Salt Lake City, UT – Writer and journalist Charles Bowden traveled some 7,000 miles documenting the experience of the thousands of illegal immigrants who make their way across the border of the southern United States. It's a dark portrait, but also humane and completely honest. On Friday, we're rebroadcasting Doug's conversation with Bowden about his conclusion that illegal immigration has become an issue beyond the reach of power and will.
The British journalist Jon Ronson had always wondered whether the theories - or parts of theories - of conspiracy theorists were true. Ronson set out to settle the matter for himself. In his book, "Them: Adventures with Extremists," he explores a world of fringe dwellers, which includes Islamic fundamentalists, Ku Klux Klan members and Christian separatists. On Thursday, Doug talks with Ronson about what he's learned.
Huntington, UT – It has been a long 10 days for the people in coal mining towns near Crandall Canyon, Utah .where six miners are trapped underground. KUER's Jenny Brundin has been talking to people in these close-knit communities. With each passing day, residents are struggling to stay optimistic. But they say even if there's the slimmest chance the men are alive .prayer, personality, and the humor intrinsic to the mining culture will be crucial to their survival.
Salt Lake City, UT – The history of coal mining is fraught with cave-ins and accidents, and, as events unfolding at the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah show, excavating the riches of the planet remains a dangerous business.
Wednesday, Doug talks with mine historians and others about mining practices past and present, current safety standards, and what more can be done to keep miners out of harm's way.
Huntington, UT – A camera lowered into a collapsed coal mine yesterday revealed equipment but not the six miners trapped underground in a Central Utah mine. Officals planned to drill yet another hole today. It's been a frustrating and agonizing 8 days for the families and friends of the men. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports from Huntington, Utah.
Huntington, UT – Seismic activity has completely shut down efforts to reach six miners, and frustrated rescuers say it could take up to a week to reach the men if they're still alive. The men are trapped 15-hundred feet underground in the Crandal Canyon mine in the rugged forests of central Utah. The news was hard for residents of the region's mining towns, who say all they can do is wait, hope and pray.