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Ballot Ready 2018: Proposition 2 – the Medical Marijuana Initiative

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour — With election day approaching, the Hinckley Institute has been hosting a series of forums called “Ballot Ready 2018.” The forums are intended to inform and prepare individuals as they get ready to cast their vote in just a few short weeks. This year, Utah has 3 ballot initiatives for voters to […]


Opioid Truths, Myths, and Breakthroughs: Connecting Communities to Solutions

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour — A few weeks ago, the Hinckley Institute held a panel discussion on the current state of the opioid epidemic here in Utah and nationwide. According to new data released by Lt. Gov Spencer Cox’s office, in 2017 Utah’s number of prescription opioid overdose deaths declined for the third consecutive […]


Campaign Finance Reform

Today on the program: a panel discussion held last week at the Hinckley Institute focusing on the role of money in politics and the rules governing how a political candidate, nominee or incumbent raises money to fund their election campaigns. Those rules include disclosing the names of individuals, organizations and companies who donate to political […]


What Is the Future of the Iran Nuclear Deal?

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour — Rick Wayman, deputy director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, discusses the future of the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Wayman looks at the deal’s history and the broader foreign policy implications of the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw the United States from […]


Civility in Politics: Why Has Civility in Politics Declined?

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Original Air date: May 2, 2018) — Earlier this year, the Hinckley Institute hosted Part 1 of a 2-Part panel discussion titled: Civility in Politics. The panel surveys the political landscape, both nationally and locally, and then addresses the question: Why has civility in politics declined? The panelists include: Matt Burbank, Associate Professor in the […]


2018 HIP Talks: Finale

This past spring, the Hinckley Institute of Politics held its 4th annual HIP Talks, a two-minute speech competition at the University of Utah. Students were invited to speak through a series of qualifying rounds, before reaching the final competition. The HIP in ‘HIP Talks’ stands for Hinckley Institute of Politics. For the final competition, 30 […]


Beyond Words: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Despite the successful efforts of the #MeToo campaign to increase awareness around sexual assault and harassment, survivors and survivor advocates say that there is still a significant amount of work to be done. In April 2018, the Hinckley Institute featured a forum on the history and culture of sexual violence. The event was part of […]


The Debate over Medical Marijuana in Utah

(Original Air Date: April 25, 2018) — The Hinckley Institute of Politics hosted a panel that looks at the debate playing out in Utah over medical marijuana. Earlier this year, the Utah State Legislature passed laws that will legalize medical marijuana for a very small number of people: those with a terminal illness who, at the […]


Dolores Huerta: A Born Again Feminist

(Original Air Date: March 21, 2018) — Dolores Huerta is an American Labor leader, civil rights activist, feminist and Mother. She is also the founder of the Agricultural Workers Association, and co-founder of the United Farm Workers union. Huerta has spent her life working to fight discrimination and to improve conditions for farm-workers. In 2012, […]


The Bottom Line: Estate Planning & Legal Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs — Scott McCullough, Attorney

The Bottom Line – (Original Air date: June 7, 2016) Scott McCullough is a partner at Callister Nebeker & McCullough. He specializes in business law, asset protection and estate planning, but he also advises entrepreneurs who are building their own companies. Company founders are wise to seek professional advice early in their journey. Important decisions […]


Examining Utah’s Urban-Rural Divide

The Hinckley Institute of Politics hosted a panel addressing the Utah Rural-Urban Divide with students of the Honors College Praxis Lab attending in the audience. The panel examines how the divide between rural and urban Utah creates challenges for the State and its residents. The Praxis Lab draws students from all disciplines to collaborate on […]


Utah’s Opioid Epidemic

The Hinckley Institute of Politics hosted a panel that looks at Utah’s Opioid Epidemic and explores potential solutions in addressing the problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2016 – more than 63,000 people died from drug overdoses around the country, and nearly two-thirds of those deaths involved a prescription or illicit opioid. […]


Race, Class, and Gender Inequities in the U.S.

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Original Air Date: April 26, 2017) — The Hinckley Institute of Politics hosted another in a series of Campus Community Dialogues: Understanding Our Differences, Shaping Our Future – Race, Class, and Gender Inequities in the U.S. The forum was sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Science, the Hinckley Institute […]


Cyber Security & Global Politics

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Original Air date: February 24, 2016) — David Fidler is an Adjunct Senior Fellow for Cybersecurity at the Council on Foreign Relations. He also teaches law at the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research at Indiana University. He spoke about the emerging threats to our security and privacy through the Internet […]


Dog Whistle Politics

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Original Air date: October 1, 2014) – Ian Haney Lopez is a professor of law at the University of California, Berkley, and author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals have Wrecked the Middle Class. He examines how race-related language and imagery has been used since the 1960’s Civil […]


Campus-Community Dialogue: #MeToo – Now What?

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Original Air date: May 5, 2018) – The Hinckley Institute of Politics hosted their final Spring Campus-Community panel discussion. The panel takes a look at the #MeToo movement — and, in particular, what the future holds for the movement. The panelists include: Ella Myers, Associate Professor in Political Science and Gender Studies […]


American Indian Decolonization in the West

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Original Air date: March 18, 2015) – Dr. Leo Killsback, Associate Professor in American Indian Studies at Arizona State University, spoke at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on February of 2015. A member in the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Killsback reexamines the legacy of colonialism in the West from a social […]


American Settler Colonialism

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Original Air date: April 15, 2015) – Walter Hixson, a distinguished professor of history at the University of Akron, spoke at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on the campus of the University of Utah in March of 2015. Hixson specializes in the history of U.S. foreign policy, and in 2013 he […]


What makes the Magna Carta still relevant today?

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Original Air date: June 3, 2015) – The 800-year old Magna Carta, in some form or another, is still with us today. It’s echoed in the United States Declaration of Independence and in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Many of the ideas behind Habeus Corpus and the right […]


How Congress Really Works

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Original Air date: May 6, 2015) – Much public dissatisfaction stems from a lack of understanding of how Congress works. For those looking to make change, understanding the system is crucial. Those who want to get involved should know what they’re getting involved in. And for people to cast informed […]