UPR Commentaries

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



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.
Credit ThinkQuest.org

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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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.