Americans love their national parks. But the agency that oversees them, the National Park Service, is facing budget cuts. And, worse, they’re $12 billion behind on a growing to-do list that includes repairing guard rails on steep cliffs and replacing broken campsite toilets. Their solution? Higher entrance fees. But KUER's Judy Fahys explains it's not that simple.
These days it’s perfectly normal for lawmakers at the state and federal level to be on Twitter. President Trump, of course, tweets frequently. And Utah’s representatives are no different. Local lawmakers Todd Weiler and Jim Dabakis are both Twitter users with lots of followers. But what does it mean when a politician blocks someone on social media? Should that even be allowed to happen? KUER’s Julia Ritchey joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about it.
Doing away with the death penalty is usually thought of as a liberal cause, and the arguments are often about the morality of executing someone, or wrongful convictions. But now some conservatives are lining up against capital punishment too — for reasons of their own. KUER’s Whittney Evans joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about why.
It’s not uncommon to pay over a hundred dollars for a science or math textbook — and new editions are frequently published. For students struggling to pay for higher education, a pricey textbook can mean the difference between going to class and dropping out. KUER’s Lee Hale joins Doug Fabrizio in the studio to talk about the problem.
KUER’s Nicole Nixon has been looking into the sexual dynamics at Utah’s State House. She spoke with some of the women — legislators and lobbyists — who work there. With powerful men in media and politics around the country facing allegations of sexual misconduct, the Utah Legislature — so far — has been spared a major scandal. But the people Nicole talked to describe a condescending and sexist culture on the hill.
Last November, Christine Durham retired from Utah’s Supreme Court. She was our state’s first female Supreme Court Justice. She joined Doug Fabrizio on RadioWest, and we’ve excerpted part of their conversation about her judicial philosophy, gender discrimination and her legacy.
Inmates in Utah jails die at a higher rate than any state in the country. Just as concerning as the numbers is the secrecy. Utah’s jail standards, the rules by which they operate, are not available to the public. KUER's Whittney Evans has been looking into this for the past few months.
You're tired of the news, right? Well, you're in luck then. This week we have a special holiday More To Say episode that explores what some (primarily KUER's Lee Hale) would call Utah's state candy: the chocolate cinnamon bear.
To better understand the opioid crisis try talking to an addict's mother. KUER's Erik Neumann spent an evening hearing honest, heartbreaking, and sometimes humorous stories from women who have struggled alongside their children as they've battled drug dependency.
People feel protective of a good food dive. Locals often keep it a secret. There's one like that in Draper, in a nondescript building, just 30 paces from the Utah State Prison. It's called Serving Time Cafe and it's run entirely by female inmates. It was featured in a recent RadioWest film.
During his first official trip to Utah, President Donald Trump announced the largest cutback to national monument land in U.S. history. Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante will lose a total of 2 million acres together. While Trump made the announcement in Salt Lake City, KUER's Judy Fahys was in San Juan County talking with Utahns who will be most affected by the change.
When a 911 call is dialed, someone answers. There is a real human on the other end, trying to make sense of what is happening and trying to keep people from getting hurt. KUER's Erik Neumann walks us through one phone call that changed the life of an emergency dispatcher forever.
The producers celebrate the holiday with a little preview of what you’ll hear in the coming weeks on “More to Say.” Thanks for listening to the first two episodes. We’d really appreciate feedback and reviews. See you on November 30.
Watching pornography is often referred to as a sin. A sin that can greatly disrupt an individual’s life and even end relationships. But what if some of those negative consequences have more to do with the stigma surrounding porn than porn itself? Doug Fabrizio talks with KUER’s Lee Hale about how this stigma plays out in individual lives.