Salt Lake City — On Wednesday June 26th the United States Supreme Court ruled that a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. The Court also ruled that the defendants of California’s Proposition 8 had no standing, effectively re-opening the doors for gay marriage in the state. LGBT activists in Utah welcomed the news with celebration and a hope for more progress to come. But what, if any impact, will these decision have in Utah, which has an amendment to the state’s constitution denying recognition of any gay unions? We hear from LGBT advocates Michelle Turpin, Jesse Nix and Bruce Bastian on the day of the ruling — and welcome attorneys Paul Burke and Cliff Rosky to the station to discuss the ruling and possible next steps for LGBT rights in Utah and the nation.
The newest player in the local food scene is Artists for Local Agriculture, an organization started by a musician who was reading about industrial farming while on tour, existing on a gas station food diet. With community art gardens, and a starving artist program that provides fresh produce, the organization is weaving together the creativity of plant growth with the creativity of artistic production.
Students, Scholars, and Civilians come together in this online project to ‘map’ spaces of historical and cultural significance in Salt Lake City. Inspired by Rebecca Solnit’s book ‘Infinite Cities,’ professors at the University of Utah and Westminster College have collaborated to launch ‘Mapping SLC,’ a creative cartography project that asks residents to submit essays, videos, and other projects that survey the town – what it is now, and what was here before.
More information: www.mappingslc.org
NOW International Interdisciplinary Dance Company is a new artistic venture, telling stories and concepts through dance, film, music, and even puppetry. Founders Charlotte Boye-Christensen and Nathan Webster talk about the foundations of the company, their dreams for its growth, and the significant of their opening production: The Wedding.
Gwen Crist is the director of Slow Food Utah, the local chapter of an international organization. Through education, outreach, and enjoyment – they work to protect to local, conscientious, and heritage food practices.
Salt Lake City — Is it good for big corporations to shower political candidates with unlimited amounts of cash? Tom Huckin is a local organizer who argues no – unlimited corporate money is a detriment to a healthy democracy. He’s working with the local chapter of Move to Amend, a national grassroots effort to amend the United State’s Constitution to declare that corporations are not people, and money is not speech. He shares his thoughts on the adverse impact of big money on our elections, post Citizen’s United.
Salt Lake City –This week Pat Bagley will be hosting the annual Association of American Editorial Cartoonists convention in Salt Lake City, June 27-29th. He and the Sacramento Bee’s Jack Ohman join Nick Burns to discuss the craft and the business of political cartooning.
by Troy Williams
Salt Lake City — The recent revelations that the U.S. government is monitoring our phone calls have brought people from all sides of the political spectrum together to defend civil liberties. Nick Burns welcomes ACLU attorney John Mejia and Libertarian attorney Andrew McCullough to discuss whistle-blowing, NSA snooping and the right to privacy in the 21st Century.
by Troy Williams
Salt Lake City — Utah native Sam McConnell moved to New York City to become a filmmaker. His latest project, The OUT List, is a collaboration with legendary photographer Timothy Greenfield Sanders. The two document the many dynamic personalities, celebrities, politicians, activists and everyday folk who comprise LGBT America. Sam returned to Utah to discuss his latest project and his broader hopes for the future of the LGBT movement. The OUT List premieres on HBO June 27th. www.hbo.com
by Troy Williams
Nineteen Utah mayors are sending a message to Senators Hatch and Lee with the clear message; support immigration reform. Nick Burns welcomes attorney Mark Alvarez and Salt Lake County mayor Ben McAdams to to discuss the possibility of real reform and the bi-partisan muscle it will require to pull it off.