Welcome to Season 3 of the Rural Towns Project Podcast! Season 3 will have even more Idaho and Utah towns, even more episodes, and soon a companion newsletter and a few other things I’m working on so stay tuned. I’m starting Season 3 with Malad, Idaho and kick things off by welcoming back to the podcast Idaho State Historian HannaLore Hein. HannaLore and I talk about the history of Malad generally but quickly get into the fascinating role Malad played in the political history of both Idaho and Utah. HannaLore shares stories from the history of Malad that range from the meaning of the name Malad to the right to vote for women to railroads and electricity. We end the episode not with the Road Trip Music Question but with a book recommendation from HannaLore.
I will soon (starting January 2022) be emailing out a short newsletter each Friday as a companion to the podcast episodes. The newsletter will include some thoughts on that week's podcast as well as highlights from what I’ve been reading, thinking, researching, and learning about rural towns, entrepreneurs and small businesses in the American West. You can subscribe to the newsletter here: http://ruraltownsproject.substack.com