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Charles Bock's daughter was 5 months old when his wife was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. His wife died two and a half years later, just before their daughter's third birthday. Charles Bock has written a new novel that's based on that experience. It’s titled "Alice & Oliver."  

 

The award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Children has created an unflinching yet deeply humane portrait of a young family’s journey through a medical crisis, laying bare a couple’s love and fears as they fight for everything that’s important to them.

The 2016 Utah Legislature passed SCR9 which describes pornography as a public health crisis. The resolution has captured attention of people around the world. There has been some push-back as well.

We’ll talk about it with the resolution’s sponsor Sen. Todd Weiler R-Woods Cross; Vauna Davis, Executive Director, Utah Coalition Against Pornography; and Ana Bridges, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Arkansas.

 

 


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The West, especially the Intermountain states, ranks among the whitest places in America, but this fact obscures the more complicated history of racial diversity in the region. In his new book "Making the White Man's West: Whiteness and the Creation of the American West" (University Press of Colorado), Jason E. Pierce argues that since the time of the Louisiana Purchase, the American West has been a racially contested space. 


Jane Mayer, who joins us for the hour today, says that rather than what we might have thought of as a recent popular uprising against “big government” leading to the ascendancy of a broad-based conservative movement, what has really happened is the creation of a network of very wealthy people (led by the Koch brothers) with extreme libertarian views who have bankrolled a systematic, step-by-step plan to fundamentally alter the American political system.  

Protesters deliver a petition with more than 90,000 signatures to BYU, asking to amend the school's Honor Code policies to protect victims of sexual assault. Lawmakers and conservationists continue to disagree over the use of the Antiquities Act in the Bears Ears region. Utah gubernatorial candidates name their running mates. And Paul Huntsman, president of Huntsman Family Investments, is buying The Salt Lake Tribune.


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What would you find on the Zesty Garden on the last episode? Helpful answers to your gardening questions, of course!  Bramble and grape talk, beets, riparian areas, and of course, Petals and Prose.

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We have established an Access Utah tradition: On or near Earth Day each year we invite Utah writer Stephen Trimble and other guests to talk about the earth, the land, and the environment. Here is Trimble’s suggestion for this year: “For our Earth Day program, how about addressing the future of recreation on crowded and imperiled public lands in Utah? 


According to the Salt Lake Tribune “Brigham Young University students who are victims of sex crimes say they are investigated by the school and sometimes disciplined after reporting their abuse, a consequence that critics say silences victims and emboldens offenders.” Several thousand people have signed an onlinepetition urging BYU not to investigate rape victims for Honor Code violations. BYU says it is studying the connection between its Title IX Office, which investigates sexual assaults, and its Honor Code Office.

 

 

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Barbara Bradley Hagerty joins us to talk about her new book “Life Reimagined: The Science, Art,  and Opportunity of Midlife” She says: “When I was in my early 50s, I became quite convinced I was having a midlife crisis. I was an on-air correspondent for National Public Radio -- with a partly paralyzed vocal cord that left me without a voice for days or weeks at a time and with chronic pain that dominated my every waking hour. I wondered if my career at NPR had reached its peak as I observed the new opportunities going, understandably, to younger journalists."

 


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Henry William Brands holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin. He writes on American history and politics, and his books include “The Man Who Saved the Union,” “Andrew Jackson,” “The Age of Gold,” and “TR”. Several of his books have been bestsellers; two, “Traitor to His Class” and “The First American,” were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Brands lectures frequently on historical and current events and can be seen and heard on national and international television and radio. 


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On Monday’s Access Utah we’ll talk with biographer Ron Chernow as a part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative. Chernow’s “Alexander Hamilton” is the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton!” We’ll ask Chernow if he thinks the musical faithfully represents Hamilton’s life and ideas, and why it is resonating so powerfully with audiences. Chernow says that Hamilton “was a messenger from a future that we now inhabit.” We’ll ask Chernow what Hamilton has stood for over time and what he stands for now.

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Natural predators attacking the invasive brown-marmorated stink bug? Termite colonies where older workers change diapers? How do cicadas know when to emerge from the ground? And a nearly extinct butterfly that makes a comeback in South Florida. And on Petals and Prose, moss is not all its laid out to be.


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Several Brigham Young University students allege reports of sexual assault are routinely funneled to the school’s Honor Code Office. The Utah Republican Party says it won’t comply with state election law allowing signature gathering. And Salt Lake City is barring city travel to states that have gutted anti-discrimination legislation.

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Hollie Smith grew up in Tooele, went to Southern Utah University and became a journalist. After a key incident experienced as a reporter, she changed careers. She’s now Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Rhode Island. She gave a presentation recently at Utah State University titled “Journalists as Storytellers: The Media’s Role in Shaping Environmental Attitudes.” We’ll talk about how the media covers climate change.

 


Hospital intensive care units have changed when and how we die--and not always for the better. So says medical researcher and ICU physician Samuel Brown. In his new book “Through the Valley of Shadows: Living Wills, Intensive Care, and Making Medicine Human” (Oxford University Press) Dr. Brown uses stories from his clinical practice to outline a new way of thinking about life-threatening illness. 

 


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Former Utah Poet Laureate and current Professor of English at the University of Utah, Katharine Coles is author of two novels and several volumes of poetry. The latest, published in March by Red Hen Press, is titled “Flight.”

 


In her new book, “Epiphany in the Wilderness: Hunting, Nature, and Performance in the Nineteenth-Century American West,” historian Karen Jones uses the metaphor of the theater to argue that the West was a crucial stage that framed the performance of the American character as an independent, resourceful, resilient, and rugged individual. 


A judge says it is constitutional for candidates to gather signatures to get on the ballot. Polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs will stay in jail as he awaits trial on charges of food stamp fraud. The Salt Lake County Council wants to audit the county recorder’s office after questions surfaced about recorder Gary Ott’s cognitive abilities. Utah County Republicans want legislative candidates to sign a “fitness pledge.” And former Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan reveals he’s suffering from Parkinson’s disease and dementia. 

 


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Plural marriage is the next frontier of North American marriage law and possibly the next civil rights battlefield.  

The practice of polygamy occupies a unique place in North American history and has had a profound effect on its legal and social development. “The Polygamy Question”,  a new volume from USU Press, explores the ways in which indigenous and immigrant polygamous practices have shaped the lives of individuals, communities, and the broader societies that have engaged with it. The book also considers how polygamy challenges our traditional notions of gender and marriage and how it might be effectively regulated to comport with contemporary notions of justice.

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USU Extension Vegetable Specialist Dan Drost talks Walls-o-Water, Milk Jugs and other ways to speed up your tomatoes. Nancy Williams reads an essay on how the Northern Flicker and how to discourage them from rat-a-tat tapping on your home.

Matt Lewis’ book “Too Dumb to Fail” is an impassioned argument that to stay relevant the Republican Party must look beyond short-term electoral gains and re-commit to historic conservative values. As we navigate the 2016 presidential season, Lewis has an urgent message for fellow conservatives: embrace wisdom, humility, qualifications, and inclusion--or face extinction.

 


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Many are responding to an invitation from the LDS Church to participate in a new effort to help refugees. The church has launched a new website,, and Utah Refugee Center executive director Deb Coffey told the Deseret News that her phone has been ringing off the hook. "I've got people all over the state doing service projects," Coffey said. "My phone is blowing up; my email is blowing up. It is unbelievable what's already happening." We talked about refugees and Utah in December, when Gov. Herbert was the lone Republican governor to say his state would accept Syrian refugees. We’ll talk about refugees again today in the wake of this groundswell of energy on this issue.

 

 


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Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva are producers of the duPont-Columbia Award-winning NPR series Hidden Kitchens, and two Peabody Award-winning NPR series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project, with Jay Allison. They are also the producers of the Hidden World of Girls and the Hidden Kitchens heard on NPR Morning Edition. The series inspired their first book, Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes, and More from NPR's The Kitchen Sisters, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 2005 and nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Writing on Food.

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Galls, Haworthia, Cooking Tomatoes, Apache Plume and Moss.


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Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt says Donald Trump won't win the presidential race. Gov. Gary Herbert signs more than 450 bills and vetoes three bills from the recent legislative session. Utah's Democratic superdelegates are split between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. And the LDS Church sponsors a new refugee-assistance program. 


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