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



5:54 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Lessons for Arbor Day

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.

5:24 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Sammy Hagar Built This City on Rock and Roll

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.

5:07 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

What National Poetry Month Means to a Former Poet

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

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6:33 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

The Dirt on Dirt

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.

5:51 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Ed's Been in Mexico for 1 Whole Year

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.

4:21 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

100 Years of the Girl Scouts in America

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.

5:22 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

When is Easter?

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.

8:56 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Is It Ever Okay to Eat a Cookie Before 7:00 AM?

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.

4:19 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

The World Economy in the Tropic of Cancer

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.

4:19 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Sleep Deprivation is a Competitive Sport

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