Salt Lake City, UT – Stan Penfold of the Utah AIDS Foundation says the awareness for AIDS may be the lowest it's been since the 1980s. Better medical treatment and an increasingly conservative social atmosphere have made the crisis somehow seem less urgent. The fact is, while 25 million people have died from AIDS related illness since the virus emerged out of obscurity, more than 40 million people carry it right now. Tuesday on RadioWest, we're examining 25 years of AIDS, its effect on the globe and the course its running in Utah.
Salt Lake City, UT – Dr. Gene Jacobsen recounts his three-and-a-half year experience as a prisoner of war during World War II. Captured at the age of 20 in 1941, he survived the Bataan Death March and imprisonment in Japan and the Phillipines. Jacobsen was one of only sixty-five men of his Army Air Corps squadron to return home. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – State lawmakers decided yesterday not to debate a proposal from the Utah governor for providing two million dollars for dental services to the state's neediest. The action comes as Utah legislators this year continue to divide up a record one billion dollar state surplus. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report:
Salt Lake City, UT – As recently as 10 years ago, psychiatrists and doctors thought children didn't suffer from bipolar disorder. It's a tricky and controversial diagnosis but its estimated that half a million American children have the disease. RadioWest will profile a fascinating documentary, A Mind of Their Own, and talk to doctors, parents and children who suffer from this devastating disease. (Repeat)
Washington, DC – Supporters of embryonic stem cell research are upping the pressure on Senate leaders to schedule a vote on a bill expanding the studies. The bill undoes a policy laid down by President Bush in 2001 that limited government funding to a handful of stem cell lines already created at the time. Utah Republican Orrin Hatch is one of their staunchest allies and this week, Hatch is lending his Senate clout to getting the popular measure to the Senate Floor. Todd Zwillich reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Salt Lake ecosystem is one of the premier places in north America to see and hear migratory birds. More than 200 species of birds can be found near the lake and Jeff Rice visited its shores for the Utah Soundscapes series. He brought back this audio postcard.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah is among the deadliest states in the nation when it comes to bicyclists killed in accidents involving cars. With summer weather here now, both cars and bikers are filling the roads. KUER's Laura Weiss has this look at making biking safer on Utah roads.