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.

Oath Keepers, COVID surge, medical cannabis and port bonds

  Medical cannabis pharmacies in Utah sell products containing Delta-8 THC — despite federal warnings of serious health risks. The Utah Inland Port Authority creates a new entity to issue bonds — over objections from two of its own board members. Southwest Utah sees a surge in COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations as vaccination rates remain low. And the names of hundreds […]

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Expansion of Utah’s national monuments, water for Cedar City and debating cash bail

President Joe Biden will take action in the near future to restore Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments. Iron County water managers seek to tap aquifers in Beaver County’s Pine Valley to fuel growth in Cedar City. And a lawsuit aims to topple Utah’s cash-based bail system. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune […]

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Great Salt Lake’s future, coal intrigue, and a food writer’s farewell

Federal legislation aims to save saline lakes in the West, including the Great Salt Lake. The Utah Inland Port Authority looked into a secretive rail-rehabilitation proposal that sought to transport Western-mined coal to the California coast. And a retiring food writer reflects on her four decades of newspaper work. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Leia Larsen, […]

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Police shootings of minorities, lessons from polio, and Utah’s water use

A Salt Lake Tribune analysis shows Utah police disproportionately shoot at racial and ethnic minorities. Childhood polio survivors say that the unknown long-term effects of COVID-19 should concern us. And Utahns use more water than any Western state. Reforming the water-rate structure, experts say, could help. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Tribune reporters Paighten Harkins and […]

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Undercounted school COVID cases, inland port’s rail plan, and trails debate

School coronavirus cases go undercounted as some parents refuse to report to Utah health officials. The Utah Inland Port pursues a new funding stream for a train-to-truck facility. And Salt Lake City’s mayor puts foothills trail construction on hold to consider charting a different path. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Leia Larsen and […]

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