Last year, several states passed strict laws aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration. Those laws are now being challenged in federal court, and next month the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on Arizona's immigration law — but that hasn't stopped some Southern states from moving forward with more restrictions.
Folklorist Alan Lomax spent his career documenting folk music traditions from around the world. Now thousands of the songs and interviews he recorded are available for free online, many for the first time. It's part of what Lomax envisioned for the collection — long before the age of the Internet.
Ambassador Peter Tomsen was the special envoy to Afghan resistance leaders from 1989 to 1992 under President George H.W. Bush. He's the author of The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers in addition to being a guest on the Daily Show with John Stewart. Tom Williams will go for a more in-depth interview with Tomsen on Wednesday's Access Utah. We welcome your phone calls, emails, and comments below.
A federal program to help rural residents construct their own homes is facing funding cuts. UPR's Kerry Bringhurst tells us administrators of the program in Cache and Box Elder Counties are worried cuts to the national program could harm future home owners.
Graduating in lower numbers from college is not the only problem Utah women face according to the Utah Women and Education Project. Utah women are more likely to graduate in a field traditionally held by women, and receive lower pay. Those women who forge ahead in higher education, especially beyond 4 years, in non-traditional fields face many obstacles. Rachael Christensen, a PhD student at USU in the dairy nutrition program, has been a cowgirl her whole life, experiencing discrimination not only in the field, but academia as well.
Our topic on Access Utah for Tuesday is religion in America. We'll specifically be talking about homegrown religions, like Mormonism, Seventh-Day Adventists, and Jehovah's Witnesses, that have their roots in the U.S. Our guest is historian Richard Bushman, a renowned expert in Mormon history and Mormon Studies and recent guest lecturer at the Utah State University campus.