Fireworks plea, eviction dispute and vaccines in verse

State and local leaders plead with Utahns not to light personal fireworks as an extreme drought persists and the promise of a terrible wildfire season looms. A Utah woman sues her landlord after getting evicted for allegedly breaching her contract by “voicing suicidal thoughts.” And Utah’s poet laureate marks a moment in history with a poem about vaccines, hope and shared humanity.

At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Taylor Stevens and Courtney Tanner, news columnist Robert Gehrke, and Utah poet laureate Paisley Rekdal join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories.

Every Friday at 9 a.m., stream “Behind the Headlines” at, or tune in to KCPW 88.3 FM or Utah Public Radio for the broadcast. Join the live conversation by calling 801-355-TALK.