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The Source: What We Talk About When We Talk About Drought

We’ve seen the image of a half empty Lake Powell and the now iconic bathtub ring around its rim. We’ve heard the stories coming out of California about wells running dry. We’ve learned a new term: sprinkler shaming. We know enough to know we’re in a drought, but what does that mean? What is drought? What should we do about it and why should we even care? On The Source today, what we talk about when we talk about drought.
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Utah Public Radio (UPR), a nonprofit organization, is located in Logan, UT.  UPR is a state-wide service of Utah State University in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

A photo of blackberry pie with a dolop of whipped cream.

The blackberries…they are a ripenin’. Today on the Zesty Garden, USU Extension Fruit Specialist Brent Black will talk about how to pick the perfect berry. Color may only be one part of the equation. We’ll also look at other fruit ripening issues such as bitter pit and coryneum blight. Then on Petals and Prose, take a few minutes and listen to an essay about grass as the staff of life. 

Chaffetz Calls For Removal of IRS Chief

Jul 30, 2015

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz is calling upon President Barack Obama to fire John Koskinen from his post as chief of the Internal Revenue Service. Chaffetz accused Koskinen of obstructing justice by failing to tell the truth about emails related to the alleged targeting of Tea Party groups by the IRS.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan threatened to hold Koskinen in contempt of court, claiming the IRS failed to turn over the emails at the center of the controversy. Speaking to the media Thursday, Chaffetz said that the judge’s threat didn’t come as a surprise.

Christopher Campbell

On Tuesday, “The Book of Mormon” opened in Salt Lake City without members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints picketing in front of Capitol Theater.

However, not all Mormons are happy that it has come to the same city where the Church headquarters is located. Lisa Nelson from American Fork said she made her decision to not see it after hearing “South Park” creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, wrote it. Though she has never seen the TV show, Nelson says she has heard it is raunchy.


“This summer Congress finds itself once again driving full-speed toward the ‘highway cliff,’ the moment when our transportation law expires and Washington suddenly can't meet its promises to help states build highways, fix their bridges, and keep the nation's cars and trucks moving.”

That’s Politico’s introduction to the latest issue of their new magazine “The Agenda.”

We’ll talk about the possible future of transportation with Politico contributor Boer Deng in the first half of the program. Her article is titled:  “When do we get hover cars?” We’ll talk about Mini-copters, Driverless pods, Vacuum tubes, and Supertrains.

In the second half our guest is Michael Grunwald, a senior staff writer for POLITICO Magazine and editor-at-large of The Agenda. We’ll talk about Milwaukee’s expensive new interchanges,    Roads v. Public Transit, New roads v. repairing old ones, The gas tax, Potential new ways to fund transportation (Pay as you go plans) and other topics.


University Press Of Colorado

In 2005, historian James Whiteside bought a Harley Davidson Heritage Softail, christened it “Old Blue,” and set off on a series of motorcycle adventures. Over six years he traveled more than 15,000 miles. In his new book “Old Blue’s Road” Whiteside recounts his travels to the Pacific Northwest, Yellowstone, Dodge City, Santa Fe, Wounded Knee, and many other places and considers the ongoing struggle between Indian and mainstream American culture, the meaning of community, the sustainability of the West's hydraulic society, the creation of the national parks system, the Mormon experience in Utah, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and more. Whiteside reflects on the processes of change that made the American West what it is today and the complex ways in which the West's past and present come together.

Ballroom In Utah Dances To Its Own Rhythm

Jul 28, 2015
Melissa Allison

Utah’s youth have drawn attention over the years in reality shows like “So You Think You Can Dance,” and “Dancing with the Stars.” They have shown up each season and demonstrated to millions of viewers that when it comes to dance, Utahns don’t mess around.

Wildfire Spreads Near St. George

Jul 28, 2015

A wildfire just 55 miles south of St. George spread from 640 acres on Monday to 820 on Tuesday.

A lightning storm started the High Meadow fire on the Bureau of Land Management Arizona Strip near Mt. Trumbull and Potato Valley on July 14.

“Crews have been managing it since that time,” said Rachel Carnahan, Arizona Strip District public affairs officer for the BLM. “And heavy winds on Saturday did cause the fire to become quite active again.”

Carnahan said the fire is difficult to maintain in the area it is in.

Study: Medicaid Benefits Children As They Grow Up

Jul 28, 2015

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation that established Medicare and Medicaid. This week's report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families shows that adults who benefited from Medicaid as children have lower rates of emergency room visits, hospitalizations and lower blood pressure.

According to Lincoln Nehring, president and CEO of Voices for Utah Children, healthy kids go on to have successful lives.

Should Spanking Children Be Forbidden in the U.S.? Renowned criminologist Christian Pfeiffer from University of Hannover, Germany recently presented the European experience as a of the USU Provost’s Series on Instructional Excellence, and he joined us for AU. We’ll revisit that conversation today.

Dr. Pfeiffer’s research interests include the role of religion and child rearing practices in the production of violence; the role of media in the lives of children and in the perception of crime and criminal policy; media consumption and violence; the implications of corporal punishment in politics; and extrajudicial dispute resolution.