Special Segments

Utah Public Radio collaborates with several local organizations to bring you these short segments every week.

Beehive Archive
Sponsored by the Utah Humanities Council, The Beehive Archive brings together engaging stories that illuminate Utah's rich past, exploring the diverse stories—religious, ethnic, regional, social, and cultural—that make up our state’s history. You can listen to episodes of the Beehive Archive at their website.

Wild About Utah
Wild About Utah is a weekly nature series produced by Utah Public Radio in cooperation with Stokes Nature Center, Bridgerland Audubon Society, and the USU College of Natural Resources. Listen as we describe the wonders of nature in Utah: plants, animals, geologic formations; ancient, present; terrestrial, avian and aquatic. You can listen to episodes of Wild About Utah at their website.

Contemporary Western Women
Airing weekly on Access Utah, the Contemporary Western Women project features personal stories of strength, hope, and humor told by contemporary women in the West or from the West.

Four-Minute Memoirs
Utah State University intensive writing course students write and produce these short works of nonfiction for UPR listeners.

Melinda's Garden Moments

Three times a week, we bring you Melinda’s Garden Moment audio tips, designed to help you be as successful as possible in the garden.

https://twitter.com/Political_Jake

Two Utah lawmakers generated outrage on Monday after jokingly commenting about changing genders on Twitter. Monday morning State Rep. Jacob Anderegg posted to the social media site said he was "strongly considering a gender identifying change" so that he could use the women’s restroom because the men’s was occupied.

"Switching your gender identity? Just can’t keep up with you. You’re a new man! Erm…woman," said State Sen. Wayne Neiderhauser via Twitter in response to Anderegg's comment.

Thanksgiving Holiday Programming

Nov 21, 2013
RACHEL JOY BARANSI / THE KITCHEN

THE SPLENDID TABLE'S TURKEY CONFIDENTIAL
Thursday, November 28 9-11 a.m.

More than 200 protestors gathered on Saturday to denounce Utah’s so-called “Ag-Gag” law. The law, which was signed by Governor Herbert in 2012, prohibits unauthorized filming or photography at agricultural facilities. This weekend’s protest was organized after charges were filed – and then dropped –  against a woman who filmed activities at a slaughterhouse in Draper.

USU Grads Ace CPA Exams

Apr 16, 2013
Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

Only 39 people out of more than 92,000 candidates who took the Uniform CPA Examination in 2012 scored above 95.5, and two of those high scorers were graduates of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

Boy Scouts of America

A  proposed Boy Scouts troop sponsored by a Utah gay rights organization has been rejected by Boy Scouts of America.

Valerie Larrabe of the Utah Pride Center says they were told that the mission of their organization didn’t properly align with the goals of Boy Scouts.

Larrabe says the troop would have included 10 middle-school aged boys and been guided by straight troop leaders.

Boy Scouts of America spokesman Deron Smith said they decided that a partnership with the Utah Pride Center would not have been beneficial based on the mission of the Utah organization.

Logan Film Festival

For organizer Tyler Woodbury, the Logan film festival does more than just provide a screen for viewing movies.

“The atmosphere in Logan is disjointed right now. So, one of the purposes of the festival is to bring it together, and bring the people together.”

The Utah Film Commission is known for promoting Utah in the movie world, but generally focuses on the Southern end of the state.

Gabe Saxton, from the Logan Downtown Alliance and the man in charge of the festival, says this publicity problem hinges on airport access.

The aerospace giant ATK announced Thursday the layoff of approximately 150 employees at its Box Elder County facility as well as in Mississippi and Ohio.

The company, best known for its solid-rocket boosters that propelled the space shuttle into orbit for many years, has laid off roughly half its workforce since 2009.

ATK spokeswoman Trina Helquist said the majority of layoffs took place at the nearby Promontory facility. About 90 employees agreed to voluntary severance.

Would you know what to do in case an earthquake hit Utah?  You may have a plan for your family, but what about your pets?  Superstorm Sandy first responders are teaching Utah agencies how to save animals as well as families in case of emergency.

Animal experts from all over Utah gathered at the 4th annual Animals in Disaster Workshop at the Provo Marriott.  The workshop educates different agencies about what to do with pets in case a natural disaster hit Utah.

Brinkerhoffs

With more students leaving for religious missions than ever before, Universities across the state are facing major enrollment dips.

Utah State University President, Stan Albrecht, said the school is still having difficulty estimating the fiscal consequences of this lower enrollment.

“We’re budgeting in a fog right now because we don’t really understand all of the impacts yet.”

Church Fire Sparked By Old Computer Monitor

Mar 22, 2013
Salt Lake Tribune

Investigators are blaming a 1980’s-era computer monitor for a fire that ravaged a Clearfield church this week.

“I was getting ready to yell out, ‘Did anyone call 911 yet?’ and the police came up the street.”

Jamie Monson lives right across the street from where an old monitor overheated and sparked the Tuesday afternoon blaze in the Clearfield Community Church library.

North Davis District Interim Fire Chief Mark Becraft estimated the damages at between $750,000 and $1 million.  Monson says that damage is apparent.

Girl Scout Money Thief Turns Himself In

Mar 21, 2013

The man accused of stealing cookie money from a Girl Scout troop has turned himself into the police.  UPR’s Brianna Bodily has more on the details and possible motivation behind the crime.

Unified Police Detective Ken Hansen says 24-year-old Steven Andrew Kvenvold turned himself into police around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

Police say members of Troop 2532 were selling cookies at a stand outside a Taylorsville Wal-Mart last Saturday when a man and woman, working together, stole their cash box.

Committee Rejects Climate Change Bill

Feb 5, 2013

Legislation that for the first time would have acknowledged the science of human-caused climate change by the government of the State of Utah was debated during a committee meeting on Monday, before being rejected on a 11-4 vote.

Republican representative Kraig Powell, of Heber, wants the state legislature to acknowledge the effects that climate change is having on wildfires in Utah.

“What the bill does is - it authorizes the state division of forestry, fire and public lands to consider the effects of climate change on their efforts to develop and implement firefighting strategies.”


Oil Rig Fire Forces Evacuations Near Roosevelt

Jan 22, 2013
KSL 5 News

A drilling rig near Roosevelt caught fire late Monday night and forced the evacuation of a work crew and three homes.  UPR’s Brianna Bodily reports.

Brianna’s passion for journalism comes from a love of learning and a desire to know everything.  She studies Broadcast Journalism and Political Science at Utah State University and hopes one day to travel the world reporting hard news. She also works as the Aggie Radio news director and a reporter for USU TV.

Coming Back Home

Sep 25, 2012

Brian Gage walks us through the various meanings of home, from a childhood bedroom to an investment to memory.

This series is a selection of memoirs by summer citizens and university students participating in the Four Minute Memoir class at Utah State University.

The Memoir as Art Form

Sep 25, 2012

Brian Gage doesn't give any disclaimers: "Facts are for fools. Enhancement is the order of the day."

This series is a selection of memoirs by summer citizens and university students participating in the Four Minute Memoir class at Utah State University.

From Down Under and More

Sep 25, 2012

Marian Ensor shares what she learned from having exchange students.

This series is a selection of memoirs by summer citizens and university students participating in the Four Minute Memoir class at Utah State University.

Revenge

Sep 25, 2012

Ellen Jensen recalls a true story of conspiracy and revenge. Tyranny can never go unpunished.

This series is a selection of memoirs by summer citizens and university students participating in the Four Minute Memoir class at Utah State University.

My Cousin Pat

Sep 25, 2012

Barbara Willie-Pecora tells the story of her cousin Pat's life, death, and eulogy, which was "fit for a king" if not 100% true.

This series is a selection of memoirs by summer citizens and university students participating in the Four Minute Memoir class at Utah State University.

Spring City, Utah

Sep 24, 2012

Russ Beck's great-granddad redirected a stream shovelful by shovelful near Spring City, Utah, with help from FDR's New Deal.

This series is a selection of memoirs by summer citizens and university students participating in the Four Minute Memoir class at Utah State University.

My Distaste for Cooking

Sep 24, 2012

Joyce Baldwin rejoices over TV dinners and explains how she managed to raise 2 boys who are great cooks as a single mother.

This series is a selection of memoirs by summer citizens and university students participating in the Four Minute Memoir class at Utah State University.

On Swearing

Sep 24, 2012

Soon-to-be 84-year-old Ann Dahl reflects on swearing -- when it's appropriate to swear and when a psuedo-swear will do the trick.

This series is a selection of memoirs by summer citizens and university students participating in the Four Minute Memoir class at Utah State University.

Louise Degn

Mar 12, 2012

Louise Degn is a respected broadcast journalist in Salt Lake City and who now teaches journalism at the University of Utah. She is best known for a documentary on Mormon women and depression that she produced in the late 1970s.

Amy Velasquez

Feb 10, 2012

Amy Velasquez is a middle school teacher in Evanston, Wyoming. Her family was one of the First hispanic families in Evanston, coming there in the 1950s. It is important to her to preserve and share her Mexican heritage, so she created a Cinco de Mayo celebration in her class which grew into a town celebration.

Claudia and Don Proffit are lifelong ranchers. The tell the story of the 1983 - 1984 floods that prevented them from getting to their cattle on Antelope Island and the lengths they went through to take care of their animals in these extreme circumstances.

Prime Excavating of St. George replaced a critical water line in a forbidding area of the Arizona strip. The 60-year-old pipeline serves forest service and BLM grazing sites, as well as wildlife in the Houserock Valley area.

Forest managers praised the contractor for its work on very steep terrain and thanked local ranchers who secured the funding for the project.

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