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A collection of RadioWest conversations about LDS history, faith, and culture.

The LDS Church and Booze in Utah

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The "Zion Curtain" at Finca Restauarant in Salt Lake City

Last week, the LDS Church posted a video supporting current Utah alcohol laws to their web site. But political observers say there's a relative dearth of bills aimed at reforming the regulations this legislative session, which left them wondering why the church is taking such a public stance on the issue. Wednesday, we’ll talk to representatives from the church about it. We’ll also hear from a state legislator, and talk with a panel of guests about the LDS Church’s influence in local and national politics.


  • Ryan Wilcox (R) is a representative in the Utah House of Representatives for District 7 (Ogden).
  • Robert Gehrke reports on government for the Salt Lake Tribune.
  • David Campbell is a professor of political science at Notre Dame University and director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy.
  • Mike Otterson is the Managing Director of Public Affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
  • Michael Purdy is Director of Public Affairs for the LDS Church.
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.