for your holiday weekend. Why not take a break, sit down, and enjoy two moving stories. RadioWest presents Truman Capotes "A Christmas Memory" and Ron Carlson's "The H Street Sledding Record." They'll make you remember why the season is so important ... (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Everyone would agree that using money well can make the world a better place, but what is the real effect of money on the soul? On this edition of Your Personal Economy, Radio West takes a look at the Spiritual Side of Money with help from the Episcopal Bishop of Utah, Carolyn Tanner Irish and Buddhist meditation teacher Shirley Ray. John Bird from the Albion Financial Group will also join Dan Bammes for this special holiday program, looking not at what money can buy, but at what it means.
Salt Lake City, UT – Winifred Graham made headlines throughout the United States and England with warnings of young women - Mormon converts - leaving for Utah by the thousands. As part of her campaign, she published a novel in 1911, which was later made into the now-cult classic film "Trapped by the Mormons." The film has been released again on DVD, and Doug is joined by film historians for a conversation about the fears that drove early 20th century anti-Mormon sentiment and how those were reflected in cinema.
Salt Lake City – When Democrats take control of Congress next month, one thing they plan to do immediately is to raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to more than seven dollars an hour. A new study by the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Utah says that would affect more than 84-thousand workers in Utah who earn seven dollars or less. Community advocate Pamela Atkinson serves on the task force that commissioned the study. She spoke with KUER's Dan Bammes.
Salt Lake City, UT – Last Tuesday, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided 6 Swift & Company meat plants across the country. One of those facilities is in Hyrum, Utah, where 145 people were arrested on criminal charges or immigration violations. Monday on RadioWest we'll look at what part the raids play in ICE's plans to address immigration issues and at the fall-out for Cache Valley's Latino Community.
Salt Lake City, UT – The writer and cultural observer Juliet Schor joins Doug to talk about how the advertising industry is targeting children. Schor says ads aimed at kids are everywhere these days. One writer said the marketing effort is turning young people into oversexed, status-obsessed, attention deficient little consumers. Schor talks about the trend, and what it means to have commercialized children. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – It's the largest budget in Utah history --10.7 billion dollars, padded by a huge revenue surplus. Governor Jon Huntsman unveiled his spending plan yesterday in advance of the legislative session. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.