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Best of 2019

Film still from Casualties.
RadioWest Films

In September 2003, U.S. Army Specialist Alyssa Peterson died by suicide in Tal Afar, Iraq. She had only been on deployment three months, and it took time before her brother Mitch was ready to look into her death. Now he says he owes it to her.

 

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The journalist Johann Hari traveled around the world to find out why people are so depressed these days. He found evidence for nine causes of depression and anxiety, and he says he has some ideas for fixing them.

VeggieTales Preach image.
Renee Bright / KUER

If you grew up in the 1990s, or if you're the parent of someone who did, your life was probably touched in some way by VeggieTales. The computer-animated show featured singing vegetables that teach kids bible stories. It became a Christian media empire, with a bestselling VHS and DVD series, a broadcast TV version and even a feature film. Then it went bankrupt. 

Photo of a bison
Nate Hegyi / Mountain West News Bureau

Photo of the rear-end of a Zion National Park Shuttle on a winding canyon road. Clouds of sand that are several times its height billow above.
Photo courtesy of Kathleen Kavarra Corr.

The Saturday evening sky above Zion National Park was bright blue and cloudless when Dixie State geography adjunct professor Kathleen Kavarra Corr said she heard a crack like thunder.

Photo of vertebrae in plaster.
Kate Groetzinger / KUER

WHITE MESA — Just south of Blanding, researchers are excavating seven giant dinosaur vertebrae. They are part of a 70-foot-long diplodocus skeleton that will be on display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Photo of Jim Taylor.
Kelsie Moore / KUER

July 16 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch. Like any adventure, those astronauts needed a map to get them there. But how do you chart a landscape 238,900 miles away? KUER’s Elaine Clark spoke with Stansbury Park resident and retired physicist Jim Taylor about how he helped map the moon.

Renee Bright / KUER

This weekend, hundreds of thousands of people will gather to mark the completion of the transcontinental railroad in Utah 150 years ago.

Photo of site marker.
Daysha Eaton / KUER

PRESTON, Idaho — Alongside Idaho State Highway 91 just north of the Utah border stands a prayer tree, its branches tied with remnants of faded cloth.