The new weekly public affairs series in partnership with the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics provides insight and analysis into Utah news and pressing political issues as they relate to the state. Hosted by Jason Perry with guest Utah journalists.
From the earliest days of pioneering settlement in the Utah Territory there was a place — a spot for many to gather in worship, a point from which all distances would be measured in a new society, a crossroads that attracted scrutiny, conflict, and reconciliation. From throughout the world, people have traveled to walk its ground. Join KUED for a history of Temple Square.
They marched under their nation's flag through prairies, deserts, and mountain passes. Following orders from an ambitious U.S. President, they charted a course through some of the toughest terrain in America. They helped secure the Pacific coast for the United States and found themselves at the epicenter of the California gold rush. On their way to build a new religious utopia in the West, the Mormon Battalion would shape the future of America. Ken Verdoia's two-hour documentary BATTALION, uncovers the story of the Mormon Battalion during the War With Mexico. Marching 2,000 miles through a mostly uncharted American Southwest, the 500-man battalion was a pivotal force in fulfilling the national dream of Manifest Destiny. Their experiences, shared in this film through personal correspondence, journals and historical accounts, changed the face and fate of the American West.
Utah’s national parks attract visitors from around the world, but beyond the iconic landscapes are lesser-known gems. Journey with KUED as we take the road less traveled to national monuments and recreation areas that offer solitude, history, and natural wonders and take us beyond the crowds.
Dubbed “America’s best idea,” they encompass 84 million acres of diverse landscape from the Everglades to glaciers to redwood forests. But in the 21st Century, America’s national parks face unique challenges.