Salt Lake City, UT – When Jason Kersten sat down to interview convicted counterfeiter Art Williams - he remembered one of the crucial lessons from journalism school. "Don't get too close to your source." But to really understand how and why Williams applied his genius to printing millions of dollars in fake but nearly perfect $100 bills - Kersten had to get close. Jason Kersten is in Salt Lake City, and he joins Doug to talk about the rise and fall of a modern-day criminal mastermind.
Salt Lake City, UT – With communities looking for ways to divert trash from the landfill, roughly 40 cities along the Wasatch Front have started curbside recycling. While the system may be convenient and efficient for residents, Ross Chambless reports there's still room for improvement. This is the first in a series of stories on recycling in Utah.
Salt Lake City, UT – We continue our series of Bite-size poems - poems that can be read in a minute or less - with a look at a piece by poet and performance artist Alex Caldiero. Utah's Poet Laureate Katherine Coles tells KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce that the way a poem is read can illuminate and complicate a poem's meaning.
Click here for a video of "Untitled" performed by Alex Caldiero.
Salt Lake City, UT – Journalist Christopher McDougall says we think about running all wrong in the West. We believe it will hurt, it's a sort of punishment for eating and that we need special equipment to do it. When McDougall sustained his own injury, he had a lot of questions about running. That's when he met the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico. They run hundreds of miles - in sandals - and have a blast doing it. Christopher McDougall joins Doug to explain why humans are "Born to Run."
Salt Lake City, UT – It all started with a bottle of French wine allegedly owned by Thomas Jefferson in the 1780s. Questions about the authenticity of the Jefferson bottles, which rattled the collecting establishment and launched a lawsuit, form the centerpiece of "The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the Worlds' Most Expensive Bottle of Wine." Doug talks with journalist Benjamin Wallace about the obscure world of rare wines and how he traced the controversy told in his best-selling book. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Manipulating the political boundaries map has long been the privilege of those in power. But, a grassroots group is launching an ambitious plan to put the redistricting process into the hands of voters. KUER's Tasha Cook has this profile of Utah's Fair Boundaries Coalition.
Washington, DC – Utah Governor Jon Huntsman had an easy confirmation hearing on his appointment to be ambassador to China. He presented himself as a diplomat paving common ground than a hardliner seeking confrontation. If the reaction of the Chinese media is any indication, he's likely to get a warm welcome in Beijing. Eric Niiler has more from Capitol News Connection.
Salt Lake City, UT – This month, Utah based blogger Heather Armstrong was named 26th on Forbes list of The Most Influential Women in Media. Some 300,000 people read her blog everyday. Her work has also resulted in two books - the latest of which is It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita. Armstrong joined Doug in 2008 to talk about writing her story. (Rebroadcast)