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Stand-up comedian and “Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me” panelist Paula Poundstone will be performing in Logan on Saturday.

Ahead of that appearance she’ll join Tom Williams for the hour on Tuesday’s AU. They’ll go behind the scenes of NPR’s popular news quiz show and talk comedy and current events. They’ll also likely talk about Paula’s cats. 

Tickets for her performance in Logan are available at CacheArts.org, and you can listen to "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!" Saturday's at 9:00 AM and Sunday's at 11:00 AM on Utah Public Radio.


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The latest World Health Organization weekly data showed the epidemic has killed 8,235 of the 20,747  infected people worldwide. Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia contain the vast majority of cases.

Former Cache Valley resident, Ann Norman, is Chairman of the Board for Shine On Sierra Leone, a non-profit organization which builds and rebuilds schools in Sierra Leone. She has been appointed to the Presidential Task Force there, and is involved in the education campaign for people in rural areas in Sierra Leone to combat Ebola. We’ll talk about how Ebola is affecting West Africa, including people Ann Norman knows and works with, and what can be done to confront this crisis, which is of worldwide concern.

We will also have on Jay A. Jacobson, M.D., MACP, Professor Emeritus, Divisions of Medical Ethics and Humanities and Infectious Disease, U. of Utah School of Medicine and Intermountain Medical Center.  He gave a lecture on January 8 at 7:30pm in the Unitarian Church, 560 South 1300 East, sponsored by the Humanists of Utah. He will talk about Ebola infections and many of the issues related to the ethics of treatment such as who should receive it, if and when we can devise any treatment beyond supportive therapy.

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On Access Utah today we have Dr. Hope Jahren, Professor of Geobiology at University of Hawaii Manoa.  

Jahren’s research focuses on living and fossil organisms, and how they are chemically linked to the global environment. Using measurements of the stable isotopes of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen and oxygen her group is working to learn about metabolism and environment, both in the Human environment, and through Geologic Time.

Dr. Jahren will be giving two lectures as part of the USU Ecology Center Seminar Series titled “Global Change and Your Dinner Plate” and "What Can the Carbon Isotope

Composition of Plant Tissue Tell Us?"

Then on SQ: we revisit a program looking at the theological implications of marijuana...

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  On Thursday’s AU Charles Hawley will join us from Alaska to talk about Kennecott and the history of mining.

While copper seems less glamorous than gold, it may be far more important, as it was vital to the industrial revolution and indispensable for electrification. Kennecott Copper Corporation, at one time the largest producer of copper in the world, played a key role in economic and industrial development.

In his new book “A Kennecott Story: Three Mines, Four Men, and One Hundred Years, 1897-1997” (University of Utah Press) Charles Hawley tells the story of how Kennecott was formed from the merger of three mining operations (one in Alaska, one in Utah, and one in Chile), how it led the way in mining technologies, and how it was in turn affected by the economy and politics of the day.  His narrative follows four mining engineers--Stephen Birch, Daniel Cowan Jackling, William Burford Braden, and E. Toppan Stannard--self-made men whose technological ingenuity was responsible for much of Kennecott's success.


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  On Wednesday’s AU we revisit an episode from June 2014:

 

Do you know where the sugar you eat is coming from? It's in ice cream and cookies, of course, but what scared Eve Schaub was the secret world of sugar—hidden in bacon, crackers, salad dressing, pasta sauce, chicken broth, and baby food.

Schaub challenged her husband and two school-age daughters to join her on a quest to quit sugar for a year. In her memoir “Year of No Sugar” she uncovers the real costs of our sugar-heavy American diet—including diabetes, obesity, and increased incidences of health problems such as heart disease and cancer. She found that it is possible to eat at restaurants and go grocery shopping—with less and even no added sugar.

 

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On Tuesday’s AU we’ll revisit a program from May 2014:

The red rock canyon country of southeastern Utah and northeastern Arizona is one of the most isolated, wild, and beautiful regions of North America. Europeans and Americans over time have mostly avoided, disdained, or ignored it. Paul Nelson, in “Wrecks of Human Ambition: A History of Utah’s Canyon Country to 1936” (University of Utah Press,) illustrates how this landscape undercut notions and expectations of good, productive land held by the first explorers, settlers, and travelers who visited it. Even today, its aridity and sandy soils prevent widespread agricultural exploitation, and its cliffs, canyons, and rivers thwart quick travel in and through the landscape.

Most of the previous works regarding the history of this region have focused on either early exploration or twentieth-century controversies that erupted over mineral and water development and the creation of national parks and wilderness areas. This volume fills a gap in existing histories by focusing on early historical themes from the confrontation between Euro-Christian ideals and the challenging landscape. It centers on three interconnected interpretations of the area that unfolded when visitors from green, well-watered, productive lands approached this desert.

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Michael Pitre

In the words of Michael Pitre:

"I was only a year removed from active duty when I began working on this novel in early 2011. The tempo of military life, sharp with conviction and generous in camaraderie, lingered like a tooth ache as I returned to the civilian world.

"I realize now that by staying up late to write, and digging through memories of the war for textures to layer on this work of fiction, I was saying a final good-bye to a way of life I'd loved and scorned in equal measure.

"The Marine Corps is self-selecting. The vast majority of Iraq veterans volunteered to serve during wartime, and I never met a Marine who signed up under the false impression that combat would resemble a video game. We all understood that our war would be upsetting, unforgiving, and, if we survived, life-altering.

"But we weren't prepared for the years that followed, when we came home to find that the war had made us strangers.


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For our Access Utah Holiday Special, we bring back guitarist and Utah State University Professor Emeritus of Music Mike Christiansen, and University of Utah Associate Professor of  Theatre Studies and playwright Tim Slover, to bring you great holiday guitar music and holiday readings on today's program. For more information on Mike Christiansen and Tim Slover, please visit their websites.  From the Utah Public Radio family, we hope your holidays are filled with great music and stories, and we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


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Dear UPR reader,

For those of us in the West, mining resources and safety are key perennial topics. Hector Tobar's 2014 release, Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free, addresses mining issues pertinent to Utah's history and present day conversations. UPR would like to explore the Utah response to this deeper look at mining and the human experience.

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During this holiday time of year, charitable giving seems to come to the forefront. But there is a lot of good being done in our communities throughout the year. We hope to encourage this good by spotlighting several non-profit groups on Wednesday’s AU.

We especially invite you to highlight a non-profit you especially admire and support. We’ll be talking to representatives from Sunshine Terrace Foundation, Loaves and Fishes, and Global Village Gifts in Logan; Wabi Sabi in Moab; The Salt Lake City Mission; and the Utah Food Bank. 

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In a time of excess for many, some are living with less.  A lot less! Tiny living has become increasingly popular in the past few years and today on Access Utah we’ll talk about this thirst for simplicity, how it’s changing the lives of those who live this way, how it’s affecting the environment around them, and if Tiny Houses could be in the future for more of us.  

Our guests include Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller, Co-Directors of TINY, a documentary on Tiny living; Jeffrey White of the Sarah House Project and MicroHouse Utah; and Macy Miller, who lives in a tiny space of her own and was interviewed by NPR.


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In his early 20s, Benjamin Franklin embarked on a “bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection,” intending to master a list of thirteen virtues. He soon gave up on perfection but continued to believe that these attributes, along with a generous heart and a bemused acceptance of human frailty, laid the foundation for both a good life and a workable society.

 Writer and visual artist (and Utah resident) Teresa Jordan wondered if Franklin’s notions of virtue, which some might consider antiquated, might offer guidance to a nation increasingly divided by angry righteousness. She decided to try to live his list for a year, focusing on each virtue for a week at a time and taking weekends off to attend to the seven deadly sins.

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Paleontologist Kenneth Carpenter is the museum director of the Utah State University Eastern Prehistoric Museum and author or co-author of several books on dinosaurs and Mesozoic life. His main research interests are armored dinosaurs as well as the Early Cretaceous dinosaurs from the Cedar Mountain Formation in eastern Utah. He joins us on Friday’s Access Utah.

Then Science Questions takes a look at autism with Temple Grandin. 

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Temple Grandin is noted for autism and for her groundbreaking work on many of the nation's slaughterhouses - making them more humane.  She is Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and has authored numerous books and papers on autism and agriculture.  On Science Questions, she discusses the latest brain research on autism.  


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Last month President Obama issued executive orders on immigration that will impact nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Those who have been in the United States for at least the past five years, with no criminal history, and in many cases with familial relationships to American citizens, will no longer face deportation from the United States.

 National studies suggest that Utah has anywhere between 80,000-100,000 illegal immigrants, with nearly 40,000 of them falling under categories now protected under the President's orders. Although Utah doesn’t have the highest number of undocumented immigrants, a study by the Migration Policy Institute claims Utah has the highest percentage of immigrants who qualify under President Obama’s announcement. Some speculate that this may be because the state’s family structure, religious generosity and steady economy have created an atmosphere where undocumented workers and their families have been less likely to engage in criminal behavior and to stay in the state to establish their livelihood.

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 UPR Reporter Melissa Allison’s recent story is headlined “Brown Lawns Popular in Blanding.” 

Blanding is on a mesa with no nearby rivers and depends almost entirely on snowmelt for its culinary and agricultural water supply. City Manager Jeremy Redd thinks Blanding residents might be more aware of their water situation than residents in more urban areas, which may help to explain the area’s voluntary conservation effort which resulted in 18 percent less culinary water used in 2013 than in 2012.


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When his new step-daughter is kidnapped during a visit to the Grand Canyon, archeologist Chuck Bender faces up to his secret past and his unfamiliar family-man role as he confronts every parent's worst nightmare--a missing child. In Tony Hillerman fashion, “Canyon Sacrifice,” a new novel by Scott Graham, (Torrey House Press) explores the rugged western landscape, the mysterious past of the ancient Anasazi Indians, and the modern Southwest's ongoing cultural fissures. “Canyon Sacrifice” is the first book in a National Park Mystery Series.

                       In addition to the National Park Mystery Series, Scott Graham is the author of five nonfiction books, including “Extreme Kids,” winner of the National Outdoor Book Award. Graham is an avid outdoorsman and amateur archaeologist who enjoys backpacking, hunting, rock climbing, skiing, and mountaineering. He lives with his wife, an emergency physician, and their two sons in Durango, Colorado. He has made a living as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, radio disk jockey, and coal-shoveling fireman on the steam-powered Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

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Are corporations people? The U.S. Supreme Court says they are, at least for some purposes.  Monday, in part two of our series, we’ll look at the impact of the U. S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling which allowed corporations and unions to spend freely in political campaigns. We’ll also examine the subsequent Move To Amend effort which seeks to overturn that ruling.

It’s now been more than 4 years since the landmark case was decided. Do you think the effects have been good or bad for the political process? Have there been unintended consequences? What should be done going forward? Our guests will include Thomas Huckin, University of Utah Professor of English, who is with Utah Move To Amend; and John Ferguson, who teaches business law and ethics in the USU Huntsman School of Business.


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In 1961, Helen Andelin, housewife and mother of eight, languished in a lackluster, twenty-year-old marriage. A religious woman (Mormon) she fasted and prayed for help. As she studied a set of women's advice booklets from the 1920s, Andelin had an epiphany that not only changed her life but also affected the lives of millions of American women. She applied the principles from the booklets and found that her disinterested husband became loving and attentive. He bought her gifts and hurried home from work to be with her.

Andelin took her new-found happiness as a sign that it was her religious duty to share these principles with other women. She began leading small discussion groups for women at her church. The results were dramatic. In 1963, at the urging of her followers, Andelin wrote and self-published Fascinating Womanhood. The book, which borrowed heavily from those 1920s advice booklets, the Bible, and classical literature, eventually sold more than three million copies and launched a nationwide organization of classes and seminars led by thousands of volunteer teachers.


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A new 800-page study released by the Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office argues that Utah could afford the management costs that would come with acquiring the more than 30 million acres of public lands now controlled by the federal government.  (Elaine Taylor UPR)

Utah Assistant Attorney General Tony Rampton, newly appointed as Director of Public Lands Litigation, says Utah’s current efforts to gain control of federal lands must avoid the mistakes of the Sagebrush Rebellion of the 1970s and '80s. Meanwhile, former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, speaking in a teleconference hosted by the National Wildlife Federation, says such a  transfer “would roll back 100 years of public lands progress." (Ami Joi O’Donoghue KSL) And the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) is up with television ads opposing the idea.

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Benjamin Franklin conceived of it. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle endorsed it. Winston Churchill campaigned for it. Kaiser Wilhelm first employed it. Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt went to war with it, and the United States fought an energy crisis with it.

The goal of daylight saving time—to use daylight to its maximum advantage—is  recognized by many to beneficial. But this deceptively simple idea has been controversial. Proponents have proclaimed DST's benefits, including saving energy, reducing automobile accidents, providing more daylight for outdoor activities, cutting crime, and many others. But DST also has had many detractors—from farmers to parents of schoolchildren—who have waged battles against it.In addition to energy, accidents, and crime, daylight saving time affects a wide variety of other, often unexpected areas, from Mid-East terrorism to attendance at London music halls, voter turnout to gardening, street crime to the profits of radio stations.Now two legislators are proposing that Utah either drop DST or put the question to voters.   

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We know that UPR listeners are avid readers. We’ve had a lot of fun on past episodes of AU, putting together UPR Book Lists, and it’s time to do it again. What are you reading? You may have discovered a must-read book that we’d all enjoy. We’re looking for everything from fiction, non-fiction, and classic literature to young adult and children’s books. It might even be a textbook or manual that you recommend.

Tom Williams will be joined by UPR member and avid reader, Elaine Thatcher, and several Utah booksellers. 

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On today's Access Utah we'll revisit a program from June of this year.

Beginning with her experience as a medical actor, paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison’s essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about one another? How can we feel another’s pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other? 

In her book “The Empathy Exams,” she draws from her own experiences of illness and injury and also explores everything from poverty tourism to phantom diseases, street violence to reality television, illness to incarceration.  Jamison explores ways in which we can (and cannot) comprehend the pain—real and imagined, internal and external—suffered by others and even ourselves. By confronting pain, she uncovers a personal and cultural urgency to feel.

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StoryCorps promotes the day after Thanksgiving as a National Day of Listening, saying that  listening, sharing and recording stories of family members and friends is the least expensive but most meaningful gift you can give this holiday season. Access Utah has promoted this concept for a few years now, and Wednesday we’ll continue the tradition. We’ll invite you to share your story.

  Our guests will include USU Folklife Archives Curator Randy Williams, who recently completed an audio collection: “The Central Utah Project: Capturing Utah’s Share of the Colorado River,” and USU Professor of Anthropology and Affiliate Professor of Religious Studies, Bonnie Glass-Coffin, who has recorded stories of religious diversity as a part USU’s Interfaith Initiative.

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We’ve had some time now to see how the Affordable Care Act is working. On Tuesday’s AU we’ll ask you what your experience has been and what you think about the ACA going forward. The Utah Health Policy Project’s annual policy conference coming up on December 2nd is titled “Is It Working? Taking the Pulse on Health Reform in Utah.” The conference will tackle several questions: Which states are succeeding? What’s different about the 2015 marketplaces? What should Utah do to cover the Medicaid expansion coverage gap?

Our guests will include Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, Co-Chairman of the Utah Legislature’s Health Reform Task Force; Katherine Howitt, Senior Policy Analyst with Community Catalyst; and Utah Health Policy Project’s Education and Communications Director, Jason Stevenson.


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