Salt Lake City – Philosophy Professor Jeffrey Nielsen knew the risks when he publicly criticized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' position on gay marriage. Just four days after his op-ed piece ran in the Salt Lake Tribune, Nielsen - himself an active member of the Church - was in effect fired by BYU. Wednesday on RadioWest, Nielsen joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about what he calls the moral imperatives that compelled him to speak out, and the risks of taking such a stand.
Washington, DC – The U-S Senate is celebrating Flag Day this year by preparing to debate a constitutional amendment that would ban flag burning. Supporters say protecting the symbol of freedom is of vital importance to the nation. Opponents say this is another move by the ruling party to shore up support among the Republican base. Utah's Senators are split on the issue, as Benjamin Shaw reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – KUER is celebrating Father's Day by airing stories through the week about fathers. The first comes from Joshua Killpatrick, who sees his father's tools and willingness to fix things rather than throw them away as a difference between them, but also a bond.
Salt Lake City, UT – What does it take to get a classical music video to surpass the number of times Madonna's lastest single was streamed? It takes the fresh energy and sound that the hip, Utah-based piano quintet "The 5 Browns" brings to music as diverse as Stravinsky, Dvorak, Copland and Lowell Liebermann. The family is preparing for a world tour of their new album "No Boundaries," and Tuesday on RadioWest, they join Doug to talk about their passion for music and the art that unites them.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Grandmother Project has seen startling results in helping to promote health and social change in developing countries. KUER's Jenny Brundin speaks to Judi Aubel on how the project is reach families through its focus on older women.
Salt Lake City, UT – Cochlear implants have been available for children since 1985. They are small electronic devices that can help those who are deaf to hear. There are 36,000 people in the United States who have the implants. Most of them are children. But until recently, cochlear implants were considered experimental and insurance companies wouldn't cover them. One Utah family has led the battle to get that coverage in Utah. Producer Sheri Quinn reports.
Salt Lake City, Ut – Scientists say there are parallels between the way that humans learn to speak and the way that songbirds learn to sing. University of Utah biology professor Franz Goller studies the physiology and singing behavior of birds. Utah Soundscapes producer Jeff Rice spoke with him for this week's audio field guide.