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Michelle Quist is a conservative columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune, and she's on the paper's editorial board, too. She's also Mormon. And she's found herself at odds with parts of those communities. Some of her recent columns have dealt with the #MeToo Movement, the death penalty and guns. She's made a habit of challenging Utah's moral compass.

More about Michelle Quist: https://www.sltrib.com/staff/mquist/


This week, we took a little field trip up to the state capitol where KUER’s Nicole Nixon and Julia Ritchey have been basically living the past few weeks while they cover the 2018 Utah Legislative Session. In a state like ours, a lot of the time the politics are pretty predictable, but every year there are surprises, so we got the inside look from Nicole and Julia.

Empowering Utah Debtors

Mar 1, 2018

Most of the lawsuits filed in Utah are debt collection suits, usually in the realm of a couple hundred dollars, and nearly all of the debtors being sued (98.5 percent of them to be exact) don't get legal help. But if you don’t answer the suit — and “answer” means something really specific here — you’re giving all the power to the debt collector. There’s a group of BYU students and their professor who are trying to help debtors. KUER's Lee Hale joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about it.

Original story: http://kuer.org/post/byu-law-students-want-give-utah-debtors-fighting-chance

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As the end of the legislative session approaches, lawmakers are taking on the toughest issues — teaching constituents how a bill becomes a law. And, they did it in song ... no, not that song. A more awkward, classically Utah rap to the tune of "Fresh Prince of Bellaire" titled "Fresh Prints of Bills Here."


Americans love their national parks. But the agency that oversees them, the National Park Service, is facing budget cuts. And, worse, they’re $12 billion behind on a growing to-do list that includes repairing guard rails on steep cliffs and replacing broken campsite toilets. Their solution? Higher entrance fees. But KUER's Judy Fahys explains it's not that simple.

Original Story: http://kuer.org/post/looking-fixes-national-park-fans-worry-fees-will-climb-12b-do-list-wont-go-down#stream/0

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President Trump is speaking for the first time about the shooting at a high school in South Florida that left at least 17 people dead

When Your Senator Blocks You

Feb 15, 2018

These days it’s perfectly normal for lawmakers at the state and federal level to be on Twitter. President Trump, of course, tweets frequently. And Utah’s representatives are no different. Local lawmakers Todd Weiler and Jim Dabakis are both Twitter users with lots of followers. But what does it mean when a politician blocks someone on social media? Should that even be allowed to happen? KUER’s Julia Ritchey joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about it.

Original story: http://kuer.org/post/when-online-civility-tested-lawmakers-hit-block-button


Doing away with the death penalty is usually thought of as a liberal cause, and the arguments are often about the morality of executing someone, or wrongful convictions. But now some conservatives are lining up against capital punishment too — for reasons of their own. KUER’s Whittney Evans joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about why.

Original Story: http://kuer.org/post/death-penalty-repeal-groups-including-republicans-say-utah-moving-closer-ending-executions

The Price of Textbooks

Feb 1, 2018

It’s not uncommon to pay over a hundred dollars for a science or math textbook — and new editions are frequently published. For students struggling to pay for higher education, a pricey textbook can mean the difference between going to class and dropping out. KUER’s Lee Hale joins Doug Fabrizio in the studio to talk about the problem.

Original Story: http://kuer.org/post/end-hundred-dollar-textbook#stream/0

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President Donald Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time.

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Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, seen as a rising political star with a famous last name, will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union. In announcing their decision, Democratic leaders in Congress called Kennedy a "relentless fighter for working Americans." Kennedy is the grandson of the late Robert Kennedy, the former U.S. attorney general and New York senator who was assassinated in 1968. He is also the great nephew of both the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy and the late president John F. Kennedy.


KUER’s Nicole Nixon has been looking into the sexual dynamics at Utah’s State House. She spoke with some of the women — legislators and lobbyists — who work there. With powerful men in media and politics around the country facing allegations of sexual misconduct, the Utah Legislature — so far — has been spared a major scandal. But the people Nicole talked to describe a condescending and sexist culture on the hill.

Original Story: http://kuer.org/post/amid-sexual-harassment-reckoning-women-utah-legislature-navigate-grey-area


Last November, Christine Durham retired from Utah’s Supreme Court.  She was our state’s first female Supreme Court Justice.  She joined Doug Fabrizio on RadioWest, and we’ve excerpted part of their conversation about her judicial philosophy, gender discrimination and her legacy.

Original Story: http://radiowest.kuer.org/post/conversation-christine-durham

Utah Jail Deaths

Jan 11, 2018

Inmates in Utah jails die at a higher rate than any state in the country. Just as concerning as the numbers is the secrecy. Utah’s jail standards, the rules by which they operate, are not available to the public. KUER's Whittney Evans has been looking into this for the past few months.

Original Story: http://kuer.org/post/secrecy-nothing-new-gary-deland-utahs-former-prison-boss-who-wont-reveal-jail-standards


Remembering Thomas S. Monson

Jan 4, 2018

LDS Church president Thomas S. Monson was known for an almost parable-like storytelling ability. He asked Mormons to be honest, kind and to serve their fellow man, every day. But, when it came to controversy and current issues, he was often quiet.


You're tired of the news, right? Well, you're in luck then. This week we have a special holiday More To Say episode that explores what some (primarily KUER's Lee Hale) would call Utah's state candy: the chocolate cinnamon bear. 

The Addict's Mom

Dec 21, 2017

To better understand the opioid crisis try talking to an addict's mother. KUER's Erik Neumann spent an evening hearing honest, heartbreaking, and sometimes humorous stories from women who have struggled alongside their children as they've battled drug dependency.

Original Story: http://kuer.org/post/less-judging-more-loving-utah-moms-addicted-kids-join-forces#stream/0

Serving Time

Dec 14, 2017

People feel protective of a good food dive. Locals often keep it a secret. There's one like that in Draper, in a nondescript building, just 30 paces from the Utah State Prison. It's called Serving Time Cafe and it's run entirely by female inmates. It was featured in a recent RadioWest film.

 Link to original video: https://films.radiowest.org/film/serving-time

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After passing their respective tax overhaul bills, the U.S. House and Senate are trying to reconcile the differences in their legislation. While they do that, President Trump is making a renewed pitch to the American people about the importance of overhauling the tax code. Watch the president’s remarks live.


During his first official trip to Utah, President Donald Trump announced the largest cutback to national monument land in U.S. history. Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante will lose a total of 2 million acres together. While Trump made the announcement in Salt Lake City, KUER's Judy Fahys was in San Juan County talking with Utahns who will be most affected by the change.

Link to original story: http://kuer.org/post/public-lands-emotions-shift-southern-utah-along-national-monument-boundaries

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FBI Director Christopher Wray is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee for an oversight hearing. He is likely to face questions about the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Last week, former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador. The hearing also comes days after President Trump attacked the FBI on Twitter, saying "its reputation is in Tatters," citing the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server under former Director James Comey.

Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

The Senate is debating its tax overhaul bill. To pass it, the Republicans need strong party unity and leaders have been working on changes to firm up support among uncommitted lawmakers, as the GOP can only afford two no votes from its party and still pass the legislation. But even if the Senate does pass the bill by the end of the week, it will have to reconcile its version with the House's. Watch the debate unfold.



Nov 30, 2017

When a 911 call is dialed, someone answers. There is a real human on the other end, trying to make sense of what is happening and trying to keep people from getting hurt. KUER's Erik Neumann walks us through one phone call that changed the life of an emergency dispatcher forever.

Original story: http://kuer.org/post/emergency-dispatchers-mental-toll-high-stress-job#stream/0

A "More To Say" Thanksgiving

Nov 23, 2017

The producers celebrate the holiday with a little preview of what you’ll hear in the coming weeks on “More to Say.” Thanks for listening to the first two episodes. We’d really appreciate feedback and reviews. See you on November 30.  

The Stigma Of Pornography

Nov 16, 2017

Watching pornography is often referred to as a sin. A sin that can greatly disrupt an individual’s life and even end relationships. But what if some of those negative consequences have more to do with the stigma surrounding porn than porn itself? Doug Fabrizio talks with KUER’s Lee Hale about how this stigma plays out in individual lives.

Original story: http://kuer.org/post/religious-communities-stigma-pornography-brings-consequences-its-own

Introducing: More To Say

Nov 6, 2017

After a story is reported, sometimes there's more to say.

Look for a new podcast coming from KUER News that takes the stories we've aired and turns them into conversations. Get the first two episodes on November 16, with new episodes every Thursday.

Episode 1: Brother

Sep 12, 2017

KUER partners with Nurture the Creative Mind to put recorders and microphones in the hands of teenagers.  They choose who they want to talk to, and what they want to talk about.  In this episode, Ryan Gimbel sits down with fellow student Piper Deamer to talk about Piper’s brother.

Episode 2: Father

Sep 12, 2017

Chloe McGregor talks with her mother about the death of her father.  He died when she was three years old. 

Episode 3: Ziegfeld

Sep 12, 2017

Cooper Lavallee talks with Rick Rea, the artistic director at the Ziegfeld Theater in Ogden, Utah, about community theater between the coasts.


Alicia Baker is passionate about diversity in all its forms.  She had conversations with Weber State University’s Chief Diversity Officer Adrienne Andrews and Ogden City Council member Luis Lopez.