Meet Don Tillman, hero of Graeme Simsion’s new novel “The Rosie Project.” Don Tillman is a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. And so, in the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Rosie Jarman is all these things.
Sherri Mills has been a hairdresser for more than forty-five years. She has had her own salon long enough to see life happen before her very eyes. She has listened to real-life problems and followed real-life outcomes—successes and failures—and through several generations, longer and more extensively than marriage counselors can.
It’s a night of bluegrass music this week, as I feature the expansive new album from the Steep Canyon Rangers, as well as the latest from the Boston band, The Deadly Gentlemen. I’ll also play songs from new discs by Ron Block, The Hounds of Finn, and Blue Mule, to name just a few. Join me this Saturday at 8pm for Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.
Generations of Ogdenites have grown up absorbing 25th Street’s legends of corruption, menace, and depravity. The rest of Utah has tended to judge Ogden—known in its first century as a “gambling hell” and tenderloin, and in recent years as a degraded skid row—by the street’s gaudy reputation. Present-day Ogden embraces the afterglow of 25th Street’s decadence and successfully promotes it to tourists. In the same preservationist spirit as Denver’s Larimer Square, today’s 25th Street is home to art galleries, fine dining, live theater, street festivals, mixed-use condominiums, and the Utah State Railroad Museum.
Australian fingerstyle guitarist Adam Miller included Logan among his stops on a recent American tour. He stopped by the UPR studios to talk about finding just the right sound in a guitar; to describe his travels--including to Afghanistan to play for the troops there; and, of course, to play us a few songs, including “Carpal Tunnel Blues,” (Miller has battled the malady,) and a tune written during his wedding speech. Logan-based guitar maker, Ryan Thorell, joins in the conversation to describe his craft.
On the show this week, I feature the ethereal new release from Elephant Revival, and the back to basics album from Lee Dewyze. I’ll also play tracks from albums by Tom Rush, Nicki Bluhm, and Amanda Shires, among other talented artists. Tune in and listen this Saturday at 8pm to Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.
The World Health Organization estimates 2.9 billion people are infected with parasitic nematodes, or roundworms. They also effect insects and plants, and have a significant financial impact on agriculture world wide, worsening the global food shortage. Today on the program, reporters Sheri Quinn and Suzy Montgomery present new research conducted by University of Utah scientist Aude Peden. She offers hope for new drugs to combat the infestation of parasitic nematodes. After, two Utah cheesemongers from Whole Foods in Salt Lake City discuss the best cheeses for your holiday dinner table.
Roast butternut on greased baking sheet at 375, for 45-60 minutes, or until very soft. Cool enough to scoop butternut from skin. Heat olive oil in large stock pot and sauté onion, celery and garlic until soft, but not browned. Add salt, pepper, butternut, apples, apple cider and 3 quarts of stock. Bring to a boil, then simmer until apples and vegetables are very soft. Puree in a blender. Adjust thickness with additional stock if too thick. Adjust seasonings. Serve with toasted pumpkin seeds & crumbled blue cheese. Serves 20.