Salt Lake City, UT – The biologist EO Wilson has been described as "one of the 20th century's greatest thinkers" and "Darwin's natural heir." Wilson himself often says he just never outgrew "the bug phase" that most children go through. The Harvard Professor Emeritus believes in the truth of nature and science, and that this truth holds the key to improving the human condition. EO Wilson is in Salt Lake City, and joins Doug in studio to talk about saving nature - and in turn ourselves.
Salt Lake City, UT – As the end of the legislative session approaches, bills can disappear into the Rules Committee -- and that may be the final fate of a compromise worked out between Utah's public universities and gun rights activists. At the same time, Utah lawmakers were debating a bill putting restrictions on the state's largest teachers' organization, all the while not mentioning the UEA by name. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – What do hospital rooms, dining room tables, high school proms and funerals have in common? Americans like to say it with flowers, buying around 10 million stems per day. In her new book Flower Confidential, Amy Stewart follows our quest for bigger, more beautiful and cheaper blooms. The journey takes her around the globe, and on Tuesday, Stewart joins Doug to talk about what is gained and lost in this mass commercialization of nature.
Salt Lake City, UT – As four gun-related bills wind their way through Utah's Capitol Hill, the community is still trying to make sense of the February 12 Trolley Square shooting. Gun-rights advocates feel that greater citizen access to concealed weapons could prevent such tragedies, while critics argue that it's ready access to firearms that lead to this sort of incident. Monday on RadioWest, we'll hear from both sides of this divisive issue, and ask what role American culture plays in fueling the debate.
Salt Lake City, UT – Among the legislation taken up at the Utah state capitol yesterday were education bills that deal with the shortage of teachers and that limit the creation of student clubs. Legislators also heard from U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Surveying the history of "doubt" is for author and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht "like seeing a map upside down." It's a bit disorienting because we tend to study our world through its moments of certainty. Doubt, though, is what drives us forward. As Hecht argues "every time you ask a question, you've got to come up with an answer." Jennifer Michael Hecht was in Utah last year, and she joined Doug to explain how doubt is just as vibrant as belief in its prescriptions for a good life. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Every year, Democrat Ralph Becker tries to persuade his colleagues in the Utah legislature to prohibit all but the smallest gifts from lobbyists. Every year his bills have been rejected. But this year, the House tightened the rules for reporting gifts even as they rejected Becker's proposal.