We tend to talk about Air Quality in the winter when inversions are trapping us in especially bad air. But this is a serious ongoing problem. So, on Monday’s AU, we’ll ask: What does the latest research tell us about our air pollution problem? And what are our current plans to ameliorate the problem?
On Friday’s AU we revisit our conversation with Kevin Fedarko on his book, “The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon.” In the spring of 1983, a massive snowmelt sent runoff racing down the Colorado River toward the Glen Canyon Dam. Worried federal officials desperately scrambled to avoid a worst-case scenario: one of the most dramatic dam failures in history. In the midst of this crisis, a trio of river guides secretly launched a small, hand-built wooden boat, a dory named the Emerald Mile, into the Colorado just below the dam’s base and rocketed toward the dark chasm downstream, where the torrents of water released by the dam engineers had created a maelstrom so powerful it shifted giant boulders and created bizarre hydraulic features never previously seen.
The river was already choked with the wreckage of commercial rafting trips. The chaos had claimed its first fatality, further launches were forbidden, and rangers were conducting the largest helicopter evacuation in the history of Grand Canyon National Park. The captain of the dory, Kenton Grua, aimed to use the flood as a hydraulic slingshot that would hurl him and two companions through 277 miles of some of the most ferocious white water in North America and, if everything went as planned, catapult the Emerald Mile into legend as the fastest boat ever propelled through the heart of the Grand Canyon. Listen here
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.
First the Utah State University Ecology Center is hosting a seminar series this year. The first speaker is ecologist Jeremy Fox from the University of Calgary, Canada. Fox addresses fundamental questions in population, community, and evolutionary ecology. He will present his final talk tonight at 6 titled: Causes and Consequence of Spatially Synchronized Population Dynamics. That it is at 6pm at the Ecology Center on the USU campus.
During his lifetime, George Frideric Handel’s music reached from court to theater, echoed in cathedrals, and filled crowded taverns, but the man himself is a bit of a mystery.
Handel—known to most as the composer of Messiah—took meticulous care of his musical manuscripts, but very little survives which would reveal the man. One document offers us a narrow window into his personal life: his will. In it, he remembers not only family and colleagues but also neighborhood friends. MIT Professor Emeritus, Ellen T. Harris went in search of the private man behind the public figure.
Pulitzer-prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin returns to AU on Friday. She is author of several books including “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism,“ “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt - The Home Front in World War II” and “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.” And she’s one of the experts featured in Ken Burns’ new documentary “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” which airs on KUED over seven nights beginning on Sunday.
Seventy percent of the country uses Facebook each month—50 percent of Americans under 35 check it first thing every morning. By 2015, people will have tweeted more words than in every book ever printed. A third of all marriages in the United States now begin online—meaning one in three children in the class of 2032 will have been facilitated by an algorithm. Social media has become essential to the fabric of our society. We know that companies and the government are using our data, sometimes in ways we’re uncomfortable with.