“Is suicide wrong, profoundly morally wrong? Almost always wrong, but excusable in a few cases? Sometimes morally permissible? Imprudent, but not wrong? Is it sick, a matter of mental illness? Is it a private matter or a largely social one? Could it sometimes be right, or a "noble duty," or even a fundamental human right? Whether it is called "suicide" or not, what role may a person play in the end of his or her own life?” These are questions posed and addressed in a new book published by Oxford University Press with the full digital version hosted online by the Marriott Library at the University of Utah. The book’s editor is Margaret Pabst Battin, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Medical Ethics at the University of Utah. Her comprehensive historical sourcebook, “The Ethics of Suicide: HIstorical Sources,” will be presented at an event on Monday, October 5th - 12:00 - 2:00 pm at the J. Willard Marriot Library, Gould Auditorium, level 1.

USU Digital Exhibits, accessed September 25, 2015,

A lot of people who move to Logan, Utah, from out of state have this moment when they think a water main must have ruptured because there’s a lot of water gushing down the street. Nope. That’s just ditch water and many people have to figure out how to get water from the that ditch to their lawn or vegetable garden and there are no instructions for this.

This episode of The Source is all about irrigation -- the kind that farmers do and the kind that residents of Logan have to do with a system that was designed by the very first settlers to the valley. We’ll talk about what’s changed, what hasn’t and what needs to when it comes to watering your lawn or tomatoes.

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How can partially burned wood help the soil and your plants? We'll look at the possible benefits of biochar on today's Zesty Garden. It’s also tomato day as we talk about how to preserve tomatoes, or consider roasting and freezing them on Petals and Prose. There’s also a recipe for a delicious tomato pie. But first, learn about the results of a small fruit taste panel. Which berries were voted the most flavorful?

Link to Tomato Pie Recipe

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The 21st Annual Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture will take place in the Logan Tabernacle, 50 N. Main Street, on Thursday, September 24, at 7 p.m. The title is "Narrating Jane: Telling the Story of an Early African American Mormon Woman." Jane Elizabeth Manning James was among the early African American converts to Mormonism. After joining the church in the early 1840s, James remained a faithful member until her death in Salt Lake City in 1908. Although she was well-known among church members during her lifetime, James was largely forgotten after her death. The lecture will be presented by Quincy D. Newell, a specialist in the religious history of the American West. After more than a decade on the Religious Studies faculty at the University of Wyoming, she now teaches in the Religious Studies department at Hamilton College. Newell is currently writing a biography of Jane Elizabeth Manning James, which will be published by Oxford University Press.

This is an encore presentation of "Access Utah."


Luma Mufleh was raised in a wealthy family in Jordan, but left that life behind to come to school in America. After graduating from Smith College, she moved to Georgia to begin a life for herself. She did not have family support and was struggling on her own. One day she made a wrong turn and came across a group of refugee boys playing soccer. She says they were barefoot, playing with an old ball, and having the time of their lives. Mufleh continued to watch the boys play, and on her third visit, joined them. That was the beginning of her Fugees organization, which grew from a focus on soccer to include education and more. Luma Mufleh continues to help hundreds of refugee boys and girls through Fugees Family.

Born in 1861 in New Mexico’s Acoma Pueblo, Edward Proctor Hunt lived a tribal life almost unchanged for centuries. But after attending government schools he broke with his people’s ancient codes to become a shopkeeper and controversial broker between Indian and white worlds. As a Wild West Show Indian he travelled in Europe with his family, and saw his sons become silversmiths, painters, and consultants on Indian Lore. In 1928, in a life-culminating experience, he recited his version of the origin myth of Acoma Pueblo to Smithsonian Institution scholars.

In his book "How the World Moves: The Odyssey of an American Indian Family" Peter Nabokov narrates the fascinating story of Hunt’s life within a multicultural and historical context. Chronicling Pueblo Indian life and Anglo/Indian relations over the last century and a half, he explores how this entrepreneurial family capitalized on the nation’s passion for Indian culture. In this rich book, Nabokov dramatizes how the Hunts, like migrants throughout history, faced anguishing decisions over staying put or striking out for economic independence, and experienced the pivotal passage from tradition to modernity.

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“In New Mexico's Gila Wilderness, 106 Mexican gray wolves may be some of the most monitored wildlife on the planet. Collared, microchipped, and transported by helicopter ... once a symbol of the wild, these wolves have come to illustrate the demise of wilderness in this Human Age. ... And yet, the howl of an unregistered wolf—half of a rogue pair—splits the night. If you know where to look, you'll find that much remains untamed, and even today, wildness can remain a touchstone for our relationship with the rest of nature.” That’s journalist and adventurer Jason Mark writing in his new book “Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man.” He says that wildness is wily as a coyote: you have to be willing to track it to understand the least thing about it. Today on the program Jason Mark joins us for the hour.

Clean Air Consortium on Thursday's Access Utah

Sep 17, 2015

The Cache Clean Air Consortium, in co-sponsorship with Breathe Utah, is a workshop that facilitates community partnerships that result in actionable strategies to improve air quality in the Cache Valley region of northern Utah.

This year, the CCAC is pleased to announce the launch of The Cache Solar Discount Program, solar bulk purchase program for residents of Cache County.  Members of the CCAC initiated the Cache Solar Discount Program in order to facilitate a clear and straightforward process for Cache Valley citizens to obtain discounted pricing for residential solar photovoltaic (PV) installations by combining purchases.

On Thurdsay's Access Utah we will be speaking with Ari Bruening of Envision Utah and Jordy Guth of the CCAC to talk all things air quality and solar energy - join the conversation at

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Why are there so many species of stink bug (ask Diane Alston)? What is the best way to can tomatoes (from Adrie Roberts)? What is a coconut (Petals and Prose)?

Hyperpartisanship is as old as American democracy. But now, acrimony is not confined to a moment; it’s a permanent state of affairs and has seeped into every part of the political process. So say political scientists Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein. When their book “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism” was published a few years ago, it stirred up considerable controversy and altered the debate about why America’s government has become so dysfunctional. Now, at the end of the Summer of Trump, we’ll check back in with Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann. We’ll talk about political extremism and polarization, another possible government shutdown, Utah’s caucus and convention system, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on Arizona’s redistricting commission, Australia’s carrot and stick approach to increasing voter turnout, and much more.

Parenting techniques continue to fuel online debate: do we protect our children? Prepare them? Research suggests our communities are increasingly safer than ever before, but the average citizen assumes otherwise - how do we navigate ourselves through these colliding perspectives and realities? Furthermore, how can we both protect and prepare our children, and do we need a self-identifying label to declare our techniques as parents? Tuesday on Access Utah we invite author Julie Lythcott Haims ("How to Raise an Adult") and Lenore Skenazy ("Free Range Kids") to discuss our options and to review varying perspectives on how to parent present-day. 

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Today's broadcast of "Access Utah" originally aired in 2011.

Liz Murray was born to loving, but drug-addicted parents in the New York City borough, the Bronx. In school she was taunted for her dirty clothing and having lice-infested hair. Eventually Murray had skipped so many classes, she was put into a girl's home. At age 15, she found herself on the streets, when her family finally unraveled. She survived by foraging for food, and riding subways all night to have a warm place to sleep. 


Dixie State University and the DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival offers three screenings of "Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot," the true story of the forgotten heroes in the fight for voting rights — the courageous students and teachers of Selma, Alabama, who stood up against injustice despite facing intimidation, arrests and violence. 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act which was a direct product of this movement. By organizing and marching bravely, these "ordinary heroes" achieved one of the most significant victories of the civil rights era. The film is narrated by Oscar winning actress Octavia Spencer and includes music from Mavis Staples, Ry Cooder, The Roots and Blind Boys of Alabama. It has been submitted for consideration for an Academy Award. Today on the program we speak with the director and producer of the film, Bill Brummel.

UPR Asks: How were you raised?

Sep 9, 2015
Dave Gelinas

What parenting techniques did your parents use on you? Were they into "helicopter parenting" or more "free range parenting"? Do you feel like you were too sheltered or maybe had too much freedom?

Tell Us How You Were Raised

It’s been several months since we got together as a community and compiled a UPR book list.  Public radio listeners are famous as avid readers. We want to know what you’re reading. What’s on your nightstand or on your device right now? Fellow listeners may not know about it and may love it.

We have avid reader and UPR friend Elaine Thatcher with us in studio and we’ll talk with several booksellers who will tell us what’s coming out this Fall that they’re excited about.

We’ll speak with booksellers Anne Holman from The King’s English Book Shop in Salt Lake City, Andy Nettell from Back of Beyond Books in Moab and Catherine Weller of Weller Book Works in Salt Lake City.


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Sometimes you feel like a nut, but not when you’re a coconut. Disect an Almond Joy in Petals and Prose, in addition to landscape architecture in India, and how to eat (not pull!) weeds.

Today's Broadcast of "Access Utah" is an encore presentation from 2012.

Today's broadcast of "Access Utah" is an encore presentation from April 2015.

USU Philosophy Professor Charlie Huenemann, writing for says that "we all seek to capture the world with a net of language. Yet it is in the nature of nets to capture some things and let others slip away, and that goes for languages too...What is left unsaid speaks volumes. We might resign ourselves to this fact - the inescapable limits of what's sayable - but in fact a great many minds have sought to construct the perfect language." 

“My whole childhood, I never had a bed.” That’s how Elva Trevino Hart opens her memoir “Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child.”

“Barefoot Heart” is a vividly told autobiographical account of the life of a child growing up in a family of migrant farm workers. It brings to life the day-to-day existence of people facing the obstacles of working in the fields and raising a family in an environment that is frequently hostile to those who have little education and speak another language. Assimilation brings its own problems, as the original culture is attenuated and the quality of family relationships is compromised, consequences that are not inevitable, but are rather a series of choices made along the way. Barefoot Heart is also the story of how the author overcame the disadvantages of this background and discovered her true talents and, in the process, found herself. “Barefoot Heart” was chosen as the book for the 2009 Common Literature Experience at Utah State University.


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Hopefully, you harvested your garlic back in late June/early July. But if you’ve never planted garlic before, when is the right time of the year to put it in the ground? How about right now! Dan Drost, USU Extension Vegetable Specialist is in studio today and will help you with your gardening questions, including how to pick and store winter squash. Jack Greene joins us for a conversation about Utah’s fall colors. Then we revisit a Petals and Prose as Nancy Williams reads from How Carrots Won the Trojan War.

In his new book “Ways to the West” (Utah State University Press) Tim Sullivan embarks on a car-less road trip through the Intermountain West, exploring how the region is taking on what may be its greatest challenge: sustainable transportation. Combining personal travel narrative, historical research, and his professional expertise in urban planning, Sullivan takes a critical yet optimistic and often humorous look at how contemporary Western cities are making themselves more hospitable to a life less centered on the personal vehicle.

Sullivan, a city planner and urban designer, says that the modern West was built by the automobile, but so much driving has jeopardized the West’s mystic hold on the American future. At first, auto-mobility heightened the things that made the West great, but love became dependence, and dependence became addiction. Through his travels by bicycle, bus, and train through Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Boise, Salt Lake City, and Portland, Sullivan captures the modern transportation evolution taking place across the region and the resulting ways in which contemporary Western communities are reinterpreting classic American values like mobility, opportunity, adventure, and freedom.

Join Tim Sullivan at The King's English Thursday, September 10th at 7:00 pm.

John McColgan, Bureau of Land Management

“In our region fire is to dry forests as rain is to rainforests; both are important in the life of a forest to provide clean water, climate stabilization, hunting and fishing, outdoor recreation and wildlife habitat. A fire does not destroy a forest; rather, it simply resets nature’s clock as it has been doing for millennia,” said Chad Hanson, Director and Ecologist with the John Muir Project, Earth Island Institute, and co-editor of “The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature’s Phoenix”

On Monday's Access Utah we discuss the recruitment of western peoples by ISIS, the extremist militant group terrorizing Iraq and Syria. The group, utilizing social media, has managed to lure thousands of young adults from the United States, Canada and Europe to join their efforts in the Middle East. On the program today we speak with Christianne Bourdreau, a Canadian mother whose works to prevent the ISIS' recruitment follows the death of her son, Damian Clairmont, who died in Syria after relocating and fighting for the Islamic State. Christian Bourdreau now works with the Mothers For Life network, which aims to build support for mothers who have experienced Jihadist radicalization. Joining us for the hour is also Dr. Anne Speckhard, Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine and of Security Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Dr. Speckhard talks about the discourse and ideology of terrorism recruitment, which she details in her new book "Bride of ISIS." 

J. Urquhart, Mars Society

Utah has some unique water problems but they’re not that unique. Studying water in Utah can tell us a lot about similar places that also rely on high mountain snowpack for their yearly allotment. But a lot of the research involving water in Utah has implications way beyond that.

In this hour, four stories about local research with global legs. From feeding people in the Nile Delta to informing policy in Pakistan. From negotiating the shifting watery border between the U.S. and Mexico to...camping on Mars, we’re going far out on The Source.

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Basic Books

A Seed is a Seed is a Seed? Not all are created equal. Some won’t last a day without staying moist while most keep out moisture as they remain in stasis for days, months or even years. A seed can be thought of as a baby plant inside a box, with its lunch. Some have not touched a bit of their lunch while others have consumed everything, including the thermos! On Petals and Prose today, Helen Cannon reads about how seeds germinate, especially the avocado. But first we’ll have a conversation with USU Extension Fruit Specialist Brent Black. Have you ever considered using a container to grow fruit? Then we’ll hear from Grant Cardon on the state of our soils. Why are they the way they are? He’ll have some important information on the use of chelated iron.