Salt Lake City, UT – In Utah's third congressional district, Representative Chris Cannon is campaigning for his sixth term. Cannon, a 55 year old Provo resident, survived a tough primary battle in June. In an interview with KUER, Cannon said he's most proud this past session, of his work on consolidating school trust lands, and a bill that stopped the re-monopolization of the Baby Bell telephone companies.
Salt Lake City, UT – On Tuesday, November 7th, voters in Utah Senate District 4 will go to the polls to choose between Democrat Pat Jones, a sitting Utah House member, and Republican Dirk Anjewierden, a political newcomer. This overwhelmingly Republican district has been represented in the past by Democrats, and that makes the race between Jones and Anjewierden competitive. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report:
Salt Lake City, UT – Tuesday is Hallowe'en, and members of the Plan B Theatre Company will join us to present another live broadcast of radio theatre. They'll perform two classic tales perfect for the occasion - complete with live sound effects. We've got Ray Bradbury's Zero Hour and you'll hear Lucille Fletcher's The Hitch-Hiker much like you would have when the Mercury Theatre first did it in 1946.
Salt Lake City, UT – Mitt Romney's relationship with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints became the subject of increased examination last week when The Boston Globe reported an exchange of e-mails between Romney advisers and church leaders. In response, the LDS Church has issued a statement in which they reaffirmed their political neutrality. Monday, Doug is joined by journalists and scholars for a look at the practical role churches play in American politics.
Salt Lake City, UT – State Representative Lavar Christensen is running for Utah's Second Congressional District. The Utah Republican is hoping to unseat the incumbent, Democrat Jim Matheson. KUER's Tasha Cook met with Christensen to talk about his positions on current issues.
Salt Lake City, UT – Luis Urrea tells the powerful story of his legendary great aunt, Teresita. Famed throughout Mexico for the power to heal with her touch, the family ranch becomes a center of pilgrimage for the people and a source of concern for the government on the eve of the revolution. Urrea talked to Doug Fabrizio last year about his novel The Hummingbird's Daughter, and the author is in Salt Lake City again this week as part of the Great Salt Lake Book Festival. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Congressman Jim Matheson represents Utah's second district in the U.S. House of Representatives. KUER's Tasha Cook sat down with the Utah Democrat to talk about his bid for re-election.
Salt Lake City, UT – Yale historian Carlos Eire says in the Western world we didn't always keep death at a distance or confine it to another dimension. The Protestant Reformation though changed our view of the afterlife, and denied that the living could do anything for the dead or that the dead could intercede for the living. Eire is in Utah to deliver the McMurrin Lecture on Culture and Religion, and joins Doug for a look about what this means for our modern impressions of death.
Salt Lake City, UT – State Senate District Two in Salt Lake City has been represented by Democrats for the past 25 years. Incumbent Scott McCoy was appointed to the position two years ago. This is his first election. He's challenged by a Republican who's pushing the idea of a single-payer health care system that covers everybody. KUER's Dan Bammes has more on the race.