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.

Legislature, police reforms, schools and a new day for two Utah monuments on this week’s ‘Behind the Headlines’

The 2021 Utah Legislature kicks off under unusual circumstances. Among the many items up for consideration are several police reforms and an effort to pressure schools to resume in-person classes. Plus, a new president means a significant change in public lands policy, and a likely reversal of strategy for two Utah national monuments. And Camp Last Hope, a new kind of […]

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Trump impeachment, vaccine glitches and an intriguing drug case

Utah’s all-GOP House delegation calls President Donald Trump’s second impeachment a mistake that will divide the nation. Huge demand for vaccines causes the Salt Lake County Health Department’s scheduling website to crash. And the CEO of a Utah pharmacy is charged with importing a controversial COVID-19 medication in falsely labeled shipments from an unapproved drug provider in China. At 9 […]

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Capitol assault, electoral endgame and Utah’s new governor

The storming of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob calls into question the stability of America’s democracy. Two members of Utah’s congressional delegation vote to object to the will of the American people as expressed through the presidential election, even as Sen. Mitt Romney remains steadfast in his defense of democratic norms. And Utah welcomes a new […]

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Looking back at a momentous 2020

Utah in 2020 will be forever defined by the coronavirus pandemic. But it was also a year of protest and social upheaval, of a contentious, divisive election, of an earthquake, a windstorm, an impeachment trial and even a mysterious monolith. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune senior managing editor Matt Canham, managing editor […]

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Frontline workers start receiving vaccines, tar sands leasing revisited, and withholding teacher bonuses

A second wave of COVID-19 vaccine shipments have arrived in Utah, with more hospitals across the state beginning to give shots to their front-line workers. Another 30 deaths reported, putting Utah’s death toll from COVID-19 at 1,126 Thursday, which marked the end of the virus’s deadliest two weeks since the pandemic began. Utah lawmakers are adding $400 million […]

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