Salt Lake City, UT – Author Jay Heinrichs says that Americans aren't argumentative ... but that they should be. It's not about fighting though, it's about rhetoric. The art of persuasion used to be at the core of education and according to Heinrichs, "the better we do it, the more civil our society is." Jay Heinrichs has a new book on the history and the strategies of rhetoric, and joins Doug to explain what orators from Cicero to Homer Simpson can teach us about skillful discourse.
Washington DC – Utah could potentially score a fourth Congressional seat and an additional electoral vote if House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland has his way. Last night, Hoyer announced he'd call a vote by the end of the month to grow the size of the House by two seats. The plan would award the District of Columbia a seat...and Utah an at-large seat. Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – During the Rwandan genocide in 1994, hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina refused to succumb to the madness that surrounded him. Instead, he protected more than 1200 Tutsis and Hutu moderates who were in danger of losing their lives to homicidal mobs. Rusesabagina's actions were the subject of the film "Hotel Rwanda." Now he's written his autobiography. It details the inner life of a man who found a vast reserve of courage ... an "Ordinary Man" who became a hero.
Salt Lake City, UT – Chances are, you've heard the finale from Beethoven's Ninth many times. Ode to Joy is common in cartoons and commercials and is still played to mark pivotal events like the fall of the Berlin wall. Its premiere 183 years ago was entirely different though. The musicians who first performed it had only rehearsed three times. Renowned musicologist Thomas Forrest Kelly is coming to Utah to talk about Beethoven's Ninth, Then and Now, and joins Doug for a look at the First Night of the Choral Symphony.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah's 2007 legislative session closed late Wednesday evening. It was a relatively quiet session because of a large budget surplus that lawmakers were willing to spend. Friday on RadioWest, Dan Bammes is joined by the University of Utah's Matthew Burbank, Salt Lake Tribune reporter Matt Canham and Richard Piatt of KSL for a look at the victories and failures on Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake CIty, UT – Utah lawmakers ended their 45-day general session last night, putting the finishing touches on a budget expected to add up to 10.7 billion dollars and passing 422 bills. Using the biggest surplus in state history -- 1.7 billion dollars -- lawmakers carved up most of the money between education, roads and a 220-million dollar tax cut. Most lawmakers agreed this was a kinder, gentler session and most everyone went home happy. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.