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Tuesday, we're looking at Utah junior Senator Mike Lee's role in the current stalemate in Washington. Lee has joined with Texas Senator Ted Cruz and others to lead a charge against the Affordable Care Act and many believe their tactics have contributed to the government shutdown. Recent poll numbers show 51% of Utahns have an unfavorable view of the Senator and even some Republican colleagues are distancing themselves. Doug is joined by a panel of experts to talk about Senator Lee's relationship with voters and the party.

Ordain Women, CC via Flickr, http://bit.ly/1bDQF9B

Saturday, Mormon women made headlines as they sought entrance into the all-male Priesthood meeting at the LDS Church's General Conference. One-by-one, 130 women organized by the group Ordain Women were turned away. Gender roles were the topic of some talks from the pulpit, but there were also messages of inclusion for those who have left the Church and of compassion for people suffering from depression. Tuesday, we're gathering a panel of observers to talk about the conference – and what it tells us about today's LDS Church.

Image by <a href=" http://bit.ly/1bGPR2O">Michael Glasgow</a>/<a href'=" http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/" target="_blank">Creative Commons</a> via flickr</i>

Thursday is the deadline for Salt Lake City voters to cast their ballot on this question: is a corporation a person? It's a resolution proposed by Move to Amend, a national campaign that says our system of government is broken because of the money and power wielded by big business. Their aim is a constitutional amendment that says corporations are not people and that money isn't speech. So we're looking at the legal history of corporations and asking what role they should play in our civic life.

<i>Image by <a href=" http://bit.ly/15wBb2z">wabisabi2015 </a>/<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en" target="_blank">Creative Commons</a> via flickr</i>

Thursday, The Salt Lake Tribune announced the layoff of 19 employees and a major reorganization of leadership. It's the latest in a series of cuts for Utah's largest daily newspaper, which has seen its newsroom shrink from 143 just 2 years ago to a staff of some 94 now. It's part of the Tribune's effort to stay viable as newspapers around the country struggle with subscriptions and ad revenue.  Monday, we're asking what the loss of reporters in Utah means for the news that's delivered to your door.

Sharing the Colorado

Sep 2, 2013
<i>Image by <a href="http://bit.ly/174sXy7">Alan Stark</a>/<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en" target="_blank">Creative Commons</a> via flickr</i>

An intense drought has gripped the American West since before the turn of the millennium. As the area's population booms, its snowpacks are thinning, its rivers are running low and its reservoirs are shrinking. But is the drought a temporary condition or a new and disconcerting normal? Tuesday we're talking about the challenges facing the West as water becomes increasingly scarce. We'll focus on the region's most important water resource, the Colorado River, and how its vital bounty is shared among millions of people.

Image by <a href="http://bit.ly/14w74rv">Glenn Halog</a> via Flickr

Investigative journalist Radley Balko says that American police forces have become more like armies than keepers of the peace. He traces it back to the creation of SWAT teams in the 60s, which led to increased use of military tactics and weapons. These days, there are some 50,000 raids each year as part of "wars" declared on drugs and crime. Balko is coming to Utah and Monday, he joins Doug to talk about how law enforcement has changed throughout history and what militarized police forces mean for citizens.

Utah and the NSA

Aug 16, 2013

This fall, the National Security Agency will begin operations at its 2 billion dollar Utah Data Center in Bluffdale. NSA expert James Bamford calls it the most covert and potentially intrusive intelligence agency ever. He says the facility in Utah will essentially serve as the NSA's "cloud," and could house "yottabytes" of intercepted data including private emails, cell phone calls and other personal data trails. Monday, Bamford joins us to talk about the history of the NSA and what its expansion means for the nation.

Utah's Summer Air

Aug 13, 2013
Rick Egan | <i>The Salt Lake Tribune</i>

Wednesday we’re talking about Utah’s summer air quality. The conditions were right in July to create lots of lung-burning ground-level ozone, but for some reason, our air hasn’t been quite as dirty as in summers past. And the question is why? Could it be because people driving less? Does it have something to do with an unusually wet July? Salt Lake Tribune reporter Judy Fahys and Utah Department of Air Quality Toxicologist Steve Packham will join us to help us find some answers, and we’ll offer a tool for coping with bad air.

Compulsory Education

Jul 20, 2013

State Senator Aaron Osmond raised some eyebrows recently when he called for an end to compulsory education in Utah. Supporters admit it's a radical idea, but say it's necessary to put control of a child's education back where it belongs - in parents' hands. Monday, we're asking some fundamental questions about our education system: What is it for? What do we sacrifice in providing free public education? And finally, what's at stake for the individual and the community if people can choose to dropout?

A Utah woman was recently the first person in the country charged for violating a so-called ag-gag law. The ordinances are aimed at preventing undercover activists and journalists from documenting illegal and questionable treatment of farm animals. Those who favor the laws say they protect the privacy of farmers and ranchers. To detractors, ag-gag laws remove a vital protection for animals and even threaten free speech. We'll hear from both sides of the issue on Monday.

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