UPR Chapter

The first public radio-hosted chapter of the Morning Reads book club. Here you'll find news, posts and images related to the current book selection.

January 2015: Deep Down Dark, Hector Tobar.

Ways to Connect

Welcome to the first session of the Morning Edition Reads book club! Here's how it works: A well-known writer will pick a book he or she loved. We'll all read it. Then, you'll send us your questions about the book. About a month later, we'll reconvene to talk about the book with the author and the writer who picked it.

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Don Winegar / Treasure House Relics project

I sat down with the owner and cultivator of Treasure House Relics project recently, to discuss mining in Utah. I wanted to know how he got interested in mining, what he knows about Utah's mining history, and for him to share some of the stories with me and us.

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Hector Tobar

Mining is part of Utah’s history and culture, and mining resources and safety are key themes in the West. The Morning Edition Book Club has selected for January: Hector Tobar’s “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free.” The book address faith, safety, economics, technology and the survival of humanity under difficult circumstances. Utah Public Radio is beginning a UPR Chapter of the Morning  Edition Book Club.

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  On Thursday’s AU Charles Hawley will join us from Alaska to talk about Kennecott and the history of mining.

While copper seems less glamorous than gold, it may be far more important, as it was vital to the industrial revolution and indispensable for electrification. Kennecott Copper Corporation, at one time the largest producer of copper in the world, played a key role in economic and industrial development.

In his new book “A Kennecott Story: Three Mines, Four Men, and One Hundred Years, 1897-1997” (University of Utah Press) Charles Hawley tells the story of how Kennecott was formed from the merger of three mining operations (one in Alaska, one in Utah, and one in Chile), how it led the way in mining technologies, and how it was in turn affected by the economy and politics of the day.  His narrative follows four mining engineers--Stephen Birch, Daniel Cowan Jackling, William Burford Braden, and E. Toppan Stannard--self-made men whose technological ingenuity was responsible for much of Kennecott's success.


Utah State Historical Society

Utah has a long and widespread history of mining. As part of UPR's chapter of the Morning Edition book club, we have compiled a series of photographs from the Utah State Historical Society. Glance through the slideshow to catch a glimpse.

Most counties in Utah have some sort of mining ties. From the boom and bust mining towns to the still-present and new mining opportunities, we have ties to miners across the world.

Read more about this project here.

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Utah State Historical Society

Utah has a long and widespread history of mining. As part of UPR's chapter of the Morning Edition book club, we have compiled a series of photographs from the Utah State Historical Society. Glance through the slideshow to catch a glimpse.

Most counties in Utah have some sort of mining ties. From the boom and bust mining towns to the still-present and new mining opportunities, we have ties to miners across the world.

Read more about this project here.

A crackdown on protesters at a Chinese-backed copper mine in Myanmar has left at least one person dead, the company that runs the project said today in a statement.

The statement from the company, Myanmar Wanbao, said it had "just been informed of the death of a female resident from Moe Kyo Pyin village," adding: "The events leading up to her death are still unclear." [Some news sources call the village Mogyopyin.]

Pennsylvania's fracking boom has led to record-breaking natural gas production, but its neighbor, New York, announced Wednesday it was banning the practice. Industry and environmental groups say New York's decision could be good for Pennsylvania.

New York's ban comes six years after the state placed a temporary moratorium on fracking to study the gas drilling technique. Now, officials question fracking's economic benefits and cite environmental risks.

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Hector Tobar

Dear UPR reader,

For those of us in the West, mining resources and safety are key perennial topics. Hector Tobar's 2014 release, Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free, addresses mining issues pertinent to Utah's history and present day conversations. UPR would like to explore the Utah response to this deeper look at mining and the human experience.

Welcome to the first meeting of the Morning Edition Reads book club! Here's how it's going to work: A well-known writer will pick a book he or she loved. We'll all read it. Then, you'll send us your questions about the book. And about a month later, we'll reconvene to talk about the book with the author and the writer who picked it.

Ready? Here we go: