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KCPW Public Radio 88.3 FM and 105.3 FM is Utah’s first and only 24-hour commercial-free news and information station. Listen to local news updates from KCPW at 6:50, 7:50, and 8:50 a.m.

KCPW Public Radio 88.3 FM and 105.3 FM is Utah’s first and only 24-hour commercial-free news and information station. Listen to local news updates from KCPW at 6:50, 7:50, and 8:50 a.m.
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KCPW Public Radio 88.3 FM and 105.3 FM is Utah’s first and only 24-hour commercial-free news and information station. Listen to local news updates from KCPW at 6:50, 7:50, and 8:50 a.m.






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Mormon church leader Monson dies, and will Mitt Romney replace Hatch?

After 41 years in office, Orrin Hatch says he will retire from the Senate early next year. The news has led to widespread speculation that Mitt Romney will run to replace Hatch. And The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mourns the death of President Thomas S. Monson, who led the church for a […]

Duration: 00:51:24

The future of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

What will happen to Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument after Pres. Donald Trump’s decision to shrink it? Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, proposes legislation to create a national park in the area; and Steve Bloch, Legal Director at Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, talks about the lawsuit the conservation group has filed against Trump’s action.

Duration: 00:28:58

Supporters of Bears Ears National Monument

How do Native peoples feel about Pres. Donald Trump’s decision to re-size the Bears Ears National Monument? Braidan Weeks, communications coordinator for Utah Dine Bikeyah, talks about tribes’ historical involvement in the creation of the monument; and legal counsel for the tribes file a lawsuit against Trump’s action.

Duration: 00:27:59

Trump to come to Utah, thousands of ballots are nullified, women share sexual harassment stories

President Donald Trump will come to Utah to announce boundary adjustments for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. Errors lead to thousands of ballots’ rejection in the special congressional election. And women in Utah politics share their experiences with sexual harassment. At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Courtney Tanner and Lee Davidson, […]

Duration: 00:50:52

Drone Warfare and the Law of Armed Conflict

Today unpiloted airplanes – drones, flying virtually unseen miles above the Earth – are common in the skies over Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and elsewhere. They are increasingly used for surveillance of potential enemies, and if necessary, they are used to kill people deemed to be foreign terrorists. Recently Ryan Vogel, Director of National Security Studies […]

Duration: 00:57:41

Talking to Conservatives Effectively about Climate Change

(Air dates: November 22 ~ 25, 2017) — Climate change is among the most politicized and, sadly, polarized scientific issues in recent years. Surveys on the divide of climate change acceptance show that on average Conservative Republicans are much less likely to trust the science of climate change than Liberal Democrats. Former South Carolinian Republican […]

Duration: 00:58:57

The impostor syndrome

Have you ever felt like a phony? On today’s show, Emily Means discusses the “impostor phenomenon” with Aida Neimarlija, partner at the law firm of Gross & Rooney; Erin Jemison, Director of Public Policy at the YWCA of Utah; and Rachel Stone, founder of the BYU Women in Politics Organization and Business Intelligence and Research […]

Duration: 00:29:57

Unexpected Minorities in the U.S. Military

(Air dates: November 15 ~ 18, 2017) — In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Hinckley Institute hosted a conversation about “Unexpected Minorities” serving in the U.S. Armed Forces both historically and presently. Moderator Matt Basso, an associate professor of history and gender studies, leads a discussion about the many barriers ethnic, or religious, or LGBT […]

Duration: 01:05:38

Enriching Utah’s Classrooms Through Play

Playworks originated in Oakland, CA, as an innovative approach to resolving student discipline problems and bullying during recess. The idea quickly caught on across the country, and it arrived in Utah in 2011. Since then the program has grown to 66 schools across the Wasatch Front, serving over 35,000 kids. Playworks Utah Executive Director Chris […]

Duration: 00:46:58

Utah’s newest tyrannosaur fossil

Today on the show, we talk about the recently excavated tyrannosaur fossil found at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Tylor Birthisel, paleontology lab and field manager at the Natural History Museum of Utah, talks about making space for the fossil in the museum’s collections and details the identified bones in the tyrannosaur skull; and Brian Switek, […]

Duration: 00:28:58

Feds OK Utah’s Medicaid waiver, a manhunt follows a U. shooting and Utahns in Congress discuss Mueller indictments

President Donald Trump’s administration approves Utah’s request for a Medicaid waiver to help fund Operation Rio Grande. The fatal shooting of a student near the University of Utah leads to a manhunt and arrests. And Utah’s members of Congress comment on special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s indictments over his Trump campaign investigation. At 9 a.m. Friday, […]

Duration: 00:50:54

The redistricting process

Emily Means talks with Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, and Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, D-Salt Lake City, about redistricting, the process of re-evaluating and redrawing political boundaries following the U.S. census; and their thoughts on the Better Boundaries initiative. Also, Jason Perry from the Hinckley Institute of Politics lays the groundwork for understanding where congressional seats are […]

Duration: 00:29:59

Operation Rio Grande arrests, no Herrod concession and heavy metals in schools’ drinking water

Operation Rio Grande’s arrest tally rises above 200 in less than a week of the downtown crackdown, and the ACLU of Utah calls the strategy “business as usual.” Provo Mayor John Curtis likely wins the Republican nomination in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District, but Chris Herrod, the probable runner-up, refuses to concede until more votes are […]

Duration: 00:51:25

Reflections of an Aid Worker in South Sudan

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Original Air date: May 3, 2017) — Recently the Tanner Center for Human Rights co-sponsored Renuka Naj to speak at the Hinckley Institute. Naj recently returned from serving a year in Juba, South Sudan, a country that has collapsed into violent civil war. She spoke on February 8, 2017.

Duration: 00:27:57

Ozone levels, the Koch Foundation and Utah’s Third Congressional District

Ozone levels along the Wasatch Front are the worst they’ve been in almost a decade. A $10 million donation from the Charles Koch Foundation has some University of Utah faculty concerned about potential political influence at the school. And after a judge ruled in the party’s favor, Jim Bennett will be on the ballot as the […]

Duration: 00:51:27

Herbert announces 50-year water plan, Wilson to seek Hatch’s Senate seat and Huntsman Jr. officially nominated as ambassador to Russia

In anticipation of Utah’s population growth, Gov. Gary Herbert unveils a 50-year water management plan. Salt Lake County Council member Jenny Wilson announces that she will challenge seven-term Sen. Orrin Hatch. And the White House officially nominates Jon Huntsman Jr. as ambassador to Russia. At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporter Emma Penrod, Washington Bureau Chief Thomas Burr, government and politics editor Dan Harrie and editorial writer George Pyle join KCPW’s Roger McDonough...

Duration: 00:51:27

Senate GOP pushes new health bill, Hatch weighs in on Trump Jr. meeting, Utah District 3 candidates debate, mixed reaction on schools initiative (7/14/17)

Senate Republicans release a revision of their health care bill, gaining some conservative votes but still lacking support from moderates. Utah’s U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch says the story of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian national is “overblown.” Republican candidates for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District have a hard time distinguishing themselves from one another at their first debate. And a ballot initiative aiming to increase education funding receives mixed reactions from the...

Duration: 00:51:37

Fireworks troubles renew calls for ban, Hughes considers National Guard intervention in homeless violence, Gordon Hayward bolts to Boston

Fireworks dazzle Utahns over the July Fourth weekend, but fires and increased air pollution have some residents wondering if the displays are worth the trouble. Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes considers involving the National Guard in the violence affecting the Rio Grande homeless population. And Utah Jazz player Gordon Hayward says goodbye to the Beehive State as he accepts a position with the Boston Celtics. At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Emma Penrod, Chris Smart and Kyle...

Duration: 00:51:27

Jason Chaffetz’s new gig; Mike Lee’s role in the delayed health care vote; and what caused the Brian Head fire to spread?

Outgoing Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz starts work as a political pundit on Fox News. Republican Senate leaders postpone a vote on their health care bill amid lack of support, including from Utah Sen. Mike Lee. And while the Brian Head Fire rages on, environmentalists and state legislators disagree on what causes wildfires to spread. On Friday at 9 a.m., Salt Lake Tribune reporter Brian Maffly, Washington Bureau Chief Thomas Burr, managing editor David Noyce and columnist Robert Gehrke...

Duration: 00:51:24

Utah’s new DUI law, Gov. Herbert vs. the legislature — and Mike Lee vs. the GOP health care bill

Utah’s hotly debated DUI law comes under scrutiny during the legislature’s interim session. The race for Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s soon-to-be-vacant House seat spurs a conflict between the Utah legislature and Gov. Gary Herbert. And Senate Republicans release the draft of their health care bill, drawing fire from Democrats and some Republicans, including Utah Sen. Mike Lee. On Friday at 9 a.m., Salt Lake Tribune reporters Kathy Stephenson and Emma Penrod, government and politics editor Dan...

Duration: 00:51:23

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