From its politics to its public lands to polygamy, Utah has always been fertile ground for news.

KCPW and The Salt Lake Tribune present a fresh way for Utahns to process the headlines. Behind the Headlines, a live weekly broadcast, examines the week’s top local stories through the eyes of reporters on the beat.

A rotating panel of the state’s top journalists – including columnist Robert Gehrke, Senior Managing Editor Matt Canham, reporters Erin Alberty, Brian Maffly and others – join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about what’s happening in the Beehive State along with the hows and whys.

Listeners can join the discussion by name-checking @KCPW on Twitter or calling (801) 355-TALK with comments and questions for the panel. Behind the Headlines airs Fridays from 9-10 a.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. on KCPW. Streaming audio is available as well, and podcasts of the lates episodes can be found below.

State vs. Salt Lake City on masks, Weber on guns, and Deb Haaland visits monuments

The end of the statewide mask mandate is nigh. But Salt Lake City says not so fast. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visits Utah as part of a review of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. And Weber County commissioners declare their county a “Second Amendment sanctuary.” At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Leia Larsen and […]

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Hydroxychloroquine, GOP harassment allegations and a Utah County power struggle

How state leaders tried to help a Draper pharmacist import hydroxychloroquine, even as experts warned the drug wasn’t useful in treating COVID-19, and could actually be dangerous. Multiple women accuse the communications head for the Salt Lake County Republican Party of harassment, leading to the resignation of the chair of the county’s GOP. And an alleged power grab […]

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Fraud suit targets LDS Church, new rules take aim at ‘troubled teen’ industry, and more

A member of a prominent Utah family accuses The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of fraud and sues to try to recoup millions of dollars in tithing. There’s increased oversight coming to Utah’s “troubled teen” industry. And a look at the bills signed, left unsigned and vetoed by new Gov. Spencer Cox, including measures on […]

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TestUtah relief funds, inland port ‘bank’ and widening vaccine pool

Analysis shows that millions of dollars of COVID relief went to TestUtah for coronavirus testing. Petitioners ask Gov. Spencer Cox to veto a bill creating a bank of funds for projects of the Utah Inland Port. And with vaccine appointments opening up to Utahns 16 and older next week, what do kids, pregnant women and those who have already been infected […]

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Climate lawsuits, Mark Hofmann and the year in COVID

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes joins a multistate lawsuit challenging an executive order on climate change by President Joe Biden. A year into a global pandemic, a sports reporter turned COVID columnist reflects on lessons learned. And religion reporter Peggy Fletcher Stack recalls her brush with forger and bomber Mark Hofmann. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune […]

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