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Wednesday, we’re talking about how the Russians tried to influence the 2016 presidential election. Researcher Renee DiResta joins us to explore the techniques of weaponizing social media and why we take the bait.

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Lots of states want to have the legal case that challenges Roe v. Wade in the newly conservative Supreme Court, and a Utah lawmaker has introduced a very strict bill that could be in the mix.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Historian Joanne Freeman joins us with stories of the routine bullying, fist fights, canings, and duels in Congress before the Civil War. If you think our country is fractured now, you should tune in.

Is A Wall The Answer?

Jan 17, 2019
Tomas Castelazo

Thursday, we’re talking about the central sticking point in the ongoing federal shutdown: The wall. Hundreds of miles of physical barriers already separate the US and Mexico. Are more walls the answer to the humanitarian crisis at the border?

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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.

University of Chicago Press

It may be hard to remember, but there was a time when politics in America weren’t so polarized. Political scholar Sam Rosenfeld says that if we can understand how our dysfunctional politics were deliberately created, maybe we can deliberately change them.

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Bob Woodward joins us to talk about the inner workings of the Trump administration and how the U.S. is “tethered to the words and actions of an emotionally overwrought and unpredictable leader.”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Church Office Building and the Utah State Capitol
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Monday, we’re talking about what role the LDS Church played in the shaping of Utah’s medical cannabis law.  Some say the Church got too involved in the recent political debate. What's appropriate when religious officials weigh in on politics?

Wednesday morning, KUER is airing George H.W. Bush's funeral. At 7:00 p.m. on RadioWest, we're talking about the political strategist Machiavelli, and his advice on how to choose a good leader. (Rebroadcast)

KUED Channel 7

For years, the Bears Ears Monument has inspired immense and heated debate. In a new documentary, filmmaker Nancy Green brings the opposing voices together to show the nuance behind the passionate arguments for and against the monument.