So what do men really want when it comes to choosing a mate?  Apparently the answer to that question is complex and part of it comes down to population size.  A recent study conducted by anthropologists provides clues to why and when men will seek long-term relationships.  Today on the program Sheri Quinn talks to Ryan Schacht, anthropologist at the University of Utah and co-author of the study, who breaks down sexual stereotypes.

This broadcast of "Access Utah" is an encore presentation. Our interview with Paul Vanouse originally aired in April, 2015 on Utah Public Radio.

Artist Paul Vanouse is visiting USU as a part of the ARTsySTEM project. Tuesday on Access Utah we’ll discuss Race and DNA, the CSI Effect, DNA Fingerprints, the Human Genome Project, and related topics.Vanouse is an artist working in Emerging Media forms.  His artwork addresses complex issues raised by varied new techno-sciences using these very techno-sciences as a medium.  His artworks have included data collection devices that examine the ramifications of polling and categorization, genetic experiments that undermine scientific constructions of race and identity, and temporary organizations that playfully critique institutionalization and corporatization.

This broadcast of "Access Utah" is an encore presentation. Our interview with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe originally aired in March, 2015 on Utah Public Radio.


Climate change has been a hard sell among some communities of faith. Katharine Hayhoe is a Climate Scientist and an Evangelical Christian. She has spent years trying to convince other Christians that climate change is real. She told NPR that "the people we trust, the people we respect, the people whose values we share, in the conservative community, in the Christian community, those people are telling us, many of them, that this isn't a real problem — that it's a hoax. Even worse, that you can't be a Christian and think that climate change is real. You can't be a conservative and agree with the science." Hayhoe says that caring about climate change is one of the most Christian things you can do.


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How to have a citrus cocktail of several different fruits on one tree will be heard in Petals and Prose. Diane Alston gives an update on grasshoppers, coddling moth, and the greater peach tree borer. Learn about including Mormon Tea in your landscape with the Going Native! segment.

Audio will be available by July 17


We waste 2.8 trillion pounds of food every year, worldwide. Meanwhile, 805 million people don’t have enough to eat. There is no one simple solution, but Dr. Eric Handler, Orange County Public Health Officer, is trying something new–Using Yellow Cabs deliver the food. Dr. HAndler proposes using cabs to connect the dots between gathering extra food, identifying those in need, getting it to them, making it easy for food service folks to participate. He’s the co-chair of the Waste Not OC Coalition (WNOC), which he hopes can serve as a model elsewhere. He was recently featured in National Geographic’s “The Plate,” where he discussed his work with using cabs to help the hungry. Later in the program we speak with Matt Whitaker, Director of the Cache Valley Food Pantry.

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Today's broadcast of "Access Utah" was an encore presentation. Our interview with Dr. Gary Weitzman originally aired in March, 2015 on Utah Public Radio.

We love our dogs and cats, but their behavior can be baffling. (Maybe they’re thinking the same thing about us!) On Tuesday’s AU, our guest is veterinarian Gary Weitzman, President and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, and author of “How to Speak Cat: A Guide to Decoding Cat Language” (published by National Geographic.). Dr. Weitzman is also author of “How to Speak Dog,” and “Everything Dogs.” We’ll answer your dog and cat questions, and talk about the San Diego Humane Society’s current effort called “Getting to Zero:” a comprehensive plan to save the life of every healthy and treatable animal in San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition shelters.

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Learn about the insects in your garden that benefit your growing efforts with an interview about Good Garden Bugs by Mary Gardiner.  On Wait, Wait...Don't Plant That!, Jerry Goodspeed disses the dastardly Bishop's Weed. Then learn how to attract birds to your yard on Petals and Prose with Nancy Williams.

Audio to be posted by July 17

University of Utah Press

In 1859 Brigham Young sent two Mormon missionaries to live among the Hopi, "reduce their dialect to a written language," and then teach it to the Hopi so that they would be able to read the Book of Mormon in their own tongue. Young also instructed the men to teach the Hopi the Deseret alphabet, a phonemic system that he was promoting in place of the traditional Latin alphabet. While the Deseret alphabet faded out of use in just over twenty years, the manuscript penned by one of the missionaries has remained in existence. For decades it sat unidentified in the archives of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints-a mystery document having no title, author, or date. Computational linguist Kenneth Beesley and Dirk Elzinga, an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Brigham Young University, have now traced the manuscript's origin to those missionaries of 1859 and decoded its Hopi-English vocabulary written in the short-lived Deseret alphabet. Their new book, "An 1860 English-Hopi Vocabulary Written in the Deseret Alphabet" (from University of Utah Press) is a fascinating mix of linguistics, Mormon history, and Native American studies. 

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Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla produced hundreds of inventions and ideas which have changed our lives in profound ways, ranging from alternating current to wireless communication to remote control. Tesla's AC defeated Thomas Edison's DC, but Edison is celebrated in America and Tesla is relatively unknown. Where he is remembered, Tesla is known as the man who invented the twentieth century, but also as an early archetype of the mad scientist. 

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Anonymous. WikiLeaks. The Syrian Electronic Army. Edward Snowden. Bitcoin. The Arab Spring. In every aspect of international affairs, digitally enabled actors are changing the way the world works and disrupting the institutions that once held a monopoly on power. In "Disruptive Power: The Crisis of the State in the Digital Age," Taylor Owen asks: How does the rise of hackers, digital humanitarians, cyber activism, automated violence and citizen journalists change the way we understand and act in the world? Are digital diplomacy and cyberwar the future of statecraft, or a sign of the crisis of the state? What new institutions will be needed to moderate emerging power structures and ensure accountability and the rule of law? 

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From undocumented men named Angel, to angels falling from the sky, Natalie Scenters-Zapico’s gripping debut collection, The Verging Cities, is filled with explorations of immigration and marriage, narco-violence and femicide, and angels in the domestic sphere. Deeply rooted along the US-México border in the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, and Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, these poems give a brave new voice to the ways in which international politics affect the individual. Composed in a variety of forms, from sonnet and epithalamium to endnotes and field notes, each poem distills violent stories of narcos, undocumented immigrants, border patrol agents, and the people who fall in love with each other and their traumas. 

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One or two days of plus 95 degrees don’t typically adversely affect vegetables. But stretch a few days to a couple of weeks, then you’ll see heat stress issues. On the Zesty Garden, Dan Drost discusses several ways to help mitigate the heat, including mulches and, oddly enough, shade. We’ll also discuss what vegetables can still be planted this season. Then on Petals and Prose, Helen Cannon takes a second look at dormant plant packages…or seeds.

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“The True American” tells the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force officer who dreams of immigrating to America and working in technology. But days after 9/11, an avowed "American terrorist" named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walks into the Dallas minimart where Bhuiyan has found temporary work and shoots him, maiming and nearly killing him. Two other victims, at other gas stations, aren’t so lucky, dying at once.

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On Wednesday’s AU, we’ll be talking again about Race in America. We’ll be responding, of course, to the killing of nine people in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, as well as the killing of Walter Scott in North Charleston. These deaths are, tragically, just the latest in a series of recent killings of African Americans.

Michael Nees, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lafayette College, writing in, says that "self-driving cars are expected to revolutionize the automobile industry. Rapid advances have led to working prototypes faster than most people expected. The anticipated benefits of this emerging technology include safer, faster and more eco-friendly transportation. But, says Nees, we shouldn't ignore the human element of automated driving. Self-driving cars will still need people. He says "we can draw insights from aviation, as many elements of piloting planes already have been taken over by computers." 

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in landmark case, Obergefell v. Hodges, that Same-Sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states. Today on the program we get your reaction, as well as the opinion of Utah's only openly gay politician, Senator James Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, and Gay rights activist Derek Kitchen, who was the namesake of the Kitchen v Herbert Case that led to the strike down of Utah's Amendment 3, allowing for same-sex marriage in Utah back in 2013. Later in the program we here from Lynn Wardle, Bruce C. Hafen Professor of Law at Brigham Young University and Clifford Rosky, Professor of Law at University of Utah.

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When it comes to plants, I’ve never really had much of a problem growing them, that is…until I tried growing an orchid. I can keep it alive for a year but it gradually just dies on me. It’s kind of embarrassing for this gardening show host. However, after a conversation I had last year with Shane Taylor of Cactus and Tropicals, my orchid thumb is now green! You’ll learn today what you need to do to keep your own Moth Orchid, or Phaleonopsis, growing well. And are you considering planting a Norway Maple? Well…don’t. You’ll learn why in a revisit with USU Extension Forestry Specialist, Mike Kuhns.  In Going Native! you’ll learn about the lovely Poppy Mallow or Wine Cups (it blooms into fall with 3-4” magenta purple blossoms). In Bug Bites, it’s all about growing the right type of milkweed to help the Monarch Butterfly populations, then finally in Petals and Prose, Nancy Williams finishes with reading about bees.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, and President Obama says the ACA is "here to stay." What's next for health care in Utah? What does this mean for you? We'll open the phone lines, email and Twitter for your comment or question and we'll look at possible expansion of Medicaid in Utah and related issues on a special edition of Access Utah. Joining us from the Utah Health Policy Project are Medicaid Policy Analyst RyLee Curtis and Randall Serr, Director of Take Care Utah. Also Joining the program are state Senators Brian Shiozawa and Luz Escamilla, along with State Representative Ed Redd. 

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For something so elemental, natural, essential and seemingly basic, there’s as much complexity to water as you’re willing to chase. From hydrology and fluid dynamics to understanding aquatic habitats to learning to swim or xeriscape your yard, there’s a lot to learn about water.

This week on The Source we’re talking about education and water. From swiftwater rescue classes to a day at the aquarium, we’ll meet unique teachers and students who specialize in aspects of water you might not have ever thought about.

It was 2004, and Sean McFate had a mission in Burundi: to keep the president alive and prevent the country from spiraling into genocide, without anyone knowing that the United States was involved. The United States was, of course, involved, but only through McFate's employer, the military contractor DynCorp International. Throughout the world, similar scenarios are playing out daily. The United States can no longer go to war without contractors. Yet we don't know much about the industry's structure, its operations, or where it's heading. Even the U.S. government-the entity that actually pays them-knows relatively little. 

There are many needs in our communities, and there are dedicated individuals and nonprofits working to meet those needs. They sometimes don’t get the recognition they deserve, and you may want to help somehow but don’t know where and how. On Wednesday’s AU we’re opening the phone lines, email and Twitter and giving you the opportunity to spotlight a nonprofit or individual doing good in your community.

Amy Anderson from the Sunshine Terrace Foundation in Logan joins us for the hour and we’ll hear from representatives of Habitat for Humanity and other nonprofits, and we hope to hear from you!

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Ken Valyear, Lecturer in cognitive neuroscience at Bangor University, writes in the Conversation that “Erik Sorto, 34, has been paralysed from the neck down for the past 13 years. However, thanks to a ground-breaking clinical trial [conducted by scientists at Caltech and USC], he has been able to smoothly drink a bottle of beer using a robotic arm controlled with his mind. He is the first patient to have had a neural prosthetic device implanted in a region of the brain thought to control intentions.” On Tuesday’s AU Ken Valyear will join us from Wales to discuss the latest in robotics and neuroscience.

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Logan attorney Herm Olsen recently spent several weeks in the South Pacific island nation of Palau, helping the legal community there to make a transition to the jury trial system. Palau uses the American judicial system, but until recently they didn't allow for jury trials. Olsen reports to the Logan Herald Journal that "The Palauans were somewhat skeptical about a jury system, They said, 'Why do we need one? We have a judge.' One Palauan said 'I don't want to judge anybody. I don't want to make any decisions about guilt or innocence.'" An upcoming murder trial involving three defendants spurred the chief justice of the Palau Supreme Court to seek help. We'll also talk about the jury system in the U.S. and the ongoing meaning of the Magna Carta. 

Ohio University Press

The Mau Mau Rebellion was a military conflict that took place from 1950 to 1962 in British Kenya. The Mau Mau failed to capture widespread public support partly due to the British policy of divide, conquer and rule.  The movement remained divided despite attempts to unify its many arms .  Today on the program author Laura Lee discusses one man's history as a Mau Mau General and how he broke through the rebel stereotypes throughout his life. She spend over 1,000 hours transcribing his words to write the book "The Boy is Gone, Conversations with a Mau Mau General." 


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Seeds are a marvel of nature’s creation. Some are tough enough to withstand the blows of a hammer yet readily germinate under the right conditions. And from such a tiny object great things are produced. Helen Cannon reads a favorite essay about seeds on today’s Petals and Prose. But first is a conversation with Diane Alston, USU Extension Entomologist. Varroa mites are a major pest of honeybees. They have learned to smell like a bee in order not to be drummed out of the hive. They are essentially getting through the door and reaching the inner sanctum by using bees’ own complex communication codes, and if needed, they can change their scent within a matter of days. Then on our Going Native! segment I have a conversation with Janett Warner of Wildland Nursery in Joseph. You’ll want to consider planting the thin leaf alder in your landscape.