“The gap between rich and poor has never been wider . . . legislative stalemate paralyzes the country . . . corporations resist federal regulations . . . spectacular mergers produce giant companies . . . the influence of money in politics deepens . . . bombs explode in crowded streets . . . small wars proliferate far from our shores . . . a dizzying array of inventions speeds the pace of daily life.” Headlines like these were characteristic of America’s Progressive era, that tumultuous time in the early 1900s when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air.
Why is it so hard to define folklore? Lynne McNeill, in her new book from USU Press “Folklore Rules,” says “...well you try to explain what a creation myth, a jump-rope rhyme, a Fourth of July BBQ, & some bathroom graffiti have in common and you’ll find it’s not a terribly easy task either.”
On the show this week, I feature the new live collection from the engaging Ellis, and the latest album from the introspective songwriter, Meg Hutchinson. I’ll also play tracks from new releases by Peter Cooper, Suzie Brown, and Lily & Madeleine, among other talented artists. Tune in and listen this Saturday at 8pm to Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.
For our Access Utah Holiday Special, we feature guitarist and USU professor emeritus Mike Christiansen, and story teller Daniel Bishop to bring you great holiday guitar music and holiday stories on today's program. You can listen to more music and stories by Mike Christiansen and Daniel Bishop on their webistes. From the Utah Public Radio family, we hope your holidays are filled with great music and stories, and we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Two Cache Valley women are giving Utah prisoners a new chance behind the bars using dried plants. Today on the program, producers Sheri Quinn and Elaine Taylor explore the "plants in jail" program started by Sara Lamb and Mary Barkworth, where inmates prepare plant material for the Utah State University herbarium.
“Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.” We’re going to apply this oft-quoted quip to sustainability on Access Utah. Many of us believe that universal and individual changes are needed to ensure a sustainable & healthy life for us all.
Did you hear the one about the Californians who moved to Washington and cut down their first wild Christmas tree? Jennifer Pemberton has the punchline in this story about Christmas in the Evergreen State.
In the wake of a federal judge’s ruling effectively de-criminalizing polygamy in Utah, we’ll talk with Jonathan Turley, the attorney representing the Kody Brown family, which brought the lawsuit. We’ll also talk with a former member of the FLDS community.
Yellowstone has undergone a number of transitions in the 140 years since its national park designation in 1872. The period from the late 1930s through the early 1970s marked one of the most significant as the Park Service shifted focus from public recreation to interpretation and education.
Get ready for a holiday themed show this week, as I spotlight new releases in seasonal songs. I’ll play old and new favorites from Catie Curtis, Elizabeth Mitchell, Jay Ungar, Michael Londra, and the Piano Guys, to name just a few. Join me this Saturday at 8pm for Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.