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Throughout the week UPR broadcasts insightful and entertaining commentaries from folks throughout Utah and beyond.



12:01 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Governor Herbert Has An Opportunity To Change Lives

Years ago, Jenny and I sat in an emergency room waiting for a doctor to attend her broken foot. A young blonde woman sat holding a limp, feverish toddler in her lap. Four other children under 10 huddled around her- all were clean and well behaved. Their father was working at a part time job.

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2:37 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

How Do We Find Happiness?

What do you want in life? Ratliff said he believes everyone, despite different ideas of the definition, want to be happy. But how do we find happiness?

"I've known some happy people in my life. I've had great moments of happiness myself. Some people are happy most of the time, but I doubt anyone is perfectly happy all of the time."

Ratliff said the answer to our happiness is, at the core, in our relationships.

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12:52 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Zero Tolerance For A Hand Kiss?

Gina Wickwar recently heard a report about a six-year-old boy kissing a young girl's hand at school. She discusses the policy of zero tolerance for sexual harassment and more. Was it gallant and gentlemanly or offensive and sexual?

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11:31 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Stop Wrecking The Snow!!

Steve Eaton discusses his view of the snow- from growing up in Washington to living in Utah: snow is something special for him.

"People just wreck the snow in Utah. I know, I know, they call it the "Greatest Snow on Earth" and they charge people to see it. But they don't treat it with the respect it deserves.

In the olden days, when I lived in the state of Washington, we had a different attitude. That was back before Al Gore invented global warming, and things started getting colder in Washington. Back then, snow was rare. You didn't really need to watch the weather forecast in Washington unless there was a possibility snow was coming.

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5:36 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Fall is the New Spring

Rabbit and sage brush bloom in the fall after the heat breaks in the high desert West.

There are many indications of autumn's arrival besides the changing color of the leaves. Jennifer Pemberton declares that Fall is the new Spring in this month's commentary.

"There are plants all over the world that bloom in the fall, when the heat breaks, when the rains fall, when the winds start blowing, when the ground threatens to freeze. There are crocuses in my neighborhood; the same flower that is first to crack the ice and blossom in the snow, breaks through the mud and leaf litter to show off its delicate lavender petals amid the harvest browns and reds."

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10:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

The Sky is Falling: Perseids Meteor Shower Brings Change

The 1833 Leonids meteor storm terrified early Americans, causing numerous revelations and changing of ways. It also caused intense scientific study of meteors that moved meteor showers out of folklore and into astronomy.

It’s the end of August and the sky is falling. Jennifer Pemberton tells us why the Perseids meteor shower always brings change.

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3:50 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Reflection through fire: Life in the West

The Owyhee Fire burned over 46,000 acres on the Idaho – Oregon border in July, prompting Jennifer Pemberton to reflect on the role of wildfire in the West and in her life.
Credit Argus Observer

While it’s not exactly a time to celebrate, fire season can be a time of reflection for those of us who live in the West.

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1:02 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Star Trek: A stressful experience for Steve Eaton

The new Star Trek movie is out, but Steve Eaton may or may not be at the theater. He has PTSTPRTS: Post Traumatic Star Trek Public Relations Trauma Syndrome from a traumatic experience with Cpt. Kirk and Spock. He tells us why you may be postponed from seeing the movie.

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4:00 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Mushroom party: hunting for morels

Three morels ready for the picking in an undisclosed location in the West.
Credit Jennifer Pemberton

This is my mushroom story. I used to love mushrooms as a kid. Those veggie and dip trays with the raw button mushrooms on them? Those ones. I loved those ones. When I was 4 years old, I found what I thought were some of those ones growing in my friend’s front yard. My mom picked me up later that day and asked about my play date. I told her we’d had a mushroom party. A mushroom party? Yes, a mushroom party. A pretend mushroom party? No, a real mushroom party with real mushrooms.

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3:18 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

The Battle for Spring Begins

Mars, God of War, takes to his chariot and begins a battle.

The battle for spring began on March 1. Jennifer Pemberton tells us why this month we're fighting against a Bulgarian grandmother with weapons made of string.

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