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.

Native American boarding schools; Paris Hilton on teen centers; and LDS stance on abortion

Tribal leaders say a landmark federal report on the legacy of Indigenous boarding schools is just a “starting point.” Paris Hilton, urging federal oversight, reveals she was sexually abused at a Utah teen treatment center. And with the Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says (and doesn’t say) about abortion. […]

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Legal shift on abortion, abuse allegations against an OB-GYN, and coal’s water demands

A trigger law banning elective abortions in Utah is slated to take effect if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. Eighty-three women say a Provo OB-GYN sexually abused them over a span of 40 years. And, as Utah’s drought persists, clean energy advocates say it’s time to power down water-guzzling coal plants. At 9 […]

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Orrin Hatch’s legacy, a family’s ‘horror story’ and a water feud

The Ute Tribe believes a Uinta Basin rancher is “misappropriating” its water, but federal courts aren’t intervening. Almost 20 years after their parents were killed in Brazil, the Staheli siblings are still seeking justice. And remembering Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history and a “giant” on Utah’s political stage. At 9 a.m. […]

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Sen. Mike Lee on 2020 election, transgender sports and University of Utah policing

Sen. Mike Lee dodges questions about text messages he sent that illustrate his role in efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. A 13-year-old transgender girl speaks out about how a new Utah law has impacted her love of swimming. And state auditors say widespread issues persist at the University of Utah, […]

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LDS real estate riches, renter data, and Jazz-Mavs playoff matchup

Housing caseworkers decry what they say is a “blacklist” of prospective renters maintained by a powerful Utah law firm. A newly released database shows that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the fifth largest private landholder in the United States. And the Utah Jazz square off against the Dallas Mavericks in the first […]

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