Salt Lake City, UT – The political columnist Molly Ivins insisted didn't think George W Bush is stupid or mean, and she didn't hate him. But she did understand him. She put his life, his public persona, even his policies in context and fixed them all to a place: Texas. Molly Ivins died this week in Austin after a 7 year battle with breast cancer. We talked with her back in 2004 about George W. Bush, but also her life and her role in the American conversation about politics. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – State lawmakers took up three highly controversial bills yesterday. One would all but ban abortions in Utah in the event Roe versus Wade is overturned. Another would give parents taxpayer-financed vouchers to send their children to private schools. But first, KUER's Jenny Brundin reports on a bill to repeal Utah's law allowing children of undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at colleges and universities.
Salt Lake City, UT – In Monday's legislative action, a House committee advanced a bill to change the standards for imposing the death penalty for crimes against children. A bill allowing 6-year-olds to ride off-highway vehicles was heard in committee, but no action was taken. And a bill to regulate the use of tanning beds by teenagers easily passed a critical vote in the Utah Senate. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Daniel Levitin spent over a decade producing music, and he met many talented musicians that just never rose above obscurity. This led him to questions like why some songs move us while others leave us cold. Today, Levitin is on the faculty of Psychology at McGill University, and he's written This is Your Brain on Music. Wednesday he talks to Doug about how the human brain and music interact and how the process gives rise to thoughts, feelings and the experience of beauty.
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest continues its series on school vouchers. We're joined by Kim Burningham, Director of the Utah State Board of Education, and Peggy Cain of the School of Education at Westminster College. They are critics of proposed voucher systems and argue that such plans deplete public schools of crucial funding, support religious education with tax dollars and create a two-tiered education system. We'll talk about their concerns, and take your calls.
Park City, UT – Two of the youngest filmmakers at this year's Sundance Film Festival are Salt Lake City residents. Their film, Mother Superior, focuses on a growing number of Utah women with a methemphetamine addiction. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Religious scholar Marcus Borg agrees that the US is Christ-haunted. More than any other country in the historically Christian world, the figure of Jesus is prominent in the media and in public discussion. But while America has the highest percentage of people who identify themselves as Christians, they sharply disagree on who Christ was. Marcus Borg is coming to Salt Lake City, and joins us for a conversation about Jesus, what he taught, and why he plays such a prominent role in our culture today.
Salt Lake City – Radioactive waste issues are once again the focus of action on Utah's Capitol Hill. State lawmakers took up a bill that deals with the hazardous waste company Energy Solutions. They also took action on measures dealing with the sales tax on food, and booster seats for children over the age of 5. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.