Salt Lake City, UT – For 25 years, Lieutenant Laurel Hester served the citizens of Ocean County, New Jersey and gained the respect of her peers and commanders. Her dying wish - to have her death benefits awarded to her same-sex partner - sparked a debate being echoed in communities across the country. Jennifer Napier-Pearce is joined by award-winning documentary filmmaker Cynthia Wade for an examination of the of the controversy surrounding partner benefits.
Salt Lake City, UT – Last week, 2.6 million viewers tuned in to watch a new kind of political debate. CNN and YouTube received some 3,000 questions from video bloggers for the Democratic presidential candidates. Conventional wisdom says that the internet is revolutionizing politics and the public's access to their representatives. Guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce is joined by Mother Jones reporters Josh Harkinson and Daniel Schulman for a look at the truths and the myths of "Politics 2.0."
Salt Lake City, UT – Teens aging out of Utah's foster care system numbered more than three hundred last year alone. When these children leave foster care at age 18, they face daunting obstacles. They lack family support. They have no place to live. They have almost no money. Most are poorly-prepared to live on their own. This year's "Kids Count" report looks at the unique challenges facing these young adults. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – When you get them or give them, it's hard to think of flowers as a commodity or a product. Amy Stewart says they may be emotional and impractical, but we Americans buy more flowers than we do Big Macs. In her book Flower Confidential Stewart explores the business of cut flowers. It's a big business by the way. In the process she wonders whether flowers are losing their identity if not just their scent along the way. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Trying to parse the differences between men and women has always been dicey territory. This is why Dr. Louann Brizendine's book is so controversial. Brizendine says the thing that makes a woman different from a man isn't culture or the environment, it's her brain. Girls, she writes, arrive in the world hard-wired as girls. Today on RadioWest we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Dr. Brizendine, talking about her book called The Female Brain. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – The Pentagon stands with the White House as one of the most recognizable symbols of the United States government. It was constructed in a mere seventeen months, and has been the headquarters of the Department of Defense from World War II through September 11th and its aftermath. Washington Post military reporter Steve Vogel joins Doug to tell the story of this enigmatic building, and the history of modern America that it embodies.