Salt Lake City, UT – David McCullough once warned that America's illiteracy in history is a "disease that is eating away at our national memory." The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of "1776" and "John Adams" came to Utah earlier this year. He joined Doug to talk about the lessons history has to offer - and what it means to us as a nation if we "lose our story." (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Are there such things as ringing rocks? Archaeologists and ethnomusicologists study and speculate about the use of "lithophones." Ancient cultures all over the world have been known to use stones as musical instruments. Jeff Rice of the Western Soundscapes radio series wonders, why not ancient Utahns? Or modern ones for that matter. He has this audio postcard. Music is by Steve Roach.
Salt Lake City, UT – As of today, July 1st, 2009, you can walk into a bar and get a drink in Utah. You don't have to buy a membership. You don't have to fill out a form. You DO have to be of legal age -- and that's where Dan Nailen begins his reflection on the most significant change in Utah's liquor laws since Prohibition.
Salt Lake City, UT – It's been some 400 years since Shakespeare was writing - but for some, questions linger. How did an uneducated actor write some of the greatest works in the English language? There have been plenty of doubters over the years - among them Walt Whitman and Sigmund Freud. Now US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens joins them. He believes the Earl of Oxford was the real Shakespeare. Wednesday, we're talking about the "authorship question," and whether there's any credence to the arguments.
Salt Lake City, UT – We're continuing our monthly conversations with Utah poet laureate Katherine Coles about her "Bite-size poetry" project of poems that can be read in a minute or less. Coles tells KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce about this month's featured selection by poet Paisley Rekdal.
Click here to see Paisley Rekdal read her poem, "Swallows."
Salt Lake City, UT – On July 1, Utah's new immigration law goes into effect. Among other things, SB 81 requires public employers to use "E-Verify" to confirm the status of a worker before hiring him or her. It's a change that mirrors similar attempts around the country to hold employers increasingly responsible for hiring undocumented workers. Tuesday, we're talking about that relationship between business and immigration, and what reform could mean for production, wages and your own pocket.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah has a history of biotechnology innovation, from developing the artificial heart to discovering genes using the Utah population database. Now, high school students are joining the state's thriving biotech industry. Kim Schuske reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Journalist Richard Wolffe covered Barack Obama's historic presidential campaign from the announcement to the victory speech. In that time, Wolffe had a dozen intimate interviews with the candidate and it was Obama himself who suggested a book. "Renegade: the Making of a President" came out this month, and in it, Wolffe sets out to answer a simple question: Who is Barack Obama? Monday, Richard Wolffe joins Doug to talk about the President and his journey to the White House.