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With the passing of long-time NPR political commentator Cokie Roberts at age 75, RadioWest looks back at Doug's 2005 conversation about Roberts' book Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation.

The Family

Sep 13, 2019
A dramatized photo of journalist Jeff Sharlet praying.

To most Christians, Jesus is best defined by his meekness and humility. But to the Family, a secretive Christian organization, he’s the ultimate power broker. The Family’s goal is to create a Jesus-led government around the globe, but to what end?

"Rope" by Alice Leora Briggs. From her book Dreamland: The Way out of Juarez with text by Charles Bowden

Journalist Charles Bowden spent some 15 years writing about Ciudad Juarez, witnessing what he calls the collapse of a society. Bowden joins Doug to talk about his book “Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields.”

Random House

Tuesday, New York Times writer Emily Bazelon joins us to talk about why American justice is often unjust. Her new book explores how it got so "out of kilter" and what we do it about it.

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Thursday, we’re talking about the Utah Inland Port. Proponents say it’s the economic opportunity of a lifetime, but opponents say, not so fast. We’ll talk about where the port idea comes from and ask, is this a done deal?

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You’ve probably been hearing a lot about “Medicare for All” recently. Monday, we’ll talk about how much it would cost and what it would mean to end private insurers and build a single-payer health care system.

Political Tribes

Apr 8, 2019
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Legal scholar Amy Chua says tribalism is tearing the U.S. apart, and in order to build unity, we need to understand how identity politics have hijacked the left and the right.

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Nadine Strossen says we should protect hate speech. She's former ACLU president, and she argues that censorship just doesn’t work. The way to resist hate speech, she says, is with more free speech.

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The journalist Yoni Appelbaum says that to understand what impeaching Donald Trump would mean, it helps to look at the case of the 17th president, Andrew Johnson. His impeachment, Appelbaum says, brought order out of chaos.

The Atlantic

According to analysis by The Atlantic, Salt Lake and Summit Counties are pretty prejudiced. The least prejudiced place is a little town in New York. Journalist Amanda Ripley went to find out why.