Salt Lake City, UT – White-crowned sparrows taken from their nests in the Wasatch Mountains as babies learned how to sing their distinctive song even though they had never heard it in nature. University of Utah Biology Professor Gary Rose and doctoral student Stephanie Plamondron presented them with segments of the song out of order, and the birds were able to put it together. Their results have implications for the way humans learn language as well.
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 – Author Austin Phelps suggested "Wear the old coat and buy the new book." Doug talks to local experts about the books that should be on your holiday list this season. He's joined by Catherine Weller of Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore, Ken Sanders of Ken Sanders Rare Books, and Betsy Burton and Janet Lund of The King's English Bookshop.
Thursday, December 9, 2004 – Have you ever picked up a piece of paper only to discover that it's a lost letter from someone you have never heard of? Have you ever bought a used book and found a picture from a stranger's birthday party? Davy Rothbart collects these items and has published them in his new book "Found : The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World."
University of Utah – The Hinckley Institute of Politics presents a discussion on why transatlantic relationships are worsening. What can be done? Originally aired on Dec. 07, 2004 from a Nov. 19 recording.
Tuesday, December 7, 2004 – The Utah Department of Transportation has released a new Environmental Impact Statement for the Legacy Parkway project. The new proposal calls for a 14-mile freeway from central Davis County to northern Salt Lake County. A federal court stopped construction on the Legacy Highway three years ago, and the new EIS is intended to meet the court's objections. Critics of the plan have proposed their own alternative that focuses on transit development rather than building a new freeway.
Monday, December 6, 2004 – In 1986, nautical archaeologist Shelley Wachsmann excavated a fishing boat in the Sea of Galilee. Radio-carbon dated to about 15 B.C., the find is a unique look into life at the time of Christ. Wachsmann will be in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, December 7 at the Salt Lake City Public Libary at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 581-6927 or visit the Utah Museum of Natural Historyweb site.
Friday, December 3, 2004 – Dan Bammes and John Bird of Albion Financial will be joined by Jean Lown of Utah State University, attorney Joel Marker, and Steve Kroes of the Utah Foundation. The Utah Foundation recently published a report on bankruptcy in the state of Utah.
Tuesday, November 30, 2004 – Doug talks to Ken Verdoia about KUED's new documentary "Shadow of Hope." The work looks at the world of undocumented immigration and the challenges and opportunities it creates. "Shadow of Hope" premieres Tuesday, November 30th at 8:00 p.m. on Channel 7.