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Utah has a reputation for some of the strictest liquor laws in the country and the Utah Hospitality Association says the LDS Church directly influences lawmakers on these issues. As part of their effort to overturn a recent law, the group is suing to keep state legislators from considering Church opinion when creating alcohol regulations. Monday, we're talking about Utah liquor laws and about what role morality and religion play in creating public policy.

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In the fall of 2008, Jay Bahadur was stuck in a job he hated. He yearned to be a journalist, but he had no faith in journalism schools. So he flew to the hinterlands of Somalia to write a book about the world of modern day pirates. He wanted to tell the full story of the buccaneers of Puntland: what they do and who they are as human beings on both land and sea, not simply the AK-47-toting thugs who appear in news stories.Bahadur joins Doug on Monday to Doug on talk about the pirates of Somalia. (Rebroadcast)

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Three weeks ago, a group of about 5,000 people kicked off the Occupy Wall Street movement. It began as an idea put forth by AdBusters magazine, but few could have guessed that its anti-government, anti-corporate message would resonate so deeply with so many Americans. But how is Occupy Wall Street evolving? How does it compare with the Tea Party? And how long will people occupy Wall Street and Salt Lake City? A panel of guests joins Doug on Monday to talk about the occupation movement.

This past Monday, Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz announced he would not run against six-term Senator Orrin Hatch. Many observers were anticipating a race between the two Republicans and potential candidates were waiting to see what Chaffetz might do before throwing their hats in the ring. Thursday on RadioWest, we'll talk with Congressman Chaffetz about his decision and about his goals in Washington. We'll also be joined by a panel to discuss what all of this means for Utah in 2012.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry is shaking up the GOP Presidential race. Within 3 days of entering, a Rasmussen poll already showed him with a double digit lead over Romney and Bachmann. Perry's appealing to the Evangelical Christian vote with a massive prayer rally earlier this month and his vocal skepticism on issues like evolution. Monday, we're talking about Perry's faith and about his relationship to the New Apostolic Reformation - a conservative Christian movement with clear political goals.

Monday, we're talking about the controversy surrounding Salt Lake City's proposal for a new 2,500 seat theater on Main Street. Proponents say it's another step in the revitalization of downtown and that the venue will serve Utahns with a better selection of Broadway touring shows. The price tag is between $100 and $120 million though and some people are asking what it will mean for other arts organizations in the city.

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Much is being made of the crisis in journalism today. Circulation is down, newsrooms are cutting back and established papers have had to end publication. But a report from Stanford is showing that rural and small-town newspapers are relatively healthy. Monday, we're talking about community journalism and the portrait it paints of American life. Our guests are Stanford's Geoff McGhee and Judy Muller author of a new book that looks at what she calls "big stories from small towns ."

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