Salt Lake City, UT – Utah writer and poet Katharine Coles' latest novel is "Fire Season." Set in rural Utah, Coles portrays cancer-stricken downwinders, an AIDS suffering black-sheep of a Mormon family, drought and wildfires. It's a story of death and renewal, and ultimately, of the power of human goodness to prevail. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – Drought conditions in the southwest have led to an explosive rise in bark beetle populations, causing large die-offs of pine forests. The artist David Dunn began recording the sounds of bark beetles as a way of documenting this destruction, but also found a deep artistic connection to the beetles. Jeff Rice reports for Utah Soundscapes.
Salt Lake City, Ut – With the weather as warm as it's been this past week in Utah, it's hard to imagine spring skiing. But Scott Carrier was doing it just a few days ago, and he says it requires careful timing - and the right point of view.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Bush administration has been encouraging the Bureau of Land Management to make energy exploration easier, and on Tuesday, Utah's BLM conducted a massive sale of oil and gas leases. Doug is joined by NPR's Elizabeth Shogren, along with industry advocates and conservationists, to explore the implications on the American economy and on Utah's environment.
Salt Lake City, Ut – A few years ago, a popular postcard showed a completely black picture with the caption, "Salt Lake City at night." Now there are plans, not yet unveiled, to revitalize and build a new, more lively downtown in Utah's capital city. But Salt Lake City wasn't always dark at night. Shops, restaurants and theaters thrived. Downtown Salt Lake City was the place to be. Producer Anne Milliken visits with Utahns who remember what downtown was like in its heyday. (Ben Bombard assisted in the production of this story.)
Salt Lake City, UT – A recent report from the National Alliance on Mental Illness grades the quality of mental health care in each state. The report singled out the work of Republican Senator Orin Hatch on behalf of mental health programs. Despite Hatch's efforts, Utah only got a D on its report card. Benjamin Shaw Reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – Jim Wallis joins Doug to talk about his book "God's Politics." Wallis questions how the right has been able to co-opt the language of faith to further its political goals, and why the left tries to keep public policy and a discussion of morals separate. Faith, he argues, should be free to challenge both ends of the political spectrum from a consistent moral ground. (Repeat)
Los Angeles, CA – This week, KUER is airing stories related to Mother's Day. In today's piece Connie Alvarez interviews her mother, Blanca, about crossing the border near her home in Nogales, Mexico to join her family in Los Angeles-- more than thirty years later. Kuer's Mother's Day archives.