The most famous person with autism, Temple Grandin, has a new book out called The Autistic Brain-Thinking Across the Spectrum, and it is currently number 21 on the best seller list. On the program, producer Sheri Quinn presents this two-part program on autism. In the first half, Temple Grandin talks about the book, her latest research in the livestock industry, and what she thinks parents, clinicians, and educators should be doing to improve the lives of children with autism.
For decades, politicians and business leaders have told us that today’s challenge is growing the economy, and that environmental protection can be left to future generations. Amy Larkin, in her book “Environmental Debt: The Hidden Costs of a Changing Global Economy,” says that in the wake of billions of dollars in costs associated with Hurricane Sandy, wildfires across the West, and groundwater contamination from drilling, it’s clear that yesterday’s carefree attitude about the environment has morphed into a fiscal crisis of epic proportions. She argues that the costs of global warming, extreme weather, pollution and other forms of “environmental debt” are wreaking havoc on the economy.
Based on David Abrams’ own experiences serving in Iraq and the diary he kept there, his new novel, “Fobbit,” takes us into the chaotic world of Baghdad’s Forward Operating Base Triumph. The Forward Operating Base, or FOB, is like the back-office of the battlefield—where the grunts eat and sleep between missions, and where a lot of Army employees have what looks suspiciously like an office job. The FOB contains all the comforts of home, including Starbucks and Burger King, but there’s also the unfortunate possibility that a mortar might hit you while you’re drinking your Frappucino. A lot of what goes on at the FOB doesn’t exactly fit the image of war that the army and the government feed us:
There has been a lot of debate recently about how to get the right health care for you and your family, but what about one of the most important members of the family, your pet? Dr. Melinda Hillegass from Mountain View Veterinary Health Center in Logan will answer your pet health & care questions. We’re also inviting you to share a picture and message about your pet on our Utah Public Radio Facebook page. We’ll share your message during the program and invite listeners to view your picture on Facebook.
Photojournalist Paola Gianturco says that an unheralded grandmothers' movement is changing the world & that insurgent grandmothers are using their power to fight for a better future for grandchildren everywhere. Her book, “Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon” features 120 activist grandmothers in 15 countries on five continents. Grandmothers in Canada, Swaziland, and South Africa are collaborating to care for AIDS orphans. Grandmothers in Senegal have convinced communities to abandon female genital mutilation. Grandmothers in India are becoming solar engineers to bring light to their villages while those in Peru, Thailand, and Laos are sustaining weaving traditions.
Temperatures in the Arctic are warming twice as fast as any other place on the planet. Science Questions takes us behind the scenes of this week’s PBS NEWSHOUR report: Climate Change- Arctic Thaw, a three part series chronicling the cascading effects of climate change on the environment and lifestyle of the Native Alaskans, The Eskimos.
Community supported agricultural farms, called CSA’s for short, are blooming across the nation and they are gaining popularity in Utah as well. There are currently over 40 CSA’s across the state. Last week on the show Utah State University’s sustainable communities’ expert Roslyn Brain discussed how CSA’s can help us “eat” our way to a more sustainable community. Today, she takes us another step closer to nature and talks about the newest trend in sustainable gardening-permaculture.
Lilacs are not native to the west, but they were brought here by the early pioneers and have adapted well to our climate. Lilacs often point the way to original homesteads as they continue to hang on with the little moisture they receive. Give them a little extra water above what mother nature provides in Utah, and they thrive.
In the inaugural Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture, Arrington himself was the speaker. His topic: “Faith and Intellect as Partners in Mormon History.” Joining us today is the 2013 lecturer, Dr. Gregory Prince, who adapts Arrington’s title, calling his lecture “Faith and Doubt as Partners in Mormon History.” A scientist by profession, Prince is also a published historian of Mormonism.
Ivan Doig, acclaimed author of “This House of Sky” & “English Creek” is out with a new book, “Sweet Thunder,” the third novel in a trilogy of tales following the life of wordslinger Morris Morgan. With the backdrop of a conflicted America during the roaring Twenties, Morrie finds himself back in the brawling city of Butte in the middle of a conflict between miners and the Anaconda Copper Mining Company.