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Revisiting Daylight Savings On Tuesday's Access Utah

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Some people love it, some people hate it. Like it or not, on Sunday, daylight saving time (DST) begins in Utah. Tuesday on Access Utah we’re going to revisit an episode from December 2014.

Benjamin Franklin conceived of it. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle endorsed it. Winston Churchill campaigned for it. Kaiser Wilhelm first employed it. Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt went to war with it, and the United States fought an energy crisis with it. 

The goal of daylight saving time—to use daylight to its maximum advantage—is  recognized by many to be beneficial. But this deceptively simple idea has been controversial. Proponents have proclaimed DST's benefits, including saving energy, reducing automobile accidents, providing more daylight for outdoor activities, cutting crime, and many others. But DST also has had many detractors—from farmers to parents of schoolchildren—who have waged battles against it.

In addition to energy, accidents, and crime, daylight saving time affects a wide variety of other, often unexpected areas, from Mid-East terrorism to attendance at London music halls, voter turnout to gardening, street crime to the profits of radio stations. 

Our guests include David Prerau, a leading expert on DST and author of “Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time,” and Steve Goodwin, who works in the tourism industry in the Moab area.