Last week, in part one of our three-part series on K-12 education, we talked about State Senator Aaron Osmond’s proposal to end compulsory education in Utah. Today, in part two of the series, we talk to Senator Osmond himself. He says that parents, not schools, are ultimately responsible for their children’s education.
The 1833 Leonids meteor storm terrified early Americans, causing numerous revelations and changing of ways. It also caused intense scientific study of meteors that moved meteor showers out of folklore and into astronomy.
On the show this week, I feature the shimmering sound of Amy Speace’s new release, and the vivid lyrics on the new album by Tylan. I’ll also play tracks from albums by Jason Isbell, Stephen Kellogg, and Dar Williams, to name just a few. Join me this Saturday at 8pm for Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.
Science Questions profiles the book Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health with Co-Author Dr. Barbara Natterson Horowitz. The book advocates for an approach to medicine that crosses the species barrier. Dr. Horowitz argues that studying diseases found in both a human and an animal could save both lives.
Our Earth is warming. Earth's average temperature has risen by 1.4 degrees farenheit over the past century, and is projected to rise another 2 to 11.5 degrees over the next hundred years, according to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. Small changes in the average temperature of the planet can cause potentially dangerous shifts in climate and weather. Humans are largely responsible.
On this Thursday’s show I have a conversation with USU Extension Soils Specialist, Grant Cardon. He says that one of the most important things we can do to improve our soils is to plant a cover crop, also known as green manure. It’s so easy to do and now is the time to plant. We’ll tell you what, when, where, how and why cover crops are so beneficial.
Today’s armored-up policemen are a far cry from the constables of early America. The unrest of the 1960s brought about the invention of the SWAT unit—which in turn led to the debut of military tactics in the ranks of police officers. According to investigative journalist Radley Balko, Nixon’s War on Drugs, Reagan’s War on Poverty, Clinton’s COPS program, the post–9/11 security state under Bush and Obama: by degrees, each of these innovations expanded and empowered police forces, always at the expense of civil liberties.
On August 28, 1963, thousands marched on Washington in support of civil rights. The assembled crowd of more than 250,000 heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his now-famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. On Access Utah (on the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom) we ask: has the dream articulated by Dr. King been realized? What progress has been made? What remains to be done? What is your dream? How are we progressing towards it? What does this anniversary mean to you?
State Senator Aaron Osmond recently argued that teachers are being forced to become surrogate parents, expected to do everything from behavioral counseling to providing adequate nutrition, to teaching sex education and that some parents act as if the responsibility to educate, and even care for their child, is primarily the responsibility of the public school system. He is proposing that we end compulsory education in Utah. We’ll get reaction from Lily Eskelsen Garcia, former Utah teacher and current National Education Association Vice President.
On the show this week, I feature the gorgeous new album from Sloan Wainwright, and the latest passionate release from Susan Werner. I’ll also play songs from new discs by Tom Curren, Kyle Pederson, and James Durst, among other talented artists. Tune in and listen this Saturday at 8pm to Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.