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When it comes to plants, I’ve never really had much of a problem growing them, that is…until I tried growing an orchid. I can keep it alive for a year but it gradually just dies on me. It’s kind of embarrassing for this gardening show host. However, after a conversation I had last year with Shane Taylor of Cactus and Tropicals, my orchid thumb is now green! You’ll learn today what you need to do to keep your own Moth Orchid, or Phaleonopsis, growing well. And are you considering planting a Norway Maple? Well…don’t. You’ll learn why in a revisit with USU Extension Forestry Specialist, Mike Kuhns.  In Going Native! you’ll learn about the lovely Poppy Mallow or Wine Cups (it blooms into fall with 3-4” magenta purple blossoms). In Bug Bites, it’s all about growing the right type of milkweed to help the Monarch Butterfly populations, then finally in Petals and Prose, Nancy Williams finishes with reading about bees.

Jack Gruber, USA TODAY

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, and President Obama says the ACA is "here to stay." What's next for health care in Utah? What does this mean for you? We'll open the phone lines, email and Twitter for your comment or question and we'll look at possible expansion of Medicaid in Utah and related issues on a special edition of Access Utah. Joining us from the Utah Health Policy Project are Medicaid Policy Analyst RyLee Curtis and Randall Serr, Director of Take Care Utah. Also Joining the program are state Senators Brian Shiozawa and Luz Escamilla, along with State Representative Ed Redd. 

Ryan Cunningham

For something so elemental, natural, essential and seemingly basic, there’s as much complexity to water as you’re willing to chase. From hydrology and fluid dynamics to understanding aquatic habitats to learning to swim or xeriscape your yard, there’s a lot to learn about water.

This week on The Source we’re talking about education and water. From swiftwater rescue classes to a day at the aquarium, we’ll meet unique teachers and students who specialize in aspects of water you might not have ever thought about.

It was 2004, and Sean McFate had a mission in Burundi: to keep the president alive and prevent the country from spiraling into genocide, without anyone knowing that the United States was involved. The United States was, of course, involved, but only through McFate's employer, the military contractor DynCorp International. Throughout the world, similar scenarios are playing out daily. The United States can no longer go to war without contractors. Yet we don't know much about the industry's structure, its operations, or where it's heading. Even the U.S. government-the entity that actually pays them-knows relatively little. 

There are many needs in our communities, and there are dedicated individuals and nonprofits working to meet those needs. They sometimes don’t get the recognition they deserve, and you may want to help somehow but don’t know where and how. On Wednesday’s AU we’re opening the phone lines, email and Twitter and giving you the opportunity to spotlight a nonprofit or individual doing good in your community.

Amy Anderson from the Sunshine Terrace Foundation in Logan joins us for the hour and we’ll hear from representatives of Habitat for Humanity and other nonprofits, and we hope to hear from you!

Lance Hayashida, Caltech

Ken Valyear, Lecturer in cognitive neuroscience at Bangor University, writes in the Conversation that “Erik Sorto, 34, has been paralysed from the neck down for the past 13 years. However, thanks to a ground-breaking clinical trial [conducted by scientists at Caltech and USC], he has been able to smoothly drink a bottle of beer using a robotic arm controlled with his mind. He is the first patient to have had a neural prosthetic device implanted in a region of the brain thought to control intentions.” On Tuesday’s AU Ken Valyear will join us from Wales to discuss the latest in robotics and neuroscience.

Matthew LaPlante

Logan attorney Herm Olsen recently spent several weeks in the South Pacific island nation of Palau, helping the legal community there to make a transition to the jury trial system. Palau uses the American judicial system, but until recently they didn't allow for jury trials. Olsen reports to the Logan Herald Journal that "The Palauans were somewhat skeptical about a jury system, They said, 'Why do we need one? We have a judge.' One Palauan said 'I don't want to judge anybody. I don't want to make any decisions about guilt or innocence.'" An upcoming murder trial involving three defendants spurred the chief justice of the Palau Supreme Court to seek help. We'll also talk about the jury system in the U.S. and the ongoing meaning of the Magna Carta. 

Ohio University Press

The Mau Mau Rebellion was a military conflict that took place from 1950 to 1962 in British Kenya. The Mau Mau failed to capture widespread public support partly due to the British policy of divide, conquer and rule.  The movement remained divided despite attempts to unify its many arms .  Today on the program author Laura Lee discusses one man's history as a Mau Mau General and how he broke through the rebel stereotypes throughout his life. She spend over 1,000 hours transcribing his words to write the book "The Boy is Gone, Conversations with a Mau Mau General." 


Varroa Mite on Honey Bee

Seeds are a marvel of nature’s creation. Some are tough enough to withstand the blows of a hammer yet readily germinate under the right conditions. And from such a tiny object great things are produced. Helen Cannon reads a favorite essay about seeds on today’s Petals and Prose. But first is a conversation with Diane Alston, USU Extension Entomologist. Varroa mites are a major pest of honeybees. They have learned to smell like a bee in order not to be drummed out of the hive. They are essentially getting through the door and reaching the inner sanctum by using bees’ own complex communication codes, and if needed, they can change their scent within a matter of days. Then on our Going Native! segment I have a conversation with Janett Warner of Wildland Nursery in Joseph. You’ll want to consider planting the thin leaf alder in your landscape.

Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews with over 100,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to their weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. StoryCorps’ mission is “to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives.”

W. W. Norton and Company

Our guest on Tuesday's AU is Mary Norris, who has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker's copy department. She's out with a new book "Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen" in which she addresses some of the most common and vexing problems in spelling, punctuation, and usage―comma faults, danglers, "who" vs. "whom," "that" vs. "which," compound words, gender-neutral language―and explains how to handle them. 

Readers of physical books leave traces: marginalia, slips of paper, fingerprints, highlighting, inscriptions. All books have histories, and libraries are not just collections of books and databases, but a medium of long-distance communication with other writers and readers.

"Letter to a Future Lover" is a collection several dozen brief pieces written by Ander Monson in response to library ephemera-with "library" defined broadly, ranging from university institutions to friends' shelves, from a seed library to a KGB prison library-and addressed to readers past, present, and future. 

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Biologist Niall McCann has made capturing the world's most dangerous creatures his part-time career, the rest of time he is at school working on his PhD focused on the much less threatening animal, the tapir.

Today in the program, host Sheri Quinn talks to McCann about his adventures and conservation work.Then Science Questions explores black holes with physicist Kip Thorne, a Logan native.

Photo of Two Sandhill Cranes

Herbs have different tastes to different people. Today on the Zesty Garden, I have a discussion with Darla and Michelle from our Tasty Trek series. You’ll learn how to grow herbs, both indoors and out, and how you can use them in your cooking. Even the more obscure, but readily accessible herbs, like French tarragon, should not be forgotten. And in our Bug Bites segment, I have a discussion with Diane Alston, USU’s Extension Entomologist, about some interesting studies concerning mosquitoes. A certain species has apparently learned to spread from area to area by traveling the road less traveled. And on Petals and Prose, Nancy Williams reads about the Sandhill Crane.

Sandhill Cranes are some of the best-known, and loved, birds in the United States. Their tall stature and echoing calls combined with their close association with agricultural fields makes them easy to locate and instantly recognizable.  But there is far more to cranes than meets the eye. These magnificent birds have been part of the North American landscape for more than 9 million years. They have also inspired a documentary film "Mating for Life," which focuses on a personal pilgrimage by the filmmaker, Cindy Stillwell, to witness the annual spring migration of the Sandhill cranes. She sees in the birds a metaphor for human transformation. "Mating for Life" is a meditation on nature and art, and poses important questions about our need for both connection and solitude.

On Thursday's AU we'll talk with Cindy Stillwell and crane expert Paul Tebbel, who is the keynote speaker at the Cache Valley Sandhill Crane Festival, Friday and Saturday, June 12 & 13. 

Water Source Facts: Water Research Lab

Jun 10, 2015

If you’ve made the drive from Logan to Bear Lake, you may have noticed a large building with a glass facade at the mouth of Logan Canyon. The Utah Water Research Laboratory is a one-of-a-kind facility that engineers and policy makers from around the world turn to for water expertise. The facility was dedicated in 1965, so it’s celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. One of the most unique aspects of the building is its ability to divert water from the Logan River and channel it inside the lab to flow through hydraulic models or test a new valve design, for example.

Simon and Schuster

David McCullough, widely-acclaimed as a master of the art of narrative history, joins us for Wednesday’s AU to talk about his latest book, “The Wright Brothers.” McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for “Truman” and “John Adams,” and twice received the National Book Award, for “The Path Between the Seas” and “Mornings on Horseback.” His other, widely- praised, books include “1776,” “Brave Companions,” “The Johnstown Flood,” “The Great Bridge,” and “The Greater Journey.” He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. David McCullough is also featured as narrator in many documentary films, such as Ken Burns’ Civil War series.

Cedar Fort Press

Utah author John Starley Allen joins us for the hour today. His latest book (from Cedar Fort Press) is "A Splash of Kindness: The Ripple Effect of Compassion, Courage & Character." Allen says that the little things you do make a big difference and small acts of goodness have a ripple effect and eventually change the world. He'll tell true stories of positive change, including stories of Romanian orphans; the great athlete Jesse Owens; and Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of television. 


Mark Klett

Arizona State University Professors Ben Minteer and Stephen Pyne say that from John Muir to David Brower, from the creation of Yellowstone National Park to the Endangered Species Act, environmentalism in America has always had close to its core a preservationist ideal. Generations have been inspired by its ethos—to encircle nature with our protection, to keep it apart, pristine, walled against the march of human development. But Minteer and Pyne say we have to face the facts. Accelerating climate change, rapid urbanization, agricultural and industrial devastation, metastasizing fire regimes, and other quickening anthropogenic forces all attest to the same truth: the earth is now spinning through the age of humans.


National Geographic Channel

For the first time scientists have dissected, from skin to blood and bones, a life-like Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur.  The massive creature was one of the fiercest carnivores in the history of the planet.  On Friday's AU, Sheri Quinn talks with the paleontologist leading the T. rex Autopsy, which is featured on the National Geographic Channel Sunday night.
Then, Science Questions explores new studies on autism presented at the International Meeting on Autism Research held in Salt Lake City in May.

photo of hands with potato beans

Now that the May deluge seems to be over…at least for the time being…it’s time to turn your attention to getting those warm season crops in before it’s too late. If you’ve already planted them, in some cases it may be better to replant rather than try and nurse plants along to recovery. Today on the Zesty Garden, USU Extension Vegetable Specialist Dan Drost is here to take your questions and comments. There's also a Petals and Prose from Helen Cannon about the development of the potato bean.

Ferguson, Cleveland, Baltimore...Utah.  Officer-involved shootings and incidents continue to happen and to concern us, and Utah has not been immune to these issues. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the first three homicides of 2015 were officer-involved shootings, and the Deseret News reports that so far this year police in Utah have shot and killed four people and wounded at least one. The Utah Legislature is conducting meetings (expected to continue through the summer) on police training, focusing on use of force and interactions with the mentally ill. Today on AU, we’re joined by state Senator Jim Dabakis, Marina Lowe, ACLU Utah Legislative & Policy Counsel, and Salt Lake City Deputy Chief of Police, Krista Dunn.

Water Source Facts: Trees

Jun 3, 2015

The streets of many Utah cities and towns may be lined with trees now, but that’s not how it was when pioneers first settled the area. In fact, places like Utah State University’s Logan campus once had no trees and were covered in sage brush and other rangeland plants.

Because of the state’s arid climate and limited water resources, most trees in Utah have a hard time growing below 5,000 feet unless they are situated next to a river or stream. Most Utah cities, however, are located below this elevation.

Water Source Facts: Water Check

Jun 3, 2015

More than for flushing, washing, cooking or even drinking, Utahns use drinking water to water their landscapes. Home, public and commercial landscapes have great potential for water conservation, and that doesn’t have to mean ripping out your favorite flowers and grass and replacing them with gravel and cacti.


Water Source Facts: Pariette Wetlands

Jun 3, 2015

Described as an oasis in the Uinta Basin desert, eastern Utah’s Pariette Wetlands provide a welcome respite for a wide range of wildlife. Nearly 100 avian species -- including mallards, Canada geese, bald eagles, sandhill cranes and peregrine falcons -- frequent the riparian corridor. They’re joined by a variety of mammals, including deer, bear and bats. Badgers, beavers, mink and the occasional river otter frolic in the waters.