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Presidential Race
10:01 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

State Of GOP Race: No Momentum For Candidates

In the Michigan Republican primary Tuesday, Mitt Romney had a near-death experience, but he squeaked out a narrow victory over Rick Santorum. That, says veteran Republican strategist Ed Rogers, has calmed some of the anxiety in Republican circles about Romney's strength as a general election candidate.

"Mitt Romney did what he needed to do to give more certainty and more clarity to the race. He dodged a bullet; it was an ugly win," Rogers says. "It's not over. Santorum is still very competitive."

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National Security
10:01 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Officials Look For Signs Of Al-Qaida Surge In Syria

This frame grab from video provided by the SITE Intel Group shows al-Qaida's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri calling on Muslims to support rebels in Syria. The video was released earlier this month.
AP

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 10:18 am

U.S. intelligence officials tracking the situation in Syria have their eye on one group in particular: al-Qaida's affiliate in Iraq.

The group has longstanding ties to Syria, and its early members weren't just Iraqis; many of them were Syrians. The former leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, not only established a network of fighters in Syria, but he also folded them into his northern Iraqi faction of al-Qaida.

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Theater
10:01 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

'Carrie' Creators Resurrect A Legendary Flop

Molly Ranson plays the title role in the off-Broadway reworking of Carrie, directed by Stafford Arima and written by Lawrence D. Cohen, with lyrics by Dean Pitchford and music by Michael Gore.
Joan Marcus

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 10:18 am

Broadway history is littered with flop musicals — but if some shows are bombs, then Carrie, based on Stephen King's best-selling 1974 novel, was kind of a nuclear bomb.

The story of a teenager with telekinetic powers who wreaks bloody havoc on her small Maine town had already been successfully adapted as a film starring Sissy Spacek in 1976. But as a musical?

Frank Rich was theater critic for The New York Times when the show opened in April 1988. He called it a musical wreck that "expires with fireworks like the Hindenburg."

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Fresh Folk
7:10 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Fresh Folk - March 3

On the show this week, I feature  the new album from Canadian songstress Catherine MacLellan, and the new release from the mesmerizing Pieta Brown. I’ll also play songs from new discs by Hat Check Girl, Carol Williams and Mark Minelli, among other talented artists. Join me, this Saturday at 8pm, for Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.

Utah News
7:06 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Southern Utah Man Waits in Jail for Mental Assessment

It sounds almost as if a St. George defense attorney is actually working to keep his client in jail as the court waits for a required mental assessment. Chris Holmes reports from Southern Utah.

Utah News
7:00 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

No More Free College Credit for High School Students

Free college credit for qualifying high school students may be a thing of the past. Concurrent enrollment courses, which are available at most high schools across the state, are seeing large budget cuts, and one lawmaker says the solution is to start charging students who want to receive the credit. KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports on what critics are saying about the measure.

Access Utah
6:05 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Medieval Art and a Global Women's Movement on AU Thursday

Thursday on Access Utah, a discussion on Medieval art with renowned scholar Jaroslav Folda, and a conversation with Sheryl WuDunn, co-author of Half The Sky, a book-turned-movement empowering women around the world to fight poverty and extremism.

Radio Cosmopolis
5:51 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Radio Cosmopolis - March 2

Tune in this week for a special episode on the music of Ethiopia, featuring tunes by Mulatu Astatke, Tommy T, Gigi, the Addis Acoustic Project, and many others.

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Utah News
5:48 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Tanning Bill Headed for the Governor's Desk

A bill restricting the use of tanning beds by minors will soon be on Governor Gary Herbert’s desk, after the Utah House of Representatives approved it this morning following a passionate discussion. Jeff Robinson has the story.

Utah News
5:42 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

A New Approach to Anti-Idling

Cities in Utah might have to give up on anti-idling ordinances to clear the air if some Utah lawmakers have their way, but one senator is proposing to educate young motorists to take responsibility for air quality. As KCPW's Whittney Evans reports, Salt Lake City Democrat Ben McAdams is backing a Senate resolution to encourage the State Board of Education and Driver License Division to take a look at the impacts of vehicle use.

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