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Mormon Rivals

Jun 3, 2015

Wednesday, the Salt Lake Tribune’s Matt Canham and Thomas Burr join us to tell the story of political powerhouses Jon Huntsman Jr. and Mitt Romney. The men have a lot in common and their families have been allies. But the past decade of presidential politics has created a bitter rivalry with the two pursuing different directions in the Republican Party. We’ll discuss their faith, their politics, and how the next generation of Romneys and Huntsmans could influence the future of Utah and the nation.

  Utah officials have narrowed the list of potential sites for a new state prison to Tooele County, Eagle Mountain or west of the Salt Lake Airport. Critics say it’s about the money; there’s a lot to be made from the current land in Draper. Some of the most vocal criticism boils down to this: nobody wants it in their backyard. But proponents say moving the prison is directly related to reforming Utah’s criminal justice system. Wednesday, we’re asking why Utah should (or shouldn’t) move the state prison.

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  In a new documentary on KUED Channel 7, KUER News reporter Judy Fahys explores how Utahns have dealt with water historically and how they’re thinking about it today. Historic drought conditions and growing populations have compelled states across the West to reexamine how they use and conserve water, and Utah, the second driest state, is certainly no exception. Fahys has talked with people engaging water issues across the state, and she joins us Monday to discuss Utah’s uncertain water future.

Energy Solutions

  Utah nuclear waste disposal company EnergySolutions hopes to bring 700,000 tons of depleted uranium to a facility in Tooele County. Critics say that while it meets the criteria of Class A waste that EnergySolutions is licensed to store, depleted uranium gets “hotter” over time. The state’s decision is on hold as the company responds to concerns in the recent Safety Evaluation Report. Wednesday, we’re talking about what depleted uranium is and about the science and politics of EnergySolutions' proposal.

There have always been questions about the role of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah politics. Many say the Church’s influence is indirect, but former state lawmaker Carl Wimmer is questioning whether Church lobbyists on Capitol Hill go too far. Last month, he wrote that he was bullied when his stance on immigration diverged from his then Church’s position. Monday, we’re asking Wimmer and others how lawmakers decide whether to vote with their politics or with their faith.

Deadbeat Dams

Mar 31, 2015

When you hear that Tuesday’s guest advocates tearing down Glen Canyon Dam and doing away with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, you might imagine a monkey-wrenching environmentalist. But Daniel Beard is a former commissioner of the bureau, and he’s convinced we need new approaches to the water crisis he sees in the West. Beard is in Utah. He joins Doug to talk about the politics and economics he says add up to failed water policy and about his recommendations for dealing with drought and demand.

  Monday, we’re focusing on one of the most talked about bills of the 2015 legislative session: the LGBT anti-discrimination bill. Republican Representative Brad Dee called it the “Utah solution.” It was crafted with careful negotiation between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the LGBT community, and clarified exemptions for religious organizations. We’ll talk about the role the Church played in getting it passed and what the legislation does or doesn’t do for LGBT people and people of faith.

Friday, we’re live at the Hinckley Institute of Politics for a look back at the 2015 Utah legislative session. We’ll be joined by Republican House Speaker Greg Hughes, Democratic Senator Jim Dabakis, and observers to talk about the big issues and some smaller bills you may have missed. We’ll also look at how the sausage gets made and ask if conservative blogger Holly Richardson was right when she predicted the House would throw the best after-party.

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  In his cover story for The Atlantic magazine, the journalist Graeme Wood puts the Islamic State under the microscope. What is it? Where did it come from, and what does it want? Wood argues 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. Wood joins us Monday to explore ISIS’s intellectual genealogy and to explain why it’s imperative the West better understand it.

Last week, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made headlines by announcing its support of LGBT anti-discrimination laws. But leaders also expressed deep concern over religious liberty and called for laws to protect churches and individuals when acting “in accordance with their beliefs.” Wednesday, we’re gathering legal experts to answer questions at the heart of the Church’s statement: Is religious freedom at risk? Is there a conflict between anti-discrimination and religious liberty? And finally, is there a place for compromise?

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