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“Trib Talk,” hosted by education reporter Benjamin Wood, features Salt Lake Tribune reporters and invited guests discussing the latest news and diving into topics that affect Utahns.

“Trib Talk,” hosted by education reporter Benjamin Wood, features Salt Lake Tribune reporters and invited guests discussing the latest news and diving into topics that affect Utahns.
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“Trib Talk,” hosted by education reporter Benjamin Wood, features Salt Lake Tribune reporters and invited guests discussing the latest news and diving into topics that affect Utahns.








The NAACP is celebrating 100 years in Utah, but it’s history is just now being written | Episode 46

The NAACP is celebrating its 100th anniversary in Utah and an amazing — at times horrifying — journey it’s been. The civil-rights organization that aims to transform and unite communities began in the state in response to an act of violence. On this week’s episode of “Trib Talk,” Jeanetta Williams, longtime leader of the Salt Lake Chapter of the NAACP, Salt Lake Tribune reporter Courtney Tanner and Tribune director of photography Jeremy Harmon join Dan Harrie to explore the group’s...


Sandy City looks for answers after a water contamination crisis | Episode 45

Sandy residents are asking for answers after a malfunction flooded the city’s water system with fluoride, eroding pipes and pushing unsafe levels of minerals and contamination into people’s homes. The incident has raised accusations of negligence and mismanagement, and reignited a debate over the value of mandatory fluoridation. On this week’s episode of “Trib Talk,” Sandy City Deputy Mayor Evelyn Everton and Tribune government reporter Taylor Stevens join Benjamin Wood to discuss the cause...


Utah Gov. Gary Herbert wants a big tax cut, and bigger tax reform | Episode 44

During his State of the State Address, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said his number-one priority for the 2019 legislative session would be the development of a more equitable, simple and sustainable tax system. Now, after more than two weeks of debate dominated by Medicaid expansion, legislators say they’re ready to turn their attention toward tax reform and a potential tax cut of more than $200 million. But they’ve also expressed skepticism toward some pieces of the governor’s proposal. On this...


Tribune editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce on the importance and role of the free press | Episode 43

The free press, included in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, is among the foundational principals of American democracy. But recent years have seen trying times for journalists, as newsrooms across the country contract under market pressures and the media is derided as ‘fake news’ and ‘the enemy of the people’ by readers, viewers and individuals in the highest levels of the government. On this week’s episode of “Trib Talk,” Salt Lake Tribune editor Jennifer...


Utah Republican and Democratic leaders discuss their priorities for the 2019 session | Episode 42

The 2019 legislative session began on Monday, kicking off 45 days of debate on hundreds of proposed pieces of legislation. Legislative leaders cite a familiar list of priorities, including funding for education and efforts to improve air quality, health care costs and transportation. But the session comes on the heels of a controversial move by lawmakers to replace a medical marijuana law, approved by popular vote, with a plan of their own making. And with two other ballot initiative...


Here's how Torrey Green's guilty verdict could change Utah's criminal justice system | Episode 41

On Friday, former Utah State University football player Torrey Green was convicted on eight counts of rape, sexual assault and sexual battery. Six women testified, painting similar pictures of Green, a star USU linebacker at the time, using the pretense of watching a movie on a first date to force himself on them without their consent. While Green was a student, several women reported their allegations to campus and law enforcement authorities. No disciplinary actions were taken, and no...


Film and TV producers say they’ll skip Utah without more incentives | Episode 40

Last year, taxpayer dollars were given to Disney Channel’s “Andi Mack” and “The A Girl,” BYUtv’s “Dwight in Shining Armor” and “Shoelaces for Christmas,” Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone” and several other film and television productions in return for filming in Utah. Now, producers say they’re looking elsewhere for shooting locations, citing less restrictive incentive programs in other states, and other countries. Industry representatives are asking Utah lawmakers to boost the state’s...


What's happening in San Juan County? A major shift in political power. | Episode 39

Despite a majority American Indian population, San Juan County politics have long been dominated by white Republicans. That changed Monday with the swearing in of two new commissioners, which form a Democratic and Navajo majority in San Juan’s three-member commission. Some residents fear the change, while others welcome increased representation for communities they say were neglected in the past. And the new commission has signaled its interest in reversing positions on public lands...


Navigating Utah’s new 0.05 DUI law | Episode 38

On Sunday, Utah became the first state in the nation to lower its drunk-driving limit to a blood alcohol content level of 0.05 percent or higher. The change, endorsed by the National Transportation Safety Board, is intended to discourage drunk driving at any level of intoxication. But critics argue the strict law targets responsible drinkers while doing little to prevent DUI fatalities, most of which are the result of drivers who are well in excess of the previous 0.08 limit. On this week’s...


The Trib Caucus reviews a year of Utah political news | Episode 37

Occasionally, The Salt Lake Tribune’s political reporters and columnists chat about the hottest topics of the week. With the end of the year rapidly approaching, the caucus convened for a special episode of The Tribune’s “Trib Talk” podcast to review the political news of 2018, which included the legalization of medical marijuana, the election of Mitt Romney to the U.S. Senate, Democrat Ben McAdams' narrow victory over Republican Rep. Mia Love and much, much more. The discussion is moderated...


Neighbors push back against a hospice and medical care center for the homeless | Episode 36

The INN Between moved to Salt Lake City’s east side in May, with a mission to provide hospice and medical care to individuals with nowhere else to go. But over the last six months, a cool reception from some neighbors has escalated into threats of litigation, no-trespass orders and an organized effort to stop the INN Between’s expansion and move it away from homes. Critics say the INN Between’s indigent clientele bring crime to the neighborhood, while the people who run the medical center...


Republicans are overrepresented in Utah, but gerrymandering might not be the cause | Episode 35

Utah’s state Legislature is more Republican than the state’s voters. That will continue to be true over the next two years, as one-third of all votes cast for the Utah House in 2018 were for Democratic candidates, but the party won only one-fifth of House seats. The cause of the disparity is open to interpretation, and is affected by the individual candidates who run for election, the trends that drive voters to the polls, the areas where people choose to live and the arbitrary maps that...


Utah’s 20-year-old hate crimes law has never been successfully prosecuted | Episode 34

“I’m here to kill a Mexican" — That, and other racially-charged language, is what a man allegedly screamed before beating a tire shop owner and his 18-year-old son with a metal bar last week. A suspect was ultimately apprehended and charged with aggravated assault and other drug and weapons-related crimes. But the charges do not include a hate crime enhancement, despite the crime appearing to be racially motivated, adding to frustrations around a state law that some prosecutors and...


Opioid manufacturers spend a lot of money on Utah doctors who prescribe their drugs | Episode 33

Some Utah physicians receive tens of thousands of dollars in free meals, speaking fees and other incentives from opioid manufacturers, as pharmaceutical representatives work to build lucrative relationships with the doctors who prescribe medicine to their patients. It’s a dynamic that is illuminated by new federal disclosure rules, and one that has come under fire as communities in Utah and around the country grapple with an opioid epidemicthat puts patients on a path to addiction and, in...


Representative-elect Ben McAdams prepares for Congress after a roller-coaster election | Episode 32

After two long weeks of counting votes, and counting more votes, and counting even more votes, election results were finalized by Utah’s counties on Tuesday and the competitive 4th District race was called for Democrat Ben McAdams. The result bookended an unpredictable and at-times heated campaign between McAdams and Republican Rep. Mia Love, with polling and early vote totals ping-ponging back and forth between the two candidates. With McAdams' election, Utah will have a Democratic...


Why was a Utah woman charged with a crime after reporting a sexual assault? | Episode 31

Relatively few incidents of rape and sexual assault are reported to law enforcement authorities. And of those that are, fewer still result in criminal charges and conviction. But one Utah woman’s report did lead to charges being filed — against her. The case was ultimately dropped, resulting in the state’s various law enforcement agencies pointing fingers at each other and struggling to answer how an alleged victim came under fire. On this week’s episode of “Trib Talk,” Tribune reporter...


Here's what you missed on Election Day | Episode 30

Election night saw Democrats regain control of the U.S. House, while falling short of regaining the U.S. Senate. In Utah, a large turnout led to presumed victories for medical marijuana legalization, medicaid expansion and Mitt Romney for U.S. Senate. But other races, like an anti-gerrymandering initiative and the closely-watched Mia Love/Ben McAdams race, remain too close to call. On this week’s episode of “Trib Talk,” Tribune reporters Taylor Stevens and Bethany Rodgers and columnist...


Salt Lake Tribune owner Paul Huntsman explains who the paper endorses and why | Episode 29

Political endorsements are among the oldest, most controversial and least understood traditions of the newspaper industry, with ongoing debates inside and outside U.S. newsrooms on whether, why, and how to choose sides in partisan races. The Salt Lake Tribune has taken a position on each of Utah’s four Congressional races, its statewide Senate race and the various questions, propositions and amendments on this year’s ballot. But what do the paper’s stated positions mean for the reporters...


The LDS Church is ready to legalize medical marijuana in Utah, even if Prop 2 fails | Episode 28

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been atypically public in its advocacy for a tightly-controlled and strictly-enforced medical marijuana program in Utah. After joining a coalition effort to oppose Proposition 2 — which would legalize medical cannabis in the state — church leaders joined with some of the initiative’s backers and Utah lawmakers to embrace a negotiated deal expected to be debated and potentially adopted by the Legislature in November. But the announcement of...


Mystery and missing evidence haunt the decades-old murder of a black, gay, socialist | Episode 27

Over the last 40 years, the brutal murder of Anthony Adams has been described as a hate crime, a political assassination and a robbery gone bad. But one thing it has never been described as, is “solved.” The cold case is one of many being re-examined by the Salt Lake City Police Department. And Adams’ murder is notable not only for its enduring mystery, but also for the evidence that has allegedly gone missing as the city has spent decades trying, and failing, to find his killer. On this...