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USU's Chocolate Class Is A Golden Ticket

Mesoamericans called it, "Theobrama cacao - The food of the gods." We call it chocolate, and that chocolate bar you're eating got it's start almost 7,000 miles from Utah on a small cocoa bean farm in West Africa.
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Utah Senators Diverge On Shutdown Vote

Oct 2, 2015

Mike Lee was one of 20 Senators Wednesday to vote against the continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 11. The measure passed 78 votes to 20. Lee’s colleague, Sen. Orrin Hatch, voted for the measure, highlighting the growing division among Congressional Republicans over the best strategy to limit federal spending.

USU's Chocolate Class Is A Golden Ticket

Oct 2, 2015
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Mesoamericans called it, "Theobrama cacao - The food of the gods." We call it chocolate, and that chocolate bar you're eating got it's start almost 7,000 miles from Utah on a small cocoa bean farm in West Africa.

Authorities in Oregon released the names of the nine people killed during a mass shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Ore.

John Hanlin, the Douglas County sheriff, read the names during a news conference Friday afternoon:

The victims ranged in age from 18 to 67. One of them was an 18-year-old soccer player, another had just enrolled at the college at 34 years old. Another 18-year-old was just about to take his brown belt test.

Shahzia Sikander is one of the contemporary art world's most celebrated stars. She's projecting her hypnotic video installations onto Times Square billboards; she's led exhibitions at major art museums across the world; and she was recognized by the MacArthur Foundation as a "genius" fellow in 2006.

The world's third-largest carbon polluter has submitted its long-range plan to curb greenhouse gas admissions in advance of December's Paris climate summit. India does not commit to an absolute reduction in carbon emissions, but does promise to ramp up renewable energy to help slow global warming.

Award-winning filmmaker Helen Whitney says “forgiveness is elusive, mysterious, idea and an ache that is rooted in existential concerns.” PBS describes her film Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate this way: It “provides an intimate look into the spontaneous outpouring of forgiveness: from the Amish families for the 2006 shooting of their children in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania.

Once a uniquely religious word, forgiveness now is changing and there is no consensus about what it is and what it is becoming. However you define forgiveness, its power is real — and never more so when it struggles with the unforgivable. Inevitably, as Whitney reveals, its new role in the world raises serious and complex questions: why is forgiveness in the air today; what does that say about us and the times we live in; what are its power, its limitations and in some instances its dangers; has it been cheapened or deepened... or both?

Writer David Quammen's working life bounces back and forth between topics such as grizzly bear conservation in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, close to home, and the study of lethal viruses that emerge from bats and chimpanzees and rodents in places like the Congo. Quammen will present on Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the world, at this year's Shift Festival in Jackson Wyoming. He joins us on Access Utah today. 


No frost has been reported yet in most areas of the state, but that doesn’t mean that cooler evenings…and shorter days…aren’t having an effect. Today on the Zesty Garden, USU Extension Vegetable Specialist Dan Drost helps you mitigate some of the cooling issues that might be keeping your tomatoes or melons from ripening. Helen Cannon remembers Oliver Sacks on Petals & Prose.

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 The Navajo Nation is demanding immediate voting reforms in San Juan County, where it’s charged that Native American voters continue to be denied equal weight.

San Juan County and the Navajo Nation are still embroiled in court over whether the county’s voting districts unfairly shut out Native America voters, who constitute a majority of the county’s population. Now the Navajo Human Rights Commission is charging that mail-in balloting and the closing of remote polling places has reduced turnout for Navajo voters.

Closed-Door Medicaid Meeting Draws Ire

Sep 30, 2015

On Tuesday, Utah’s legislative Republicans met in caucus with the so-called Gang of Six to discuss UtahAccess+, the latest attempt to expand Medicaid. The meeting was closed to the public and the media, a move which drew criticism from Democrats and others.

State Democratic Party chair Peter Corroon said that the meeting should have been open and that opponents of Medicaid expansion have already been pushing legislators to reject the new plan.


It's Time Now For StoryCorps!

Hear a new story each week from our Uintah Basin StoryCorps trip in July