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.

COVID test draws scrutiny, inland port OKs budget, and cellphone records

The big boost a small, unproven Salt Lake City company got from the pandemic, and why the Securities and Exchange Commission began inquiries. The Utah Inland Port Board approves a truck-to-train transloading facility for the city’s northwest quadrant. And some Utah officials appear to be skirting transparency laws by using their private cellphones to conduct government business. At 9 a.m. […]

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Latest on monuments, Becky Edwards blasts Mike Lee, and renter woes

Utah’s members of Congress ask to meet with President Joe Biden before he takes action on national monuments. Senate hopeful Becky Edwards charts a moderate path, and slams Mike Lee as too “strident.” And the high cost of housing is pushing many renters to a financial breaking point. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Matt Canham […]

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Rep. Blake Moore on the Capitol siege, the Utah Jazz in the playoffs and the importance of Pride

A freshman Republican congressman answers a barrage of questions from constituents about his vote for a commission to investigate the U.S. Capitol attack. The Utah Jazz advance to the next round of the NBA playoffs — a team effort — but with star performances by shooting guard Donovan Mitchell. And a Tribune columnist offers her take on the importance […]

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Utah’s drought, drilling near a dinosaur wonderland, and police reforms

Drought strains Utah’s water supplies and the dry conditions mean a severe (and expensive) fire season may be coming. Conservationists object to proposed exploratory drilling near the edge of Dinosaur National Monument. And a year after George Floyd’s death, how much has changed in Utah police practices? At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Leia Larsen and Brian Maffly, along […]

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Guns, masks, racial issues and the Jazz’s playoff prospects

Utah lawmakers meet in a special session to allocate federal coronavirus relief funds — but guns, masks and critical race theory end up on the agenda as well. Plus, with the best record in basketball, the Utah Jazz head to the NBA playoffs. How far can the team go? At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Bethany Rodgers and […]

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