Monday, August 25, 2014
Friday, June 06, 2014
When Mormon pioneers rolled into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, they brought with them a new theology, a short but intense history of persecution, and dreams of a new kind of society. 166 years later, Salt Lake City remains deeply influenced by Mormon culture, but defies easy categorization. With a large and politically active gay scene, one of the biggest Polynesian populations in the country, and a steady stream of new migrants, the city is full of vibrant contradiction—and sometimes conflict.
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court has hit the pause button on same-sex marriage in Utah. Federal Judge Robert Shelby struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban back in December, but yesterday the Supreme Court issued a stay on the decision. Suzanne Goldberg, a professor at Columbia Law School, considers whether this latest move is an indication that the Supreme Court is heavily focused on states rights issues.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
A traveling salesman lost in a snow storm finds himself, and a farm family dreams of an excursion to town in two stories by this American master.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Utah has the first law on the books encouraging residents to use gold or silver coins made by the Mint as cash. The legislation is called the Legal Tender Act of 2011. The law was inspired by Tea Party supporters who believe the dollar should be backed by gold or silver and worry that a currency collapse looms in our country's future.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
We’ve talked a lot about states’ budget crises on The Takeaway. Yesterday we discussed legislation that would allow states to declare bankruptcy. Many state policymakers blame their financial woes on public employees and their expensive pension plans. Utah was in the same boat — until the state legislature enacted sweeping reforms, changing public pensions to private 401(k)s. Will this become law in other states? How will privatizing pensions affect state employees and taxpayers?
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
For this week's segment on the workplace, we look at the battle over affirmative action. Arizona just passed anti-affirmative action legislation earlier this month, and soon, Utah could follow suit. An anti-affirmative action bill could be reintroduced for a vote in the Utah House of Representatives early next year. With a new crop of Republicans taking over for ousted Democrats after the mid-term elections, the bill looks more and more likely to pass.
For details on this bill and its implications, we speak with KCPW reporter Elizabeth Zeigler, in Utah.
Monday, November 22, 2010
This past election season was dominated by coverage of the Tea Party — and many outgoing politicians were ousted by Tea Party-backed candidates. Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah) was among the first and most surprising of these casualties, losing to Tea Party-supported Mike Lee in Utah's Republican convention, back in May.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
An anonymous group in Utah sent a list of 1,300 names to immigration offices and media outlets yesterday. It included detailed information, including Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses, and even names of children and family members. Almost all of the people on the list are Latinos. The group also penned a letter, demanding that the undocumented persons on the list be deported immediately. State officials say they are investigating how the information was leaked - but Latinos in Utah are scared.
Monday, June 21, 2010
According to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 980,000 people in the U.S. are addicted to some type of opiates: a sharp uptick in recent years. The number of emergency room visits linked to non-medical use of prescription pain relievers has more than doubled in recent years. The prescription painkillers being abused include oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone. And in six states—Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah and Vermont—accidental drug deaths due to use of anxiety medications increased 64 percent between 2004 and 2007.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Here's the President announcing his choice of Jon Huntsman:
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Saturday, April 24, 2004
Going west has always meant reinventing yourself, and building something new. In the 1960s, a group of New York sculptors decided they'd build their work right into and out of the deserts and mountains of the West. It can be hard to go see these Earthwork sculptures — tucked away ...
Saturday, August 02, 2003
Saturday, December 07, 2002
Robert Smithson’s monumental earthwork the Spiral Jetty usually lies beneath ten feet of water in the Great Salt Lake. This summer, a drought in Utah lowered water levels in the lake, and the jetty reemerged for the first time since the mid-nineties. Producer Eric Fredericksen looks into the history ...