When the United States Army first tried to expand its control into the Southwest before the Civil War, it was an experiment. The desert had often deserted Spanish explorers and so the United States Army tried a different tack.
Mitt Romney's Mormon faith has dogged him throughout his political career. Throughout the presidential campaign, it also looks as if there will be questions about whether religion will causes the first LDS candidate for president serious problems.
Utah looks odd sitting beside Arizona and Alabama but the federal government is now suing the Beehive State to strike down its immigration law. But this law is different from the more draconian laws that emphasize the need for immigrants to prove that they are legal residents.
Reality shows and hit drama series have made polygamy a hot topic in recent years. Despite the official position of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, there are still renegade Mormons who practice plural marriage.
Arizona passed a controversial immigration law that sparked outrage in that community. But, in Utah legislators have taken an approach that combines support for undocumented immigrants while at the same time cracking down on enforcement. Two bills were passed in Utah's legislature, one creates a guest worker program for immigrants and another is similar to Arizona's controversial S.B. 1070 an would allow police to check the immigration status of suspected undocumented immigrants. We talk with one Utah lawmaker and an immigrants rights advocate about Utah's approach to dealing with immigration.
Reed Cowan was a married father when he came out as gay. He was also a Mormon. His latest documentary, 8: The Mormon Proposition, claims the Mormon Church heavily influenced the Proposition 8 battle in California to stop gay marriage. We talk to Reed Cowan about his documentary, and how people are responding to it.
The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has several
towns established in Nevada, Utah and Texas. The normally secretive group
gave National Geographic unprecedented access to dispel the idea that the
polygamous group was a cult.
The Utah Shakespearean Festival will be presenting public performances of
Shakespeare's classic tale of the battle between the sexes. This new
production has been touring schools throughout the West and has been given a
"Wild West " theme.
It's supernatural, it's scary - it's even paranormal as Attorney Arthur
Kipps tries to reconstruct a strange episode from his past. Woman in Black
is part of the fall season at the Utah Shakespearean Festival.
The Utah Shakespearean Festival's fall season is drawing to a close but not
before we meet the zany actors who perform "The Complete Works of William
Shakespeare (Abridged)" come in to talk about the season in Cedar City,