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)
Landslides are as common in Utah as the mountains they come from -- part of the natural erosion that produces the canyons and foothills. Most people don't think much about them until they block a river, as the Thistle slide did in 1983, or destroy homes built on hillsides. The slide in Logan that buried a home and killed three people earlier this month has once again raised the question of building in areas that have this potential for disaster.
Salt Lake City, UT – If you follow music in Salt Lake City at all, you know about Kilby Court. The all-ages venue is off the beaten path, but it has been a gathering place for local musicians and their fans as well as touring groups like Death Cab for Cutie and The Shins before they outgrew a place with room for only 200 people. Kilby Court is celebrating its 10th anniversary, so we're talking to the founder and the current owners. We'll also be joined by musician Drew Danburry - a veteran of the Kilby Court scene.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Middle East is suffering from dramatic declines in rainfall - as is Australia and many other parts of the world. Recently, an Israeli water expert addressed the Western Governor's Association in Park City. Eilon Adar is a researcher at the Zucherberg Institute for Water Research at Ben Gurion University in the Negev, Israel. Israel leads the world in water conservation and the development of water-saving technology. Adar spoke recently with KUER's Jenny Brundin.
Park City, UT – The Middle East is suffering from dramatic declines in rainfall - as is Australia and many other parts of the world. Recently, an Israeli water expert addressed the Western Governor's Association in Park City. Eilon Adol is a researcher at the Zucherberg Institute for Water Research at Ben Gurion University in Negev, Israel. Israel leads the world in water conservation and the development of water-saving technology. Adol spoke recently with KUER's Jenny Brundin.
Salt Lake City, UT – Have you ever wondered why "enough" isn't spelled with an "f" or why "knew" needs a "k"? Brigham Young imagined an easier way of writing English. He charged a committee with creating a new, simpler method, and in 1854, the Deseret Alphabet was born. A primer was written, a gold coin was minted - and today, one of the rare Books of Mormon printed in the alphabet goes for thousands. Wednesday, we're talking about the Deseret Alphabet - the reasons it was created and why it didn't last.
Salt Lake City, UT – Writer and NPR commentator Sandra Tsing Loh has declared marriage obsolete. In an essay for The Atlantic, Loh revealed an affair and the end of her 20 year marriage. Critics have said she's just bitter, but Loh argues that the institution is out of date - that it doesn't fit today's couples who co-parent, co-housekeep and each have a career. Tuesday, Sandra Tsing Loh joins Doug to talk about passion, expectations and her advice to avoid marriage altogether.