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Speak Your Piece: a podcast about Utah's history

Brad Westwood, Senior Public Historian, Utah Dept. of Heritage & Arts

The past is never truly “in the past.” It’s all around us, it informs us. It speaks to our shared and to our separate identities. “Speak Your Piece” is a podcast where contributors share their insights and discoveries about Utah's 12,000 year (plus) human story. Hosted by Brad Westwood, Senior Public Historian (Utah Dept. of Culture & Community Engagement), a new episode is released every other week, sometimes more, sometimes less. SYP explores the key arguments within a new or worthwhile older publication, article or website; or delves into a notable museum, archival collection, archaeological report; or allows a respected writer, curator or historian to speak freely, sometimes about difficult history. SYP seeks to tell a history of Utah you may not have heard before, told by the people who know it best: historians, writers, curators, archaeologists, rare book dealers, archivists, librarians and more.The podcast is recorded and engineered at the Studio Underground at Stokes Strategies in Salt Lake City. Conner Sorenson is the sound and post-production engineer. The SYP logo is a photograph entitled "Canyonlands," taken by Utah outdoor photographer Al W. Morton, circa 1955, within the Canyonlands National Park (NPS). The lone man in the image is Kent Frost, looking over a series of needle rock formations located in San Juan County, Utah. The image and rights are owned by the Utah State Historical Society.

Recent Episodes

“Rails East to Ogden:” Abandon Cultural Landscapes, Historical Archaeology and One of USA’s “Unknown National Treasures”November 24, 2021 Episode artwork Season 3, Ep. 11: SLC's Latinx Population, Environmental Racism: A West Side Story, Past & PresentOctober 09, 2021 Episode artwork Season 3, Ep. 7: “Run it up the Flagpole...” Utah Considers a New State FlagAugust 23, 2021 Episode artwork Season 3, Episode 3: “We’ll Sing and We’ll Shout:” The Life of W. W. Phelps with LDS Historian Bruce Van OrdenAugust 18, 2021 Episode artwork Season 2, Ep. 18: Utah's Story - 150 Years of Photography from the Salt Lake Tribune August 09, 2021 Episode artwork Season 3, Ep. 6: Mormon Laborers, Working on the Transcontinental Railroad (1868-1869)July 16, 2021 Episode artwork Season 3, Ep. 4: "Are We There Yet?" - Mid 20th Century Vacations, Highways, Motels, Neon Signs...June 23, 2021 Episode artwork Season 3, Ep. 2: "Topaz Stories: Remembering the Japanese American Incarceration"June 17, 2021 Episode artwork Season 3, Ep. 1: History of Water in Utah: "The Most Complicated Plumbing System..."May 27, 2021 Episode artwork Season 2, Ep. 15: "My Life in [1950's] Carbon County [Utah]:" A Conversation With Dr. Ronald G. WattApril 13, 2021 Episode artwork Season 2, Ep. 16, "Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders" -- a Conversation with Co-author Allen D. RobertsMarch 26, 2021 Episode artwork Season 2, Ep. 14, The Youthful Workforce of the North Rim, Zion, Bryce & Cedar Breaks: "Singaway: Working and Playing for the Utah Parks Company, 1923 to 1972"March 11, 2021 Episode artwork Season 2, Ep. 10, "The Peoples of Utah" - revisited, for USA's 250th anniversary in 2026February 16, 2021 Episode artwork Season 2, Ep. 12, Utah's Archaeological Past and the "Utah Cultural Stewardship Program"February 10, 2021 Episode artwork Season 2, Ep. 11, Utah’s Small Museum LandscapeFebruary 06, 2021 Episode artwork Season 2, Ep. 9, Dr. Martha Bradley Evans: 20th C. Utah & LDS Women's History (including ERA)January 20, 2021 Episode artwork Season 2, Ep. 8, Sons of Utah Pioneers, their magazine "the Pioneer," & their 125th statehood anniversary issueJanuary 07, 2021 Episode artwork Season 2, Ep. (1 & 2 combined), Kenneth L. Cannon: A Patriarch & Three Scions: George Q. Cannon and SonsDecember 17, 2020 Episode artwork Season 2, Ep. 6 (1 & 2 combined) Darren Parry and his book "The Bear River Massacre: A Shoshone History"November 20, 2020 Episode artwork Season 2, Ep. 3 (Part 2 of 2) Leo Lyman's Deep Dive into the “Sausage Making” of Utah's StatehoodNovember 12, 2020 Episode artwork Season 2, Ep. 3 (Part 1 of 2) Leo Lyman's Deep Dive into the “Sausage Making” of Utah's StatehoodNovember 12, 2020 Episode artwork Season 2, Ep. 5 (Part 2): Neylan McBaine, "Pioneering The Vote: The Untold Story of Suffragists in Utah and the West"November 02, 2020 Episode artwork Season 2, Ep. 5 (Part 1): Neylan McBaine, "Pioneering The Vote: The Untold Story of Suffragists in Utah and the West"November 02, 2020 Episode artwork Season 2 Ep. 4 (Part 2): Dr. Cassandra Clark, "Landscapes of the Mind"November 02, 2020 Episode artwork Season 2, Ep. 4 (Part 1): Dr. Cassandra Clark: "Landscape of the Mind"November 02, 2020 Episode artwork