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Women in the Utah Economy

September 8, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin RadioActive_336x280

by Troy Williams

Utah has one of the largest gender wage gaps in the nation. On average, women make 30 percent less than their male counterparts. To address this disparity, the Utah Legislature has authorized the Women in the Economy Commission, comprised of elected officials, academics and business leaders. Nick welcomes Commission co-chairs, outgoing House Speaker Becky Lockhart and outgoing House minority leader Rep. Jen Seelig.  They discuss challenges and solutions to closing the wage gap and providing opportunity for all Utahns.

 

Radical Mormon Jihad

August 8, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin RadioActive_336x280

by Troy Williams

Though Cliven Bundy has only recently made headlines,  anti-government sentiment is nothing new to Utah. Eric S. Peterson from the Salt Lake City Weekly, explains that Bundy’s brand of political fundamentalism exists upon a spectrum that spans organized efforts like the Tea Party, to the more violent extremes of the Lafferty Brothers. In his recent two part series, Peterson explores the political views that led to the infamous Lafferty murders and connects them a strain of political thought advocated by the Jon Birch Society and Ezra Taft Benson. Peterson lays out the “radical dualism” (us vs. them) that motivates political and religious extremists of all varieties.

 
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Beavers: Nature’s Engineer

August 4, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin RadioActive_336x280

by Troy Williams

What impact do beavers have on our lands, rivers and streams? Nick welcomes Joe Wheaton from Utah State University to rethink the role of the beaver in America. Though many consider beavers a troublesome nuisance, Wheaton argues that they  play a pivotal role in our ecosystem, restoring damaged lands, rivers and streams.

 

Pay to Play: The Case Against Shurtleff and Swallow

July 18, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin RadioActive_336x280

by Nick Burns,

Two former attorney generals, 23 felony counts and the largest political scandal in Utah history. Nick Burns welcomes Salt Lake Tribune investigative reporters Robert Gehrke and Tom Harvey to unpack the history and the charges . At the heart of the scandal is a “pay to play” culture that allegedly included bribes, gifts, and the exchange of campaign contributions for special consideration. Both Swallow and Shurtleff maintain their innocence.

 

Dig, Baby, Dig: The Debate over Utah Tar Sands

July 14, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin RadioActive_336x280

by Troy Williams

What the heck is Tar/Oil Sands? Some see it as a  sensible fuel option, others an environmental disaster waiting to happen. Nick Burns hosts a debate between Cody Stewart, energy adviser for the Utah Department of Energy and Rob Deluc, staff attorney from Western Resources Advocates. The two spar over the proposed mining of PR Springs by US Oil Sands, which will be the first Tar Sands mining in the United States. We discuss the potential impact on wildlife habitat, drinking water, and the feasibility of post-mining land reclamation.

 

The Hobby Lobby Fallout

July 7, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin RadioActive_336x280

by Troy Williams

My rights versus yours. In the landmark Hobby Lobby case, the Supreme Court of the United States has now ruled that your employer’s deeply held religious beliefs can limit your access to birth-control. What happens when religious liberty collides with a woman’s liberty to control her reproductive health? And how might the Hobby Lobby decision have an adverse impact on LGBT liberty? To discuss these questions, Nick Burns welcomes back Heather Stringfellow from Planned Parenthood of Utah and Maryann Martindale from the Alliance for a Better Utah.

 

The Excommunication of Kate Kelly

June 27, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin

by Troy Williams

She is the Mormon woman that people all over the world are talking about. Kate Kelly, the co-founder of  Ordain Women, was notified last week of her excommunication from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her sin was leading a movement to encourage female ordination in the Mormon priesthood. Kelly joins us to discuss her trial, the diverse reactions from Church members and what this all means for the future of women in the LDS faith.

 

 

Kate Kelly and Troy Williams

 

The Trial of Ordain Women

June 23, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin RadioActive_336x280

by Troy Williams

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is once again cracking down on Mormon feminists. The trial of Kate Kelly is just one of many disciplinary actions taken since Ordain Women began organizing last year. Nick Burns welcomes OW organizers Lorie Winder and Hannah Wheelwright to discuss the current actions against Mormon feminists, the historical antecedents, and how ordination might empower a new generation of LDS women.

 

Expanding Medicaid in Utah

June 16, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin RadioActive_336x280

by Troy Williams

The State of Utah has yet to decide if it will accept millions of federal tax dollars to expand Medicaid to benefit low-income Utahns. What’s the hold up? Nick Burns welcomes Richard Snelgrove (R) and Sam Granato (D) from the Salt Lake County Council to discuss their efforts to bring our tax money home.

 

Save the Salt Lake Tribune

June 9, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin RadioActive_336x280

by Troy Williams

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A newly amended Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) between the Deseret News and the New York hedge fund that owns the Salt Lake Tribune will redistribute print profits in a manner that will severely imperil the future of the Tribune.  Nick welcomes former Tribune journalists Joan O’Brien and Holly Mullen to lay out the history of the JOA, the current arrangement and the hope of bringing the Tribune under local ownership. The history of the JOA can be read at The Utah Newspaper Project. You can also sign a petition to the Department of Justice at Save The Tribune.