Scott Hammond and his golden retriever, Dusty, are volunteer search and rescue workers with Rocky Mountain Rescue Dogs. In his new book, “Lessons of the Lost: Finding Hope and Resilience in Work, Life, and the Wilderness,” Hammond says that wilderness can be unforgiving and dangerous, yet fill our souls with awe and wonder and that the wilderness is a classroom where we learn to survive, thrive and sometimes die.
For the past 12,000 years, the earth has experienced a relatively stable climate. Today, that predictability has ended, and global warming is our new reality. Yet such shifting weather patterns threatened Homo sapiens once before, right here in North America as the continent was first being colonized. About 15,000 years ago, the weather began to warm, melting the glaciers of the Late Pleistocene and driving the beasts of the Ice Age toward extinction. In this new landscape, humans managed to adapt to unfamiliar habitats and dangerous creatures in the midst of a wildly fluctuating climate. Are there lessons for modern people lingering along this ancient trail?
In May of 1934, outside of Hugo, Oklahoma, a homeless man and his 13 year-old daughter are befriended by a Texas drifter newly released from the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. The drifter, Clint Palmer, lures father and daughter to Texas, where the father, Dillard Garrett, mysteriously disappears, and where his daughter Lucile begins a one-year ordeal that culminates in four Utah killings and Palmer’s notorious Greenville, Texas “skeleton murder” trial of 1935.Chuck Greaves’ historical novel ”Hard Twisted” tells the true story of Lucile “Lottie” Garrett.
On the show this week, I feature the new collection of Paul McCartney songs done in the Americana style, and the new album from the late John Stewart’s muse, Buffy Ford Stewart. I’ll also play songs from new releases by Ari and Mia, Jen Chapin and Shawn Colvin, to name just a few. Join me this Saturday at 8pm for Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.
Today on Access Utah we discuss how roughly 300,000 patients in the U.S get surgical site infections every year. A 2013 University of Utah study suggests that some of those infections are connected to a heritable genetic mutation. Today on the program, Dr. Harriet Hopf, professor of anesthesiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine joins us to discuss the scope of the problem and her recent findings.
This morning we’re at Logan Regional Hospital. My guest for the hour is Dr. Zorba Paster from Zorba Paster On Your Health. Our live broadcast is kicking off several events featuring Zorba Paster in Logan and Moab. I’ll ask him to take us behind the scenes of his show. We’ll talk about how to live a long, sweet life. We’ll also talk about health literacy and food.
The gardening season is drawing to a close and Mark Anderson of Anderson Seed and Garden will help you finish the season on a high note. We talk about bulbs, weeds, and lawn care on today’s show, along with Petals and Prose from Helen Cannon.
Most of us think there’s nothing new to say about nuclear weapons. Yes, they’re horrible, possibly immoral, and definitely dangerous, but they feel necessary. If force is the final arbiter between nations, and nuclear bombs are the most powerful weapons, then we’re basically stuck with them. In his new book, “Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons.,” Ward Wilson says that much of what we believe about nuclear weapons is based on emotion and exaggeration.
There are many indications of autumn's arrival besides the changing color of the leaves. Jennifer Pemberton declares that Fall is the new Spring in this month's commentary.
"There are plants all over the world that bloom in the fall, when the heat breaks, when the rains fall, when the winds start blowing, when the ground threatens to freeze. There are crocuses in my neighborhood; the same flower that is first to crack the ice and blossom in the snow, breaks through the mud and leaf litter to show off its delicate lavender petals amid the harvest browns and reds."