Chicago, Il – Today we hear from Omar Macias, who wrote and produced this piece after he joined the Marines. In this letter to his mom, he tries to end the battle he had with her about signing up for service in the first place, and he tries to calm her fears.
Salt Lake City, UT – Kenyan photojournalist Mohamed Amin survived imprisonment, torture and even amputation to bring the stories of Africa to the world. Best known for his coverage of Ethiopa's 1984 famine, his work inspired Bob Geldof's "Live Aid" concerts. After his untimely death on a hijacked airplane in 1996, his son Salim Amin took up his work. Amin talks about Mo & Me, the new documentary which chronicles his father's legacy, and about his own efforts to give voice to an oft-misunderstood continent.
Portland, OR – This week, KUER continues its on-going series of radio pieces that aren't often featured on NPR's regular news programs . This week we're looking at stories related to Mother's Day and this morning a piece from radio producer Dmae Roberts called "Memorial". She saved phone messages from her mother -Chu Yin Roberts - who passed away two years ago as a living memorial. It's her way of still getting a phone call from her mom.
Washington, DC – Talk of natural disaster brings to mind floods, earthquakes and hurricanes. But another weather pattern can be just as devastating: Drought. Although Utah has had a very wet year - Some lawmakers on Capitol Hill are looking ahead and recommending the creation of a national drought monitoring system. Congressional correspondent Benjamin Shaw reports from our Capitol Hill bureau:
Salt Lake City, UT – As divided as the American public may be on the important issues of the day, both red and blue can agree that something is wrong in Washington. Politics has become less about ideology and more about how to gain and keep power. Doug's guest is Joe Klein, author of "Politics Lost: How American Democracy Was Trivialized by People Who Think You're Stupid." They'll talk about the decline of courage and leadership, and about what can be done to get us out of this mess.
Salt Lake City, UT – In 1976, a handwritten will found in Salt Lake City left $150 million of Howard Hughes' fortune to a rural Nevada meat delivery driver, Melvin Dummar. Hughes' "Mormon Will" was declared a fraud by the courts, and Dummar lost everything, including his reputation. Former FBI agent Gary Magnesen has written "The Investigation," which reposes the central question: has Dummar been telling the truth all along? (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – There's a ritual that happens out in the sagebrush each spring. From March until about mid May sage grouse gather at their breeding grounds throughout Utah. Jeff Rice visited a sage grouse 'lek' just before dawn to record some of the sounds for this week's Utah Soundscapes 'audio postcard.'
Washington, DC – Some lawmakers on Capital Hill want to overhaul the Universal Service Fund. It's a tax paid by large phone companies to keep service in rural areas affordable for consumers. One solution is mandating other communication companies pay into the fund, but Utah Congressman Chris Cannon says taxing internet service is not the answer. From our Capitol Hill bureau, Terry Gildea reports: