Welcome to Access Utah. The Utah State University Science Unwrapped series this winter and spring focuses on "SuperPower Scientists." Today on the program, Sheri Quinn talks to tonight's featured speaker astro-physicist Lucianne Walkowicz about NASA's Kepler Mission and the search for planets.
Wednesday marked the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade. UPR spoke with two Utah organizations located on different sides of the discussion and found both are concerned about the future of women’s healthcare.
The 1973 Roe v. Wade decision has become a divisive political issue in the state and around the nation in the 40 years since the court ruling legalized some forms of abortion.
Two Utah hotel owners are receiving money from the federal government to create jobs in rural Utah. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the funding will be used to support rural businesses that also support tourism.
The city of Price will oversee a $1 million dollar grant to help West River Hospitality build a hotel there. Another $642,000 will go to the city of Morgan for another hotel. USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O'Brien said the investment will create more than 70 jobs in Utah.
"If we are concerned about growing the national economy we need to be concerned about making smart investments in rural places,” O’Brien said. "In places like Utah the natural beauty attracts people who want to spend time there. With some investments then people who live in Utah are better able to capture that economic opportunity.”
Monday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day; so designated because January 27, 1945 was the day that the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated by Soviet troops. We’ll mark the occasion on Thursday by revisiting a conversation with Eva Kor, a Holocaust survivor and victim of Dr. Josef Mengele’s medical experiments on twins at Auschwitz. Mengele was given the name “Angel of Death,” because of his position as a SS physician in charge of selecting which new prisoners of the camp would be killed or selected for forced labor. Kor and her sister launched a search for other twins who survived Mengele’s experiments and located 122 individual survivors.
For 25 years, Maria Hinojosa has helped tell America’s untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad. In April 2010, Hinojosa launched The Futuro Media Group with the mission to produce multiplatform, community-based journalism that respects and celebrates the cultural richness of the American Experience. She is currently reporting for “Frontline” on immigration detention.
As the anchor and managing editor of her own long-running weekly NPR show, Latino USA, and anchor of the Emmy Award winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/ La Plaza, Hinojosa has informed millions of Americans about the fastest growing group in our country. Previously, a Senior Correspondent for NOW on PBS, and currently, a contributing Correspondent for Need to Know, Hinojosa has reported hundreds of important stories — from the immigrant work camps in NOLA after Katrina, to teen girl victims of sexual harassment on the job, to Emmy award winning stories of the poor in Alabama. Her investigative journalism presses the powerful for the truth while giving voice to lives and stories that illuminate the world we live in. Hinojosa has won top honors in American journalism including 2 Emmy’s, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged, and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for best documentary for her groundbreaking “Child Brides: Stolen Lives.” In 2009, Hinojosa was honored with an AWRT Gracie Award for Individual Achievement as Best TV correspondent. In 2010 she was awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, by DePaul University in Chicago, as well as the Sidney Hillman Prize honoring her social and economic justice reporting.
From bluebells and bees to the bottle, honey is a fascinating product, especially when you consider it's basically bee vomit! Nancy Williams delivers a fascinating look into the world of honey production. Candace Berthrong and Helen Muntz also join the program today to discuss the Cache Valley Master Gardener program, along with the various USU Extension publications that are available to help you...grow!
Elections are still a ways off, but things are getting political at Utah State University. A brand new series titled “Foxley Forums”, named after USU alumn and political advisor, Douglas Foxley, kicked off Wednesday with author Sasha Issenberg.
Issenberg spoke about his book, "The Victory Lab — The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns."
The ACLU of Utah is suing the state - demanding that it continue to recognize those same-sex marriages that were performed during the short window the practice was legal in Utah.
John Mejia, Legal Director for the ACLU of Utah said the Herbert administration is going against both the Utah and Federal Constitutions by not recognizing marriages conducted during the window of time when same-sex marriage was legal in the state.
“In refusing to recognize those marriages they have violated the due process clauses of the Utah constitution and the US Constitution. So we are asking the court to grant declaratory relief and injunctive relief that will require the state to recognize all of those marriages going forward,” Mejia said.