Washington, D.C. – President Bush named Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne to be the new Secretary of the Interior Thursday. Utah lawmakers had praise for the nominee, who is a former U.S. Senator. Benjamin Shaw reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday, Governor Jon Huntsman made Utah the 12th state in the country to pass comprehensive anti-smoking legislation. He signed a bill that bans smoking in private clubs and bars. But the owners of those private clubs say their businesses are unique and they're asking the state to look at them in a different way. KUER's Mikenna Clokey reports.
Washington, DC – The Utah legislature has passed and Governor Jon Huntsman has signed a bill that bans smoking in private clubs and taverns as well as many other indoor areas of Utah. There's one part of America where the movement to ban smoking doesn't seem to have taken hold, and that's in the halls of Congress. Laura Strickler reports from our Capitol Hill bureau.
Salt Lake City, UT – Host Doug Fabrizio takes RadioWest to the stage of Plan B Theatre Company's new production, Amerika. The play, created by Utahn Aden Ross, is an examination of the relationship between money and power, lies and "terrorism." Doug talks to Ross, along with the cast and director, Jerry Rapier. Listeners may join the conversation by e-mail during the special 7:00 p.m. broadcast.
The Night of February 13th, a Monday night Jazz At The Sheraton Concert became a Spanish invasion. Pianist Legend Chick Corea brought his Spanish Band " Touchstone " with three key members from Spain, bassist Carles Benavent, flute and saxman Jorge Pardo and percussionist Rubem Dantas.
Salt Lake City, UT – A recent poll asked American troops in Iraq this question: How long should troops stay in Iraq? An overwhelming 72 percent surveyed think the U.S. should exit the war-torn nation within the next year. More than one in four say the troops should leave immediately. Commentators this past week have debated the accuracy of the poll. But on Saturday, producer Sara Buhr checked in with Utah Guardsmen who've just returned from Iraq, to get their opinions on the matter.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug Fabrizio looks at the document which serves as the basis for the country's law with constitutional law scholar and author Akhil Reed Amar. His new book is called "America's Constitution: A Biography." (Repeat)
America's Constitution will air Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m.
Salt Lake City, UT – The relationship between food and religion is part of tradition around the globe - from keeping Kosher to the Mormon Word of Wisdom founded in religious principles of the 1830s. Today on RadioWest, Doug is joined by Daniel Sack of the Material History of American Religion Project and others to discuss what practices like avoiding hot drinks tells us about obedience and identity.
Salt Lake City, UT – HBO's new series Big Love premiered Sunday night, and the controversy of a television program about polygamy in Utah filled the week's newspapers. Today on RadioWest, we talk to television critics Scott Pierce of the Deseret News and Rob Owen of the Pittsburg Post-Gazette about the writing and the characters of the series. Doug is also joined by Holly Mullen of the Salt Lake Tribune and Soctt Beck of the Salt Lake Conventions and Visitors bureau to discuss the bigger question of how outsiders see Utah.
Salt Lake City, UT – Today, March 10th, is a special day for Tibetans around the world. It's the day commemorating the Tibetan uprising against the Chinese in 1959. Tashi Pelton, a Tibetan woman living in Salt Lake City, experienced first hand the terror of Chinese rule. She spent fifteen years in prison in Tibet for her family's resistance to the Chinese.