Tag: history

On climate change, we’re being bamboozled

The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here. —– The astronomer Carl Sagan, perhaps more than any other modern thinker, always encouraged us to take the long view. And quite literally, too. His public television series Cosmos, recently given new life on FOX and now hosted

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State of the Union: A history lesson

The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here. —– Tonight’s State of the Union address by President Barack Obama will be the 93rd instance in which a sitting U.S. president has addressed Congress in person. For those good with numbers, you’re right to suspect that the

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Better UTAH Beat Episode 44 – April 16, 2013

In this week’s edition of the Better UTAH Beat, Maryann discusses the way contemporaries use history to advance claims in support of their arguments. From gay marriage to gun rights, many on the American right are distorting history to make their own claims seem reasonable and consistent. The practice is similar to the tactics used

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Historically uneven steps provide perspective

When entering the state capitol building on the first floor one of the first things you see is a sign that reads: “PLEASE WATCH YOUR STEP — HISTORICAL STEPS UNEVEN.” It’s a friendly warning to prevent people from falling down or up the stairs. But I always misread these signs as “HISTORICALLY UNEVEN STEPS.” No

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