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



6:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

It's Groundhog Day: America's Visionary Woodchuck Comes to Utah

The traditional Groundhog Day Sundae includes a knob of vanilla ice cream and hot fudge shadow.

It's Americans at their most superstitious. Saturday, February 2, is Groundhog Day. Jennifer Pemberton talks about Pennsylvania's rodent prophet with Logan's self-proclaimed Groundhog Day expert, Mary Fugate.

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3:40 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

The Wandering Albatross

Wandering albatross on Prion Island
Credit Jennifer Pemberton

Six years ago, Jennifer Pemberton watched a fledgling albatross take flight for the very first time. There's a reason why she's thinking about that particular bird this week and she tells us about it in this commentary.

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3:17 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

A Graduation Acceptance Speech

April Ashland meditates on the Block A on Old Main.
Credit April Ashland

Students at Utah State University are packing up and heading out of Cache Valley this week. The fall semester has ended and students will leave for the holiday break. Some will return as students, and others, like UPR's April Ashland, will return as a graduate, moving forward in their lives. 

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6:02 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Reflections of a Ninja Turtle, Optimist Clown, College Graduate

UPR reporter Ryan Cunningham graduates from Utah State University this week.  He tells us what this accomplishment-- nine years in the making -- feels like.

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3:30 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Not Old Enough to Be a Snowbird, but Awfully Tempted

Credit Ray Foster / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

It's the time of year when birds start flying south for the winter, leaving humans behind to deal with the change in weather in other ways. Jennifer Pemberton wonders if maybe the birds have the right idea.

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3:32 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Want to Celebrate the Harvest Moon this Weekend? Look to the Moon Rabbit

There's more than one way to celebrate this weekend's Harvest Moon. Jennifer Pemberton gives us some options and reasons -- from the moon rabbit to giant citrus fruits to Buzz Aldrin -- for celebrating the moon.

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5:30 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Some Fresh Air Will Do You Some Good

Enjoying the fresh indoors at the UPR studio in Logan.
Mackinzie Hamilton

Jennifer is determined to escape Utah's bad air through a good old-fashioned health holiday -- if only in her mind.

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10:51 am
Wed August 15, 2012

My Big Mouth

Steve Eaton talks today about the trouble he's gotten into when the words tumble from his mouth. Always in good humor and fun, sometimes the wrong things come out. And sometimes, they're the right things. 

11:37 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Los Cabos: Quiet and Beautiful

Los Cabos is generally a scenic tourist destination. But at this time of year, when it's too hot even for most locals, Ed Kociela talks about the wonderful alone time he and his wife had when everyone else was gone. 

11:31 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Wedding Announcements and Photos

Why should all wedding announcement pictures be the same? Steve Eaton thinks they should be as unique as the individual.