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Access Utah
4:04 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Reparative Therapy Controversy on Access Utah Tuesday

Proponents of reparative or conversion therapy say it can help people transition away from unwanted homosexuality, while opponents believe the therapy is not only harmful, but flawed in its premise. California recently prohibited licensed therapists from using reparative therapy on patients under 18 years of age. 

A U of U student and three other gay men are suing a New Jersey center under New Jersey's Consumer fraud act.

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Access Utah
3:04 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Showdown in the Sonoran Desert Author Ananda Rose on AU Monday

The immigration debate has raised some of the most difficult questions our nation has ever faced. How can we preserve the integrity of sovereign borders while also respecting the dignity of human begins? How should a border be humanely and effectively maintained? To understand the experience of those directly impacted by the immigration crisis, Ananda Rose traveled to the Sonoran Desert -- a border region where the remains of 2,000 migrants have been recovered over the past 10 years.

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Access Utah
2:31 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

A World Without Fish on Access Utah Friday

  Major scientific studies conducted by a team of international scientists, warn there will be no virtually no fish or seafood from the ocean by the middle of the century.  Only 50 years left for sea fish. Mark Kurlansky, prominent author of numerous non fiction books and articles, well-known for his bestseller COD: the fish that changed the world, has a new book out now for children and adults, called "A World Without Fish." 

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Access Utah
1:36 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

The United Nations and Disabilities on Access Utah Thursday

How much weight does international treaty have on our lives? Today we specifically talk about the U.N. convention and the rights for persons with disabilities. That was defeated in the senate recently; Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says this is an expression of American leadership throughout the world, and will help disabled veterans. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) expressed the views of some, saying those who homeschool their children, and send their children to private or religious schools would be harmed by this law.

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Access Utah
3:15 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Sex Trafficking in Utah on Access Utah Wednesday

Credit Shared Hope International

"I didn't know about sex trafficking until I was in the middle of it. I found out that they actually had chosen me." 

So goes a clip from the website of Shared Hope International, which seeks to combat child sex trafficking. The problem is growing internationally, and it's here in Utah. You've probably seen the report- girls as young as 14 were coerced into performing sex acts for Utah men who patronized the back rooms of three Salt Lake area so-called massage parlors. We're going to talk about this problem with John Swallow and Kirk Torgerson from the Attorney General's office and Linda Smith from Shared Hope International. 

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Access Utah
1:25 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Brigham Young's Life on Access Utah Tuesday

Brigham Young was a rough-hewn craftsman from New York who's impoverished and obscure life was electrified by the Mormon faith. he trudged around the US and England to gain converts for Mormonism, spoke in spiritual tongues, married more than 50 women, and eventually transformed a barren desert into his vision of the Kingdom of God. 

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Access Utah
4:35 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Bullying on Access Utah Monday

Bullying is receiving a lot of attention right now, which seems an opportune time to discuss it on Access Utah. According to The Bully Project's website, 13 million kids will be bullied this year, and 3 million will be absent from school, because of it. Some kids may take their lives. 

The Movie Bully is out, and we'll talk with Carla Kelly from human rights education center Utah, Scott Ross, Utah State University Assistant Professor, and Clint Farmer, a school counselor with Edith Bowen Laboratory School. 

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Access Utah
4:31 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Drug Cartels and the Eocene on Access Utah Friday

Credit Illustrations by Steve McNiven; Coloring by R. Kikuo Johnson.

Today on Access Utah, Sheri Quinn talks with writer Patrick Radden Keefe. With the drug-related violence in Mexico thriving, understanding how the drug industry operates is crucial to combatting it. Keith investigated the business side of the blooming illegal drug trade and in June 2012 his report, Cocaine Inc. was published in the New York Times Magazine.

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Access Utah
2:19 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Unions and Twinkies on Access Utah Thursday

We've been hearing about the death of Twinkies. The closure of the company Hostess has the public fearing the treats such as Twinkies and Ho-Hos, and has shined a spotlight on unions. 

A recent headline from Fox Business reads: "Death of Twinkies a Union Contract Hit." Others have differing opinions, and a headline from Salon.com reads: "Vulture Capitalism-not unions- killed Twinkies.

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Access Utah
4:07 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Loosening Liquor Laws on Access Utah

Utah's laws underwent extensive reform a few years ago, and now Sen. John Valentine is creating a bill that would create a "master license" for hotels, which would free up licenses currently required for the restaurants, catering services and bars inside the hotels.  

The control of alcohol is a vexing problem from state to state, and Utah has an interest in controlling alcohol for public safety reasons. That's asserted by many citizens, but if state laws are seen as too restrictive, it may harm the economy. 

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