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This Is Utah

Next Airing: Sun, Jul 21st, 2019 at 4:30 PM on KUED-HD

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  • Go Dog Go

    Humankind has always had a desire for speed. Hold onto your hats as we ride along with land speed world record holders at Bonneville Speed Week, join Snowbird’s avalanche rescue dogs as they race against time to find trapped skiers in the backcountry, and hit the ice with Olympic long track speed skater Jerica Tandiman. Each summer, self-proclaimed “motorheads” from around the world make the pilgrimage to a unique geologic feature in Utah’s west desert — the Bonneville International Speedway. The gathering of tricked-out hot rods and aerodynamic streamliners is one of the last remaining races open to both amateurs and professionals, where little if any sponsorship money is involved. Instead, racers compete for the love of the sport. Meet four Utah families — the Volks, Nishes, Youngbloods, and Burkdolls — who have left their tracks on the salt for generations. Little Cottonwood Canyon is the birthplace of U.S. avalanche science, and at the forefront of many a snowy search & rescue operation, there s an avalanche rescue dog. Avalanche rescue dogs play a critical role in backcountry safety, where minutes can mean the difference between life and death. We’ll meet Snowbird Ski Patroller Marguerite Van Komen and her partner Frankie the rescue dog, and see how our furry friends are working to keep Utah’s outdoor enthusiasts safe in the face of disaster. For long track speed skater Jerica Tandiman, becoming an Olympic athlete would not have been possible had she not grown up just down the street from the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, one of the few indoor long track facilities in North America. Skating on the polished ice of the Oval has long been a daily regimen for Jerica, who has been racing since she was in elementary school. Speed skating is a grueling, physically demanding sport — but on top of her physical prowess, Jerica maintains that it was her positive attitude and outlook that took her to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

    Next Airing: Sun, Jul 21st, 2019 at 4:30 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:27:11
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  • No Biz Like Show Biz

    There’s no business like show business in Utah. The film, theater and music industries are thriving here in the Beehive state, from the home-grown dancers of the BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble to the local music acts who fill the halls of nearby venues to the film producers that choose Utah as the set for their next big production. Utah is a destination for cinephiles — and when Hollywood calls, film location scouts like Mimi Davis Taylor are there to help. Since the early 1990s, Mimi has helped producers big and small find their dream locations right here in Utah, and has worked on films such as Dumb and Dumber, Con Air, and the Everwood and Yellowstone series, among others. Mimi has a knack for finding the perfect location for a producer’s next big shoot, and after meeting her you’ll be able to point out these hidden cinematic gems too. Since 1956, the International Folk Dance Ensemble at Brigham Young University has brought traditional folk dances from cultures around the world to life on stage, delighting audiences from Provo to France, Belgium, and beyond. With Artistic Director Jeanette Geslison at the helm, the International Folk Dance Ensemble and its student performers use dance as an interactive way to celebrate heritage and learn more about different cultures around the world. Known locally as the “the King of Swing,” saxophone player Joe McQueen took the bus from Oklahoma to Ogden’s 25th Street back in 1945 and instantly connected with the local jazz scene. What was initially meant to be a two-week stint turned into a lifelong commitment for Joe and his wife Thelma, who have called Utah home for the past 74 years. Joe celebrates his 100th birthday in 2019, and continues to bring his signature sound to willing audiences at clubs, weddings, and community events in Ogden and Salt Lake City.

    Next Airing: Thu, Jul 25th, 2019 at 7:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:27:10
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  • It Takes A Village

    From corralling wild bison to running a community radio station, people working together can accomplish amazing things. Meet the horse riders of the annual Bison Roundup, the volunteers, DJs, and staff at KRCL community radio, and the members of African dance group Ngoma y Africa. KRCL community radio has provided a soundtrack for Utah’s Wasatch Front since 1979. Originally founded by local community activist Stephen Holbrook, KRCL provides a space for everything from reggae to blues, local bands, world music, hip hop, native music, and more. Hear from KRCL General Manager Tristin Tabbish, Programming Director Ebay Hamilton, and Laura Jones and Billy Palmer, hosts of the nightly community affairs program, RadioActive, about the importance of giving a voice to diverse perspectives, and the role listeners play in keeping the music on the air. “Ngoma y’Africa” roughly translates to the drumming, dance & songs of Africa. It’s a fitting name for the Ngoma y'Africa Cultural Center in Provo, where volunteers engage in African culture through music, dance, and storytelling. Yvonne Nsabimana Baraketse, President & Creator of Ngoma, and her brother Fabrice “Brice” Nsabimana, the group’s Technical Director, have found in African drumming a way to share their heritage as well as a method of deep, personal healing through collective experience. The annual bison roundup on Antelope Island feels like stepping back in time, when cowboys ruled the wild west and the automobile hadn’t been invented yet. For more than 30 years the Antelope Island Bison Roundup has invited riders young and old to try their hand at herding 700 bison, each of which can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and run at a top speed of 40 mph. Corralling so many wild animals is a team effort — and for the 200+ members of the public who are willing to take the risk, they’ll stake their faith on their fellow riders.

    Next Airing: Thu, Aug 1st, 2019 at 7:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:50
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  • Never Too Late

    Meet four inspiring individuals — Erba Jean Woodruff, Dale Myerberg, and brothers Al and Bob Walkenhorst — who aren’t about to let age keep them from doing what they love. From ballroom dancing to pastry baking and advanced yo-yoing, Jean, Al, Bob, and Dale have left an indelible mark on Utah. At age 94, Erba Jean Woodruff has been dancing the Fox Trot for most of her life, dancing both competitively and for fun at Hotel Utah, Hotel Newhouse, Saltair and Lagoon over the past 70+ years. Erba Jean and her good friend Molly Kimball, 84, wouldn't miss a chance to break a leg and socialize with Martin Skupinski, the founder of Ballroom Utah Dance Studio in Salt Lake City, and fellow members at weekly Friday night socials. As for how she’s kept up all these years, "it’s move it or you lose it," is Erba Jean’s motto. How does one become a Yo-Yo Grand Master? According to Utah’s own world class yo-yo man, Dale Myerberg, it all starts with learning the basic "down and up." The 77-year-old yo-yo virtuoso has helped spread the popularity of the sport, performing in the 2002 Winter Olympics and sharing a stage with acts such as the Smother's Brothers, Donny Osmond, Telly Savalez, and Andy Richter. These days, you can find Dale at Snowbird’s annual Oktoberfest, delighting children and adults alike with the magic of the yo-yo, and passing his skills on to the next generation. Located in the heart of Sugarhouse, Carol’s Pastry Shop has been a Salt Lake City staple since 1948. When bakery owners Al (90) and Bob (86) Walkenhorst first opened their doors to customers, the bakery offered a selection of three pies priced at $0.58 a piece. In the years since, Al and Bob have designed custom confections and towering cakes for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Gail Miller, Norma Matheson, and others. For Al and Bob, Carol’s is more than a business — it’s their lives, and the relationships they’ve built with their customers over the past 71 years is what makes waking at up 5:30AM every day all worthwhile. Visit the This Is Utah page to learn more about the series and upcoming episodes.

    Next Airing: Thu, Aug 8th, 2019 at 7:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: Expires 1/18/2038
  • A Leg Up

    Everyone needs a helping hand. Whether you’re a new American looking to start a business, a cowboy staring down an angry bull or a new local band looking to make it big, Spice Kitchen Incubator, the Circle J. Rodeo Company, and Velour Live Music Gallery are there to help. If you want to make it in the Utah music scene, you have to play at Velour Live Music Gallery. Located in downtown Provo, the eclectic music venue has propelled local acts such as Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, The Moth and the Flame, and The National Parks to stardom — and none of it would be possible without the behind-the-scenes work of founder Corey Fox. Corey sees his work as a meaningful way to give back to the community he loves — and the community, as it turns out, has surprising ways to return the favor. A project of the International Rescue Committee, Spice Kitchen Incubator provides support for new Americans looking to start a business in Utah, and introduces Salt Lake City to its newest neighbors. Bhutan House Restaurant in Sandy is one of its success stories, and is owned & operated by Bhutanese refugee Kamal Sharma Niroula and his family. Where Kamal brings the knowledge of traditional Bhutanese dishes to the table, Spice Kitchen helps its budding entrepreneurs navigate the rules and regulations and get their business up and running. For Casey and Stacy Mascaro of the Circle J. Rodeo Company in Fairfield, rodeo has always been a family affair. While the company itself has been a family business since 1965, Casey, Stacy and their sister Tammy McKee have found a second family in rodeo. When you’re in the ring, you entrust your life to your fellow cowboys. It’s a tight-knit community, and one that always has your back — inside the ring or out. Visit the This Is Utah page to learn more about the series and upcoming episodes.

    Next Airing: Thu, Aug 15th, 2019 at 7:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:52
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  • Food for Thought

    Artist Kent Christensen is known for his candy-colored paintings, but he’s also a savvy pop artist, offering a visual critique on everything from green Jell-O to the relationship between modern Latter-day Saints and Coca-Cola. His latest work, “Secrets of the Great Salt Lake,” takes inspiration from the famous triptych by Hieronymus Bosch, “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” Incorporating color, symmetry, and a bit of surrealism, Kent paints the things people obsesses about — whether it’s sweets, spirals, food, or faith. Vermont may be the “craft beer capital” of America, but when it comes to artisan chocolate, Utah takes the cake. At the forefront of Utah’s bean-to-bar revolution are chocolate connoisseurs Matt Caputo, CEO of Caputo's Market & Deli, and Brian Ruggles, the president/founder of Utah Chocolate Society. While Caputo’s stocks hundreds of different varieties of craft chocolate at its namesake markets around the valley, it’s people like Brian who are there to taste-test each and every one. We’ll explore Utah's fascination with this culinary treat from the chocolate makers to the chocolate eaters who sniff, snap, and savor each bite. In a small town east of Capitol Reef National Park sits Mesa Farm Market, a quaint organic roadside market on the edge of 50-acre farm. Its owner, Randy Ramsley, has been serving up fresh garden tomatoes, oven­fired bread, and farmstead goat cheese for 22 years. To get his product out to customers, Ramsley has forged a unique relationship with Caputo's Market in Salt Lake City; you’ll find both varieties of Mesa Farms' signature Tomme aging to perfection within Caputo's cheese cave. To experience this revered cheese for yourself, be sure to stop by Mesa Farm Market the next time you're near Caineville — it's worth the detour. Visit the This Is Utah page to learn more about the series and upcoming episodes.

    Next Airing: Thu, Aug 29th, 2019 at 7:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:26:46
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  • Small Town, Big Vision

    Next Airing: Thu, Sep 5th, 2019 at 7:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:24
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  • Celebrating Our Heritage

    Passed down from generation to generation, heritage is something that not only tells us where we came from, but informs who we are today. In this episode, we’ll meet the people of Utah’s historic Spring City, experience the different cultures of Latin America with Ballet Folklórico, and learn about the role of Chinese rail workers whose labor helped build the transcontinental railroad. Originally founded in 1852, Spring City is one of only two towns in the United States that has been recognized as a National Historic District on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. No matter where you go in Spring City, you’ll find living remnants of the past — from the oolite limestone homes to the Victorian-style public school house. We’ll meet some of the current residents of this picturesque small town, and hear how the rich history of the place can be felt in their lives today. People connect with their heritage in different ways. For the members of Ballet Folklórico de las Américas, they connect with the cultures and traditions of their families through dance. Ballet Folkl rico has brought the traditional folk dances of México, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador, Cuba, and other Latin American nations to Utah audiences since 1979. For Artistic Director Irma Hofer, her work at Ballet Folklórico is not only a way to teach new generations about Latin American dance — it’s also a way for her to remember her father, a lifelong Mariachi musician. In the iconic photograph of the event, the Golden Spike ceremony depicts a gathering of railway owners and workers celebrating the completion of the transcontinental railroad. But one group is notably absent from the famous image — the Chinese railroad workers whose labor sped the project toward its completion. Margaret Yee is the great-granddaughter of one such railroad worker, and the chairperson of Descendants of Chinese Railroad Workers, a group that is working to make sure the contributions of Chinese Americans to the railroad effort are not forgotten. Margaret’s great-grandfather built the railroad as a bridge between Americans and Chinese, and 150 years later, Margaret is carrying on the legacy.

    Next Airing: Thu, Sep 19th, 2019 at 7:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:27:07
    Usage rights: Expires 1/18/2038

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