Space
12:29 am
Sat March 24, 2012

Debris Makes Space Station Astronauts Hunker Down

A discarded chunk of a Russian rocket forced six space station astronauts to seek shelter in escape capsules early Saturday, then ultimately safely passed in front of the space station, according to NASA.

NASA spokesman Rob Navias told The Associated Press ahead of the incident that the space junk would barely be close enough to be a threat. But if it had hit the station, it could have been dangerous, so the astronauts — two Americans, three Russians and a Dutchman — woke early and climbed into two Soyuz vehicles ready to rocket back to Earth just in case.

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UPR Station News
5:49 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Win a 2-night Stay at the Shooting Star Drive-In

On Saturday, March 24, UPR will be giving away 2-night stay packages to the Shooting Star Drive-In in Escalante all day long.

Any and all pledges made between 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. and during A Prairie Home Companion from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. will be entered to win.

Pledge Now!

Radio Cosmopolis
4:28 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Radio Cosmopolis - March 23

Tune in this week for rebroadcast of an eclectic mix including music by Bomba Estereo, Boukman Eksperyans, Vieux Farka Toure, and other artists who performed live at the Living Traditions Festival in Salt Lake City last year.

It's All Politics
4:24 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Santorum's 'Obamaville' Ad Warns Of 2nd-Term Horror

Santorum ad screen capture

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Fresh Folk
4:19 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Fresh Folk - March 24

On the show this week, I feature the innovative sounds from the 23 String Band, and the old-time music of Pharis and Jason Romero. I’ll also play songs from new albums by Whitehorse, Connie Smith, and Ry Cooder, to name just a few. Tune in and listen for yourself, this Saturday at 8pm, to Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.

The Two-Way
4:11 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Memo: Corzine Ordered MF Global Customer Funds Moved To London Account

Former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D).
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 8:50 pm

Former New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine directly ordered that $200 million from a segregated customer account be transfered to cover a $175 million overdraft in a London account. That's according to a memo (pdf) from the House Committee on Financial Services, which is scheduled to hold a hearing next week about the spectacular collapse of MF Global.

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Music Interviews
4:09 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Julia Nunes: Homesick Anthems Spawn An Internet Star

Julia Nunes' new, fan-funded album is titled Settle Down.
Shervin Lainez

Originally published on Sat March 24, 2012 8:41 am

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U.S.
4:09 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Global Health Expert Chosen As World Bank Nominee

Dr. Jim Yong Kim is introduced as the new president of Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., in 2009.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 5:12 pm

Jim Yong Kim, President Obama's nominee to be the leader of the World Bank, is an unconventional choice. As a global health expert, he's a medical doctor who helped start an international health organization. He currently serves as president of Dartmouth College.

"Despite its name, the World Bank is more than just a bank," Obama told reporters during the White House announcement Friday morning. "It's time for a development professional to lead the world's largest development agency."

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Religion
3:44 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Thousands Rally For Religious Freedom Nationwide

Protesters rally for religious freedom in front of Philadelphia's Independence Hall on Friday. Rallies took place nationwide to protest the mandate that some religious organizations cover the cost of contraception.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 4:50 pm

Across the country, thousands of people skipped lunch Friday to protest what they see as a threat to religious liberties in the United States.

The protesters' specific complaint was the birth control mandate in the new health care law, but the discontent runs far deeper.

It didn't take much for the Rev. Pat Mahoney, an evangelical minister, to warm up the crowd in Washington. He gazed out at hundreds of people who filled the plaza in front of Kathleen Sebelius' office at the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Science Questions
3:38 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Stem Cell Research

Science Questions explores stem cell therapy and its potential to transform the treatment of human disease.  Adult stem cells have been used to treat leukemia since the late 1950s. Among early attempts to do this were several bone marrow transplants conducted in France following a radiation accident.

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