From local politics, to arts and culture, to history, the environment and beyond, “In the Hive” explores the issues and ideas that tie Utah together. Hosted and produced by KCPW’s Roger McDonough, each episode of this award-winning current affairs program explores a different theme–such as public transportation, homelessness, and air quality–and features conversations with experts in their fields as well as members of the public who have a stake in the show’s topic.

Tune into KCPW Thursday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at noon to hear how these topics impact people in Utah.

KCPW producer and host Roger McDonough is a practiced freelance print and radio journalist. A Salt Lake City native, Roger provides local news weekday mornings and also hosts Behind the Headlines – a weekly recap of local news with reporters from The Salt Lake Tribune. He previously contributed to KCPW with an award-winning local history segment that was developed in partnership with the Salt Lake City Public Library, where he worked for nine years. He has an M.A. in Public Policy and Development Management from Georgetown University, a parallel degree from the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Argentina), and a B.A. in English from the University of Utah. E-mail him in English or Spanish at

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The Utah Inland Port and the future of the northwest quadrant

Last week’s show featured a look at the largest inland port in North America, the CenterPoint Intermodal facility in Elwood, Illinois. This week, we turn our attention to the planned Utah Inland Port, which has been called “the largest economic development opportunity in the history of the state.” Proponents say it will bring jobs, economic […]

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Lessons from the inland port experience of Elwood, Illinois

A recent article in The New Republic recounts the story of the development of North America’s largest inland port. The small town of Elwood, Illinois (pop. 2,200) expected huge returns when they built the project in the early 2000s – so much so that they offered big tax incentives to the port developer, and to […]

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Salt Lake City secrets (rebroadcast)

In the Hive–Today on the show: Everyone has secrets–even the place where we live. Performance poet RJ Walker explains the different categories of secret things and what makes a good secret; Salt Lake City Public Library librarian Cherie Willis talks about the secrets of the city’s infrastructure that are featured in the library’s Future Vision […]

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Poor people and the health care system (rebroadcast)

Today on the show: How do people with limited means navigate Utah’s health care system? Stacy Stanford, health policy analyst at Utah Health Policy Project, explains the status of Medicaid in Utah and what it would mean for voters to expand the program through a ballot initiative this year. Connect2Health is an organization that brings […]

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Immigration policy (rebroadcast)

In the Hive — Today on the show: With over 11 million people living in the U.S. without documents, what will it take to streamline the country’s immigration system? The solution might change, depending on your status or occupation. DACA recipients Ciriac and Pablo share their experience living in limbo, since the Trump administration’s 2017 […]

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