Several days a year Cache Valley’s air quality is worse than the air in big cities such as Beijing, China. Today on the program Utah State University environmental engineer Randy Martin, joins us to talk about what’s causing the pollution in cache valley and the State strategies to clean it up so everyone can breathe easy.
This week on The Zesty Garden, Tom Williams fills in for Bryan Earl in a discussion with Mark Anderson from Anderson Seed and Garden about re-seeding your lawn, planting fall bulbs, and how to divide perennials. You’ll also hear the latest Petals and Prose segment from Helen Cannon.
Frontiersman, colonizer, missionary to the Indians, and explorer of the American West, Jacob Hamblin has long been one of the most enigmatic figures in Mormon history. In a new biography “A Frontier Life: Jacob Hamblin, Explorer and Indian Missionary” Todd Compton disentangles many of the myths and controversies surrounding Hamblin and presents a portrait of a true pioneer who lived life at the geographical, cultural, and spiritual boundaries of his era.
“Self” has many definitions. Science has demonstrated that 90 percent of the cells in our bodies are bacteria—we are in many respects more non-self than self. In “Lousy Sex: Creating Self in an Infectious World” Gerald Callahan explores the science of self, illustrating the immune system’s role in forming individual identity. Blending scientific essay with deeply personal narrative, he uses microbiology and immunology to explore a new way to answer the question, who am I? Through stories about the sex lives of wood lice, the biological advantages of eating dirt, the question of immortality, the relationship between syphilis and the musical genius of Beethoven, he creates another way, a chimeric way, of seeing ourselves.
Last week, in part one of our three-part series on K-12 education, we talked about State Senator Aaron Osmond’s proposal to end compulsory education in Utah. Today, in part two of the series, we talk to Senator Osmond himself. He says that parents, not schools, are ultimately responsible for their children’s education.
The 1833 Leonids meteor storm terrified early Americans, causing numerous revelations and changing of ways. It also caused intense scientific study of meteors that moved meteor showers out of folklore and into astronomy.
On the show this week, I feature the shimmering sound of Amy Speace’s new release, and the vivid lyrics on the new album by Tylan. I’ll also play tracks from albums by Jason Isbell, Stephen Kellogg, and Dar Williams, to name just a few. Join me this Saturday at 8pm for Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.
Science Questions profiles the book Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health with Co-Author Dr. Barbara Natterson Horowitz. The book advocates for an approach to medicine that crosses the species barrier. Dr. Horowitz argues that studying diseases found in both a human and an animal could save both lives.
Our Earth is warming. Earth's average temperature has risen by 1.4 degrees farenheit over the past century, and is projected to rise another 2 to 11.5 degrees over the next hundred years, according to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. Small changes in the average temperature of the planet can cause potentially dangerous shifts in climate and weather. Humans are largely responsible.
On this Thursday’s show I have a conversation with USU Extension Soils Specialist, Grant Cardon. He says that one of the most important things we can do to improve our soils is to plant a cover crop, also known as green manure. It’s so easy to do and now is the time to plant. We’ll tell you what, when, where, how and why cover crops are so beneficial.