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Medical marijuana is legal in 23 U.S. states, and Utah is now considering whether it should be an option for patients here. Two bills are working their way through the legislature. The more controversial is sponsored by Republican Senator Mark Madsen. It proposes making the whole plant - including the psychoactive chemical THC - available. Wednesday, we’re talking about the bill and the politics around it. We’ll also break down the science to analyze the benefits and risks of medical marijuana.

Last week, an advocacy group made headlines when they said there’s been a startling increase in suicides among LGBT Mormon youth. They blamed LDS Church policy which labels members in same-sex marriages as apostates. It’s hard to get a line on those statistics though, and while the anecdotal numbers are problematic, they still raise serious concerns. Tuesday, we’re asking what we know about depression and suicide in gay Mormons and whether the Church’s vocal stance contributes to that risk.

Monday, we continue our Sundance coverage with AUDRIE & DAISY. The two teen girls were raped and this documentary examines the fallout of shaming and bullying on social media that followed. Audrie was overwhelmed by what she saw as irreparable damage to her reputation and committed suicide. Daisy's story made national headlines, and her family became the target of an enraged community. Filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk join Doug to explore what they call a modern-day "Scarlet Letter."

Bundy-style Mormonism

Jan 14, 2016
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Thursday we’re asking if the occupation of a federal office in Oregon is a Mormon enterprise, and if so, what kind of Mormonism? The Bundy brothers leading the group are LDS, and they use Mormon theology to talk about motives and dealing with “tyranny.” The Church has condemned the tactics, and while the Bundys’ views aren’t mainstream, historian Patrick Mason says they didn’t come out of thin air. He and others join us to talk about the groups’ politics and faith in relation to Mormon orthodoxy.

Camilla Madsen

In November, independent radio producer Scott Carrier traveled overland from Copenhagen, Denmark, south to the Greek island of Lesbos. His journey traced the trail taken by refugees fleeing conflict in Central Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Carrier wanted to talk to the refugees themselves and find out why they left their homes, where they were going, and what they thought their futures would be like. He joins us Tuesday share what he learned about the European refugee crisis.

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Tuesday, as the sun sets on 2015, we’re discussing the biggest Utah news stories of the year. It was a year full of notable political and cultural developments. Salt Lake City elected a new mayor and was chosen as the new home for the state prison. Fights continued over both public lands and election reform. Gay marriage advocates rejoiced over a historic Supreme Court ruling, and the LDS Church adopted new restrictions on gay members. There’s a lot to talk about, so we hope you’ll join us.

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In March, the journalist Graeme Wood joined us to put the Islamic State under the microscope. What is it? Where did it come from, and what does it want? In an article for The Atlantic magazine, Wood argued that ISIS seeks to revert civilization to a “seventh-century legal environment, and ultimately bring about the apocalypse,” and it’s committed to killing vast numbers of people in the process. We talked about ISIS’s intellectual genealogy and why it’s imperative the West better understand it. (Rebroadcast)

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News broke last week that the LDS Church was adopting new policies aimed at married same-sex couples and their children. Mormons in a same-sex marriage will now be considered apostates and could be subject to disciplinary hearings and excommunication. Their children, meanwhile, will be barred from many of the faith’s sacred rituals, unless they get permission from church’s highest leaders. Monday, a panel of guests will join us to discuss the impacts and ramifications of these new church policies.

Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/allaboutgeorge/4426219005/in/photolist-7K8wGM">George Kelly</a>, CC via Flickr

This weekend, the Salt Lake Tribune reported that Jon Huntsman, Sr’s efforts to buy the state’s largest daily newspaper had reached “an impasse.” The paper operates under an agreement that gives veto power of a sale to the LDS Church and 70% of the profits to the Church-owned Deseret News. Journalism professor Matthew LaPlante says without a renegotiation it’s hard to imagine anyone willing to buy the struggling daily. Wednesday, he joins us to talk about the future of this two-newspaper town.

 

It sounds like science fiction, but a cyberattack on America's power grid could be launched from a single laptop anywhere in the world. The results would be devastating, especially in cities, where food and water shortages would occur in days. Nevertheless, veteran journalist Ted Koppel says our government is woefully unprepared for such a calamity. He joins us Tuesday to talk about his investigation into this unique threat and potential ways to prepare for a catastrophe that is all but inevitable.

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