Salt Lake City, UT – As part of our Waterwise Utah series, we explore how consumers are cutting their water consumption by investing in drought-tolerant plants. KUER's Tasha Cook looks at the business of garden centers and nurseries.
Salt Lake City, UT – While residents of Utah's urban areas are constantly reminded to "Slow the Flow" and conserve water, many of Utah's farmers are finding few reasons to change their water-using habits. Those who are conserving do it to increase crop yields, minimize labor costs or for reasons other than public policy. As KUER's Dan Bammes reports, there's just not much incentive under current law to encourage them to use less.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Bear River is the main source for the Great Salt Lake, and on its journey from the high Uinta Mountains through three Western States, the water is used for habitat, farms, electricity, recreation, lawns and homes. Craig Denton has written a new book, and in it, he describes how Urban Utah's thirst for water will chart the course of the river. Thursday on the program, Denton joins Doug as part of Water Wise Utah.
Salt Lake City, UT – Mario Capecchi is persistent. He learned the trait early in life surviving as an orphan on the streets of war-torn Italy. He practiced it in the mid-80s when the National Institutes of Health told him his research was "not worthy of pursuit." But his persistence has paid off. This week, Capecchi and two others were awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for their work in genetics. Wednesday, Mario Capecchi joins us for a conversation about science, his research and the determination to succeed.
Salt Lake City, UT – So far, more than 4,000 Utahns have pledged to rip their strip, according to a local water conservation group - the Utah River's Council. In the first of a special series for Water-Wise week - KUER's Jenny Brundin profiles a couple of rippers to see how they fared.
Salt Lake City, UT – The argument over the relationship between government and religion is as old as the country itself. From the presidency of George Washington to that of James Monroe - a battle waged between those who saw God as the legitimate ruler of men and those who valued liberty above all else. In his new book, historian and theologian Forrest Church looks at the beliefs of the earliest presidents, and Tuesday he talks to Doug about how those beliefs formed our nation.
Salt Lake City, UT – Davy Rothbart is a collector. As the creator of Found Magazine, he regularly brings to life items that have been tossed and forgotten. His acclaimed book "The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas," along with his pieces for This American Life, follows a similar vein. The collection of stories grew out of road trips and small towns, capturing the oddity, poetry and dignity of everyday life. (Rebroadcast)
Washington, DC – Families of miners and rescuers lost in the Crandall Canyon mine cave-in were on Capitol Hill Thursday. They were joined by Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, who came to the Capitol to tell lawmakers what went wrong before -- and after the accident. Todd Zwillich has this report.