Salt Lake City, UT – The Bush administration has been encouraging the Bureau of Land Management to make energy exploration easier, and on Tuesday, Utah's BLM conducted a massive sale of oil and gas leases. Doug is joined by NPR's Elizabeth Shogren, along with industry advocates and conservationists, to explore the implications on the American economy and on Utah's environment.
Salt Lake City, Ut – A few years ago, a popular postcard showed a completely black picture with the caption, "Salt Lake City at night." Now there are plans, not yet unveiled, to revitalize and build a new, more lively downtown in Utah's capital city. But Salt Lake City wasn't always dark at night. Shops, restaurants and theaters thrived. Downtown Salt Lake City was the place to be. Producer Anne Milliken visits with Utahns who remember what downtown was like in its heyday. (Ben Bombard assisted in the production of this story.)
Salt Lake City, UT – A recent report from the National Alliance on Mental Illness grades the quality of mental health care in each state. The report singled out the work of Republican Senator Orin Hatch on behalf of mental health programs. Despite Hatch's efforts, Utah only got a D on its report card. Benjamin Shaw Reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – Jim Wallis joins Doug to talk about his book "God's Politics." Wallis questions how the right has been able to co-opt the language of faith to further its political goals, and why the left tries to keep public policy and a discussion of morals separate. Faith, he argues, should be free to challenge both ends of the political spectrum from a consistent moral ground. (Repeat)
Los Angeles, CA – This week, KUER is airing stories related to Mother's Day. In today's piece Connie Alvarez interviews her mother, Blanca, about crossing the border near her home in Nogales, Mexico to join her family in Los Angeles-- more than thirty years later. Kuer's Mother's Day archives.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 2004 with 72% of the vote, Utah delivered Bush his largest margin of victory of any state. With such a strong foothold, the annual Republican Convention is pivotal in shaping the politics of Utah. Doug Fabrizio is joined by party leaders and observers for a look at the results of the convention and the direction of Utah's Republican Party.
Salt Lake City – A documentary film about the war is being screened tonight and tomorrow at downtown Salt Lake City's Tower Theatre. KUER's Tasha Cook spoke recently with the filmmaker of Inside Iraq: The Untold Stories.
Washington, DC – Utah could earn more sway in Washington if Congress approves a plan to give the District of Columbia a seat in the House of Representatives. Currently, Washington, DC is alloted three electoral votes in the electoral college, but doesn't have a vote in the house...or two senators. This is a compromise that stops short of granting the nation's capital statehood. Chad Pergram reports from our Capitol Hill bureau.
New York, NY – This week, KUER is airing stories related to Mother's Day. Today's piece comes from Mombo, which produces radio pieces about motherhood. Here Todd Melby has some comic relief for us from Amy Borkowsky. You can find the answering machine messages from Amy Borkowsky's Mom at www.sendamy.com.