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.
Salt Lake City, UT – Every year, Mexican freetailed bats gather at a roost in Davis County. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources monitors this colony, and not long ago they allowed Jeff Rice to visit there to make recordings for the Utah Soundscapes series. He brought back this week's audio postcard.
Washington, DC – Monday is the deadline for seniors to sign up for Medicare's prescription drug benefit. The Bush Administration is on a final push to get seniors to enroll. But Congress has been locked in a fierce debate over whether to extend the deadline to give beneficiaries need more time to choose a plan. One Utah lawmaker doesn't think so. Todd Zwillich reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – Walter Kirn's novel "Mission to America" looks at the collision between faith and a spiritually overextended nation. When an isolated, waning Montana sect sends missionaries to bring back converts, or more specifically brides, the two men meet head-on with the bewildering, seductive diversity of America. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – How do you measure the value of a mother? We all have intangible ways of recognizing our own moms, but what of mothers in the broader sense? What is the value of motherhood to the economy, to our society and to our culture? At 11:00 a.m., Doug profiles "A MOMbo Mother's Day 2006," which looks at the history and significance and Mother's Day and motherhood. Then at 7:00 p.m., RadioWest presents the documentary in its entirety.
Chicago, Il – Today we hear from Omar Macias, who wrote and produced this piece after he joined the Marines. In this letter to his mom, he tries to end the battle he had with her about signing up for service in the first place, and he tries to calm her fears.
Salt Lake City, UT – Kenyan photojournalist Mohamed Amin survived imprisonment, torture and even amputation to bring the stories of Africa to the world. Best known for his coverage of Ethiopa's 1984 famine, his work inspired Bob Geldof's "Live Aid" concerts. After his untimely death on a hijacked airplane in 1996, his son Salim Amin took up his work. Amin talks about Mo & Me, the new documentary which chronicles his father's legacy, and about his own efforts to give voice to an oft-misunderstood continent.
Portland, OR – This week, KUER continues its on-going series of radio pieces that aren't often featured on NPR's regular news programs . This week we're looking at stories related to Mother's Day and this morning a piece from radio producer Dmae Roberts called "Memorial". She saved phone messages from her mother -Chu Yin Roberts - who passed away two years ago as a living memorial. It's her way of still getting a phone call from her mom.