Conan Grames is a Utah native, lawyer, and lobbyist, who has held top positions in the pharmaceutical industry. He is a former general counsel for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) the trade organization that represents the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. Grames says he “was always proud to be part of the pharmaceutical industry in its efforts to save lives.” Others point out problems they see with Big Pharma: excessive lobbying power, inadequate distribution of life-saving drugs, and promotion of a medical culture too dependent on drugs instead of preventive medicine. We’ll talk about these issues as well as relief efforts in Japan. When the earthquake and tsunami hit in 2011, Conan Grames was working as area director of public affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He became heavily involved in coordinating relief efforts.
HB 77, sponsored by Rep. Kraig Powell R-Heber City, was defeated in committee last week. The bill would have defined climate change as a human-caused phenomenon. We’ll debate climate change on Tuesday’s Access Utah. We invite to to continue the discussion via email at email@example.com, on Twitter @utahpublicradio and at www.upr.org.
Air quality is today's topic on the program. We'll be taking a grassroots angle on the anger and protest regarding this issue. Utah has been known for having the worst air in the nation, and many Utahns are taking matters into their own hands.
On the show this week, I feature the new release from the enduring duo Robin and Linda Williams, as well as the new folk album from the bluegrass artist Steve Spurgin. I’ll also play songs from new discs by Erin Thomas, Dovetail, and Rich Osborn, to name just a few. Join me this Saturday at 8pm for Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.
Utah author Betsy Schow writes: “I was fat. Huge. Ginormous. Not because of the number embroidered on the tag of my jeans, but because it consumed a large part of my thoughts and day. It very nearly destroyed my marriage. So much of my life revolved around gaining weight, losing weight … Obesity is an epidemic, but so is this unquenchable drive to be better, thinner, than the woman standing next to us. Even if that woman is just me, looking back from the mirror.”
In today’s program we discuss The Cloud, Mobile Computing, security issues and the problems and opportunities of our increasingly interconnected digital world. We’ll preview the Information Technology Conference sponsored by the Utah State University Huntsman School of Business Partners in Business. The conference held Wednesday on USU campus and focuses on Mobile and Cloud Computing, Big Data, and Network Security. We’ll talk with Steven John, Strategic Chief Information Officer for Workday, and Kimberley Jones, Founder and CEO of Verite.
The Boy Scouts of America will soon vote on a proposal which would reverse its policy against participation in the program by openly gay leaders and scouts. The new policy would allow the sponsors of specific troops to make the decision. The Great Salt Lake Council is urging the national BSA organization not to reverse its policy and to continue the discussion. We discuss the issue on Wednesday’s Access Utah with a mother of 2 Eagle Scouts, Doree Burt; USU student and Eagle Scout, Kelton Wells, and scouter, Robert Starling.
Polly Stewart was a folklorist who grew up in Salt Lake City and went on to teach college in Salisbury, Maryland. She said she realized she was a Lesbian in the late 1970s and came out as gay in the 1990s. Polly Stewart recently died from complications of cancer. Producer Elaine Thatcher featured her story in December 2011 on Contemporary Western Women, a project of the USU Center for Women and Gender and Utah Public Radio.
On Monday's program we discuss avalanches in Utah. We hear the story of with two avalanche survivors. Elisabeth Malloy Adam Morrey were recently out in the Mill Creek Canyon area where they were hit by a 700-foot avalanche. Malloy was completely buried where Morrey was only partially. He was able to extricate himself and rescue Malloy. They talk about how they managed to survived. We also talk about safety, preparation and "what to do if" with Toby Weed of the Utah Avalanche Center.
On the show this week, I feature the new album of Red Dirt songs from Jimmy LaFave, and the new release from the refreshing band Bobtown. I’ll also play songs from new albums by Hardin Burns, Cris Cuddy, and Buskin and Batteau, among other talented artists. Tune in and listen this Saturday at 8pm to Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.