Salt Lake City, UT – Just about everything makes sound. That could be the motto of nature sound recordist Bernie Krause. He tells producer Jeff Rice how he recorded the surprising sound of ants on a camping trip in northern Arizona. Here's this week's Utah Soundscapes audio postcard.
Salt Lake City, UT – Even if you've never shopped at Wal-Mart, the ubiquitous store has influenced the products you buy and the economy in your town. Charles Fishman, author of "The Wal-Mart Effect," joins Doug Fabrizio and local business advocates Tony Weller and David Nimkin for a look at how the retail giant has changed American consumerism at its most basic levels. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – For people from all walks of life, there lingers in our memory the moment where circumstances converged - where everything was just right. It might be a phrase of music that could not be improved, the way that light and shadow were captured in a photograph, the instant when a problem's solution became crystal clear, or something as simple as the sun streaming into the living room. RadioWest is collecting your perfect moments, and begins sharing them Thursday on the program.
Salt Lake City, UT – Some members of Utah's Congressional delegation see reprocessing of spent fuel rods from nuclear reactors as a way to avoid any need to store high-level radioactive waste on the Skull Valley reservation or at other repositories in the West. The reality is more complex, and the experts agree there will always be a need to keep dangerous radioactive waste stored safely. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Last week a jury in Kingman, Arizona convicted Kelly Fischer of having sex with a 16 year old girl. Fischer is a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he had taken the girl as one of his multiple wives. Tuesday on RadioWest, we are exploring the significance of the case, and asking what the conviction reveals about the difference between the way Arizona is dealing with the enduring issue of polygamy and the way Utah is approaching it.
Salt Lake City, UT – Homeowners who participate in Utah Power's "Blue Sky" program may think the wind power they're buying for their electricity comes from Utah. It doesn't. It's from wind turbines in Idaho. Although Governor Jon Huntsman has said he supports clean and renewable energy, Utah is lagging far behind other states in the Mountain West in wind power development. Anne Milliken reports. (Story produced by Ben Bombard.)
Salt Lake City, UT – The ability to assist one another - to make sacrifices for one another - is a characteristic that makes us human. But "help" isn't an overly simple concept. We all need it from time to time, but how do we know that the aid we are offering is actually wanted or effective? What does it mean to help? Author Garret Keizer joins Doug for a look at the necessity, the limits and the contradictions of helping our fellow man.
Salt Lake City, UT – As a child, Jean-Michel Cousteau was thrown overboard with newly invented SCUBA gear on his back by his ocean-exploring father Jacques Cousteau. After a lifetime of relationship with the water, Jean-Michel is himself an explorer, environmentalist, educator and film producer. He joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about his career and his passion for one of Earth's greatest resources. (Repeat)