Salt Lake City, UT – Another offering of the Utah Arts Festival is "Reflective Skin." It is an unusual sound installation produced by Salt Lake City artists Gary Vlasic, Erik Dodd and Jesse Walker. Audiences will be treated to an evocative, layered soundscape at 6:30 and 10:45 nightly through Sunday. KUER's Tasha Cook discussed the meaning of "Reflective Skin" with the trio and sent this audio postcard.
Salt Lake City, UT – The 30th annual Utah Arts Festival opens today in downtown Salt Lake City. The festival brings together hundreds of visual artists, poets, musicians and street performers. KUER's Tasha Cook spoke with Arthur Pembleton, a featured artist and the creator of the "Dead Momma Database."
Salt Lake City, UT – Brown-headed cowbirds are common in rural areas throughout the state of Utah. A local scientist has made some interesting discoveries about this bird's unusual song and dance routine. Jeff Rice reports for the Utah Soundscape series.
Salt Lake City, UT – Considered a propogandist by some and a revolutionary by others, Upton Sinclair's writing blurred the lines between life, politics and art. He published over 90 books, but is perhaps best known for The Jungle, his 1906 expose of the inhuman working conditions in Chicago's stockyards. In the new book "Radical Innocent," biographer Anthony Arthur looks at the social activism that informed Sinclair's writing, and that helped him transform a nation.
If you were into obscure, but raw music, there was one brief moment in the early 90s when Utah's underground music scene really lived up to its name. They called it punk, but that wasn't the best way of defining the sound. Some of these musicians came out of hardcore straight edge bands. They fused coarse riffs with atonal jazz and hard rock. In the process, they also developed a tight community infused with a remarkable energy. Doug talks with veterans of Salt Lake's punk scene Tuesday on RadioWest.
Washington, DC – It's been called a new Cold War. About 40-percent of all the people on earth live in two countries -- India and China. The economies of those countries are growing exponentially, and both nations have beefed up their military arsenals over the past 20 years. These nations are siphoning off service sector computer jobs from Utah, and that concerns the state's lawmakers in Congress. In the first of a special two-part series, Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill.