Most of us think there’s nothing new to say about nuclear weapons. Yes, they’re horrible, possibly immoral, and definitely dangerous, but they feel necessary. If force is the final arbiter between nations, and nuclear bombs are the most powerful weapons, then we’re basically stuck with them. In his new book, “Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons.,” Ward Wilson says that much of what we believe about nuclear weapons is based on emotion and exaggeration.
There are many indications of autumn's arrival besides the changing color of the leaves. Jennifer Pemberton declares that Fall is the new Spring in this month's commentary.
"There are plants all over the world that bloom in the fall, when the heat breaks, when the rains fall, when the winds start blowing, when the ground threatens to freeze. There are crocuses in my neighborhood; the same flower that is first to crack the ice and blossom in the snow, breaks through the mud and leaf litter to show off its delicate lavender petals amid the harvest browns and reds."
Edward Schumacher-Matos is the Ombudsman for NPR, dealing with issues of ethics, fairness and accuracy, media and society, and language. He joins Tom Williams to talk about some of the issues he has addressed recently: the patriotism of NPR and its sponsor Al Jazeera; questions of bias in NPR coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian divide; and whether NPR should use the term “Obamacare.” He will also talk about immigration, the fragmentation of media, the future of newspapers, the goals of NPR News, and relationships between NPR and its member stations.
The snow has already begun to fly but there is still time to get those last few tasks completed before the ground is frozen. What to do first? Dan Drost, USU Extension Gardening Specialist is in studio to help you prioritize. In Petals and Prose, Nancy Williams reads and excerpt about what happens when beekeepers have a pig roast.
Today is Columbus Day. Towns and regions and one nation are named for the famed explorer. For many Native Americans Columbus was not a hero, but a “harbinger of genocide.” And the man himself is a complicated figure. Today my guest is Laurence Bergreen, author of “Columbus: The Four Voyages: 1492 to 1504” The New York Times says that “Laurence Bergreen’s Columbus was brilliant, audacious, volatile, paranoid, and ruthless. What emerges in this biography..is a surprising and revealing portrait of a man who might have been the title character in a Shakespearean tragedy.” Bergreen’s latest book will change everything you thought you knew about Columbus.
It’s a trip across the pond this week, as I feature new releases in Celtic music, including the beautiful singing of Michael Londra, and the new collection of Ceolbeg tunes. I’ll also play songs from new discs by Clannad, Burning Bridget Cleary, and FiddleWhamdiddle, among other talented artists. Tune in and listen this Saturday at 8pm to Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.
Science Questions explores the recent Colorado flood with author Laura Pritchett. She watched and listened to the flood from her Colorado home and observed the aftermath that included thousands of gallons of fracking fluid leaking into the rivers. She recalls her shocking experiences writing about the disaster, after seeing the damage from an airplane.
Cache Valley has some of the worst air in the nation a few days out of the year, typically in the winter time. Even short-term exposure to air pollution can cause long-term health effects according to studies conducted at Utah State University. Today on the program, Utah State University toxicologist Dr. Roger Coloumbe joins us to discuss the Cache Valley air pollution studies and how it impacts our health.
It's been estimated that nearly 40,000 Utahns have been furloughed because of the government shutdown, programs like the Women’s Infant Care (WIC) are struggling to provide their services to mothers and their children, all six of Utah’s National Parks are closed, leaving surrounding businesses and towns fearful.
From October 2 to October 3, Park City hosted the Extension Sustainability Summit. The event brought in extension educators on sustainability from all across the nation, to discuss what major environmental sustainability programs are currently being delivered through Cooperative Extension and began talking about future goals.