Logan, UT – In addition to municipal officers and the statewide referendum on school vouchers, voters have less than a week to find out as much as they can about a range of other ballot issues. Kerry Bringhurst reports from Logan about an issue facing voters in several counties of northern Utah -- an array of tax increases to help pay for transportation.
Salt Lake City, UT – Have Oreo Cookies and the mantra "full of flaws" got you flummoxed? With just over a week to Election Day, Jennifer Napier-Pearce leads a panel of journalists in a conversation about Utah's Referendum 1. The debate is a heated one, and Monday, we'll cut through the rhetoric for a look at the pros and cons of school vouchers.
Salt Lake City, UT – After 9/11, novelist Jane Hamilton didn't think it seemed important to write the typical domestic novel. She was thinking about politics and war, and about the ways families deal with those realities. Her latest novel, When Madeline Was Young, is the story of the Macivers: Aaron and Julia, their children, and Aaron's first wife, who because of a tragic accident, has the brain capacity of a 7-year-old. Hamilton joins us to talk about compassion, love and the challenges that face each generation.
Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday we're rebroadcasting our conversation with the writer and boatman Brad Dimock. His latest book details the extraordinary life of a very ordinary man, Bert Loper. Loper was one of the grand old men of the Colorado, known to have covered more water than any riverman of his time. But there are really two story lines in the Loper tale. One of them is the birth and evolution of river running itself. Dimock is coming to Salt Lake as part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Earlier this month at the LDS Church's General Conference, the head of the Relief Society Julie B. Beck praised the power in motherhood. She encouraged women not to postpone having children, and equated nurturing with homemaking. Her words re-ignited a controversy about the role of Mormon women, and within hours, LDS blogs were inundated with responses. Tuesday on RadioWest, Doug talks to LDS women about Beck's remarks and what those say about women's position in the LDS Church and culture.
Salt Lake City, UT – Mary Dickson has been called an "accidental playwright." But what happened to the Salt Lake writer at the age of 29 wasn't an accident. The experience profoundly changed her life and eventually led to Dickson's first full-length play: "Exposed." It opens October 19th at the Rose Wagner Theater. The docudrama is Dickson's journey investigating the human costs of the nuclear fallout that blanketed Utah in the 1950's and '60's. KUER's Jenny Brundin has the story.
Salt Lake City, UT – Eboo Patel is American - and Muslim - and Indian. He grew up outside of Chicago dealing with racism and his own struggle to decide which of the three identities he would embrace. But Patel came to learn that the power to create change lies at the intersection of religion, ethnicity and nationality - not at the extremes. Eboo Patel is in Utah, and joins Doug in studio to talk about what he calls "the struggle for the soul of a generation."
Lehi, UT – Plans for the $2 billion dollar Mountain View Corridor are inching forward. Yesterday, a draft environmental impact study on the project was released. The Utah Department of Transportation says the new highway would ease congestion on the Salt Lake Valley's west side, where population is expected to increase 500% over the next 25 years. Buty not everyone is happy with plans for the new highway. Producer Sheri Quinn reports.