UPR Commentaries

Insightful and entertaining commentaries from folks throughout Utah and beyond.

Lessons for Arbor Day

Apr 26, 2012

Before there was Earth Day, there was Arbor Day. Commentator Thad Boxx reminds us of the lessons we can learn from this day set aside for tree planting, an action described by Arbor Day's founder as "faith expressed in a deed".

Arbor Day is Friday, April 27.

Sammy Hagar Built This City on Rock and Roll

Apr 26, 2012

Cabo San Lucas was built on rock-n-roll if any city ever was...and built by Sammy Hagar at that. Ed Kociela tells the story of how Cabo Wabo came to be and how it shaped the whole development of Los Cabos.

Commentator and former poet, Jennifer Pemberton, wants to remind listeners that April is National Poetry Month and you don't have to be a poet -- or even look like one -- to celebrate poetry in America.

These are the poems that nearly bring her out of retirement every time she reads them:

Musee Des Beaux Arts by W.H. Auden

A Display of Mackerel by Mark Doty

The Dirt on Dirt

Apr 20, 2012

Happy Earth Day from Utah Public Radio. This commentary from Springdale member, Betina Lindsey, will hopefully encourage you to get out there and get your hands dirty celebrating.

Ed's Been in Mexico for 1 Whole Year

Apr 19, 2012

Happy anniversary to Ed Kociela and his family, who have been away from home for one whole year. In this week's radio essay, Ed reflects on how far they've come in their first year living in Mexico.

Writer Gina Wickwar recollects growing up with the Girl Scouts, starting her career as a Brownie in Panama, where her family was stationed. She still has some of her lanyards.

When is Easter?

Apr 6, 2012

It takes a computer or a religious consultation to figure out when Easter is each year. Commentator Dennis Hinkamp tries to pin it down for us.

Every family has an official designated shopper. Steve Eaton's family has a strict list of approved foods and forbidden food. As a columnist, it's his responsibility to talk about important issues of the day like eating chocolate chip cookies before 7:00 a.m. Also about the relationship between pink slime and the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The World Economy in the Tropic of Cancer

Mar 30, 2012

Yes, the world economy reaches down to Baja California. Ed Kociela tells us how his place in the world is affected by all the other places in the world.

Steve Eaton proposes a National Nap Initiative: Take a Stand Lying Down.

Jennifer Pemberton spends this time of year watching the forecast closely, not worried about snow or sun or even the particulate count in wheezy Cache Valley. She's on Blossom Watch, checking the National Parks Service webcam on the National Mall in Washington to see if the cherry blossoms on their way, which will mean it's time for hanami.

Mitt's been in such a good mood lately...Steve doesn't want to be around when he finds out he doesn't get to be president. Still, he feels a little bit sorry for him and is willing to bet you $10,000 that you wouldn't want to be him.

Poncho the Sea Lion

Mar 15, 2012

Sea Lion vs. Fishermen -- It's one of the oldest battles on Earth and highly entertaining.

Steve Eaton went to a Mariners game once and sat in a suite, where people talked about banking and where there was free food, and it was not like any all-you-can-eat buffet he'd ever been to.

Gina's Leap Year Pups

Mar 15, 2012

Gina tells us about her naughty leap-year dogs, who act like they're still puppies, even though -- technically -- they are four years old.

Steve Eaton loses everything...but he's not forgetful and he has a lot on his mind, like Sunny Bono. Even having a pager didn't help him.

Cabo Prepares for the G20

Mar 5, 2012

Ed Koceila describes Mexican security when Hilary Clinton comes to town...and that's for an "informal" meeting. What will it be like in June when Ed's favorite whale watching spot is overrun with foreign dignitaries?

Gina's Back!

Feb 29, 2012

Gina Wickwar is back with a new commentary about the meaning of Christmas...and no, it's not too late. It's never too late for her sweet insights about friendship, community, and care.

Fishy Wedding Plans

Feb 23, 2012

Ed's fishing plans aren't enough to keep his future sister-in-law from wondering what exactly might pop-up on her trip to Mexico.

Jennifer Pemberton reflects on Abraham Lincoln and turns President’s Day into a homecoming celebration…with a little help from Johnny Cash.

News Travels Fast to the Ends of the Earth

Feb 16, 2012

Ed Kociela tells us how news spreads down the Baja Peninsula through social media.

Steve Eaton can't wait for the American economy to turn around so he can drive fast and eat tater-tots on vacation in Southern Idaho.

Super Sunday

Feb 9, 2012

It wouldn't be a Baja Superbowl Sunday without whales, right?

Family Anarchy

Feb 9, 2012

Steve Eaton's wife went out of town once and left him and the kids to their own devices.

What is our Land Ethic?

Feb 7, 2012

Commentator Thad Boxx gives a beautiful and thought-provoking definition.