Salt Lake City, UT – Squatters, the popular brew-pub in downtown Salt Lake City, lets patrons read the story of its origins inside a little booklet that lies on each of its tables. The restaurant, like its owners, is constantly changing, adopting new ideas, practices and philosophies. That's made it one of downtown Salt Lake's most impressive and unique success stories. Producer Benjamin Bombard starts this business profile with a sketch from Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in the characters of Derek and Clive.
Salt Lake City, UT – In an age that is in natural historian David Petersen's words "increasingly urbanized, denatured, domesticated, and virtualized," why do so many people still engage in the ancient ritual of hunting? For Petersen, it is a love - a sacred game that places the human animal squarely at the heart of nature. As the West enters the Fall hunting season, Petersen talks to Doug Fabrizio about the ethics and responsibilities of the modern hunter.
Salt Lake City, UT – Nevada is the driest state in the nation. Utah, the second driest. It's a story as old as the West itself. Individuals and communities need water to survive, and who has access to how much is always a question. KUED's new documentary Desert Wars: Water and the West looks at the case of the Snake Valley aquifer, and the competition between a growing urban landscape and the ranches and resources of the desert. Doug talks to producer John Howe and others about the culture of water in our region.
Salt Lake City, UT – Last December marked the 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith's birth. As the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Smith's life and theology has had a profound effect on American religion, and on the culture of Utah. Nevertheless, he remains an enigmatic and controversial figure. Historian Richard Bushman, author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, will be in Utah next Monday, and we're taking this opportunity to rebroadcast Doug's conversation with him. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Monitoring by the National Park Service shows that parts of the Utah desert can be among the quietest places on earth. But the news is mixed. Even in the most remote areas, studies show that this quiet is disappearing. Utah Soundscapes producer Jeff Rice reports on the Park Service efforts to preserve this vanishing resource.
Salt Lake City, UT – After months of political wrangling, Utah lawmakers signed off on a bill yesterday to change the way Utahns pay their income taxes and another allowing counties to place a sales tax increase before voters to pay for transportation projects including light rail, commuter rail and roads. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Washington, DC – Utah Republican Congressman Chris Cannon has an indirect connection to Jack Abramoff - his former chief of staff David Safavian worked with the disgraced lobbyist. Safavian was later charged with obstructing justice. But what's currently raising eyebrows are Cannon's ties to another lobbyist - his brother Joe Cannon. The Congressman defended the relationship, in a Capitol Hill interview with Benjamin Shaw.