Joe Hill (1879-1915): Labor Troubadour, Union Organizer & Execution in Utah

Date:  02.10.2020 (Season 1, Ep. 12; 36:41 minutes and 27:12 minutes (two audio segments) Click here for part one and Click here for part two for BuzzSprout versions. The image above is the “inmate record [with execution date: November 19, 1915]” for Joe Hill, born Joel Emmanuel Hägglund, known also as Joseph Hillström, Utah State Penitentiary. Courtesy of the Salt Lake Tribune. …

“We’ll Sing and We’ll Shout:” The Life of W. W. Phelps with LDS Historian Bruce Van Orden

Date June 7, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 3: 57:47 minutes). Click here to go to the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece Episode. The above photograph is of W. W. Phelps, as he appeared in the early 1850s; courtesy of Dr. Bruce Van Orden. Podcast Content: Drawing on decades of research and analysis, Dr. Bruce Van Orden offers the …

“Run it up the Flagpole…” Utah Considers a New State Flag

Date: June 21, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 7; 55:28 minutes). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The image above is the current 2011 version of the flag of Utah. Courtesy of John Hartvigsen (Retired Vexillologist, Colonial Flag Company). Podcast Content: In this Speak Your Piece episode, three guests: Political Historian Ronald Fox, State Representative …

“MY LIFE IN [1950’S] CARBON COUNTY [UTAH]:” A CONVERSATION WITH DR. RONALD G. WATT

Date: March 15, 2021 (Season 2, Episode 15; 76:00 minutes). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The above photograph is of Ron Watt as a young man in front of his Carbon County home, circa 1955. Courtesy of Ron Watt. Podcast Content: In this episode of Speak Your Piece, historian Ron Watt describes his latest …

THE YOUTHFUL WORKFORCE OF THE NORTH RIM, ZION, BRYCE & CEDAR BREAKS: “SINGAWAY: WORKING AND PLAYING FOR THE UTAH PARKS COMPANY, 1923 TO 1972”

Date: March 1, 2021 (Season 2, Episode 14; 63:00 minutes). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The above photo is of an early 1950s “singalong,” a daily event where seasonal employees sang their goodbyes to “the dudes” before they were loaded on to the buses for Lund, Utah, to catch a Union Pacific train …

“Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders” — a Conversation with Co-author Allen Roberts

Date: March 22, 2021 (Season 2, Episode 16; 62:00 minutes). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The above photograph is of the three different cover designs for the Pulitzer Prize-nominated best-seller Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders. Courtesy of Allen Roberts. Podcast Content: The Netflix documentary Murder Among the Mormons (released March …

Utah’s Story: 150 Years of Photography from the Salt Lake Tribune

April 12, 2021 (Season 2, Episode 18: 53:46 minutes). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. Image above is the cover of Utah’s Story. Courtesy of the Salt Lake Tribune.  Podcast Content: In celebration of the Salt Lake Tribune’s 150th anniversary (1870-2020) as continuous newspaper published in Salt Lake City the “Trib” published in 2020, …

Mormon Laborers, Working on the Transcontinental Railroad (1868-1869)

June 28, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 6: 59 minutes). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The above image is of a Mormon grader camp in Echo Canyon, Summit County, circa 1969, captured by photographer Charles R. Savage. The Union Pacific Railway contracted with Brigham Young, who then established contractor companies, who then hired thousands …

“Are We There Yet?” – Mid-20th Century Vacations, Highways, Motels, Neon Signs…

June 14, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 4; 72 minutes long – 1 hour and 12 minutes). The above image is of the Sands Motel’s neon sign, on the St. George (Utah) Boulevard. Image courtesy of Arbyreed (Flickr). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The main title for this episode is based on historian Susan …

“Topaz Stories: Remembering the Japanese American Incarceration”

June 2, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 2, the recording in 48 minutes) Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The above photograph is of an unidentified man standing amid tar paper covered Topaz residential blocks, circa 1942-1945. Courtesy of the Peoples of Utah Collection, Utah Division of State History. This episode of Speak Your Piece …

History of Water in Utah: “The Most Complicated Plumbing System…”

April 19, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 1: 1 hour and 32 minutes) BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. Caption for the above graphic/logo: Think Water Utah, a statewide collaboration and conversation on the critical topic of water presented by Utah Humanities and its many Utah partners. Utah Humanities‘ Megan van Frank and The American West Center‘s Gregory E. Smoak speak about a …

“The Peoples of Utah”- revisited, to be ready for USA’s 250th (1776-2026) anniversary celebration

January 11, 2021 (Season 2, Episode 10, 42 minutes) BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece podcast. The above panoramic photo is of members of the Ogden chapter of AHEPA (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Associations) gathered at the Mantua, Utah Fish Hatchery on July 28, 1929. Courtesy of the Utah State Historical Society. It has been forty-five years (1976-2021) since Utah historian Helen …