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Eureka Utah mine
Don Winegar / Treasure House Relics project

I sat down with the owner and cultivator of Treasure House Relics project recently, to discuss mining in Utah. I wanted to know how he got interested in mining, what he knows about Utah's mining history, and for him to share some of the stories with me and us.

Selfie sticks first proliferated in Asia, where so many tech trends seem to originate, for better or worse. Tourists wielding giant poles with their cellphones attached at the end stood before the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, smiling for their faraway phone cameras. Or they whipped these rods out in Myeongdong, a shopping promenade in Seoul.

Utah State Historical Society

Utah has a long and widespread history of mining. As part of UPR's chapter of the Morning Edition book club, we have compiled a series of photographs from the Utah State Historical Society. Glance through the slideshow to catch a glimpse.

Most counties in Utah have some sort of mining ties. From the boom and bust mining towns to the still-present and new mining opportunities, we have ties to miners across the world.

Read more about this project here.

FIFA Vice President Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein will challenge incumbent Sepp Blatter for the presidency of soccer's governing body.

"I am seeking the presidency of FIFA because I believe it is time to shift the focus away from administrative controversy and back to sport," he said in a statement on the website of the Jordan Football Association, of which he is president.

miner with dog
Utah State Historical Society

Utah has a long and widespread history of mining. As part of UPR's chapter of the Morning Edition book club, we have compiled a series of photographs from the Utah State Historical Society. Glance through the slideshow to catch a glimpse.

Most counties in Utah have some sort of mining ties. From the boom and bust mining towns to the still-present and new mining opportunities, we have ties to miners across the world.

Read more about this project here.

"There's ... too many of them," a Y-wing pilot says as Imperial ships overwhelm the Rebel fleet in the climactic space battle in Return of the Jedi.

This scene is important because we've just learned that the Rebels have been lured to the forest moon Endor by the Emperor — it's a trap! It's also important for another reason: This is the first line spoken by an Asian character in the original Star Wars movies.

John McNeil may be the most important trumpet player you've never heard of.

Many aspiring musicians know him as an educator, through his many instructional books like The Art of Jazz Trumpet. But getting to know McNeil as a performer or recording artist hasn't always been easy: his records could be tough to find.

It was late at night one Christmas Eve in the mid-1980s — New York City was a still a murky mix of squalor and grandeur then — when I found myself stranded at a bus stop near 121rd Street after a botched reunion with an ex-girlfriend. The street was empty and quiet and peaceful in a way only Christmas Eve (or apocalyptic blizzards) can manifest.

Vegan Christmas

The holidays can be stressful for anyone planning on cooking a Christmas feast, but especially for those who are trying to cook for their vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free friends and family.

Chef Ian Brandt is the owner of some of Utah’s most beloved vegetarian-friendly restaurants including Sages Café, Vertical Diner and Cali’s Natural Foods in Salt Lake City.

While Brandt said he himself takes a break from cooking and parties during the holidays, he said he’s seen the stress that comes with trying to get a meal to turn out just right. His advice: develop a cookbook of your own.

The voices in the Whiteness Project vary by gender, age and income, but they all candidly express what it is like to be white in an increasingly diverse country.

"I don't feel that personally I've benefited from being white. That's because I grew up relatively poor," a participant shared. "My father worked at a factory." These are the kinds of unfiltered comments that filmmaker Whitney Dow was hoping to hear when he started recording a group of white people, and hoped to turn their responses into provocative, interactive videos.

Amelia Wolf, an American Jewish college student, was living in the Palestinian city of Ramallah when the holiday of Hanukkah rolled around last year.

She liked the Palestinian family that was hosting her in the West Bank, but she felt a little lonely. She wasn't going to celebrate in Israel, where she had friends and relatives, as she had other Jewish holidays.

Once a pop artist has been working long enough, the Christmas album feels like an inevitability. Soul singer Anthony Hamilton wanted to try it out, but he was wary of falling into cliché and repeating the formulas that have shaped holiday records for years.

For many Norwegian-American families, the biggest Christmas treat isn't foil-wrapped chocolate or sugar-dusted cookies. It's lefse, a simple flatbread.

Lefse are sort of like soft tortillas, made mostly out of mashed potatoes (with a little fat and flour mixed in to form a tender dough). They're usually spread with butter and sugar, or rolled up with a bit of lingonberry jam. And families that make them make them by the dozens.

Taylor Halversen

UPR’s Taylor Halversen traveled with members of Cache Valley’s American Festival Chorus as they caroled to assisted living centers and charity events around Logan City on Dec. 13. What began as a local news coverage opportunity turned into a heartwarming experience for those being served, spectators and performers, including an unsuspecting UPR reporter. Listen below for the full story. 

The sun'll come out tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there'll be sun

You can still get tickets to see Paula Poundstone in Logan on Jan. 17. Find out how: click here.

It's hard to believe that not only was there no Serial six months ago, there was no Serial three months ago. The hugely popular podcast, a spinoff production of This American Life, didn't even premiere until early October, but since then, it has made its way with great speed into worlds from Sesame Street to Funny Or Die.

Deep Down Dark hector tobar
Hector Tobar

Dear UPR reader,

For those of us in the West, mining resources and safety are key perennial topics. Hector Tobar's 2014 release, Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free, addresses mining issues pertinent to Utah's history and present day conversations. UPR would like to explore the Utah response to this deeper look at mining and the human experience.

He's doing it his way – even though "My Way" won't be on Bob Dylan's new album of Frank Sinatra covers.

Dylan's new album, Shadows in the Night, is being released in February. It's his 36th studio album, and will come three years after Tempest.

Making It Big 'Song By Song'

Dec 8, 2014
Side view of Lindsey Stiling, with violin in hand and a feather in her hair. Leaning up against a brick wall.

Violinist, dancer, and self-proclaimed film nerd Lindsey Stirling is the subject of a new, two-part television series called Song by Song. She says this documentary will allow her fans to see a different side of her through the eyes of everyone she works with behind the scenes.

“I really hope that people draw the message of perseverance because I think anyone who is pursuing their dream or is passionate about something, we all have to face the ups and downs of the industry or just life. It talks about that in the documentary and the highs and lows of what I’ve experienced. In order to make it I feel like it takes people who are willing to persevere through the failures and pick themselves up and keep going. Those are the people that are able to find success.”

Cary Wolinsky

Many traditions have made their way to the Americas since the first Thanksgiving in 1621, but one tradition that has stayed the same is the Thanksgiving turkey. In fact, Ol’ Tom Turkey even has his own hotline.

Karen, a hotline operator for Butterball said people call from all over the world with questions – everything from how big of a turkey they should get to whether or not they can defrost their turkey in their electric blanket. Some questions might be a little harder to answer.  

“A woman called me and asked me if she should invite her sister-in-law to dinner or not," Karen said. "And I had no answer for that one, what so every. What do you say to that? I thought, ‘Ooh, I don’t know, should ya?’”

She said working on the hotline has provided her with more than recipes to enjoy, it has given her memories of people who have touched her life just by calling in for help.


Karl Wildman was the hero of his family — he escaped Vienna at the start of World War II and became a successful doctor in the United States. When Karl died, his granddaughter Sarah Wildman found a hidden trove of love letters from a woman Karl left behind in Vienna.

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INGRID BERGMAN: (As Isla) Play it once, Sam, for old times' sake.

Pianist David Korevaar will be performing a recital this Saturday at the Fibonacci Fine Arts Center in St. George. As a professor of piano at the University of Colorado, Boudler, he considers teaching to carry the same amount of weight as his creative work.

The centerpiece of pianist David Korevaar’s program will be Schubert’s sonata in A major. A grand and symphonic work, the piece was written in the final year of the composer’s life. To complement the piece, Korevaar will also be performing Mozart’s sonata K. 333 in B flat.

It's fall auction season in New York, and two Andy Warhol silkscreens are on the block at Christie's. One is of Elvis Presley — it's called Triple Elvis; the other is Four Marlons — as in Marlon Brando. In the late 1970s, a German casino bought both works for $185,000. This time around, they're expected to fetch more than $100 million. Andy Warhol's estate won't see any of that money: Unlike musicians or novelists, visual artists don't earn future royalties. But that may be about to change.